Can you tell how excited I am to be finally writing about our journey into Cambodia? My wife (it still feels weird saying that – we got married in Sept ’10!) travelled to Cambodia a few years ago and she has been obsessed with the country every since. We had it in the back of our minds that we wanted to try and find a few weeks to travel through Cambodia at some point on our round the world adventure, but we had no firm plans to until we got to this side of Asia – how could we resist. It had a lot to live up to as we had been to so many amazing places so far and twinned with Siobhán’s excitement up to this point I was pretty intrigued. We took an overland bus from Ho Chi Min city in Vietnam over the border straight to Phnom Pehn, passing through the customs & border control was pretty easy with just a couple of short queues, a couple of stamps, a quick bite to eat and we were on our way. I think it took around 8 hours or so on the usual pot holed, take your life into your own hands, scary roads.
We found a place to stay pretty easily and opting for a place with good reviews, the only downside was the remaining rooms left came without windows. Still, the service was great, the people were very friendly and we were located on the doorstep of some excellent restaurants. On waking the next morning we a heard lot of commotion in the street below as further up the road there was a rather large building on fire, causing the whole world to come out and watch as the fire engines arrived. Still, concerned as they all were, everybody was still smiling. Cambodians seem to just love smiling, I loved it already. The next morning we arranged our bus to Siem Reap, which was a 5hr 315km journey North, heading anti-clockwise around the massive Tonle Sap lake. Temples here we come!
Street scene in Phnom Penh, Cambodia – View Larger
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