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Letters | April 2012

February issue for mail section.

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Cambodia Rising

Thank you for Thomas Beller’s “Cambodia’s New Look” [February]. I’ve been fortunate enough to travel to this undiscovered part of the world. Some of my favorite spots were Phnom Penh’s Central and Russian markets, where we bought beautiful silk pillowcases; Wanderlust (I love supporting local artisans); and Mekong-Quilts. I also enjoyed Beller’s description of the tuk-tuk ride—it’s the only way to travel! —Molika Anderson, Long Beach, Calif.

“Cambodia’s New Look” brought back memories of our trip to the country last October. Yes, we saw the prisons, the killing fields, and the thousands of skulls of Pol Pot’s victims. But what remains in our minds are the children in the river villages and their command of English, the dynamism of Phnom Penh—its hustle and bustle and the charm of its early-20th-century buildings—and Siem Reap, the gateway to Angkor Wat. As a Unesco World Heritage site supported by help from nations ranging from Germany to India, Angkor Wat is a tribute to human heritage. I would recommend the trip to anyone and everyone. —Don Owings, Fountain Inn, S.C.

London on Overdrive

I enjoyed the T+L 500 Best Hotels in the World [January], but are you seriously trying to tell me that 13 out of the top 14 hotels in England are in London? —Mike Hewitt, Plano, Tex.

Editor’s Note: A number of properties outside of London have made the list in the past. The T+L 500 reflects reader responses from our World’s Best Awards survey, and the hotel scene is constantly evolving. Our 2012 survey is live through March 31, so be sure to vote at TLWorldsBest.com.

Something Old, Something New

Guy Trebay’s “Hidden Treasures in Milan” [February] struck a chord with me. Having just returned from a trip myself, I appreciated some of Milan’s “new” treasures as well: a pop-up restaurant, the Cube (1 Via Ugo Foscolo; 39-36/6389-9694; dinner for two $720), has a breathtaking view of the Duomo, while Maurizio Cattelan’s “finger-pointing” L.O.V.E. statue in the financial district is exciting and controversial. —Marana Kern, Wayland, Mass.

Hot Topic: Luggage Lessons

Mark Orwoll’s February Smart Traveler column, “How to Avoid Luggage Theft” was a familiar story for baggage-theft victims everywhere, and the advice came pouring in.

Lockout: We used TSA-approved locks when returning from Aruba two years ago, and when we got home, we noticed someone had cut the metal toggles on our brand-new bag to steal $275 worth of duty-free merchandise. Now we use plastic wires instead. If someone wants to open a bag, for whatever reason, they are easily cut without damaging the luggage. —Linda Gamble, Allentown, Pa.

Covering Your Bases: I was worried about the way my new bags would be handled while in transit so I bought some sturdy luggage covers to protect them. They were expensive and are hard to put on, but in the long run, they’ve proven invaluable. —Jeannine Payne, San Antonio, Tex.

Zipped Out of Luck: While traveling back from Arusha, Tanzania, last summer, items were stolen from my TSA-locked bag. The lock wasn’t triggered (there was no color change) but I found out later that thieves crack through the zipper with a pen, steal what they can, and then run the zipper back and forth until it reengages. —Angela Wilmer, New York, N.Y.

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