I’m going to do a combined post for Cambodia because I only went to two places – Phnom Penh and Siem Reap. The rain was really bad when we were in Phnom Penh so we decided to cut our trip to Cambodia short before heading to Thailand.
I like Phnom Penh, it’s quite big so you can walk around for ages. And that is what we did the first day, meander. We went to a cafe called Daughters of Cambodia which is a charity set up to help sex workers get an education and a job outside of sex work. It also provides counselling to these girls and health care. The cafe was really nice, it is fairly pricey but for a good cause and the gift shop is lovely.
On the second day we did a tour of the S-21 prison and killing fields. It was a very emotionally draining day. The prison has many rooms each with a bed in the middle of the floor and a photograph of a tortured prisoner in each. The photographs were just horrendous. The prison was eerie, still with blood splatters on the wall. The killing fields were so peaceful, with birds chirping in the trees however there was an atmosphere that you knew something terrible had happened. Both places did an audio tour which was definitely worth the money as there isn’t much to read in either place so without the headset you wouldn’t be learning much. Really recommend going if you ever find yourself in this part of the world, but do be aware that it’s very upsetting.
We stayed in Siem Reap longer than intended but our hostel was just so chill that we couldn’t leave. It had a pool and sun loungers and a bar/restaurant so really you didn’t need to leave.
So the majority of the time we spent either by the pool, reading our books sheltering from the sporadic rain (cry) or out on the hunt for food.
We obviously did a tour of Angkor Wat which was brill. It is verrrryyyyy expensive but one of those things I couldn’t leave without doing. We bought tickets and then managed to get a tuk tuk driver to take us at 4:30am the next morning for sunrise.
On our last night we went for an Indian because both of us had been craving one for so long. We found Royal India which did vegetarian meals for $5 and I mean the amount of food was extreme. It was incredible though and I felt like I’d had such a proper feast.
All in all Cambodia was really great. It was really relaxed compared to Vietnam, the people are so nice and kind and the food was really good. Somehow though Vietnam is still my favourite.