My first stop back in Asia was Cambodia – The cheapest and hottest place I have ever been. I started in Siem Reap to see what all the fuss was about Angkor Wat, unofficially the eighth wonder of the world and a UNESCO World Heritage site.
To visit the temples I hired a Tuk-Tuk driver (for only $10) for the day to take me from place to place. My driver was called Mr Lam and was a really nice man on just $1 a day wage, which I couldn’t believe.
He hardly spoke a word of English but he was trying his best to explain to me the stories behind the temples so he could earn a good tip. After half a day of nodding and pretending that I had a clue about what he was telling me, I changed the topic to football.
Mr Lam had no TV and no internet, but told me he watches the Saturday fixtures in the lively Pub Street at 10pm local time.
After saying thanks and tipping him I pulled out the Reds shirt and his face lit up; I think he thought I was giving it to him! It’s a good job I wasn’t because, as the picture shows, the size Large would have been more like a dress on him.
“Manchester,” he said. I assumed he thought it was United’s kit, which to be fair to him the colours aren’t that far apart.
He had never heard of CTFC before and took out his pen and paper and jotted down the name and league to look out for in the future. He also asked for our location just south of the capital so he could show his friends on a map.
Another international Red recruited!