Cambodia is the last country I visited in my south-east Asia trip in 2013. I crossed the border between Laso with an American traveler: Austin. Austin and Faustine traveling together, this could be the title of a children book!

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We arrived in Kratie. Koh Trong is a small island in the Mekong face to Kratie. We did here a bicycle tour with 2 Canadian people and an Australian, all around the island.

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In July, the Mekong is dirty because of the rainy season, and its level is high. I could see the dolphins in the river, but they are moving too fast to be drawn!

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Siem Reap.

“Have you seen the sunrise in Angkor Wat? It’s amazing!”. …I’m sure it is. But I’m not a morning person, so twice my alarm rang to wake me up, and twice, well..you know.

Anyway, I enjoy the temples, and I had a great guide: Francesco, from Portugal! I didn’t draw a lot, because of the rain. I was wet enough on my bicycle and saved my sketchbook from water.

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Between showers, I did some quick sketches.

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Angkor Wat.

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Austin broke his bicyle. The time he fixed it helped by a nice local family, I draw the sketch above, and the children of the family some others. Cambodian people are so friendly and always smiling!

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Angkor Wat. It’s also written in Khmer, if you can read it!

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I staid few days in Koh Rong, with my friend Magdalena.

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I had in Koh Rong an injury in my leg. Lucky me, on the boat to the continent to find an hospital, I met 2 French doctors!

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Battambang.
With Magdalena, we rent a motorbike to be lost in the countryside. Above is the lake where we spent a night, and below it’s the view of the house where a lovely Cambodian granny host us for lunch with her grand son.
A magical souvenir.

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Of course, I was sad when I moved from Battambang to Bangkok, to take a flucht back home.
All the souvenirs I have in south-east Asia, all the people I met, all I discovered about open my mind and also about myself… It was the first time I traveled on my own, but for sure not the last. Travels changed me, in a good way. Travelers will know…! :-)