Deported from US to Cambodia for crimes, returnees find a purpose running offbeat tours for visitors

Born in Thai refugee camps, they grew up in America; expelled to Cambodia, a country they’d never known, many struggle but a tour agency is changing that.

Standing in the dappled shade of The Chinese House, an upmarket restaurant and bar in Phnom Penh steeped in history, the guides introduce themselves.

Deported from the United States to Cambodia, they are turning over a new leaf and inspiring their peers to do the same, with the launch of a tour agency that shows visitors hidden sides to the country.

It quickly becomes apparent that the five men have one thing in common – each has been exiled from the place they called home.

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