Cambodia Travel The Kingdom of Wonder
Oh Cambodia. My love affair with this little country started on my first backpacking trip around Southeast Asia in 2012. A few years later, I moved to Phnom Penh and worked with a local NGO for a year. It was a life-changing experience. As much as I try to resist her charms, I always find myself being drawn back into this complicated, devastatingly beautiful place.
Unlike most travellers, I’ve peeked behind the curtain. For me, Cambodia’s flaws only serve to sharpen the edges of its subtle beauty and the grace of its people. The nation’s recent history is something every traveller should take the time to learn about.
From the bright lights of Phnom Penh, a perpetual construction site, to the silent rice paddies of the middle country; from the charming back roads of smaller cities like Kampong Cham, Kampot and Battambang all the way to Siem Reap’s roaring Pub Street. I’ll take it all.
Sunrise at Angkor Wat, dusk on the Northern Mekong (home to the most majestic light shows in the world, by the way), and hours upon hours of soul-affirming, heart-string-tugging, eye-opening experiences in between. If you give Cambodia just a little bit of your time, she’ll reward you with a lifetime’s worth of knowledge and perspective. Trust me, you’ll be back for more.