Cambodia: Land of Smiles

Village kids

After four months on the road, I wanted to make a little ‘film’ to commemorate the beautiful people and places we have experienced. But I got stuck on Cambodia. As the first destination on our Indefinite Travel Adventure, it will always remain a very special place to us. We had such a wonderful time there, the people are by far the most warm and friendly that I have ever experienced anywhere in the world. Cambodia is a very special place, … Keep reading…

Simple Pleasures in Koh Kong

Sugar Cane

I wake up to a rainy day in Koh Kong, situated in southern Cambodia, near the Thai border. Peering out of the curtains, I see a woman and child walk right through a deep puddle, their feet dragging through the muddy water. “It’s raining!” I exclaim, as Tyrhone rolls over, shielding his eyes from the light. I’m not sure why I’m so excited about this, except for the fact that it makes a change from the searing heat of the last week or … Keep reading…

Koh Kong: Bring It On

Sunset

We’ve been to the jungle, swam in waterfalls, slept under the stars and seen fireflies and phosphorescent plankton light up the mangroves at night. And we have met a whole bunch of characters, locals and foreigners alike, that could fill a book with their idiosyncracies. We’ve played cards with a group of people representing six countries, including an Argentinian who didn’t know the rules and played anyway. I played a 45 minute game of ‘football’ with a four-year old boy … Keep reading…

Best Part of Sihanoukville: Leaving

Sihanoukville

Oh I am being a Negative Nelly aren’t I? But I guess that got your attention! Well there’s no point beating around the bush, Sihanoukville wasn’t my favourite place. It’s the most popular (in fact, the only!) beach resort town in Cambodia, and we wanted to see it for ourselves. I can’t believe I was bored in Kampot!!! Retrospectively, Kampot was amazing. That’s the thing about travel, your perspective on things is constantly changing. And maybe my perspective will change on Sihanoukville … Keep reading…

Bored in Kampot

DOORBIKE FINAL

I highly recommend getting bored in a place. Boredom is such a luxury. I can’t remember the last time I was bored, except at work. To be bored means you have time. And time was something I craved so desperately a few weeks ago, before we began our journey of indefinite travel. We were having a debate over breakfast the other morning as to when we actually arrived in Kampot. “Was it Wednesday? Or Thursday?” “Hang on, we got back … Keep reading…

Crumbling Kampot (But What’s With The Pyjamas?)

Raining Kampot

It’s raining today in Kampot, the crumbling river-side town on Cambodia’s south coast. After visiting on a day trip from Kep, we decided to come and stay here for a bit. At first glance, Kampot is dusty and run-down, but after a few hours it starts to grow on you. Of course its riverside location is a plus (why do we humans LOVE water so much?!), but for me, it’s the french-colonial crumbling facades complete with wooden shutters that conjure an image of a … Keep reading…

Get Your Moto Runnin’ in Cambodia

Bokor

  Get out on the highway! (or the back roads with the potholes…) Lookin’ for adventure… Or whatever comes our way! I may not be born to be wild, but today certainly was a great adventure. We set off from Kep with our rented ‘motos’ and headed for the town of Kampot, 25km west. It was a beautiful journey through local villages and farms, as the boys became acquainted with their ‘beasts’. I was able to take in all the wonderful … Keep reading…

Paradise Found: Cambodia’s Koh Tonsay

Boat Sunset

We were looking for relaxation, and we found it. After three days, two planes, one bus, a couple of tuk tuks and one wooden fishing boat, we found our own slice of paradise. Koh Tonsay means “Rabbit Island”, yet there were none to be seen as we alighted the boat at her sandy shores. There were however, several chickens, a few ducks, a couple of cats, and several dogs. After securing a simple thatched bungalow for $7 per night at the north end of the … Keep reading…

Cambodia: A Warm Welcome

Phnom Penh Cambodia

I was officially welcomed to Cambodia before we had even taken off from Singapore airport. We hurriedly took our seats at 23D and E (I haven’t slowed down yet!), before Ms 23F presented her tiny frame at our row. It’s that awkward stage of the flight, when you know you are going to be wedged next to someone for a couple of hours. Do you strike up conversation? Do you maintain boundaries by keeping to yourself? I usually opt for a … Keep reading…