Category Archives: Cambodia

The speedferry raced across the water. At the fourth stop it was my turn to get off. Wow! What an amazing place! I walked onto a white pier and was greeted by the manager of the resort. Together with the other guests I walked toward the white beach, admiring the crystal clear water of the sea. I couldn’t believe my luck. This would be home for the next few days. The Ecoseadive resort lies in a beautiful bay on the island Koh Rong Samloem. There is a big difference between high and low tide, so the sea gradually get deeper. The water is the perfect temperature. I’d booked four dives and got changed as soon as I arrived at the island. The other divers were already waiting. We got onto a small boat and met Chris, our German dive master. Chris was a relaxed guy who paid close attention to…

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After a morning on the bus, I arrived in the surprisingly beautiful town of Kampot. I didn’t want to waste my day completely, so I went into town to find something to do. I’d read about a company that does SUP tours on the river and I hoped they had a tour going this afternoon. On my way there an old, very stoned American approached me. We chatted for a while, but he went from one subject to another all the town, making the conversation hard to follow. I guess being stoned is one way to spend your retirement. I kept walking and found the SUP place. They didn’t have a tour, but they would make one for me. Before it started I had some time to grab lunch. At 3.30PM I was back at the SUP office and ready to hit the water. One more girl had signed up…

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I got bitten by a dog while exploring Savannakhet in Laos. I went to the hospital there straight away for the rabies shot. Unfortunately a series of 5 shots is necessary. So my hospital adventures continued… I’m in Pakse, just south of Savannakhet when it’s time for my second rabies shot. I wasn’t too excited about another hospital visit, but this just had to be done. I walked through the entrance, but there was no reception. After wandering all over the hospital, I asked someone, showing my vaccination card, and they sent me to the ER. The doctors were all just sitting around. There were obviously no emergencies at this time in the morning. The  hospital seemed quiet in general. Most of the doors were open en the scarcely furnished rooms had no patients.     One doctor wrote me a prescription and I had to go pick it up…

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South East Asia has a lot of stray cats and dogs. I’ve seen them in all the countries I’ve travelled through. In some they looked worse than in others. Especially in Myanmar and Laos, they just scared me. I got into several situations where aggressive dogs made me change my path, not visit a temple or just too scared to continue. It’s like the dogs smell you are foreign and that is enough to attack. I have enough time to realise it. I am going to get bitten. Savannakhet was one of those places that seemed to have more dogs than people on the street. The sun was setting and I had my first stroll through the colonial part of town. I’m in a street where a few people are sitting in front of their houses and others are preparing food. A dog lies on someone’s property and starts to look…

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I don’t know what all the fuss is about. Today I got up at 4.30AM, to jump into a tuktuk with my sleepy face at 5AM, race to the Angkor ticket office and through to the Angkor Wat. Arriving at Angkor Wat I found a huge crowd of people doing exactly the same thing. Of course we all wanted the best spot to see the sun rise over the ancient temples. We waited and waited and then it was over. For me it was a very underwhelming experience.     A sunrise at Angkor Wat is probably the must-do thing in Cambodia. It is so hyped and every week there seems to be a gorgeous photo of it on facebook. Because of it, it is super crowded and expectations are high. And because of that, I was very disappointed. The sky didn’t turn all sorts of amazing colors. The reflection…

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According to my guidebook, the Royal Palace is an oasis of order and calm. To me it’s more like a beehive, only nobody knows what they are doing. Tour groups are making their way through the buildings, always stopping right in front of the sights, blocking the view for everybody else. Guides with microphones are keeping their flock together, “Ok, madames et monsieurs, le groupe orange”, Asians are taking funny photos and group shots. I guess I see what the book means though. It is lovely not to be approached by a tuktuk or moto driver every minute. At the Royal Palace you can escape the crazy traffic of Phnom Penh. There is a beautiful garden filled with big, elegant buildings, manicured lawns and trimmed hedges. No rubbish in every corner here! It would be good to have a guide here, who can tell you what exactly it is you…

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