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Southern Asian trip- Cambodia

Cambodia was one of the stops on my South-East Asia tour, which got stuck in my memory for sure. The place got much to offer in the terms of culture, history and the lifestyle.

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AsiaCambodia3 days / August 2019

Highs & Lows

The architecture and of palaces and temples

Annoying tuk tuk drivers

Itinerary Overview

After 2 weeks spent in Vietnam, I have decided to take a bus from Ho Chi Minh City to Phnom Penh, Cambodia. I  just left the bus, and I was surrounded by tuk-tuk drivers offering me a ride. All of them were competing with each other to get my attention and attract me with low prices for western standards. I have refused and decided to walk on my own to my hostel. Certainly, that was a good decision because I could take my time walking through the full-of-life streets of Phnom Penh. It seemed to me that they are really chaotic and noisy, but somehow people managed to function in this reality. I have arrived in the afternoon so already been tired after the journey, I have just decided to eat some dinner and go to sleep. The journey was about to start the next day..

I have started my next morning by buying a tuk-tuk tour from my hostel which was including few top spots in the city. My first destination was Royal Place which made a huge impression on me because I was stunned by the number of temples and the type of architecture which was not known to me before. All the temples were really richly decorated (usually in gold) and had so many details containing - 6 headed cobras or paintings with monster-eating warriors. That place is totally must-see. The next stop was the National Museum of Cambodia which is also equipped with many interesting pieces of art like sculptures of hybrids for example monkey-human o bird-human and many others. The last and most important spot on the list was- Killing Fields. After visiting places, nothing will be the same anymore, and you will look totally different in your life. Killing fields is basically the mass grave of people who were brutally killed during the regime of Pot Pol. Be sure to no skip this spot.

After arriving in Siem Reap the very next day, the early morning I went on the tuk-tuk trip around the ancient temples. The first destination was of course famous Angor Wat which in real life is actually way bigger than in photos. It was really nice to walk around this enormous religious sculpture and admire the effort which was put in establishing that. If you have ever had played Tomb Rider, It’s basically this vibe. We also went to a few other temples nearby, which were also impressive and seemed to have huge value to the people back in the day. The fun fact is that there is plenty of monkeys which are hanging around, which makes the place even more unique. Be sure to watch you, staff, because monkeys love to still things.

My last day in Cambodia I’ve spent hanging around in the city of Siem Reap. I went on the market where was street food where you could have many exotic things (at least for western tourists) like fried insects, snakes on the stick, etc. I did not try any for those, but maybe during your visit, you will be more keen and brave for that!

  • 2 Nights: Phnom Penh
    Exploring the city and the most important places
  • Day trip: Angkor Wat
    Visiting the worldy known temple complex
  • 1 Night: Krong Siem Reap
    Exploring the city

Q & A

  • What would you have changed?

    I would definitely stay longer in Cambodia

  • Anything go wrong during the trip?

    Not really

  • How was the food?

    Street Food in Siem Reap and street food in Phonm Penh

  • What tips would you give a friend?

    Take your time in the attractions like Killing Fields, I think it might be valuable to each of us to understand Cambodia situation that time and show respect to the people who lost their lives because of the regime that time.

  • Packing tips?

    Get summer clothes, sun protection, hat and great camera and power bank

  • Transportation Tips?

    Use buses between the cities and use tuk-tuk inside the city (be sure not to get scammed buy tuk-tuk drivers, the single ride should not be more expensive than 1-3$)

  • Any surprises?

    I was only surprised how amazing and interesting Cambodia is

  • Booking details?

    Cambodia it's really suitable for solo travelers. You don't need any travel agency and all accommodation you can book through booking.com. People in Cambodia are speaking in good English, and it is well touristic organized country.