Cambodia: Siem Reap, Angkor Wat and Koh Rong in words and pictures

By Div

“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.

Pic by: Div
Pic by: Div
Pic by: Adam Jones
Pic by: Adam Jones

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.

Pic by: Div
Pic by: Div

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!

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A couple of odds and ends

Pic by: Div Kate is apparently a tasty dish in Cambodia.
Pic by: Div
Kate is apparently a tasty dish in Cambodia.
Pic by: Div Did I wander back into Korea?
Pic by: Div
Did I wander back into Korea?

1 August: Angkor Wat

I’m going to let the photos speak for themselves here. 🙂

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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.

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Pic by: Adam Jones The bungalows, right on the beach. Those hammocks were rarely available!

The rain

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!

Pic by: Adam Jones A quick stroll before those clouds opened up on us.
Pic by: Adam Jones
A quick stroll before those clouds opened up on us.
Pic by: Div Whilst room-bound, we played numerous card games and had some drinks. Adam came up with the ingenious idea of using takkies as cup-holders!
Pic by: Div
Whilst room-bound, we played numerous card games and had some drinks. Adam came up with the ingenious idea of using takkies as cup-holders!
Pic by: Adam Jones
Pic by: Adam Jones
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Look at those clouds!
Pic by: Div The pic doesn't do the situation justice...it was POURING!
Pic by: Div
The pic doesn’t do the situation justice…it was POURING!
We got a rainbow!
We got a rainbow!

The food

Even on the island, we could indulge in ridiculously cheap fruit. We regularly snacked on mangoes, 3 for $1. Yep, you read right.

Pic by: Div Sweet and succulent. I miss them already!
Pic by: Div
Sweet and succulent. I miss them already!

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.

Pic by: Div
Pic by: Div

The fun

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. 😦

Pic by: Div Catching up on some literature.
Pic by: Div
Catching up on some literature.

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.

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Pic by: Div

What did you do this summer? Let us know in the comments below! We love hearing from you 🙂 And check us out on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram!

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