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Siem Reap, Cambodia


Siem Reap River, Cambodia at Twilight

The journey to Siem Reap was 12 hours long from Sihanoukville. It started at 7am, after waiting for what felt like forever at our hostel, where we were unfortunately unable to get breakfast! Luckily, the mini van that picked us up felt fairly spacious, as we were going to be in it for the first five hour stretch to Phnom Penh. That’s right - all of that way, not in a sleeper bus, not even a regular bus, but in a mini van. Thankfully, I didn't sleep the night before, so I could sleep straight through the journey with the help of Harmony’s neck pillow and the van’s air conditioning.

When we arrived in Phnom Penh, we had two hours to either chill at the bus depot or get some lunch. We tried to find a restaurant, but the nearest, nice place on Tripadvisor wasn't worth the walk. So, we went without any food. That time went fairly quick and, when we got on our second and final bus, we were given cake and a bottle of water each! I slept through most of that journey to, right up until we made a 20 minute stop in a nice town called Stueng Saen. The street markets, dusty, dirt roads and golden statues and shrines looked amazing as the light from the setting sun hit them.

Stueng Saen Market Stall, Cambodia

As we continued on the journey through Cambodia's fascinating, flat landscape, the sun continued to set. The sky turned burning tones of orange and red, and lasted for ages! Harmony was amazed and completely in awe, as was I. Two more hours went by and we were happy to arrive in Siem Reap. First of all, we had to get to our hostel (Hi Siem Reap) and get comfortable there. By the time that was done, we were starving again so it was definitely time to eat! Fortunately, there was an adequate and affordable restaurant next door (Meng Café)!

We knew we were going to love it in Siem Reap - the river that runs through the city, the festive lights that hung from one side of the road to the other and the relatively relaxed night market opposite our hostel. The only downsides were the loud dogs that howled throughout the night and the pushy tuk tuk drivers that don't take no for an answer. In the morning, we got free breakfast - eggs on toast for me, and a banana pancake with honey for