Perhaps they’re giving thanks. After a slow October and November, during what is normally peak season, Gaya pilgrimage bookings suddenly took off after the election, travel companies say.
Infrastructure in Cambodia is not as well developed as in neighbouring Thailand and Vietnam, and floods and poor roads make travel challenging during the monsoon season, from May to October, but cheap frequent bus services, a good domestic airline and easygoing locals make travelling here an adventure – and easier than you might think.
Inbound, outbound and domestic tour firms say their numbers are way down compared to last year – but all are hoping that a successful election and change of government will help the industry to bounce back.
Next to religious sites, village life is one of Bagan’s main tourist attractions. People from all over the world have come to see how people in the local villages, their culture and customs, feasts and faiths, and their cottage industries, say local tour guides.
Revered by the Japanese for its hiking, hot springs and cedar trees, Yakushima also provided the inspiration for the anime hit Princess Mononoke. Now foreign visitors are uncovering this island delight.
A lot of travel can be about pretending to like monuments and sights that you don’t really enjoy, but my father, the reluctant traveller, has shown me that what matters is only doing the things you are genuinely interested in