Bye Bye Cambodia
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I can't believe I am in Singapore now, staying with friends for a week after an amazing 3 weeks in Cambodia. Man, I love that country! I have no idea why I didn't take advantage of staying the full 4 weeks, but airasia flights, man, you gotta grab the cheap deals when you can!
So, my time in Cambodia was mainly supposed to be teaching English. I have always wanted to do some volunteer work in Cambodia and organised to go down to Kampot (a quiet riverside little place not far from Phnom Penh in the South of Cambodia) and I did stay there a week teaching English which was a fantastic experience. In hind sight, I should have been more prepared as I may have been able to get more out of the experience if I had organised myself a little better than simply rocking up! But, hey, I am actually a teacher back home, so I am sure my skills were appreciated.
After volunteering, I headed off down south for a bit of R & R and partying.
After Sihanoukville, headed back to Phnom Penh where I farewelled the Dutch guy I had been travelling with and headed up to Kratie...meeting more cool people along the way. One night was spent in Kratie (seeing the dolphins there was cool!) and then the Kiwi guy and English couple I met all went to Nature Lodge in Sen Monorom for some fun times of trekking! Getting to Sen Monorom was an experience in itself..all day on the top of a pick up...man, it was hard on the arse..haha! At times it was kinda scary as it started to rain and it was either hold on to the tarp to keep dry and risk sliding off or hold on for dear life and get wet! I had to hold on, I was on the edge and the driver sped up as it rained so it was hold on tight or really fly off the top of the pick up!!! I lost my thongs though.
We made it safe and sound to Nature lodge...unreal location! rooms located in the tree tops and outdoor (hot!) showers! Bliss! It really was set in a serene location and the owners are unreal...really welcoming and the food fantastic! I swear all we did was chill out, play pool, drink beer and eat! We organised a trek for 2 days which was a fantastic experience. Our guides were Rocky (crazy he was..so much fun!) and the other guide who knew the Cambodian jungle inside and out, we later found out was a former Khmer Rouger..WTF! We walked for 2 days getting to some great waterfalls (where one of them we could jump off!) and at night set up our hammocks, sang songs around the campfire and ate frogs! Yep.
Man..so much has happened in the last 3 weeks and getting back to Phnom penh (yep by pick up again..our "confirmed seats" on the minibus were not so confirmed on the day..hmmmm!!) I spent the last night in Cambodia with the cool English couple and was really sad to think that on the 1st April I would be leaving Cambodia...I am so happy to be spending some time in Singapore with friends but had such a great time in Cambodia, I actually wasn't ready to leave...well, that confirms it, I will just have to return!