Ah, the Kingdom of Wonder. If you don’t already know its nickname, the Kingdom that I am referring to is Cambodia! I am so very grateful to have recently gone on a magnificent holiday to the Southeast Asian gem.
Wat Ounalom Buddhist Temple in Phnom Penh, Cambodia
Being of Khmer descent is not the only reason for why Cambodia has a very dear place in my heart, but it’s in part due to how I moved to Phnom Penh in 2015, and lived and worked there for a year. This country pushed me to my limits, exposed me to the brightest and darkest parts of the human condition that I have witnessed thus far, and showed me how precious life is. This is also where I met the love of my life, and where my 10 year plan got crumpled up for a much better alternative!
Some moments from when I lived in Cambodia (2015-2016)
Coming back to Cambodia after nearly 2 years was such a pleasure, as I got to revisit my old colleagues and friends, and all the while as it has only been roughly 2 years since I was living in the country, not too much seemed to have changed. Wandering around once again was also a bit of a romantic replay for my partner and I (he came on holiday with me!), because this is the place where we started our relationship! Twas’ magnificent rekindling the old memories while actualizing new ones.
Us back in the “Pearl of Asia!”
For the first 3 days of our trip, we stayed in a lovely boutique hotel called “Casa Villa Independence.” We had a whole apartment to our selves near the city center, and it was at a humble price of $50 USD/ night. The villa was surrounded with tropical greenery, which was a great escape from the concrete jungle that is Phnom Penh. The decor was a mixture of traditional Khmer and French styles, with vibrant and welcoming colors. During my tenure of being an expat there, I wouldn’t have thought twice about paying for accommodation for more than $20 a night, predominantly due to my meager budget, so it was a different, and dare I say LUXURIOUS :P, way for me to re-experience the capital.
At the Casa Villa Independence
This is only part I of my trip back to Cambodia, so stay tuned for my next posts about haggling in the markets of Phnom Penh, running in the countryside, and discovering the majestic island off the Gulf of Thailand: Koh Rong Sanloem!
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