What, indeed, is so special about Cambodia?
Well, it's got it all--- it's got the heat, the skies, the rain and the dust of southeast asia.
Plus, it's got living history, exciting history, wacky history. It's got a king, a queen, a palace, a religion (a few religions)---all of them tenuously restored after being wiped off the map.
It's got something in the air, it's always on edge, forever simmering, perpetually on the boil...and it's indescribable, whatever it is.
It's got people who are eager to get back on their feet, but their proud and they'll do it anyway they can.
It's got people who laugh in their misery, instead of moaning at their prosperity like we do.
It's got different rules to yours and mine, a completely different sense of subjectivity, family, sometimes a different idea of right and wrong, left and right, up and down.
It's got amazing colours.
It's got interesting characters, and some very interesting expats.
It's got a devil-may-care philosophy, like the Wild West used to be--like Afghanistan, Iraq, like Hong Kong of old.
It's got jungle, forests, wild animals, fruit, flowers, ocean, mountains, temples, rivers, waterfalls, national parks, old cities, ruins, national festivals, tons of holidays..
Its got suffering.
It's got pain.
It's got death.
Above all, it's got life.
As someone once said, a bad day in Cambodia is better than any day in the West.
Cambodia. It's worth the madness.