Cambodia may be quite small but it’s bursting with vibrant, different places to visit. From cosmopolitan cities to quaint fishing villages. Phnom Penh has a really modern city vibe and we loved our time there. We spent a lot of time just strolling the city streets, visiting markets, temples and the Royal Palace. We were surprised by the culinary delights that we found in Phnom Penh, including the best Masala Dosa we’ve had outside of India and a whole restaurant filled with delicious – and VEGGIE! – Chinese food.
We then took a tuk tuk to the S21 Museum and the Killing Fields to learn more about Cambodia’s tough recent history. During our whole trip in Cambodia, we were amazed by how welcoming and cheerful most of the locals were despite such hard recent events. It was really important for us to learn more about what had happened in the country.
We then headed down to the seaside town of Sihanoukville. The town itself isn’t much fun at all but head further down the coast to Otres village and unspoilt beaches and very friendly and chilled out locals await. We had such a lovely time in Otres, we didn’t want to leave. A big highlight was a boat trip to three different islands, where we got to snorkel and Patrick even did some cliff jumping! I’m a little bit freaked out by trips on small boats, so I decided I’d been brave enough getting in the boat and didn’t need to throw myself off any cliffs that day…
Kampot is an essential location on any backpacking itinerary of Cambodia. You can stay on the river and we even took a tour of the mangroves with two local fishermen. The town itself has lots of great restaurants offering actual proper bread and cheese thanks to the French links to the area – something we indulged in a little! We also took a tuk tuk to the nearby salt and pepper farms, caves and the fishing village of Kep.
See all of our photos from Phnom Penh to Kampot below. Next stop, Vietnam!