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Past and Present in Phnom Penh

Posted on June 20, 2012

Heather here. Beach bliss behind us, we once again boarded the long-distance bus from Sihanoukville and headed to Phnom Penh, Cambodia’s capital city. What a jolt to go from a deserted stretch of sand to a bustling metropolis, but we soon got our sea legs and set right in. We planned from the start to dig further in to Cambodia’s rocky recent history whilst in Phnom Penh, since we had done the tours of ancient Khmer glory in Siem Reap. Throughout our travel thus far in Cambodia, we had been thinking about the hardship of the people here from the Khmer Rouge times, and now we really wanted to face that, even though it’s a difficult topic to think about. We believe that travel…

Something Koh Rong, It’s Right

Posted on June 15, 2012

Fred here. After a few sweltering hot days in Siem Reap, it was time to seek out the Cambodian coast. And honestly, what’s a trip to Southeast Asia without taking in a deserted island anyways. After a 12-hour bus ride from Siem Reap via Phnom Penh, we found ourselves in Sihanoukville, an over-developed ex-pat beach town and port on the Gulf of Thailand. Not the most picturesque place we’ve been to date. But this was just the jumping off point as we sought out a true paradise on one of the numerous islands near the coast. We did a bit of research and found Koh Rong, a jungle-laden island with long stretches of deserted white sand beaches about a 2 hour boat ride out.…

Siem Reap and the Land of Wats

Posted on June 12, 2012

Heather here. Lazy days in Luang Prabang came and went, and onward we flew to Siem Reap, Cambodia, in the thick of wat region. These Khmer temple grounds date from anywhere between the 9th and 13th centuries. We had three full days to explore the many ruins, including the granddaddy of them all: Angkor Wat. For me, this was my first foray into Cambodia, but for Fred, he was only too happy to return to Siem Reap for the second time and relive some of his favorite sights in Southeast Asia. Our plan was to visit the wats in order of oldest to youngest, hitting on one century each day. We hired a tuk tuk driver for the entire time, a really nice guy…