Cambodia
Kampong Thom

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6 travelers at this place:

  • Day7

    Homestay

    March 12, 2017 in Cambodia ⋅

    Today we left our lovely hotel and Siem Reap, which was a sad depart having loved the city so much. Our next stop was our homestay which would be a true local experience of a Cambodian.

    On the way we stopped at the floating villages. These buildings and the way of life around the river was incredible. Some people living on floating houses year in and year out. Located here are some of the poorest people and it's so eye opening having an insight to their personal lives. I feel almost silly about the worries I have in life. Here, putting 3 meals on the table and feeding your children is a big worry for these families as where this is a given for me, my biggest worries ranging from whether the spot on my forehead is gone or if I moisturised my face that morning.

    I can't quite put into words how much I admire these people and they deserve so much more credit than they get. If I think about how they live in comparison to me, although it amazes me it saddens me at the same time. Having said this, all I do is see these people smile, making me question what's necessary to make someone happy and it's not always the latest iPhone or newest shoes that do this.

    Before our homestay we visited another set of temples with a lovely tour guide who did a super job. On to our homestay, which was with a delightful family who had spent the majority of the day cleaning their house and preparing our dinner in order to welcome us. They cooked up a masterpiece and I've never had a meal so tasty. Breakfast was the same, indulging in typical local treats.

    One thing I have to say about this place is I adore the kindness in people's hearts and willingness to please. Everything is always presented with a smile on their faces no matter how much they have to offer. I feel as though I'm the luckiest person being able to experience the generosity of these people, yet they act as though they are lucky to have us, which I guess makes the whole experience all the more touching.
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  • Day69

    Bus to Siem Reap

    August 11, 2018 in Cambodia ⋅ 🌧 82 °F

    I'm on a bus to Siem Reap, the location of Angkor Wat (https://en.m.wikipedia.org/wiki/Angkor_Wat). I'm planning to stay for just a couple of days, which should be plenty of time to see the temple and other smaller but impressive sites in the surrounding countryside. I'll go back to Phnom Penh before heading south to the coast.

    Yesterday = 🛋️🥔.

    Out for now. ✌️
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  • Day420

    Heiß, staubig, flach und geradeaus

    February 22, 2017 in Cambodia ⋅

    Wir haben kein kambodschanisches Geld, daher fahren wir erst einmal bis in die nächste Stadt, wo wir sicher Geld abheben können.
    Es ist heiß heute, die Luft ist staubig von Baustellen, es geht immer geradeaus. Andi zählt zwei Kurven in den ersten 50 Kilometern.
    In Kampong Chang gibt es nur US-Dollar, denn Kambodscha hat quasi den US-Dollar als Währung und führt die eigene Währung nur als Wechselgeld - ein Dollar sind 4000 Riel. Schnell wird uns klar, warum in Kambodscha alles mindestens einen Dollar für alles kostet. Man verhandelt nur, wieviel man für den einen Dollar bekommt.
    Nach dem Mittagessen geht es weiter - schnur die Straße entlang. Die Luft steht. Wir kämpfen gegen den Schlaf. Ab und zu gibt es etwas Abwechslung auf der Straße. Zum Schluss werden wir an einer Buddhawerkstatt noch mal komplett weiß eingestaubt. Augen zu und durch.
    Am Abend übernachten wir in einen kambodschanischen Provinzort. Immerhin ist es hier kein Problem mit Englisch durchzukommen: Es gibt " Fish Amok", das kommt gleich auf meine Favoritenliste: Curry, Kokos, Fisch und verschiedene Gewürze. Bier gibt es ab jetzt Angkor oder Cambodia - das ist hier fast eine Glaubensfrage:
    Angkor: My Country, My Beer.
    Cambodia: Proudly Brewed in Cambodia.
    Unser Geschmackstest geht unentschieden aus.
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Kampong Thom, Kâmpóng Thom

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