CAMBODIA

THE JOURNEY OVERLAND

Our trip to Cambodia was overland and three days long. The overland trip allowed us to travel to multiple different cities and do multiple different things. We visited Ho Chi Minh and cruised down the Mekong river while listening to folk music. We enjoyed fresh fruit, and headed down the river further to a coconut candy workshop in the middle of the jungle. Here we saw how coconut is mashed, burned and stretched to me made into candy. After trying some of the samples, we moved on. We visited a local homestay family and had a nice dinner. We stayed in a hotel. The next day we ate breakfast and then headed to the famous floating market.boats with merchants and colourful fruits surrounded us in a pleasant cruise along the river. Later that day we arrived at a rice noodle workshop, where we watched the noodles be cooked, cut and made. We also boarded around a wildlife protected marsh, where we had the privilege to spot many beautiful birds. One day we came across a market and found that they were serving fish, beef, frog, rat, snail, crow, and snake. We left without trying any of these. 

SIAM REAP

Eventually, we arrived in Siem Reap. Siem reap is home to Angkor Wat, one of the wonders of the world. We were staying in a small hotel near a busy street. Normally getting up early is something I don’t like. While here though, I got up early every morning and went for a swim in the pool. We never usually stay in fancy places, so since we had one here I wasn’t going to let it go to waste. We would have breakfast in the hotel/resort, and I would have their delicious coffee. One night, while we were out on the vibrant streets for dinner, grace came across a fish massage. Fish massages are boxes of fish that eat the dead skin off you feet. I don’t understand how grace likes them. Later that night we enjoyed banana pancakes from a street food cart. They. Were. Delicious. 

One of the greatest things we did was the land mine rats. We rented bikes and cycled along the busy streets to a facility where they actually train rats to sniff out land mines. My brother, sister, mom, uncle Colin and I got a demonstration on how the rats are trained to sniff out TNT. There are millions of land mines still active in Cambodia. They are planted in farmlands and jungles. 

SIAM REAP

A few days later we went zip-lining atop the trees of the Cambodian jungle. It was my family, uncle Colin, a Japanese woman and a Belgic man who took the tour. There were multiple zip lines, bridges and at the end a rappelling rope. It was a blast. However, it was extremely hot. After the zip-lining we were driven to a restaurant where we would enjoy fresh fruit and drinks. Because of the heat, my sister wasn’t feeling well, and she ended up throwing up behind the restaurant. After that fiasco, she was alright. 

My second favourite thing we did in Cambodia was going to Angkor Wat as the sunset. We went to the main and most famous temple (the one with the heads that look like pine cones) and watched the sun inch behind the walls and slowly disappear. There are hundreds of monkeys roaming the Angkor wat. The next morning we got up at ridiculous o’clock and hopped in a Tuk tuk and sped towards the Angkor wat where we would be spending the entire day. Our tuk tuk dropped us off at the main temple and we sat near a pond. The sun slowly came up, the stars slowly extinguished. We spent the day bouncing in between different temples. We visited one that had almost a hundred different faces carved into it, and one with root slicing through the ancient stone. The last one we visited was a temple used in tomb raider, which I don’t really remember seeing. At one point, one of the monkeys snatched grace’s lunch bag right out of her hand. My absolute favourite thing in Cambodia was the circus. There were no animals, it was only acrobats, and it was so extremely well done. It represented the relationships and differences in between native Cambodians and tourists. It was a fix of funny, intense, and just all around awesome. Cambodia was one of the most magical places I have been and ever will go.

My absolute favourite thing in Cambodia was the circus. There were no animals, it was only acrobats, and it was so extremely well done. It represented the relationships and differences in between native Cambodians and tourists. It was a fix of funny, intense, and just all around awesome. Cambodia was one of the most magical places I have been and ever will go.

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