Australian author Walter Mason has travelled to Cambodia a number of times and lived there for slightly extended periods. As such his work is more than just the travelogue of someone who just flitted through as part of some longer trip. It is a book of memories by someone who stayed around long enough to make many local connections and to enjoy a certain intimacy with the culture that the less time rich may not acquire.
Walter Mason’s Destination Cambodia: Adventures in the Kingdom is a gentle, intimate look at Cambodia today. Mason eschews writing both the usual political treatise and typical cliched travelogue you might otherwise typically find on the shelves about Cambodia, in favour of the highly personal memoir. He paints a detailed portrait of the kingdom through a series of quietly thoughtful vignettes of his relationships with her people.
I don't know of another book on Cambodia quite like this. Walter Mason ("writer, scholar, dreamer") is well read, adventurous, a man of good humour. All in all the ideal travel companion. He's been visiting Cambodia since 1996, off and on, and his very solid grounding in the country allows him to escape the usual tourist circuit - Angkor gets a mention, but I got the impression that it was because his editor told him to.
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