Greetings from Cambodia. In the hopes of keeping my friends and family up to date I am going to start a new series called the roundup. Every week I will be regaling you with my travel wins, fails and things in-between. Last week left me in Siem Reap. This week I head to Phnom Penh and then down south to Sihanoukville.
Day 22 – 24
Phnom Penh is exactly how I remember it from last time smelly, hot and busy. Except now it has a lot more westerners and fast food chains. It was hot in Phnom Penh so a good portion of our days were spent at the Backyard Cafe which after discovering it on our first night became our favorite place. So much so that we ate here everyday while we were in Phnom Penh. This place was literally like home for us and I cannot tell you how nice it was there and how much happiness it brought me.
They have amazing healthy eats like smoothie bowls, amazing zoodle pasta and the most yummy bowls.
We didn’t just eat at the Backyard cafe though 🙂 We got to see Wat Phnom and the Royal Palace . We walked for what felt like forever along the river in the middle of the day in 100 degree heat. A little “tip” if you want to avoid crowds just roam Phnom Penh during the middle of the day when it is most hot. The locals go into hiding but you may die of a heat stroke.
We also had drinks at the Elephant Bar which was stunning. Here we sipped on Femme Fatales which was created for Jackie Onassis. The former first lady visited Cambodia in 1967 and had an honorary cocktail created for her at the Elephant Bar at the very chic Raffles hotel.
Afterwards we went to a rooftop bar that overlooked the river to finish off our time in Phnom Penh before Sihanoukville.
Day 25 – 28
If Phnom Penh is everything like I remembered Sihanoukville is the opposite. When I came here a few years ago this was a really low key hippie town with a great boardwalk with fun bars. Sihanoukville is a place where you can really see the influence the boost in tourism has created.
Their were a lot of new hotels, resorts and even high rises being built.
We stayed in Otres 2 which is a quieter place than where I stayed last time. Our resort was very cute and we loved how close it was to the beach and its pretty pool. We even did a boat trip that lead us to a three different islands for snorkeling and sun bathing. This was defiantly way more chill than Phnom Penh and we really enjoyed the down time.
This week marks pretty much a month since I have been traveling. It is crazy to think I got on a plane almost a month ago as it literally feels like two months ago. Time is a funny thing. People always say time flies when you are having fun but it really feels like we have all the time in the world.
I am really enjoying this time not having to “work” and just being free.
At a Glance
- Our bus from Phnom Penh to Sihanoukville never came for us. After some scrambling we got booked on to another bus at 6 hours later.
- It was boiling hot in Phnom Penh. The heat here is really oppressive and on most days it reaches 100 degrees so we really took it easy this week.
- Finding the backyard cafe. It a little sad how much I loved this place but it was so good and healthy. After fighting a little food poising my body was so happy to receive the healthiness that was the backyard cafe.
- Because we had a bit more down time I was able to finish the Alchemist by Paulo Ohloe. It was the perfect book to read at the beginning of my journey and is now one of my favorite books. Shout out to Ashley for the recommendation!
- Also Ashley officially launched her blog which you can find HERE. Giver her a follow everyone not only is she my BFF who dropped everything to travel the world with me for a year but she’s also super witty!!
- Day 22 – 24 Phnom Penh, Cambodia
- Day 25 – 28 Sihanoukville, Cambodia
- Phnom Penh