Episode 10: Thailand and Cambodia

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In this episode, Kathy and Ines talk Thailand, Cambodia, and how to strike a balance between seeing the sites and having a relaxing vacation.

Kathy also discusses feeling guilty over her reluctance to leave her swanky Bangkok hotel to tour temples and eat street meat. She discovers that sometimes cheese plates and high thread count sheets have a pull even stronger than 1000 Buddhas – and that’s OK.

Click here to listen to the episode.

Podcast Notes

Cambodian Visas
U.S. citizens can get Cambodian visas online here or pay for one on arrival. At the time Kathy visited, an online visa cost US$37.00. A visa on arrival cost US$30.00 and was payable in USD, Thai baht, or Cambodian riel, cash only. If you get your visa on arrival, you must also submit a passport-sized photo.

Cambodian Currency
It is recommended that you do not exchange your money for Cambodian riels. The exchange rate is crazy – 1 riel is currently worth 0.00025 U.S. dollars – and the novelty of managing hundreds of thousands of riels wears off quickly. U.S. dollars, Thai baht and credit cards are widely accepted. Bring small bills.

Angkor Wat Tour Guide Recommendation
Kathy highly recommends her Angkor Wat guide, Mr. Mony Pech. Mony is informative, fun, and designs flexible tours to accommodate your needs. He’s also led tours for Hilary Clinton and Michelle Obama:

Mr. Mony Pech
www.monytourguide.com
mony_pech[at]yahoo[dot]com

To Learn More About Cambodia
If you’re interested in learning about Cambodia’s turbulent political history, Kathy recommends the Academy Award winning film The Killing Fields and the book In the Shadow of the Banyan: A Novel by Vaddey Ratner. She also recommends Kleenex. Lots and lots of Kleenex.

You can also visit the National Cambodian Heritage Museum and Killing Fields Memorial in Chicago.

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13 thoughts on “Episode 10: Thailand and Cambodia

  1. Moritz

    Very nice podcast. Cambodia and Thailand sound like so much fun. Keep enjoying! :)

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    • XX, Will Travel

      Thanks for listening! Glad you enjoyed it!

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      • Moritz

        You are very welcome :)

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  2. Tanja

    Great podcast! # weekend wanderlust

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    • XX, Will Travel

      Thank you! Thanks for supporting!

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  3. Lydia C. Lee

    I loved Siem Reap – total life changer for me. We could all learn a lot from those wonderful people….

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    • XX, Will Travel

      I agree. Angkor Wat was beautiful, but the people elevated the experience even more.

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  4. Emily @ Ideas of Emily

    I have a friend who recently went to Thailand and it looks like such an interesting, beautiful place. I’d love to go someday. I’m so excited that you post podcasts! I recently tweeted the other day asking for recommendations of good podcasts to listen to, so finding you comes at a great time. Looking forward to getting to know you!

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    • XX, Will Travel

      Thanks, Emily! Thailand is an amazing place. And we’d love to hear your thoughts about our podcast. Thanks for giving us a listen! We’re also on iTunes, so if you like us, please subscribe!

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  5. Pinay Flying High

    Great podcast! I would love to visit Cambodia soon, I’ve heard so many things about it which made me all the more curious of the place.

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    • XX, Will Travel

      We highly recommend a visit – the podcast barely scratched the surface. Thanks for listening!

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  6. Farrah

    Great podcast! :D I’ve been to Thailand, but haven’t ever had the chance to visit Cambodia–I’m hoping I’ll get to go there someday!

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    • XX, Will Travel

      Thanks! It’s a beautiful country.

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