Happy Monday friends! Hope you all had a wonderful Easter. While there are no Easter celebrations here, it is the Khmer New Year which is a 3-day celebration at the end of dry season. There are a lot of local parties, businesses shut down and excitement in the air which has been fun to experience.
So where exactly are we? By the time this goes live we should be on the island of Koh Rong in Cambodia. We finished up our time in Vietnam (for now, we will be going back to Vietnam) on Phu Quoc Island. It was a beautiful and relaxing getaway, exactly what we were craving after the craziness of Ho Chi Minh city. We spent each day exploring new beaches and watching the gorgeous sunsets.
Next, we moved across the border into Cambodia. It was definitely an interesting and lengthy process. We had to go through 4 different check points and get on and off our bus each time then sit around as our passports were checked. But we finally entered Cambodia and made our way to Kampot.
Kampot is a small riverside town that I just fell in love with. We noticed right away a difference in Cambodia from Vietnam. There is way more English speaking people, signs, etc. The town has quite a lot of expats living here so there is no shortage of western style food available and I even found a yoga studio!
Typically I like to avoid places that seem too touristy in favour of local places but it’s also nice once in a while to have some familiarity of home when you’re travelling long term.
We rented a scooter for two days to get around outside the city. Tom has become a pro scooter driver and I even learned to ride side saddle when I mistakenly chose to wear a dress. Tom said all I needed was a baby on my lap and a chicken coop on the back and we would fit right in with the locals.
We took a trip out of the city to Bokor mountain national park for a gorgeous scenic ride. Up top, you find an old abandoned hotel/casino and catholic church. There have been horror films filmed there and I can see why, it was spooky especially with the ominous clouds in the background.
We also managed to find a place to do some rock climbing. I was pretty nervous heading into it. I’m terrified of heights and I’ve never rock climbed outdoors. I’ve been known to have panic attacks half way up the wall of an indoor rock climbing gym but Tom convinced me it wouldn’t be that bad. Well…the panic attack happened. But after I got down and calmed down, I tried the same route again and made it to the top. I have scraped and bruised knees as my battle scars and I’m pretty proud of myself for pushing way outside my comfort zone.
Now we’re heading off to the island for some more relaxation. We’ve been tossing around the idea of getting our scuba certification but can’t decide whether or not it will be worth it. If anyone has theirs I would love to hear your thoughts. Is it that much better than snorkelling? Do you use your certification?