All posts tagged: Phnom penh

Life lessons from Cambodia

Travel is a great teacher. And I feel that every experience has opened my eyes to some important life lessons, which no classroom education or job could ever teach me. And while one may not necessarily need to travel to realize these life truths, at least for me, the true acceptance of these has happened only through my time on the road. Cambodia is a country that had a profound impact on me for many reasons – its history, people, beauty affected me in good and bad ways both, and below I share some of the lessons I learnt during my time there. Never Generalize I had read a lot about crime in Cambodia and the lack of safety before I visited it, and while I will admit to having certain not so great experiences, I cannot deny that I had many more wonderful ones. Like the Tuk Tuk driver who stopped his dinner midway to drop us to our hotel late into the night. Or the owner of a hotel on Otres beach, who went …

Why I wouldn’t go back to Phnom Penh

The bus ride from Siem Reap to Phnom Penh was fairly uneventful, the so called highway was nothing more than a never ending dusty stretch of land, and by the end of it, we were pretty glad that we hadn’t attempted to drive around on our own. A short Tuk Tuk ride from the bus stand took us to our hotel, The Plantation. I had read rave reviews about this hotel, as one of the best places to stay in this city and I wasn’t disappointed. The hotel is really artistic, the staff is very friendly and helpful, the buffet breakfast is fantastic, and the spa, totally relaxing (we were offered a discount which I obviously availed 😛). But the absolute best part is the huge pool with cabanas along it’s length, where you can relax endlessly with your drinks and books, and when the sun gets too much, just walk down few steps and jump right into the pool! I had two days in Phnom Penh which I spent mostly at the pool and spa in our …

Exploring the best of Cambodia in 10 days

With the holiday season around the corner and a significant stash of leaves available, I began an end minute (and very frantic) research in December for yet another place to explore. Since I had barely two weeks off, anything beyond Southeast Asia seemed too much of a stretch, so I started digging up places close by. And as I read more and more, something about Cambodia intrigued me – maybe it was the history, maybe it was the beautiful pictures of the untouched islands, I still can’t put my finger to it. But one thing seemed clear, that this country was far more than its world renowned temples, and definitely worthy of a visit. Believe me when I say that creating an itinerary for Cambodia isn’t easy – the more you research, the more you get lost, distances are significant, internal flights quite expensive, and intercity transport options limited. I spent 10 days in Cambodia, and by no stretch is it enough to see the entire country. But I tried to make the best use …