In the shadow of the splendid Angkor Wat and the beautiful new hotels many people live a much less glamorous life.
I wanted to see the real Cambodia during my time there and worked with Go Philanthropic Foundation (GoPhilanthropic.org) to connect with fantastic small non profits doing amazing and effective work.
I spent four of my five days in Siem Reap with these organizations, visiting projects I had donated to prior to my visit. I saw the impact of my support as I met the smiling faces, visited the water wells, classrooms, villages and schools.
This experience overshadowed Angkor Wat and will remain a highlight.