We are off on a holiday to Cambodia or Kampuchia if you may..My boss Jvr and Saraswati induced us to join them on a holiday as they wanted to see the magnificent sights of Angkur Wat.We agreed a trifle reluctantly and no sooon said than done ,Jvr had gone ahead with the tour preparations throu Cox and Kings to book us all on this trip down archeological ruins in a near forgotten land.We were soon to find that the touring party included several other friends of Jvr’s and the entire group was 12 strong .Not a single one we knew baring Jvr & family.This trip was certainly not what the doctor ordered and not what we were raving to experience.
Never the less I decided to read up as much as I could on the internet about Cambodia.I read about the Khymer Kings, The French Rule,the infamous Khymer Rouge,and yes about Angkur Wat ,Bayon the Tonle Sap and Mekong Ricver and so on.I guess I have never read so much about a place prior to visiting it baring Khajuraho, which I visited around 2000 for the SMWG Convention in Xerox.I had chanced to come across a good book which I read from cover to cover with great interest and this provided me with an excellant background that made the visit to Khajuraho quite memorable.I trust the same may happen in this case also .Let’s wait and see.
We got off to a very poor start as at the very last moment Saraswati had to pull out as her Father was critically ill and need to be moved to the ICU.Then Kartik also pullled out making poor Jvr’s trip most un palatable.He had to make it because of all the others and as he was the principal host .Thewtrip remained in the balance till the very last moment and we were prepared to abort even just a few minutes before departure for the airport at a fairly stiff financial cost . Eventually Jvr confirm that he had set off for the airport and so finally we headed off form home. Jvr in particular was palpably low in spirit as we met him at the airport at Delhi. We had to feel exceedingly sorry for him.The flight to Singapore on Singapore Airlines was comfortable and enjoyable, an exceedingly better experience than the recent flights on Finnair.The comparison was like the proverbial chalk and cheese.The tour operator choose to route our trip vis Singapore for reason unclear, as it would have been much easier to travel via Bangkok .As it stood now we had to waste a day at Singapore and then catch an earlY morning flight the next day to Phnom Phen .We had several early morning flights all through the trip forcing us to get up at 3.00 or 4.00 am to catch our connecting flights.As we set off for Phnom Phen I did feel that this trip would give me an opportunity to connect to an interesting part of ancient history , to take loads of photos and to capture all my thoughts and feelings in a travelogue as we visit these interesting places.