I can’t believe its been two weeks since I posted…again! I suppose that’s a slight improvement on my 3 week gap last time? Time is literally flying by out here, and before I know it a whole week has gone by.
I’m in Vietnam now, and so far here we have visited Ho Chi Minh and Mui Ne. But more on those next time! Today I’m bringing you travel update number two, and sharing all of my pictures from Cambodia. I figured ordering the pictures by location is the easiest way to do this without this post becoming a big ol’ mess.
Cambodia turned out to be absolutely nothing like I expected, but so much better. We visited 5 different locations in Cambodia, and each one was different from the last and revealed a unique charm about the country. I just can’t pick a stand out favourite!
I think it would be hard to plan a trip to Cambodia without including a stop at the iconic Angkor Temples in Siem Reap. Our day began with a 4am wake up call in the company of literally hundreds (or more!) of other travellers, all hoping to see that stunning sunrise. It was amazing and a must see if you are in Cambodia!
I adored Battambang. We took a day trip out to the countryside, saw how some of the locals live their daily lives and met the sweetest people. Including this lady who makes handmade cigarettes everyday, despite her 6 (!) sons being more than capable of supporting her.
Battambang is a little less visited than Siem Reap. We didn’t see loads of tourists everywhere we turned, and there was no ‘main tourist strip’ and it felt a little more authentic, which I loved.
Drum roll please…! And enter probably my favourite place we’ve stayed so far. In Kampot we stayed in the most adorable little riverside hut, with *this* view from our balcony. But, I don’t want to sit here and pretend it was all pretty riverside snaps. Because I definitely had to face a few bugs staying here (although thankfully no spiders!). And sleep under a mosquito net for the first time ever. But it was sooo worth it to step out of our front door to this every day.
River huts aside, there are actually things to do in Kampot besides sitting on your dreamy balcony all day long. We visited the Kampot pepper farm to see how their world famous pepper is grown. And took a day trip down to Kep. Explored their crab markets on the sea front (where there were spiders, and one that crawled on me…eeek!) and sampled the fresh seafood, perched on the edge of the sea.
If you do a little bit of research into Sihanoukville, you’ll quickly see that it has a slightly tacky reputation. All night bars and rubbish are scattered along the beach. But if you dig a little deeper, you’ll discover that further along the coast there is the beautiful Otres 2 beach. Which is where we plonked ourselves for a couple of days, and what a dreamy couple of days they were!
Phnom Penh is home to the S-21 Prison Museum and Killing Fields, which are truly heartbreaking places to visit but also a must if you are in Phnom Penh, as they provide such an insight to Cambodia’s history and culture.
The city is developing incredibly fast which is so interesting to see. Literally everywhere you look there is a new luxury apartment building or resort being built, and the contrast between the old and new is quite drastic. We even took a trip to the cinema one day and it was the nicest cinema I’ve ever seen, chandeliers and all! Though there isn’t a heap to do in Phnom Penh, it was definitely worth a couple of days and I am so glad we visited.
Cambodia totally took me by surprise and I loved it so much more than I expected to. I would love to know if you’ve been and whether you liked it!
I’m going to be uploading my Vietnam posts broken down into smaller chunks so hopefully I’m not absolutely bombarding you with alllll of the pictures. If you made it to here then thanks so much for reading!