During our winter break from teaching in South Korea (Dec. 25, 2015 – Jan. 2, 2016), my friend and I took this well earned nine-day trip to Cambodia. It was incredible. Of course we wished we had a few more days, and we regret not paying our respects at the killing fields, but nine days was enough to see many different places and feel like we got to know the country. We split our time between Phnom Penh, Siem Reap, and Koh Rong, which was a good mix of city, history, and beach. Cambodia is one of, if not the, lowest priced countries in SE Asia, based on my experience, and one of my favorite countries I’ve visited!
Aren’t we all searching for inner peace? Cambodia seemed like a great place to find some, and from the moment I arrived, taking my first tuk-tuk ride through the thick, sage-scented heat, I knew I wouldn’t be let down. Each day was filled with exotic, low-priced delights and wonders I’d never experienced before: a manicure in the market in Phnom Penh; the crumbling Ta Prohm temple in Siem Reap; open-air beach bungalows serving curry on the edge of the jungle; warm, clear, turquoise water dotted with brightly colored fishing boats waiting to take me to places I’d only ever dreamed of every freezing Wisconsin winter. But it wasn’t only the incredible beauty and tropical luxury that helped me dig up that laid-back vibe deep within me — it was also the bit of ugliness that we found along the way that helped me find what I was looking for. Speaking of which, it all started with the pants.
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