Cambodia is probably one of my hardest travel experiences. While such a beautiful country, I had a real run of bad luck while visiting. It was a real reminder that travel is all-encompassing from the very best times to the lows. I spent around three weeks travelling the country. This included stops in Phnom Penh, Sihanoukville, Koh Rong and Siem Reap.
Cambodia – a humbling travel experience
Phnom Penh is where I started my travels after arriving from Vietnam. It was a busy city and one I had been warned about due to the high number of robberies. It was fine while I was there and I didn’t hear about anything that happened during my time there.
I stayed at a hostel and spent a few days visiting The Killing Fields and S21 Prison. It was truly humbling and eye-opening to learn about Cambodian history in such a way. We are so shielded from the true history of the world. I encourage you to go out and learn.
Travelling solo in Cambodia
Sihanoukville was a tough experience for me, it was bookended by a friend of mine being attacked. And by a horrible bus crash which nearly cost me my life. Naturally it doesn’t bring back the best memories and I found it rather a hard place to bond with.
However, I did still enjoy my time over at Otres Beach where I stayed in a little hut overlooking the ocean and visited food markets. I also had fun on Koh Rong. I enjoyed impromptu nighttime fishing trips and I also met the staff from Survivor and partied with them.
Exploring Angkor Wat
My final stop was in Siem Reap, and I really wish I had started the trip there. I think it could have been an entirely different trip if I had started there. Staying in Siem Reap was a fantastic week filled with visiting the temples at Angkor Wat, relaxing by a swimming pool, massages, good food, self care and shopping. This also included a yoga and meditation retreat which was by far my favourite memory of the country.
Most importantly, I want to stress that since I visited Cambodia there have been huge changes in the country and in terms of tourism, so I encourage anyone to go and see for themselves.