to be quite honest, i had very few expectations of cambodia and we went into it with a pretty loose itinerary, save for visiting the temples in siem reap. we took our first tuk tuk ride and explored phnom penh, including a tour with a nice local from our hostel, sampling local delicacies and exploring back alleyways where the street and families’ living spaces overlapped. we visited places of importance in the khmer rouge regime; s21 – where the stories of capture and killing really hit home when we discovered the stories of new zealanders who’d been caught up too, and the killing fields – a horrorsome place where unspeakably tragic events unfolded. very important places for all the wrong reasons.
siem reap was our next stop, and we endured 39degree heat whilst trekking around the incredible ancient temples. we chose to head to angkor wat, potentially the most impressive ancient building i’ll ever see, at sunset rather than sunrise, and weren’t disappointed with the sights though i’ve definitely never been more sweaty in my life!