We landed in Hanoi after a short flight from Siem Reap in Cambodia, only due to a change in climate (its very warm in Cambodia and the North of Vietnam in December is colder), I got sick, it was a normal cold that hit me like a tonne of bricks so I spent a full day in bed being watched over by our lovely receptionist who kept coming to my room to make me lemon tea. Jon went out on a walking tour as I didn’t want him to miss out. For this part of our trip we were only in Hanoi for a day because we were to head out to Cat Ba island for a few days and then onwards to Ninh Bình for Christmas eve, Christmas day and two days after then Sa Pa as the grand finale. We were to finish our Vietnam trip back in Hanoi for two days before flying home. So essentially me being ill during this one day pitstop in Hanoi didn’t really matter because I knew we’d be coming back anyway.Continue reading
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!Continue reading
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.