Bangkok to Phnom Penh to Siem Reap

Alright! To continue with our journey!! To Cambodia!

After we pulled our all-nighter in Samui, we hopped on a plane back to Bangkok. We had a 4 hour layover so we decided to visit MBK, an 8 story shopping mall!! It was massive! We were pretty exhausted by this point, but we managed to zombie around somehow for a couple of hours. Although, it wasn’t before we got suckered into a tuk-tuk ride with a shady/mean driver who took us to all these stores trying to get us to buy things…

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MBK. Massive.

We finally arrived in Phnom Penh later that evening. We had been catching mini naps throughout the day but dreams were starting to mix in with reality by the time we arrived at our hostel. We were ridiculously grateful to get a bed to sleep on, but not before we got a chance to learn a bit more about our amazing hostel.

We had taken a chance on booking this place. It could have either turned out to be a sham pulling at your heart strings or a genuine charity for children. After meeting the lady who had started it and runs it, we decided it was the real deal.

It was started by a woman named Muoy who had fled from Cambodia right at the beginning of the Khmer Rouge takeover in ’72. She was 25 at the time she left. She ended up losing her parents and two siblings who stayed behind during these terrible times. She came back to Phnom Penh after 31 years to start this school, which also has a few rooms in it for rent to travelers. They use the funds generated from these rooms to help fund the school. School was on vacation at the time we stayed there, but typically the guests do get to witness the kids in school.

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Dinner at the hostel.

 

The Four Ladies Kitchen. Run by, surprise surprise, 4 ladies.

The Four Ladies Kitchen. Run by (surprise surprise) 4 actual ladies!

After dinner, Muoy asked us if we wanted to join her and a couple other women for yoga. As tempting as it was, there was no way we were going to stay awake through it so we passed… and passed out instead.

 

 

Next morning was our 6 hour bus ride to Siem Reap. I had gotten super sick on this leg of our trip. Surprisingly it wasn’t a stomach bug but an actual cold, so the 6 hour opportunity to SLEEP was actually very much welcomed by me.

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Phnom Penh

Phnom Penh

Breakfast on the streets.

Breakfast on the streets.

Houses on stilts...

Houses on stilts…

... underneath a great blue sky.

… underneath this great blue sky.

 

Finally, Siem Reap!

We found ourselves the sweetest tuk-tuk driver upon arrival, who would become our driver for the next 3 days.

We found ourselves the sweetest tuk-tuk driver upon arrival, who would become our driver for the next three days.

 

OMG, I was so sick here.

OMG, I was so sick here.

 

First things first. Find the pool!

First thing’s first- find the swimming pool!

 

Feeling better already.

 

Water pounding my headache away~

Water pounding my headache away~

 

Can’t waste a night, (despite our long travels) now can we.

We're holding over a MILLION in notes! It's because on the flip end of it, they actually need their notes that value $0.05 to purchase things.

We’re holding over a MILLION in notes! It’s because on the flip end of it, they actually need their notes that value $0.05 to purchase things.

$1.50 beer on tap!

$1.50 beer on tap!

 

The only proper way to end such a long stretch of moving about… foot massages and beer… Ahhh~

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