On our Vietnam mega trip we took a diversion to visit Cambodia for 6 days. The first day involved crossing the boarder via boat on the Meekong river and these tours are widely available once you settle in Vietnam. On the second day we took a day trip to Phnom Penh which is usually most travelers first Cambodian destination once they’ve crossed the boarder, some opt to stay over night however alongside 4 new backpacker friends we all hitched a taxi ride straight to Siem Reap, this journey took just under 5 hours and during the journey we booked our hotel!
A great city to visit as a pitstop onwards to Siem Reap and Angkor Wat.
Phnom Penh geta a bad rep in travel guides and travel blogs because in all honesty there isn’t much to do and see; but there is enough activities for a day trip or as a pitstop on your way to Angkor Wat situated in Siem Reap. Especially if you have crossed the boarder from Vietnam into Cambodia, Phnom Penh is a welcome relief from the exhaustion of travel. It enabled us to stretch our legs and give us our first taster of Cambodia.
We had less than a day here as our main focus was to see the Angkor Wat temples and our coach wasn’t to leave until early evening. With hours to spare we leisurely ventured to a few temples and a Christian church situated in the heart of Phnom Penh to utlize our time there.