Continuing with the series of travel costs in Southeast Asia, today I’m breaking down what we spent our money on in Cambodia.
After spending three weeks traveling through Vietnam, we headed over to Phnom Penh, Cambodia by bus. Immigration was easy, but it was our first time experiencing the “stamping fee” which would make an appearance again in Laos. We stayed in Phnom Penh for 3 nights in an air-conditioned private room. We went to the National Museum, shopped at some of the markets, and learned about Cambodia’s dark past at the S-21 Prison and the Killing Fields. We then took a day bus down to the beach town of Sihanoukville and stayed in a fan-cooled room for 3 nights. We checked out Serendipity, Occheuteal and Otres (the best!) Beaches and enjoyed the most delicious beachside seafood dinners for a measly $5 a pop.
We wanted to check out one of the nearby islands, so we hopped on a boat and heading out to Koh Ru. We stayed for 3 nights in a very rustic beach hut with shared bathrooms, and came the closest to finding paradise on our secluded little island. We spent one more night in Sihanoukville before catching one of our worst bus ride experiences to Kampot. Read more “Travel Costs: Cambodia”→
Sometimes a new post idea is created before I reach a destination. Sometimes they don’t even present themselves until I’m right in the middle of an extraordinary (and not so extraordinary) experience. And sometimes I get a little inspiration for a new post by other travel bloggers.
One of my favourite travel bloggers is Stephanie from Twenty-Something Travel. I’ve been following her adventures for the past 2 years and get a kick out of her posts. Her writing is honest, funny, and insightful. A couple of months before starting my backpacking trip, I read her post “Out My Window: A Retrospective” showcasing shots from the windows of places she stayed in. I loved the concept and decided it would make a great post at the end of my trip as well.
8-months of traveling meant there were a lot of accommodations that Tristan and I had stayed in, with varying styles and comfort levels. From overnight trains and buses, to hostel dorm rooms and guesthouses, to beachside bungalows and campervans, I managed to narrow the field down to 13 places. Compiling these photos was a trip down memory lane, bringing back the feelings and specific stories that surrounded these locations. Not all of our destinations are featured, but the post gives you overall view of where our travels took us. Read more “Photo Essay: View From My Window”→
One of the best regions in the world for fruit is in Southeast Asia. With ideal growing conditions and multiple harvesting periods, Southeast Asia has an abundance of beautifully looking and deliciously tasting fruit. The fruit doesn’t get any fresher than here, where it’s picked when ripened and sold in supermarkets and on the streets only hours later. There’s the usual recognizable fare of bananas, pineapples, mangos and coconuts. But as you explore the area, you’ll find yourself being drawn to fruits you’ve never seen before wondering what they could possibly be. We took it upon ourselves to seek out and taste-test all the different fruits in the region. We’ve broken them down for you with descriptions of what they taste like and how to eat them, and of course photographs to help you identify them. This is part one of a two part series on the fruits of Southeast Asia, so be sure to check back tomorrow for our follow up post. Read more “Fruits of Southeast Asia: Part 1”→
Before traveling to another country or part of the globe, we already have preconceived notions about what it’s roughly going to be like. Whether it’s through films, travel articles, photographs, or even word of mouth, most people will think a place is a certain way before they even step foot there. But it’s not until you finally get there that many of your concerns will be squashed, or that it just might not be all it’s been made out to be. Southeast Asia was definitely one of those places that I’d heard so much about, and naturally thought would turn out to be a particular way. But after spending 5 months backpacking through the region, I’m about to go all Mythbusters on many of the popular thoughts about Southeast Asia, well, at least what I had thought before setting foot there. Here are our 5 myths about traveling in Southeast Asia. Read more “5 Myths About Traveling in Southeast Asia”→