In my first book, The Long Road From Pub Street, I tell the story of my trip across Cambodia, from Siem Reap, to Phnom Penh.
Pub Street, Siem Reap's backpacker street which gives its name to my book. Here, you can find delicious food, cheap hostels, and $0.25 draught beer.
The floating village on Tonle Sap Lake, the largest lake in Southeast Asia.
Visiting Angkor Wat is one of the main reasons that people go to Siem Reap. The best time to visit the famous temple complex is just before dawn, to watch the sun rise behind the ancient Khmer ruins.
Sunrise at Angkor
Angkor Wat was the greatest city of the ancient Khmer Empire.
Although most people visit Angkor Wat as tourists, the ancient Hindu-turned-Buddhist temple complex is still a holy site in Cambodia.
monks at Angkor Wat
On the road, we stopped for baguettes, and... well, you know the story!
By the time we arrived in Sihanoukville, Typhoon Chaba was picking up. We ended up stuck on the mainland longer than we had intended.
Typhoon Chaba made the sea too dangerous to go out to the island
Our bungalow! Home, sweet home while we were on Koh Rong! We were really and truly roughing it, but it was definitely an unforgettable experience.
bungalow near the beach
Mosquito netting was a must!You can see, above the bed, the gap between the wall and the roof. That's where the monkey came into the bungalow one morning!
bed in the bungalow
The bathroom was open to the elements! Luckily there was nobody around except monkeys. It was really just like camping.
our bathroom on Koh Rong
But despite the rough accommodations, the island was beautiful!
arriving at Koh Rong
After the typhoon passed, the sky was blue, the sand was dazzling white, and the sea was clear as glass.
beautiful day on the beach
a boat floating off of Koh Rong
sunny day on the island
The Independence Monument in downtown Phnom Penh. It's modeled after Khmer-style architecture, like at Angkor Wat.
For our last evening, we went out on a sunset cruise along the Mekhong River. The skyline of Phnom Penh isn't so built up yet. It was a perfect way to end our trip to Cambodia.
sunset in Phnom Penh
My second book, a Burma travelogue, Across The Golden Land, is also available now on Amazon!