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The world according to... Sir David Attenborough

The veteran broadcaster talks about his passion for the Cambodian rainforest, and why blue shirts and chinos are such a travel essential

Issue 79 | 79 april-may 2006

Mountain/desert/ocean/jungle... which are you?

For how long? I suppose I’ll have to say jungle. But I wouldn’t want to go there for more than a month.

Where was your biggest travel disappointment?

Returning to places that I visited 50 years ago and finding the forest has been completely cut down.

Where lives up to the hype?

Angkor Wat in 1960. I haven’t been back since, but seeing all those temples in the Cambodian rainforest – they were totally deserted – was wonderful.

What do you always take with you?

My front door key. Also, continuity on the programmes is important so I always take the same clothes: a blue shirt and chinos.

If you had a magic carpet where would you go?

There’s no place like home. When anybody asks me where I really want to be, it has to be at home.

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