I’ve been to Cambodia twice now. Once, for a visa run and quick hop to Siem Reap and the second with Oli last year. It never fails to amaze me just how underrated it is. The beaches are of course, nowhere near as nice as most of the beaches in Thailand, and the food isn’t as famously moreish, but there are a fair few plus points to travelling Cambodia over one of the neighbouring places.
Cambodia totally stole my heart, although it didn’t make it permanently onto my skin like Koh Tao did! The people are heartbreakingly friendly, and ever smiling. The food is delightfully familiar, with subtle Khmer twists here and there and the beaches are far less populated than in Thailand.
There is adventure in the shape of jungle trekking, diving and snorkelling, off the beaten path travel in the quaint countryside villages and Tonel Sap towns and you can even find a winery or two! It would be remiss to forget about those temples…..that pub crawl on ‘Pub Street’ and the heartbreakingly beautiful Killing Fields in Phnom Penh (which, fyi, is no more dangerous than London).
This Photo of The Week comes from Koh Rong, a tiny island off the coast of Sihanoukville — Cambodia’s party town. We enjoyed some awesome snorkelling (although of course, not as good as Koh Tao) and some humungous jelly fish. Seriously, SO big!
If you are planning your gap year, or grown up gap year to South East Asia I am of course, jealous — but I am also urging you to go to Cambodia. You won’t regret it.
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