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Last Hours in Cambodia

I woke early as this was my last day in Cambodia. I had no idea what exactly was going to happen, but going with the flow hadn’t led me wrong up to that point. I went down to the main room where breakfast was being served, and noticed another girl sitting by herself. I went up to her and introduced myself, and we ended up having breakfast together. Her name was Kathryne, and when she asked me what my plans were, I told her the truth.. I had no clue.

She told me that she was thinking of starting her day by heading to the Killing Fields, that the tuk tuk was $12, and if I would be willing to come along with her. Knowing that I was going to say goodbye to my Irish friends that very day, I agreed. We ended up spending the entire day sightseeing together, and boy.. did we squeeze in a lot of stuff!

Mass graves at the Killing Fields in Phnom Penh

The tree which was used to beat children to death

The horror of Cambodia’s all too recent past was painfully fresh, and very well documented. After going through the tour, we were quite depressed, and couldn’t really bring ourselves to eat lunch. We ended up visiting the Royal Palace instead.

The Palace grounds

After touring the Royal Palace, we walked along the river nearby and I saw something very odd…

Can someone please explain to me why this little naked boy is dragging a boat up steam with an old man inside???

At this point, we were pretty much starving, so we wandered into this cute little cafe. We chatted for a while over our late lunch, and shared some of our life stories. Turned out that Kathryne was a teacher at a prison in Leicester. I thought that was very unique!

Kathryne and I, after eating lunch

It was getting pretty late in the afternoon, and we decided that since I was leaving tomorrow, I absolutely had to see the Russian Market, so we hailed another tuk tuk and off we went!

I’m a girl. SOOOO I shopped! What else is there to do at a market? They had to literally drag us kicking and screaming out of the throngs of stalls! My last day in Cambodia was nothing short of epic… History, Food, Friendship, Sites and Shopping. Travel really doesn’t get much better than this!

From Siem Reap to Phnom Penh

My final night in Siem Reap was pretty awesome. I met a couple from Ireland and we went out on Pub Street for dinner, followed by a few drinks at Temple Bar. We ended up staying up until after 1am, and with a bus to catch early in the morning… we were possibly asking for trouble!

All was well however, and we met in the lobby at the arranged time, had breakfast and boarded the bus soon after. I was thrilled at having another chance to experience the views of the Cambodian countryside, and got annoyed all over again, at the many people who chose to sleep instead!

At some point during the ride, we realized something was off. This wasn’t the way we came! Apparently when we booked our bus tickets, we didn’t specify a tourist bus, so along the way our bus kept on picking up and letting off locals…bringing our journey to Phnom Penh at a royal elapsed time of 8 hours vs the expected 6! Uh oh…

After arriving, some time around 5:30pm, we hired a tuk tuk from the bus station to drop us off at our guesthouse. I checked in, paid the $10 and took a shower. Roughly 40 mins later, we were ready to hit the road for dinner. Needless to say, the food options at the stops along the bus path were far from tempting.

We walked a fair bit, until we got to Riverside where most of the nice restaurants were situated. After scanning a few of the outside menus, we settled on one which seemed diverse enough seeing that we had a vegetarian in our midst. Here’s a look at what I ate:

Fried Shrimp and chips

Pizza

Washed down with the local beer!

After dinner, I was beyond tired, so I turned in for the night. I had lots of plans for the following day and when you’re traveling, you need all the beauty sleep you can get!