I crossed into Cambodia using the Koh Kong border crossing late afternoon; it was quick and easy, without any of the hassle I’d heard at other crossings. I hired a local pimp to speed up the process for me, which was well worth the 5 dollars! After changing some money I sped off to Koh Kong town for beer/local SIM/sleep.
Koh Kong border crossing – quick and easy with my local 5USD pimp
Koh Kong to the beautiful beaches at Sihanoukville
VIP bike parking at my beach shack/bar, Sihanoukville
Arriving in Phnom Penh via Kampot. Pretty crazy city with mental traffic. I would have got completely lost had it not been for Google Maps and my local SIM card
Heading north to Siem Reap (this was a short cut, I hoped!)
Siem Reap countryside
I stopped for lunch along the way; I really fancied a fried tarantula…
The first Buddhist temple of thousands at Siem Reap, and a friendly copper
Sitting on the temples of Angkor, built by the Khmer civilization between 802 and 1220 AD
Angkor Wat and my elderly guide (who never asked for money!) (but I gave him some anyway) (and an ice cream)
Angkor Wat is a huge ancient complex of hundreds of temples; I thought I could see it in 1 day, and ended up staying for 3
If you took the time to venture off the main tourist path, there were plenty more ruins you could explore in solitude
I headed up to another ancient city, Kep, and made my way to the Laos border
There were far fewer tourists at Kep, and the ruins were just as impressive
More ruins. After 3 days I was all ruin’d out…
All that temple exploring made me thirsty. Luckily there were bars nearby in Siem Reap. Lots, in fact.
I made my way up to Kep and northeast to the Laos border via a new road passing through Tbang Mean Chey, which made the journey much shorter than it used to be.