Hello from Cambodia! Sorry I haven’t had time to write in the last day or so, but we’ve been busy but happy to be in Cambodia and out of chaotic city of Hanoi.
We arrived in Siem Reap, Cambodia from Hanoi, Vietnam by Vietnam Airlines yesterday evening. We knew we already loved Cambodia from the moment we left the airport. It’s nice to be back in a place that’s more low key than Hanoi was. We are staying at Mad Monkey Hostel, and we have our own private room with a bathroom, but this hostel is awesome and probably the best one we’ve stayed at yet. There is constantly things happening around our hostel, and we’ve met a lot of people in just the day we’ve been here. Also, we’ve finally met other Canadians! We had yet to run into any so far in our travels, maybe that’s because they all seem to be hanging out in Siem Reap.
Last night we went up to the rooftop bar in our hostel fora drink, and we ended up meeting a guy from Chicago, so we sat and chatted with him for awhile, ended up playing some beer pong and then heading to Pub Street with a bunch of people we met at the rooftop bar. A tuk tuk cost about $1 to get to Pub Street, so we all piled in and headed down to the street. The street is lined with restaurants, bars, and clubs, and it’s closed off to traffic so you can also dance the night away in the streets. It was a lot of fun. We ended up heading back to our hostel, then turning around and going back to Pub Street when we realized we wanted food and nothing was open around our hostel.
This morning we slept in (after being up till 4am last night), and then had breakfast at the restaurant/rooftop bar, which was really good and relatively cheap. After breakfast we had a lazy morning laying around the pool at our hostel, that has giant bean bag chairs to lay in. We then got ourselves on a “cultural” booze cruise leaving from our hostel that was on Tonle Sap Lake which is the largest freshwater lake in Asia. We loaded on tuk tuks and drove to the lake where we boarded our boat and cruised through some floating villages, and stopped at a crocodile farm, which was super weird and seemed inhumane. The booze cruise definitely lacked the cultural part, it was more just, go in the middle of the lake and drink but it was fun. (Besides the fact I felt a bit sick all day so I stayed clear of drinking)
Tonight we headed down towards Pub Street with one of the guys from our hostel and he brought us to a great Cambodian restaurant and we had some traditional Cambodian food. After dinner we explored all the streets with night markets and bought some souvenirs before heading back to our hostel for some much needed zzzzzzzzzz’s.