“I am not the same, having seen the moon shine on the other side of the world.” – Mary Anne Radmacher
That’s what travel does, doesn’t it? It changes us. I have become so aware of my tiny place in the world, and my thirst to see and experience all our beautiful Earth has to offer seems unquenchable.
This summer, that yearning took me to Cambodia. It was perfect. It was the ultimate mix of exploring and relaxing, and I had an absolutely wonderful time.
29 July – 31 July: Siem Reap
Adam and I booked a room at Golden Temple Villa and thoroughly enjoyed our stay. Not only did the reservation include an hour-long free massage, but the staff were really helpful and friendly.
We were up and about early each day. Our first delicious discovery was fruit shakes. Aaaaah, the fruit shakes. For a dollar, I was able to get a mango/dragon fruit mix. Adam stuck to mango/pineapple/orange. We had at least one of these a day.
My favourite part of Siem Reap was Master Feet. We were in Siem Reap for three days, and had a foot massage every day. Six US dollars will buy you an hour of absolute bliss. My feet have honestly never felt so good.
Another fun stop in Siem Reap is the Old Market. So many interesting colours and smells! Fruit, veggies, meat, spices, toiletries…this market had them all!
A couple of odds and ends
1 August: Angkor Wat
I’m going to let the photos speak for themselves here. 🙂
2 August – 8 August: Koh Rong
After a long bus ride and a quick ferry, Adam and I arrived in paradise. Koh Rong was everything we’d hoped it would be. The beach was beautiful, there were lots of restaurants, and there weren’t very many people. We stayed at Happy Bungalows and were really impressed by it. The cabins were spacious and surprisingly cheap but we decided to rather stay in a private room, which was the cheapest option. For $15, we got a huge room with a queen-sized bed and a single bed.
Unfortunately, a fair amount of our time on the island was spent indoors. It was the rainy season, so innocent drops turned into a deluge very fast.That being said, the rain didn’t ruin my vacation plan to “do as little as possible”, so it was all right with me!
Even on the island, we could indulge in ridiculously cheap fruit. We regularly snacked on mangoes, 3 for $1. Yep, you read right.
After a bout of food poisoning that had me eating rice crackers for a day, I stuck to fried rice. Being gluten-free really limited my choices, but on the last night, I had this incredible tuna salad. It was magical.
When the sun came out, Adam would swim and I would read. In the picture below, I had finally managed to seize a hammock and was thoroughly enjoying Emma by Jane Austen. A few minutes after this picture was taken, a massive snake fell out of the tree next to me. It was long and green, and clearly trying to get back home, but the man it fell on bashed its head against a tree. 😦
Cambodia is a gorgeous country with lovely people. I really enjoyed my time there, and came back to Korea ready for a new semester, and to take bratty behaviour with a smile.