New book on one of Australia’s favourite overseas destinations

By Walter Mason, author of the wildly popular, Destination Saigon

The ancient and mysterious ruins of Cambodia have long captured the imagination of visitors, more so now than ever before. In Destination Cambodia, Walter Mason charts an affectionate, intimate and deeply personal look at a Kingdom that has drawn him back again and again since his youth.

Read on for:

  • Tantalising tidbits
  • Video of the author biting off more than he can chew
  • Some noodlies, Sydney food blog video highlights of great street food and must visit sites in Cambodia
  • Media coverage

Destination Cambodia by Walter MasonWhether he’s watching young monks recite the Buddha’s life stories, visiting shamans and fortune tellers, or discovering the darker alleys of Phnom Penh with a romantic novelist and a world-weary street hustler, Walter takes the reader straight to the heart of this famously unknowable country. As heat, dust and weariness take their toll, he remains alive to the charms, and even seductions, of a place that was once a byword for misery and human suffering.

Destination Cambodia takes us on a joyful and constantly fascinating literary journey in which Cambodia is vibrant and its people excited about the future while never denying their haunted past.

Destination Cambodia is the follow up book to Destination Saigon by author, blogger and my life long companion, Walter Mason. As you can see from the blurb above, this book isn’t a history lesson about the troubled past of this beautiful, yet mysterious country, though you do see its impact on the people throughout this travelogue. Nor is it a Lonely Planet guide – it’s not intended to be another how to.

Like Destination Saigon, you get a contemporary insight into the subject, a unique picture which is revealed page by page through the life of the ordinary, yet extra-ordinary people Walter meets in Cambodia.

You get to share in his fun too, here’s Walter eating, ahem, bull’s penis:

Destination Cambodia will be available in good book shops around Australia.

Walter has a punishing publicity schedule to promote Destination Cambodia. Check out his website or follow him on twitter for regular updates.

Media for Destination Cambodia

Destination Cambodia SMH Traveller August 2013

Traveller, Sydney Morning Herald, 24 August 2013 (above)

Destination Cambodia Feast Magazine October 2013

Feast Magazine, October 2013 (above)


Above: Kevin Kwan, Waleed Aly And Walter Mason in The Drawing Room (ABC Radio National) Image: Barbara Heggen, ABC. Listen here (Tue 3rd September).

And now for some noodlies food and other visual highlights from Cambodia:

Mouthwatering Phnom Penh street food, Cambodia

Noodles at the Russian Market, Phnom Penh, Cambodia

Angkor Wat, Siem Reap, Cambodia

Banana roti street food in Siem Reap, Cambodia

Taking the tuk tuk from Siem Reap airport, Cambodia

K’NYAY vegetarian restaurant, Phnom Penh, Cambodia

Destination Cambodia
by Walter Mason
Allen & Unwin, RRP $24.99