It can make you more grateful—and generous.

This story originally appeared on Realsimple.com

You’ve probably heard about the health benefits of practicing gratitude—how it can boost your mood, help you treat others better, improve physical health, and keep stress and fear at bay. Now, here’s a little trick for how to automatically infuse more gratitude into your life: Spend more money on experiences, and less on material objects.

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4Rivers Floating Eco Lodge, Koh Kong, Cambodia

“Think about how you feel when you come home from buying something new,” Thomas Gilovich, Ph.D., professor of psychology at Cornell University and co-author a new study on gratitude, said in a press release. “You might say, ‘this new couch is cool,’ but you’re less likely to say ‘I’m so grateful for that set of shelves.’”

“But when you come home from a vacation, you are likely to say, ‘I feel so blessed I got to go,’” he continued. “People say positive things ab­­­­out the stuff they bought, but they don’t usually express gratitude for it—or they don’t express it as often as they do for their experiences.”

Gilovich’s new study shows that people not only express more gratitude about events and experiences than they do about objects; it also found that this kind of gratitude results in more generous behavior toward others.

To examine these patterns, Gilovich and his colleagues looked at 1,200 online customer reviews—half for purchases made for the sake of doing (like restaurant meals, show tickets, or vacations), and half for purchase made for the sake of having (like furniture, jewelry, and clothing). They weren’t surprised to find that reviewers were more likely to bring up gratitude in posts about the former than the latter.

“People tend to be more inspired to comment on their feelings of gratitude when they reflect on the trips they took, the venues they visited, or the meals they ate than when they reflect on the gadgets, furniture, or clothes they bought,” the authors wrote in the journal Emotion.

First author Jesse Walker, a psychology graduate student at Cornell, says that experiential purchases may elicit more gratitude because they don’t trigger as many social comparisons as material possessions do. In other words, experiences may foster an appreciation of one’s own circumstances, rather than feelings of falling short or trying to measure up to someone else’s.

The researchers also performed several experiments with either college students or adults recruited from an online database. In one experiment, 297 participants were asked to think about a recent purchase over $100, either experiential and material. When asked how grateful they were for that purchase on a scale of 1 to 9, the experiential group reported higher scores (an average of 7.36) than the material-possessions group (average 6.91).

In a similar experiment, participants also said that the experiential purchase made them happier than the material one, and represented money better spent—findings that echo previous research on this topic.

Finally, the researchers performed two exercises to determine how purchase-related gratitude might affect how people behave toward others. In both, participants were asked to think for a few minutes about a meaningful purchase, either experiential or material. A few minutes later, they were given a seemingly unrelated task of dividing $10 between themselves and an anonymous recipient.

Which group was more charitable? Those who had been tasked with remembering an experience or event gave away about $1 to $2 more, on average, than the material group.

Co-author Amit Kumar, Ph.D., a researcher at the University of Chicago, says that this link between gratitude and altruistic behavior “suggests that the benefits of experiential consumption apply not only to the consumers of those purchases themselves, but to others in their orbit as well.”

These findings can certainly apply to individuals looking to be more grateful in their everyday lives, Gilovich says, but they may have implications for communities and governments, as well.

“If public policy encouraged people to consume experiences rather than spending money on things, it would increase their gratitude and happiness and make them more generous as well,” he says. Funding organizations that provide these experiences—such as public parks, museums and performance spaces—could be a good start, he adds.

If you’re looking to express more gratitude as you spend time with family, shop for gifts, and juggle your packed schedule this upcoming holiday season, you can keep the researchers’ advice in mind.

“All one needs to do is spend a little less on material goods and a little more on experiences,” the wrote in their paper. “In addition to enhancing gratitude, experiential consumption may also increase the likelihood that people will cooperate and show kindness to each other.”

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Discover what makes Cambodia a special civilization and why you must have it on your top travel list.

Cambodia is continuously gaining recognition with its tourism industry, offering numerous attractions for tourist including the globally renowned temple complex, the Angkor Wat. Despite the fact that Cambodia is not an undiscovered country, you may still find many undiscovered components to this country. Travel to Cambodia to encounter a piece of intoxicating history, meet the extremely favorable Khmer people and take-in the nation’s stunning pure beauty. The ever present Khmer smile is celebrated, as is Cambodia hospitality. Let yourself lots of time to research and you will be excited to see everything that Cambodia has to provide. Through Cambodia Travel dip yourself in the country’s distinctive culture and lifestyle. Map of Cambodia

Cambodia is a nation of sunshine and tone, rising from its bloody history with undoubted strength and dazzling energy. Cambodia Journey comprises Grand temples and byzantine monuments showcase the formidable monuments of the mighty Khmer empire while stylish bars, contemporary buildings and the brightness of its individuals bring us into the present. The ancient ruins of Angkor rank among the world’s most spectacular archaeological sites. The capital city Phnom Penh oozes history, as well as offers up some exceptional dining and a complete on nightlife. As yet unspoiled islands scatter the Cambodian shore and quaint small provincial towns sit among strikingly beautiful countryside.

Daily Excursion in Phnom PenhCambodia is a comparatively little country encompassed by Vietnam to the north east, Thailand to the North West along with Laos to the north. It is a relatively new and evolving tourist spot to go for the Western world, but the nation now has opened its doors wide to show off its excellent treasures. Through Cambodia Travel, the most popular view is Angkor Wat, situated just outside the tourist town of Siem Reap. Cambodia is a very inexpensive travel location, even by Southeast Asian requirements. It isn’t hard to find comfortable hotel at a reasonable cost. Food is also quite inexpensive and in the major tourist cities there are numerous restaurants keen to please the visiting crowds.

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Siem Reap Angkor

Angkor Wat Temple in Siem Reap of CambodiaSiem Reap’s hottest attractions consist mainly of ancient ruins in the Angkor area, a World Heritage listed site. There are more than 1, 000 important temples in the Angkor Archaeological Park from the ninth to 15th hundreds of years, set among woods and farmland. The most famous of those is Angkor Wat, a twelfth century temple considered the world’s biggest religious construction. You’d be amiss not also seeing the huge Angkor Thom, home to numerous Hindu monuments and gates, staggering in their size. When investigating the Angkor Archaeological Park, don’t pass up on seeing Phnom Bakheng, among the oldest temples in Angkor.

Constructed in the late-ninth to early-10th century, Phnom Bakheng sits atop a stone development with carvings of Hindu deities. Another distinguishing sight at Angkor that has to be experienced is the Terrace of the Leper King. This 7 metre stage with a nude sexless statue is regarded as one of the region’s great enigmas. Back within the city of Siem Reap, another popular draw is the Cambodian Cultural Village. A mix of theme park and cultural website, CCV shows the conventions of 11 hamlets including activities, a wax museum and miniature buildings. If you would like a distinctive experience, a cruise throughout the Floating Village on Tonle Sap Lake must be on your Siem Reap itinerary.

Known as the Venice of the East this village is totally built over the water with homes, markets, fisheries, schools, hospitals, basket ball courts and much more sitting on top of stilts. For buying traditional Cambodian items, you have got to visit the Old Market, which sells quality artisan goods like instruments and clothing amidst a local atmosphere. After the sun sets, you will find a lot of places to drink and communicate with locals along Pub Street. For a more laid back night excursion you must visit the night market area for a wide range of handicrafts and street food vendors. Painting at Artisan D'Angkor

Siem Reap has progressed into a tourist town, catering to the considerable amounts of visitors it receives every year by providing a surplus of hotels, resorts, hostels and guesthouses. You are best basing yourself within the city that has lots of restaurants, shops, bars and places to keep you occupied on days when you are not visiting Angkor or outer city draws. Siem Reap isn’t a big city, so you will always be close to transportation and tour operators no matter where you are staying. It is additionally possible to walk to the majority of Siem Reap’s draws within the city area.

Tonle Sap Lake

Tonle Sap Lake in Siem ReapTonle Sap Lake situated South of Siem Reap City is just the biggest lake in Cambodia and plays an essential part in the environmental balance of the country. At the dry season it is a low lake which drains throughout the Tonle Sap River into the Mekong River at Phnom Penh. However, this changes in the June – Nov monsoon season when the high water degree of the Mekong River causes a reverse flow up the Tonle Sap River into the lake region. The influx increases the size of the lake from its low of 2500 sq kilometre to over 10, 000 sq kilometres.

This makes the lake the biggest freshwater lake in the South East Asia throughout the wet season. The awash mangrove woods plains are home to over 100 types of water birds including a number of endangered or endangered species. There are over 200 types of fish in its waters as well as crocodiles in maroques otters and turtles. The lake is populated with floating hamlets inhabited by both Cambodian and Vietnamese communities. The person hamlets are an incredible view with their floating homes, marketplaces, schools and churches. The villagers earn an income from fishing with their large fish traps catching enough to provide Cambodia with 50{5c751442e5d0d6acc168756d9dce2d619bfe823b65c2fd7441c3af909dfa0cf7} of its fish consumption.

Floating Village on Tonle Sap LakeOne of more prominent floating hamlets is Chong Khneas. It is 12 kilometers south of Siem Reap and is a departure\/arrival point for the Phnom Penh ferry service and also Tone Sap lake tourist trips. While this floating village is just a well known landmark, while less tourist orientated hamlets of Kampong Pluk and Kampong Khleang gave more of an insight into lake life. Both these hamlets are south of Chong Khneas on the eastern side of the lake. Kampong Khleang is in fact the largest floating community on Tonle Sap.

This Vietnamese negotiation also offers a thriving pottery business as there were piles of clay pots in front of majority of the houses. To the west of Chong Khneas at the north end of the lake is just the Prek Toal Bird Sanctuary. This reserve is and it has been called the most crucial breeding ground in South East Asia for big water birds. Species like the Black headed ibis, spot billed Pelican, Grey headed Fish Eagle, Painted Stock and Millet Stork nest in the region. The refuge is most widely used with bird watchers in the dry season months when flocks of migratory birds visit the region.


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Cambodia’s Three Distinguished Towns Attempt for UNESCO List

Three rising visitor destinations in Cambodia could make it to the UNESCO World Heritage list in five years time. Data on the World Heritage applications revealed at the end of the Mekong Tourism Forum, held 5 to 7 July in Sihanoukville.

An itemized arrangement delineating the strides required for Battambang, Kratie and Kampot to accomplish World Heritage status, under the substantial society classification ought to be affirmed by the Prime Minister’s office as right on time as this September.

UNESCO partner master urban legacy, Serge Reny, affirmed the underlying arranging procedure was currently in progress, however focused on the result would be dictated by what the groups themselves suggested in each of the three towns.

A definite exchange with nearby groups is the initial step to pick up backing and criticism in a convoluted and extensive procedure to record three applications with UNESCO. The procedure would take no less than five years before the towns were put on a short rundown for definite thought. Reclamation work in the three towns would need to be finished as a component of the application procedure inside the five years.

“Without their criticism and duty, there is the danger of the towns transforming into galleries with no pertinence to today’s social surroundings. That is not the target we need the towns to mirror a living society,” Reny clarified.

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Buddhist Temple in Battambang

Battambang lies west of Siem Reap on the national road 5 from Phnom Penh to Poipet, the bordertown confronting Aranyapathet in Thailand. It is best known for its Buddhist sanctuaries and verifiable and social connections to Thailand. Battambang is Cambodia’s second most crowded town and a mainstream vacationer destination due its 40 antiquated sanctuaries and previous royal residences, Buddhist altars and a bamboo train. It is additionally the capital of Battambang region.

Kampot

Activity in Kampot

Kampot which was a common seat of the pilgrim French organization, lies a one-hour drive east from the waterfront town of Sihanoukville. Kampot is a peaceful riverside town, only a couple km up waterway from the Gulf of Thailand. It is known for its well-known dark pepper, which is broadly accessible in Cambodia and a fare thing. The town’s engineering is a blend of pilgrim going back to the French and cutting edge Cambodian now and again known as  known as Sihanouk or independence architecture.

Kratie

Mekong Dolphin in Kratie

Kratie, situated on the banks of the Mekong River, upper east of Phnom Penh, is home to around 20 Irrawardy dolphins who live on a 190 km stretch of the stream south of the outskirt with Laos. Situated in the upper east, on expressway 7, Kratie is a residential community on the banks of Mekong River. A stretch of stream north of town is home to uncommon Irrawaddy dolphins. The dolphins are the town’s principle vacation destination, which is likewise the begin of the Mekong Discovery Trail.

Cambodia’s Ministry of Tourism worldwide participation chief, Thok Sokhom, prior in the year, was cited saying, the service had distinguished the three towns as potential destinations for World Heritage status with UNESCO.

The nation as of now has two World Heritage destinations; Angkor Wat and Preah Vihear. Every UNESCO World Heritage site must demonstrate that it speaks to a perfect work of art of human inventive virtuoso, display vital great expressions, or normal scenes, bear a one of a kind affirmation to a social custom, or be an exceptional case of engineering, as indicated by the determination criteria.

It will take no less than five years for government authorities to group enough proof to meet UNESCO’s determination for each of the three urban areas. Reny said the five-year process with studies and rebuilding work at the three towns would cost an expected USD50 million. It would include financing and ability from the World Bank, USAID and Germany GIZ.

“The main test is to pick up a comprehension of the groups and their personality, while perceiving the impact of the diverse periods, for example, 1953 to 1970 the freedom time and how it affected on craftsmanship and engineering,” the UNESCO master emphasized.

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Angkor Empire dominated Southeast Asia for nearly 600 years …

1,000 years ago, one of the world’s greatest civilizations built an empire here in Cambodia. It dominated Southeast Asia for nearly 600 years … and was the biggest superpower the region has ever seen. Their capital was the greatest city of Angkor.

Facade_of_Angkor_Wat “This was an extensive kingdom. Its power surpassed the modern-day borders, an empire this great is something to be truly marveled at and to have so much remaining from that time. It’s just a remarkable thing to witness.” Said Dr. Wayne Johnson, The University of Sydney.

Starting as a nation of rice farmers, the Khmer people would go on to build some of the most spectacular structures of the Medieval age. The pinnacle of their culture was the great temple Angkor Wat, still the largest religious monument in the world. But 500 years ago, the Khmer Kings abandoned their capital. The city of Angkor was quickly devoured by the jungle.

Deep inside the stone chambers of Angkor Wat, the annual candle ceremony – Meak Bochea. A Buddhist ceremony to purify the mind.

“Many people think of Angkor Wat as a dead monument, a place that wat abandoned and the tourists come here just to admire its architecture. But, you know, it’s a living monument. It’s a place which has real life in amongst the people of Cambodia. It’s an amazing place, a special place. Angkor Wat is a place full of surprises.” Dr. Wayne Johnson commented.

Angkor Wat is one of the most beautiful and mysterious buildings in the world. Five huge towers shaped like lotus buds, surrounded by a six-kilometer moat. A temple of perfect symmetry covering an area of two square kilometers. This is one of the wonders of the Medieval world.

“What I feel when I see Angkor Wat is, I am impressed by the coming together, the collectivity of a great many kinds of genius here. The genius of the mathematician, the genius of the artist, the genius of the architect, the genius of the engineer and the genius of the people who aspired to build these things. Who cannot be in love with Angkor?” said Prof. Richard A. Engelhardt, The University of Hong Kong.

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The temple was constructed nearly 1,000 years ago. In Europe at that time, the Normans would spend over 100 years buildings their vast cathedrals. The Khmer people completed Angkor Wat in under 40, and that included 2 km of intricate engravings with nearly 2,000 celestial dancers from Hindu mythology, every one unique. In the 12th century, this was the spiritual and administrative heart of the city of Angkor. It would come to rule an empire that stretched an million square kilometers across Southeast Asia.

Every year, more than two million people are drawn to the Khmer’s archaeological treasures. They drive a tourist industry worth more than 2 billion US dollars a year, nearly 20{5c751442e5d0d6acc168756d9dce2d619bfe823b65c2fd7441c3af909dfa0cf7} of Cambodia’s entire economy. But the people who built this temple and the city around it remain an enigma. Most evidence for how the Khmer people built their city has been lost or swallowed by the jungle.

Angkor’s Revolutionized Discovery With New Technology Called LIDAR

For over 100 years, scientists have been unable to explain why one of the world’s most powerful civilizations abandoned their city. Now an international team of experts is trying to solve one of the great mysteries of the Medieval age.

“As archaeologists, we are interested in questions of, who the people were who built these temples, where do they come from? How did they survive? What did their cities look like and what happened to them?” Dr. Wayne Johnson added.

Lost city of Angkor by LIDAR

Using a revolutionary laser-scanning technique called LIDAR, they are looking beneath the jungle to uncover the secrets of this extraordinary civilization. For the first time in 500 years, LIDAR is helping to reveal the lost metropolis of the people who built Angkor Wat. We are now closer than ever before to an understanding of how the Khmer people came to dominate Southeast Asia and why their great city ultimately collapsed.

“Archaeologists and historians have been studying Angkor for about 150 – 160 years, but little was known about the actual people who inhabited these spaces. The great stone buildings were one thing, but not everyone lived in the temples, and so more throughout the 20th century the questions were being asked, what about the everyday people? Who were they? Where did they live? What was their life like?” Dr. Wayne Johnson added.

Now a new project is attempting to solve some of these mysteries by using a revolutionary technology called LIDAR. Dr. Damian Evans from the University of Sydney, is leading a team of international experts who are peeling back the layers of forest to reveal the secrets of the people who built Angkor Wat.

Angkor-Wat viewed by LIDAR

“Most of the city that existed here 1000 years ago would have been made of every, very flimsy material. Just light pieces of wood and thatch and so on. Within one or two years, that stuff just rots away completely. We can still make out these very, very subtle traces of where they used to be, by analyzing the surface topography of the landscape.” Dr. Damian Explained.

LIDAR works in a similar way to radar. It scans the ground by sending out a million laser points every four seconds and analyzing the information reflected back. The time it takes for each pulse to break through the trees, hit the ground and return is measured. The results are then mapped. The shapes revealed are the footprints of structures from the long-lost capital of the Angkorian Empire.angkor wat, much bigger than thought, siem reap, super city, Buddhist Hindu, jungle cambodia BBC TWO, Damian EvansLIDAR confirms that the city spanned an area larger than the whole of New York City. In the 12th century, when Angkor Wat was being built, London had a population of 18,000. It’s been estimated that Angkor had a population approaching three-quarters of a million. Until the 19th century, Angkor was the most extensive city in the world.

Bringing the old capital back to life was only one of the project’s ambitions. LIDAR has also started giving revolutionary insights into the origins of the Khmer Empire.

Historian Believe That The Angkor Empire Began Herein The Kulen Hills

Since 1999, French archaeologist Jean-Baptiste Chevance have been studying the Kulen Hills, 40km north of Angkor. He has dedicated his life to uncovering the remains of a 9th-century Khmer settlement. It’s a tough, simple existence.

“I have been driving around for years, so I know the place pretty well. I feel comfortable with the local people, with the research, with the temples. It’s part of my life. The dirt bike is fun, it’s the easiest way to go from A to B, especially in rainy season. Roads are turning into rivers, so you have to be cautious.” Said Dr Jean-Baptiste Chevance.

Historian believe that the Khmer Empire began herein the Kulen Hills, 300 years before Angkor Wat as built. Before the LIDAR project, Jean-Baptiste used conventional archaeology to piece together a picture of an early Khmer capital. Rong Chen sits on one of the highest peaks in the Kulen Hills. At the time it was being built, Anglo-Saxon Britain was being attacked by the Vikings.

Inscriptions in temples built 200 years later suggest that Rong Chen was the religious heart of a new capital called Mahendrapravata. And it was built for a powerful Khmer king, Jayavarman II.  Before his rules, Cambodia was a collection of small kingdoms ruled by local lords. 11th-century inscriptions suggest that Jayavarman came to dominate the area by declaring himself to be a special mediator between God and man.

With only a few ruins and inscriptions to go on, understanding the early days of the Khmer Empire has always been difficult, and for many years, archaeological digs here were also impossible.

From 1975 to 1979, the Communist Party of Cambodia, the Khmer Rouge, established a totalitarian state based on the teachings of Mao Tse Tung. Under the leadership of dictator Pol Pot, they rules by terror, rejecting urban culture and trying to build a self-sufficient agricultural society. By the end of Pol Pot’s rule, more than a million-and-a-half Cambodians had been killed. Many more were left with permanent injuries.

The Kulen Hills was one of the last stronghold of the Khmer Rouge. Today, the Kulen Hills remain minded in deep forest. So this part of the Khmer Empire is one of the least explored.

Jean-Baptiste’s work and his participation in the LIDAR project is changing that. Laser information reflected from the surface of the Kulen Hills revealed the shadow of Jayavarman’s city for the first time in more than 1,000 years.

The LIDAR results showed that Mahendrapravata was a much more sophisticated city than anyone had expected. It also covered a much greater area. The LIDAR survey provides precise information about where to look for the remains of further hidden structures. In an area cleared of mines, Jean-Baptiste is following up LIDAR data that suggests the presence of an unexpected structure.

Termites don’t build their mounds in straight lines in nature, yet here there are six of them. The LIDAR map suggests that the termites built their nests on the remains of an earth bank built in the 9th century at the edge of a medieval Khmer road. The termites are unwitting markers of a vast boulevard 80m wide, 6km long.

The LIDAR images of Mahendrapravata reveal that Jayavarman II began the construction of a remarkable city. The Khmer people managed to clear tens of kilometers of jungle to begin the construction of their new capital. The LIDAR survey reveals a huge centrally planned metropolis – canals, reservoirs, dams, and a network of giant boulevards covering an area of at least 30 square kilometers.

LIDAR allows us to re-imagine this early Khmer city. A huge reservoir of eight square kilometers to sustain a rapidly growing population. Constructions like the dam show that the city was ruled by a leader who could plan and deliver huge engineering projects.

A powerful political system was also needed to help overcome one of the Khmer people’s major challenges. A meter-and-a-half of rain falls in the monsoon between May and November, nearly 90{5c751442e5d0d6acc168756d9dce2d619bfe823b65c2fd7441c3af909dfa0cf7} of the annual total, and then, after six months of deluge, the long dry season begins. Temperatures hover around 40 Celsius and for six months nothing grows. If the crops fail during the wet season … famine follows.

Lost temple on Kulen HillsThe Khmer were obsessed with water and this river in the Kulen Hills, they sought to sanctify it by creating an elaborate underwater shrine. These carvings in the rock of the river bed were made in the 11th century, 200 years after Jayavarman founded his capital. The shapes represent Hindu symbols of male and female fertility. These intricate designs were carved to preserve life.

Rainwater from the Kulen Hills flows over these carvings down to the Cambodian plains. The sanctified water sustained the staple of life for an entire people. 90 years after Jayavarman made Mahendrapravvata a capital of his kingdom, the administration moved here to Angkor.

Landscape archaeologist Scott Hawken has been studying how rice farming shaped the new capital. “Mostly for the history of research on Angkor, people have been studying temples, and the magnificent structures that everybody talks about and notices, but you can’t understand the city until you go to the rice fields. It’s really interesting to start off with the smallest elements of the archaeological landscape, the humble rice fields, and then to build up a picture of this mighty, mighty city that was over 1,000 square kilometers in size.” said Dr Scott Hawken, The University of New South Wales.

Scott’s work shows that the solutions found by Angkorian engineers are still used today. The rice harvest here has always depended on a secure water supply. A successful harvest still depends on careful management of the monsoon waters.

At first, the people of Angkor tried to reduce the chance of failure by building their city close to an enormous natural body of water. Every year, these fields are nourished by the rising waters of the largest lake in Southeast Asia. Tonle Spa… the “Great Lake”.

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This fearless woman bought an island , now know as “Song Saa Island”,  for $15,000 and helped hundreds of local people.

It all started back in 2005, when Melita’s husband, Rory, was invited to work in . Naturally, she followed him on this big adventure. They were planning to stay in South Asia for a year and then move to New York.

But after spending some time in Cambodia, they decided to stay. It’s been 16 years now, and they still love it here. Moreover, Melita managed to buy a deserted local island for $15,000 and turned it into a chic resort.

It took 2.5 years, hundreds of people, and a whole lot of blood, sweat, and tears, but they eventually designed and built their dream. Today the heavenly place called Song Saa Resort. This luxury Song Saa Private Island features 27 intimate villas, a Cambodian restaurant, a bar, spa, and, of course, the amazing scenery.

The Song Saa resort can be reached by boat from Cambodia’s port of  in less than an hour. Those coming from other cities can take a helicopter straight to the Song Saa beaches.

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What kind of traveller are you? (Condé Nast Traveller)

A bore who’s done everything first, or a truly great and eccentric explorer – which of these 10 types of traveller best describes you?

1. The Collector

A sophisticated hunter-gatherer, a hoarder of the exceptional and exotic. Not, however, of endangered species or looted antiquities. He or she travels with a purely metaphorical blunderbuss or bullwhip – or, rather, butterfly net, swishing it this way and that in order to gather up uncommon experiences in out-of-the-way places. Once caught, these are meticulously pinned in memory and proudly displayed in conversation. Like an actual scientist, The Collector delights in the poetry and precision of proper names (‘You haven’t really lived until you’ve seen the Orionids meteor shower in the night sky over Pisco Elqui in October…’).

2. The Conformist

A dreary universal type. The Conformist travels not for personal satisfaction but for social acceptance – perhaps even finds personal satisfaction in social acceptance. Destinations are chosen from a limited, unimaginative, class-determined table d’hôte menu. This is by no means a toffs-only snob thing. It applies across the social spectrum. The Conformist can be spotted from Magaluf to Megève. The point isn’t where you’ve been but what your peers think about where you’ve been.

3. The Thrill-Seeker

Not so much of the adventure-sports variety, though of course there’s no shortage of nincompoops willing to tie their ankles to a rubber band and leap off a bridge or whatever. As with The Conformist, The Thrill-Seeker exists along a continuum – one that runs from the ticket-purchasing slum-tourist or frequenter of dodgy-looking dive bars to the professional war correspondent. The Thrill-Seeker is not altogether unlike…

4. The Escapist

Fugitive from the familiar. An intriguing type, labouring under that most delightful of delusions, namely, that anything at all – boredom, worry, heartbreak, guilt, fear, failure, conflict, one’s own reflection in the mirror – can be lost with distance. Alas, it cannot. Yet it always seems worth a try.

5. The Self-Improver

Admirable if a little dull. Up early, out late, cheerfully making the most of everything a new place has to offer. Tremendous stamina. Sensible shoes. Likely to do a lot of research beforehand, to pack a lot of books and to return with even more. A second cousin of…

 

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