Time to Move on: Saying Farewell to Cambodia

The time has come and there’s no turning back. We fell our feet itching and it wasn’t only because of mosquitoes. It’s time to move on to the better things, in another country and then countries. It’s time to say farewell to Cambodia for now, hello to the new adventures, and to write something about our stay in the land of Khmer people.

Saying goodbye at Poipet border
Saying goodbye at Poipet border

Things we will miss

People

We met both locals and expats we will never forget. There’s a good mix of both in Siem Reap. A god bunch of happy people who love to socialize and hang out together, wherever they came from.

Khmer lady smiling
People always smile

Colors

Cambodia is a colorful place. Don’t know if it’s the bright sunlight, Buddhist influence, cheerful people or all of them that make it full of colors, but that’s certainly something we will miss. Photos look great at all times and it’s easy to stay positive and have a good mood when you’re surrounded by beautiful sights.

Angkor Wat Temple
Angkor Wat Temple

Weather

We lived in Cambodia during the end of rain season. It wasn’t too warm and it wasn’t too cold. It wasn’t too rainy and it wasn’t too dry. It was just right. We’ll miss this a lot.

Things we will not miss

It’s all about the money

It’s sad to say, but Siem Reap (being a popular tourist destination) often make people focus too much on profits and too little on other important things in life. Being there for more than two months we learned that for many we are only as good as the size of our wallets. Thankfully this wasn’t always the case, but still left some bad taste.

Food

Unfortunately, apart from few exceptions, Cambodia is not big on taste or menu choice. Most of the best eats come from other countries. In our opinion, Vietnam, Thailand, Sri Lanka and China has much more to offer and we are happy go back to these mouth-watering cuisines.

Khmer bananas

What’s next?

We are now in Thailand, but that’s only one of the stops on our way to… a secret.

Chilling out on Kho Phangan Island
Chilling out on Kho Phangan Island

We’ve been to Bangkok and Kho Phangan, where we met the best people ever, had enormous amounts of fun and sun-burn, and learned few important lessons. We will write about it all soon. Plus with new destinations ahead, we won’t let you forget about us :)!

Bon voyage!

Agness and Cez

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17 Comments

  • What an interesting list of likes and dislikes! I had no idea the food wasn’t that great in Cambodia, considering its neighbors have such amazing cuisine (Thailand and Vietnam) I’m very surprised.

    • There is a huge difference between Khmer and Thai cuisine indeed. We didn’t enjoy the Khmer food as much as Thai. I could eat Pa Thai all day long ;-)

  • Hi Agness and Cez, wishing you a wonderful journey in your next destination. Looking forward to reading about it. Too bad you will no longer be in Siem Reap when we get there in few weeks. We were hoping to meet up with you. Maybe somewhere else someday:)

    • Hey, cheers! Cez will be back in Siem Reap in two days for 3-4 days to pick up his bike before heading to Laos. Let him know if you are around, would be awesome to meet up.

  • Happy travels! I was also surprised to hear the food wasn’t that great. Looking forward to hearing about where the next secret location is :)

    • Thanks Rika and same to you. The food wasn’t that bad, I think we just expected more :) We’ll keep you updated and watch your space. Good luck!

  • Safe travels, Agness and Cez! Siem Reap will surely miss you. I still have a feeling that we’ll run into each other someday, even if we couldn’t quite make it happen while we were both living in Cambo.
    Loved reading about your thoughts on the culture while you were living here, and I’m stoked to see what you’ll post about next!

    • We’ll surely keep you updated and continue reading your blog. I hope we will be able to meet up for a coffee, who knows where. Keep up the good work on living in Phnom Penh. Enjoy Cambodia!

  • Cambodia was a great place to visit, and I always say they have some of the friendliest most accepting people I know. :D

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