We left Cambodia after only ten days, more due to time restraints than by choice. It doesn’t feel like we’ve been able to see a lot of this country; and it’s true we haven’t!
As I think I’ve previously mentioned when talking about Laos, before I came out here I naively thought every country we would visit would be similar to Thailand and was surprised when I got to Cambodia at how poor this country is as a whole. Our visit to Phnom Penh, where we visited the killing fields and S-21 was a great first stop for us as we quickly learnt about the horrible recent history of Cambodia (if you like you can read this here) and realised how far this nation has come in rebuilding all that was lost.
We then went down to experience the islands, and while they were lovely, on hindsight I wish we had spent the time in more rural locations so that we could have really got to see Khmer culture. That is the one regret I will have when visiting this country.
Equally I wish we had been able to spend more time in Siem Reap, a city which has a hell of a lot going for it and is developing a very upmarket vibe. I kind of wish we had left Angkor Wat to google images; which incidentally has better photos of the site than I managed to capture, and spent more time exploring the city itself and what it has to offer. Hopefully one day I will be able to return to fulfill my wishes!
We rode out of Siem Reap on 27th February and headed by bus to Bangkok. If I’m honest Thailand will always be my favourite country and seeing a 7/11 across the border made me more emotional than it should have done (first world problems). We spent a hugely reminiscent evening wandering down the streets where we started this trip, feeling familiarity for the first time in 2 months and loving every second. We booked a bus and boat combination down to our chosen Thai island Koh Pha Nagn and got a relatively early night – our bus left at 6am the next day!