7 Experiences that made us ask, “Why Do We Travel Again?!”

Travel isn’t always so fun loving and carefree. Between all of the beautiful places you visit and smiling faces you meet there are countless hours spent on planes, trains, buses, horrific bathroom experiences, and situations that make you think, “Is traveling worth it?”, “Maybe it’s time to go home?” But than the next day we’ll meet some extraordinary person or visit an amazing city we’ve never been... Read More

South East Asian Persuasions

The following is a general list of the things we wish we had known while travelling through South East Asia…  T.A.T. (Tourism Authority of Thailand) Lots of tuk-tuk drivers around Bangkok may well start boasting to you about this oh-so grand organisation called the TAT. They will excitedly explain how the TAT is there to support you, the poor lost tourist. They may even claim it was put into operation by the King himself!… to... Read More

Temples of Angkor: A Fallen Power

…A Fallen Power… As you can probably imagine Cambodia’s road system is far from fantastic. There are no road signs anywhere other than for Phnom Penh. ‘Phnom Penh - 800km’ … ‘Phnom Penh - 650km’ … ‘Phnom Penh – 1,940,500 km’!!!! So, we had to go north to Siem Reap with the ever so slight detour of going 5 hours east to Phnom Penh first! We eventually reached Siem Reap & began exploring the city, wandering... Read More

Sihanoukville: A respite of relaxation

So, we left the crazy extremities of Phnom Pehn for the quieter beach town of Sihanoukville. We arrived after another rough ride on Cambodian bus travel & found a hostel of bungalows to stay in. A 2 minute sprightly stroll from the long sandy beach in one direction, & a 2 minute jestful jaunt the other way led us to the bars & clubs. A central location for boozing & bathing… perfect. The following morning we made the... Read More

Story #5: Diamond in the Rough

Story #5: Diamond in the Rough I definitely saved the best for last. The Grand Finale. All About Thavi. After meeting Thavi I decided I was going to find and buy some sort of  protective bubble to keep him in, far away from all the mean people in the world. He’s the sort of guy that you love to be around. The kind of guy who is so nice, some people might take advantage of him because he’d just roll along with it avoiding confrontation.... Read More

Story #4: Living on $3.00

Story #4: Living on $3.00 We ate most of our meals in one reliable restaurant. When we go to a new city of course we try to find new places to eat at everyday, but at the same time we find ourselves going back to the same restaurant once or twice a day. I like the chance of getting to know the staff and when you find something you love why leave it? In one particular restaurant we had the same server every single time. He was there serving breakfast... Read More

Story #3: Slum or Orphanage?

Story #3: Slum or Orphanage? After the past few days hanging out on the street with the homeless girl and her mom, and getting told we should die because we wouldn’t buy books from children– we both agreed we should try to do a little something to help out, somewhere. We’d heard through the grapevine that orphanages in Phnom Penh are in desperate need for tourist funding. Our amazing & very reliable tuk-tuk driver Thavi,... Read More

Story #2: Kids & the F-Bomb

This is your warning, when in Cambodia don’t buy books from the kids. Learn from our mistake. Please, save yourselves. Ok, ok, ok, I know buying books from the kids who walk around with a basket busting of different knocked off reads isn’t a good idea. Yea, yea, it supports child labor and all that jazz. When I think about the money situation their families must be in, when they’re desperate enough to make their 10-year-old son/daughter... Read More

Story #1: Happy & Homeless

The next 5 posts [from me] are each going to focus on 1 unique story, each happening in Phnom Penh, and each with a certain ‘WOW’ Factor. Enjoy.   Welcome to Phnom Penh.  A city that offers everything from towering sky scrapers with suit and tie workers hurrying in & out to bug stands & a noticeable growing divide between the rich and poor. Coming to Cambodia after our stay in Laos, I didn’t expect to be so shocked.... Read More

Poverty and Massacres: The Beauty of Phnom Pehn?!

We left the baron Ban Lung for the capital city, Phnom Penhn, on what turned out to be the WORST bus ride ever!! We had to wait for 3 hours on the main road to the capital because lorries we slipping off the road!! Finally though, with some pretty crazy driving to make up time, our bus arrived at about 9pm. Our first conscious hours in Phnom Pehn were spent with our usual initial wanderings. We ambled down the main streets, hitting a market... Read More

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