To be honest, my travel buddies and I were quite burnt out on Asian food in general by the time we made it to Cambodia, so it took us until our last city, Siem Reap, to actually eat Khmer cuisine.
Our last stop in Cambodia was Siem Reap. We took the 12 hour overnight bus ride from Sihanoukville to Siem Reap and arrived early in the morning to our hostel here, called Funky Flashpackers. It came highly recommended by some people we met on Koh Rong Samloem, and at first glance, it did not disappoint.
On our way to the island, Koh Rong Samloem, we decided to break up the trip a bit and stay one night in Kampot, where we stayed at another Mad Monkey hostel. We enjoyed some pizza and card games and called it a night early, in preparation for the travel day to get to the island.
After a 3 hour bus ride, a 2 hour wait by the pier, and a 45 minute speed boat ride, we made it to a pier where we were picked up by a longboat owned by our hostel/resort…you guessed it…we stayed at another Mad Monkey hostel! The boat took us right to the part of the island we would be staying for the next 4 nights.
I left Saigon on a bus bound for Phnom Penh, Cambodia, which included two stops at the border to get my 30 day visa and then to get my passport stamped into Cambodia. It was a rainy drive and we (my new travel buddies and I) were all extremely glad when we made it to our hostel for the next two nights, Mad Monkey hostel. We knew upon arrival that we would have a great time meeting people here, as well as partake in some of the toughest and maybe even the most emotional sightseeing of our journey.
While Jenny continued traveling through Vietnam and into Cambodia, I opted to backtrack a little and revisit Perth. Our 2 months in SE Asia left me exhausted and homesick and I was ready for a return to routine and “normal” life as I used to know it. Unfortunately, there’s no easy way to get from Nha Trang, Vietnam to Perth, Australia, so I spent about 24 hours traveling back to the land of Oz. Most of this time was spent on long layovers in Saigon and Kuala Lumpur.
It’s more like what didn’t we eat in Vietnam. There’s a very good chance we ate more food in Vietnam than we have in any other country so far. We loved the fact that there was tons of fresh produce included in every meal… we had missed our greens! While we ate almost every meal out at a restaurant (except the free breakfast included at all hostels), we definitely had a large variety of different types of foods. There was one point where we were burnt out on Vietnamese food so we devoured burgers, pizza and Mexican food. Here’s some of the many places we chowed down at…
My new travel buddies and I left on a bus to Saigon early afternoon and arrived at the bus stop around 6pm on Friday. The traffic was absolutely insane and we had a fairly short walk through the craziness to our hostel. It felt weird to be back in a big city again, after traveling to smaller towns for the past couple of weeks! We got checked into our hostel and learned that they put us in our own dorm room with just the 5 of us, and it even had a balcony just outside the door overlooking the busy street. We decided to have a chill night and just hung out at the table and chairs on our balcony chatting with a guy we met who had just decided to stay in Saigon to teach English, which is quite a common job for a traveler who is in need of funds…in order to travel longer. Our next day would be jam packed with “tourist attractions”, so we called it a night early-ish and went to bed.