Exactly last year, I was in Kampot weighing to consider whether or not I should stop by Sihanoukville afterward. In the end, I skipped the city due to limited time and just went ahead to Phnom Penh.
That’s why when I’m looking for contributors for the $10 series, I prioritized some cities that I was so excited as I got connected to Timi of The LandLoper who could share her two cents about traveling around the city.
What did I miss when I was in Cambodia? Is Sihanoukville worth a visit despite all the negative things you see on the internet?!
And ever since I started planning my Indochina trip, I knew that I wanted to use either bus or train to get me from one place to another.
That, until I googled about the bus from Siem Reap to Vientiane that I found out the number of border services from Cambodia to Laos isn’t as many options like those from Cambodia to Vietnam.
After researching the options that I could take from Siem Reap to somewhere in Laos, I decided to make a stopover in Pakse. Honestly, when I decided to do that, it was actually my first time hearing about Pakse, so I barely knew anything about where to go or what to visit there.
However, I figured stopping by Pakse is an excellent way to go if I want to go across the border from Cambodia to Laos by land. I could stay for a night or two, and then continue my trip to Vientiane later. So I did.
One thing that I noticed about Siem Reap was that the average hotel rate is relatively higher than in Phnom Penh. If you haven’t recognized my traveling style already, I like my accommodation to be affordable yet comfortable.
I’m in my 30s, so hostels are definitely out of my options. I won’t say I’m so demanding when it comes to the accommodation, but I usually have one thing that is usually on my filter when it comes to searching for my ideal one: the elevator.
I know it’s been a while since the last time I wrote my previous piece on my Indochina tour. I’ve already got “One Day in Siem Reap” for my next post since I published my Oudong article last month, but then life happened.
By life, I meant work stuff as well as some distractions to binge-watch Brooklyn 99. I never watched the series before, but I’ve finished their season 6 now, and I recently started Modern Family. I was already planning to just spend this weekend continuing the series since I’ve got a lot to catch up. Still, then I’m trying to stay away from my procrastinating ass.
Today, I’m going to write about the next place that I visited on my last trip to Indochina: Siem Reap, Cambodia.
I only spent one day traveling to explore Angkor Wat and some other places in Siem Reap. The next day, I spent most of my time strolling around Pub Street and its surrounding, so this time I’m going to focus on what I did around the city for a day. Here we go!
In case you don’t know yet, my way of travel will probably be classified as ‘scattered’ for some people. Unlike most travelers who would outline their itinerary when they visited a place, I wasn’t like that. That’s also what happened when I was in Cambodia.
After I decided to turn down Sihanoukville from the list of cities to visit as a part of my Indochina tour, I eventually stayed at The Mou Hotel in Phnom Penh for 4 days. You may think I had visited a lot of places in Cambodia’s capital, but truth be told, I had not.
After visiting the Killing Fields and Tuol Sleng Genocide Museum on the first day, I ended up having some Khmer massage at Anna’s Spa. On the second day, I was swarmed up with the virtual meeting, so I only went to the riverside later at night for a date with my Indochina fling. LOL.
On my last full day, since I realized that I didn’t know when I got a chance to come back to Phnom Penh again, I decided to force myself to go out. And this time, I went to Oudong, the old capital of Cambodia.