Stevan Popovic'

Cambodia, February 2018

March 1st, 2018

I spent a week in Cambodia, stopping in 4 places. We used buses to get around.

Itinerary

20-22 Feb – Siem Reap

23-24 Feb – Phnom Penh

25-27 Feb – Phu Quoc

27-28 Feb – Sihanoukville

Observations

  • Recency Of The Genocide Wars – Again, perhaps naively, I didn’t realise how recent the Genocide War of Cambodia was (ending 1975). Having visited both the Killing Fields and S21 Museum in Phnom Penh some of the crimes of war committed seemed like they could only have happened centuries ago, but in fact were as recent as 40 years ago.

Recommendations

  • Siem Reap
    • Angkor Wat: Definitely go see it and it is worth paying $15-20 dollars to get a guide. They have a good knowledge of the history around Angkor Wat and Cambodia in general and also take pictures for you.
  • Phnom Penh
    • Take a day to see the Killing Fields and S21 Museum. It’s quite heavy, but if you’re rushed for time both can be done in one day.
    • Mad Monkey is a good hostel and the private rooms are amazing. Food in the restaurant below is also good.
  • Phu Quoc
    • Nice for a relaxing few days but it’s very chilled. Take a few books with you.  It’s not easy to move around on the island so worth picking a nicer place to stay.
  • Sihanoukville
    • There is a jungle party that takes place every Wednesday night which is worth checking out. (Warning – the music is pretty low key trance).

Takeaway

I enjoyed our brief stay in Cambodia. A rich recent history and some places to have fun along the route too.

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