Your brand new Lonely Planet is never going to mention this place, nor will any travel book.
It’s a godforsaken village 20 kilometres away from Angkor Wat, surrounded by pristine countryside and free-roaming buffaloes. The only option to spend the night here is to sleep at Maden’s house.
Don’t get surprised if locals stare at you as if you were a rare animal wearing Western clothes – tourists don’t really come here.
And back to Maden, the owner of this charming Airbnb – don’t get deceived.
He seems an ordinary Cambodian man in his forties, just like any other. But he is not.
In fact, everybody in the village shows a special respect to him and treats him as a leader.
Needless to say, Maden’s life was nothing close to ordinary.
This is Maden’s story.