A Short History of Cambodia: From Empire to Survival (A by John Tully

By John Tully

During this concise and compelling historical past, Cambodia’s prior is defined in bright element, from the richness of the Angkorean empire in the course of the darkish a while of the 18th and early-19th centuries, French colonialism, independence, the Vietnamese clash, the Pol Pot regime, and its present incarnation as a troubled democracy. With vigorous writing and fervour for the subject, John Tully covers the total sweep of Cambodian historical past, explaining why this land of contrasts continues to be an enticing enigma to the foreign group. Detailing the miserable list of warfare, famine, and invasion that has threatened to wreck Cambodia, this dialogue exhibits its survival to be a testomony to the resilience of the human spirit.

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By having the information written in the local language, you can be assured of getting the right medication. The same applies if Medical Facilities n 29 Medical Facilities Try to get to Hanoi, HCMC, or Thailand if you need serious care. Pharmacies will dispense almost anything (such as antibiotics) without a prescription. Make sure you know what you are taking and that it is not expired. Minimizing Jet-Lag Get enough rest. When you take the dry air and cramped conditions of an airline flight, the long waiting times before boarding and between flights, the hours on the plane, and the time change (almost halfway around the world), you’re going to start out tired.

One of the better places to change money is at a hotel. Most post their rates for US dollars. Dollars are still the preferred currency, but you may be able to exchange euros now. Laos is an exception and most places there require payment in the local currency, known as Kip. CURRENCY TIP Many countries in Asia prefer or even require US dollars. 2 lbs. n Booking Tours Please remember you are traveling in a developing nation, not a modernized one full of concern for your safety and convenience. As long as you keep this in mind, and apply a hefty dose of common sense to everything you consider doing, travel “off the beaten path” can be fun and the experience of a lifetime.

Feminine hygiene products and contraceptives come to mind. Ditto contact lenses, cleaning and sterilizing supplies, and many non-prescription medications. If you are bringing sporting equipment, especially bicycles or other products with moving parts, a repair kit is a good idea. Shoes are hard to find – we have big feet. Following is a suggested packing list for two to four weeks in all but the coldest areas. What to Wear/Take on the Flight o o o Long pants (with Lycra) Socks, walking shoes Long-sleeved cotton shirt What to Pack o o o o o o o o o Windbreaker Daypack and money pouch (I prefer the neck pouch), pouch/wallet for “walking around money” ATM card, credit card, passport/visa, cash, traveler’s checks, copies of all documents, tickets Books, pens, guidebook, magazines, addresses, candy, cough drops, tissues, towelettes Medications, prescriptions, Coricidin or similar, aspirin, first aid kit Electronics (cell phone, digital camera, laptop…) Camera (and film if needed), transfer device, extra cards DVDs and computer power cord CD player and CDs Eyeshade and earplugs What to Pack o o o o o o o o o o o o o o o o o o o 33 1 skirt and/or long pants 1 long-sleeved cotton shirt 2 shorts (walking) 4-5 T-shirts 5-7 sets of underwear 1 pair sandals Swimsuit/cover-up 5-7 pairs of socks Lotion, sunscreen Cosmetics Shampoo, comb, soap, razors, etc.

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