On our 3rd day at Siem Reap, after visiting Banteay Srei and some other temples on our way back to the hotel, we took a late bus to Phnom Penh, Cambodia’s capital. We arrived there at dark, I don’t recall what time it was, but remember feeling absolutely exhausted. We slept as long as possible in our hotel room and then started our exploration of the city. The hotel room had no windows which can be quite depressive and you can get a bit of a claustrophobia so I would recommend to check this when you book a room for your stay in Cambodia.
I remember when I started planning our trip a friend told me not to go to Phnom Penh cause it’s not worth it, but I somehow didn’t want to skip it and put it, nevertheless, in the program. If I have to plan this trip again now, I wouldn’t go there. It was very dirty and didn’t impress us much. Honestly, there is nothing particular which I could advise people to check while they are there. We spent one day in the city and on the next day headed to the seaside.
For our stay there we had chosen Sihanoukville and nearby Otres beach. When I was looking for accommodation I found a very nice place with bungalows in the shape of mushrooms right next to the beach and booked one. There were hammocks in front of each bungalow and we totally loved the place.
On our second day at the coast we went on a boat trip to a few islands, we dived and saw coral reefs and beautiful colorful fish. We spent a few hours on one of the islands where we found a group of people living there. Of course, the first thing I thought about when I saw them was The Beach. I started thinking maybe it’s not such a bad idea to spend some months there…but then we had to go back to the mainland and to reality. Maybe some day…