When I travel on my own, I prefer to stay at local B&Bs or smaller boutique hotels, rather than cookie-cutter commercial hotel chains. It’s one of the reasons I decided to sign up for GranTourismo’s Culinary Tour of Cambodia – because they promised accommodation at local-owned and operated boutique hotels like Templation, in Siem Reap.
The first time I’d even heard of Cambodia was when I watched the movie Lara Croft: Tomb Raider for the first time. I was probably around 11 or 12, and apart from Angelina Jolie’s fierce badassery, what most had an impression on me were the Temples of Angkor, where some of the scenes were shot. Add to that, Angkor Wat’s ties to ancient Indian mythology (another fascination of mine) had firmly fixed its place on my ‘bucket list’ of places to visit before I die. Sounds morbid, but that’s how I roll.