So my rough itinerary was that I’d land in Phnom Penh, the capital city of Cambodia, head over to Sihanoukville and Koh Rong after a couple of days, and then proceed to Siem Reap to visit the famous Angkor Wat, before heading back to India. It was going to be a 9 day trip, including travel.
While on one hand I wanted to make sure I saw as much as I could in the given days, I also wanted to ensure my trip wasn’t rushed and mega-touristy. I enjoy slow travel, giving one enough time and mind space to soak in the environment and culture around, and wanted at least some of that to happen in this trip.
To be honest, apart from the famous Angkor Wat temple complex- a favourite amongst travel photographers- I didn’t have much idea about what else these places held (pardon my ignorance). I could’ve easily researched about the place before setting foot, but I was quite occupied at work in the preceding weeks of my trip, and there was a certain charm to the idea of discovering things in person!
I'm sharing the highlights of my journey as a tribute to this amazing place, and so that fellow travel enthusiasts consider this (still relatively unconventional) destination over the usual suspects, with the hope that people from around the world have the privilege to learn more about Cambodian history, culture and people!
Day 1-3: Exploring Phnom Penh: Night Market, Skulls & Boxing
I landed in Phnom Penh in the afternoon, and head straight to my Airbnb- a centrally located hostel called Base Villa. The manager organized a Tuk Tuk to pick me up from the airport, and almost as soon as I set foot at the hostel, I was quite happy about the choice I’d made!
I had booked a private room, which was pretty basic, yet neat. The hostel had its own bar and restaurant that served some amazing (and super cheap) drinks and food (my favourite cocktail was the Watermelon Mai Tai and the local Khmer dishes they served). They also had a small pool that was great to sit around in the evenings (once it got a bit cooler).