My Cambodian Experience...
Highs: Riding through town on a motorbike; things being cheap out here; excellent food and bakeries;
Angkor Thom at Angkor; boat ride from Siem Reap to Phnom Penh; watching the boat races during the
Lows: The dirt that blew into my face while sitting on the back of a motorbike; the absence of a sunset
(due to clouds) when I was at Angkor Wat; briefly 'losing' my wallet.
Best Moment: Watching the crews of rowers on the Mekong River in Phnom Penh during the
Smells: Incense; food aromas (some pleasant, some not so pleasant).
Sounds: "Lady. Want a tuk tuk?"; "lay-deeeeeeeeee"; little kiddies saying "Hello!" as you walk by.
Sights: The town of Siem Reap; the temples at Angkor ($20 for a one day pass); saffron-colored robes
of the monks; people looking like bandits because they have scarves/bandanas around their face to keep
the dirt off; homes on stilts in the middle of the water; naked kids bathing in the brown water.
Tastes: Amok fish ravioli with coconut cream sauce; lots of wine; gazpacho; lime and pineapple sorbet;
afternoon tea at the Hotel de la Paix; Khmer cuisine; freshly cut pineapple at Angkor; mango smoothies;
summer rolls with shrimp and mint; banana leaf and squash blossom salad; fish in palm sugar; green
mango and dried fish salad.
Purchases: A Lonely Planet for Cambodia ($3) and a Lonely Planet for Vietnam ($5); a couple of
small paintings; new flip-flops.
Street Food: Fruit; cut and seasoned fruits and veggies; cut sugar cane; skewered fish balls.
Fun Food Finds: Diet A&W Cream Soda; Diet Dr. Pepper; Pepperidge Farm cookies; Kettle chips.
Western Companies Out Here: Dairy Queen.
Other General Info...
Visa needed? Yes. You can get it upon arrival at the airport. It is $20 US and also requires one
Type of currency? The Cambodian riel. About $1 US is equal to 4000 riels. They also accept US
dollars everywhere out here so there is no need to get the local currency.
Things Cambodia Is Known For: Angkor Wat; Pol Pot and the Khmer Rouge; Maddox
(Angelina Jolie's adopted son).
Costs: $325 (including visa, airfare, airport taxes, sightseeing,hotels)