Insider's book about Cambodia published before elections

Top Quote A new book about Cambodia entitled The Definitive Guide to Moving to Southeast Asia: Cambodia provides insight, details about living in the Royal Kingdom. End Quote
  • (1888PressRelease) July 26, 2013 - The insider's book about living in Cambodia has been released in print- just in time for the crucial national elections in this Southeastern nation of 14 million.

    The Definitive Guide to Moving to Southeast Asia: Cambodia has been a best-selling e-book in the Cambodia travel category since its release in March, 2013. The Definitive Guide is designed to help travelers and new and potential residents of Cambodia learn about living in the Kingdom of Wonder. Its print version release was timed to coincide with the divisive national elections July 28, which are held every five years and earn the attention of governments and watchdog agencies around the world.

    "This is yet another fascinating time to be in Cambodia," said author, Gabrielle Yetter. The Definitive Guide is the first in a series of guides on moving to Southeast Asia published by Michigan-based travel publishers Wandering Educators.

    It is based on the personal experiences of the author, who has lived in Cambodia since 2010, and provides guidelines on how to find the best (and worst) places to live, how to be respectful of Khmer culture, where to find the best restaurants (and what to eat), what to do with kids (and where to school them), hot tips about lesser-known places to visit, how to find work, what to bring with you (and what to leave behind), the cost of basic items and listings of expat social clubs, schools and entertainment.

    "I've spent time with a wide range of people since moving here," said Yetter. "I have friends who are volunteer workers, corporate expats, Cambodian colleagues and tuktuk drivers. I've travelled to far-flung provinces doing research for foreign donor documents and for the cookbook I wrote about traditional Cambodian desserts. I've been into the simple homes of poor farmers and visited fancy hotels for wine tastings.

    "I've sampled snake and tarantulas in roadside food stands and dined on imported oysters and sushi in fancy restaurants. I've learned about the customs and traditional health regimen of village communities, and learned first-hand about expat medicine for stomach ailments and bouts of dengue fever. I've also attended simulcast Academy Awards parties attended by members of the royal family and have cheered on my husband's favorite American football team in a live Superbowl broadcast.

    The Definitive Guide to Moving to Southeast Asia: Cambodia delves into lifestyles, customs, and stories of life in the country which, in 2012 saw an increase of 24.8 percent in tourism arrivals and 47 percent in business travelers over the previous year. In 2013, there is estimated to be four million visitors (most of whom come to see the world heritage site of Angkor Wat).

    Ang Kim Eang, President of Cambodia Association of Travel Agents, said tourism growth from year to year was due to attractive tourism destinations, broad promotions, flight connections between Cambodia and foreign countries and visa exemptions among ASEAN member states.

    Cambodia is a popular destination for ecological and cultural tourism. In addition to Angkor Wat, it is known for its 450 kilometer coastline which stretches through the four provinces of Koh Kong, Preah Sihanouk, Kampot and Kep and was officially recognized as a member of Club of the World's Most Beautiful Bays in May, 2011.
    "The focus of the Cambodia guidebook is not to be a travel guide to this country," said Gabrielle. "I want to get across the diversity and contrasts of this country and how to navigate your way around, whether you're a visitor wanting to know how to address someone respectfully, an expat looking for networking opportunities or an armchair traveler wanting to learn about the culture and personality of Cambodians."

    About the author
    Gabrielle Yetter is a freelance writer who moved to Phnom Penh with her husband, Frank, in 2010 with Volunteers In Asia to volunteer at an NGO in Cambodia and write freelance articles. She has worked in the corporate world in the U.S., run her own small businesses and, since moving to Cambodia, has written The Sweet Tastes of Cambodia and The Definitive Guide to Moving to Southeast Asia: Cambodia (available on Amazon as an ebook or in print).

    Contact: Gabrielle Yetter - (855)77359613; gabirich2003 ( @ ) yahoo dot com

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