Siem Reap was a pretty great town. We stayed for 3 nights in Adan World Hostel. We got ripped off like $40 because we transferred our money on the border like idiots! But we weren't going to let that set us back from having a good night. We got in after crossing the border from Bangkok, Thailand into Siem Reap, Cambodia. We had to switch to two different buses to get across the border but we made some friends on the second bus ride that made it all worth it! Some of the people on the bus got beer at a bus stop to start drinking and I just don't know how people do it. I have to pee all of the time once I start drinking so I always back out of that.
We got a tuk tuk to our hostel after the bus dropped us off and the rest of the bus friends stayed in a different hostel and we had a feeling we would catch up with them later that night. We were walking around this town and out of nowhere we stumbled upon one of the main streets in Siem Reap and it was a complete party block! I mean bars on both sides of the street with dancing and drunk people everywhere and then the dancing from the bars all leaked out onto the streets. Jenn and I haven't done too much partying since we started backpacking so it was nice to just dance around with our new friends and enjoy the night in another new country! The stress of backpacking sometimes can be heavy until nights like that where it puts you back into perspective of how awesome it is that we can do this.
The next day we woke up super late which was exactly what our body needed. I am so happy we had a crazy night out on the first night but I think now I am at the point in my life where it isn’t needed every week night or every weekend. I feel like when I was in college I couldn't imagine not going out at least 3 days a week now that seems like a lot to do that. oh glob. I am 23 what am I saying! I just like drinking casually at bars now instead of going out clubbing.
Tia and Ricardo were my favorite from our bus friends we met last night and they are from Chile! Made me excited to one day visit South America but man they all have so much energy! I will need to learn Spanish before I go. The second day we relaxed walking around exploring the town and ended up that night going to The Phare Circus! It was an hour and a half long and it was so much fun just feeling the energy off the performers.
The day before before we went around Siem Reap asking different Tuk-Tuk drivers how much it would be for them to take us to Angkor Watt. We found one guy that would take us to all of the different temples for $12 at sunrise. We agreed and he met us at 4am at our hostel to take us there. It was a very cloudy morning but just being there around so many people with everyone being quiet and in awe of what we were all seeing, it made the moment priceless. It was beautiful to see all the places surrounding Ankgor Watt. The architecture of these temples and how many locals hang out there and the stories behind everything. Definitely a place everyone should see once in their life. The only thing I didn’t like were the kids at the last temple trying to see you stuff! They harassed us for so long trying to have us buy cheap souvenirs but we would just ignore them and say no thank you. It is hard because you know those kids are being forced to do this and you want to help but but you know they wouldn't see a dime of that money. Also everyone in all of the temples people would give you incense sticks and a bracelet and they would ask you to pray to Buddha. But then at the end you have to pay them. And people are doing that EVERYONE. After I did it once I realized it was a scam and stopped doing it.
Later that day we just relaxed explored the city of Siem Reap a little more and watched a movie in our room. It is nice to not always have to be going out all the time, its fun to just stay in once in a while. The final day we were there it was so hot in town that we just went from one restaurant to another to another before leaving on our 8pm HOTEL bus to Sihanoukville which had a small small bed with a curtain and shitty wifi and they turned off electricity after 2 hours. But it was super cool to have a little privacy. But out of all the bus rides that was the best one we have ever had AND I even saw my 3rd shooting star!! First one was in Vang Vieng on the balcony with Jennifer and the second one was in Siem Reap just walking around at night and then this one was at 3am on the way to Sihanoukville!
When we got off the bus at 7:30am we met a Dutch man named Martin and 3 germans – Intra, Shtephen and Simon. We all decided to go to Koh Rong Island straight away after eating at the hostel Otopia in Sihanoukville and now we are on our 3rd day here! Its an island with one stretch of beach for the tourists. The beach is white, the water is blue and if you look up the definition of paradise this island would pop up. The first night we got a shit hostel for $5 per person but now we are in in awesome bungalow Jenn and I are sharing for $15 a night. The only bad thing is my legs and hands are all bite up from sandbugs and they hurt! I am not happy about it but there are so many positives I can’t have it all. Their are dogs everywhere, kids, palm trees, tourists and just happy people EVERYWHERE.
I wonder how well I will adjust to being back home in a month. I love all the adventures and not working and being with Jenn constantly. I am glad I don’t have to give this life up for a while longer. The people I meet on these travels all taught me something. They all have completely different lives than myself and it makes me realize how much I like my life. Some people I meet you can tell are over traveling and want to go home and others want to keep going. I think in a few years I will grab my backpack and not have an end date until I am ready. I love traveling and think that it does get exhausting and you want that comfort of home but we only have one life and there is so much to see out there. There are times I wake up and tell myself I want to go home but I know when I am home I will do the same about traveling. I need to hold onto this moment, this happiness and carry it wherever I go.
Through my travels the only two pieces of technology I brought were my cell phone and my camera. I kept a small blue journal with me throughout the whole trip to document when times were quiet. I suggest everyone that travels to bring a Journal and Pencil.