When I crossed the border from Laos into Cambodia, I instantly felt better.
I had not fallen in love with Laos–the food was subpar and the people I met were not as kind as the ones in Thailand. The people in Cambodia, though, (from my limited experience) are amazing.
My first stop was Siem Reap to see the Angkor Wat and the surrounding temples.
April is the hottest month in Cambodia, my travel buddy and I elected not to ride bicycles around the temples. Instead, we hired a tuk tuk driver for all three days that we toured the area.
Two mornings, we got up ridiculously early to see the sunrise. On the third day, we were supposed to watch the sunset, but it was too cloudy to see much. Cue the fantastic woman (pictured above) who was friends with our driver insisted on giving us free beer.
It was a wonderful beginning to my Cambodia adventure.
But it was just so so so hot.
Like, hotter than North Carolina in August.
I needed to get to the ocean.
I decided to bypass Phnom Penh and head directly to Koh Rong. I have to fly out of Phnom Penh at the end of the month anyway.
Just the sight of the coast from the bus window made me tear up. Koh Rong (and Koh Rong Sanloem), was paradise.
I spent five nights on Koh Rong and three nights on the smaller and less-populated Koh Rong Sanloem.
The islands were not that cheap, though. I shared a hut with two other girls and we paid $10 each. Meals were often $5. This is not the place for a backpacker on a very strict budget.
So, with my Cambodia fund running out faster than expected, I left the island and have since made my way to Sihanoukville, to celebrate the New Year!