2019.5.21 - selfie, the rumps, near polz
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Phnom Penh - Cambodia's Capital

Independence Monument, Phnom Penh, Cambodia

The journey into Cambodia was a bit of a weird one. It started with a loud explosion, but no body thought anything of it until the bus ride suddenly became really bumpy. It was a blown tire - that was for sure. Thankfully, it meant that we had to stop for a replacement and we could bath in the beautiful, hot weather. That was my plan anyway. Every other western passenger started to stress about having to arrange a visa upon arrival and didn't want to part with their passport. Maybe they were being smart but, to me, they just seemed paranoid.

After we got back on the road, we didn't have another rest stop until we arrived at the border. At which point, I started to stress a little myself, as I remembered I had a multi-tool in my bag with a small blade on it. We were told that are bags are getting scanned but, when it came to it, it was actually the most laid-back border crossing and immigration I’ve ever experience (as long as you don’t over stay your visa). When we made it through without any trouble, it wasn’t the end of my worrying. We were in a high-risk malaria zone and neither Harmony nor I had taken any pills in preparation for it. Luckily, there weren’t many mosquitos anyway.

On the other side of the border, we had a chance to get food and go to the toilet. My thoughts turned to the people of Cambodia – very friendly, but not nearly as enthusiastic or happy as the Vietnamese. Everything available to buy was now in US Dollars, which was a little strange, and everything was a little bit more expensive. When we got back on the road, I noticed the landscape - flat as can be, with a few patches of woodland, some small houses sitting on the side of the road and a few temples in the more built up areas. Farmers were working in the fields, fisherman stood beside the rivers and children ran around outside their homes.

The sun went down before the journey was over. The interesting cloud formations in the sky made it one of the best sunsets that I’ve ever seen, but it meant that we weren’t going to see much for the rest of the journey.

People at Bon Om Touk 2016, Phnom Penh Water Festival, Cambodia