Cambodia, you beautiful country, you. Even though it is hard to pick only one favorite from our trip, I’d choose you if I had to. We spent almost a month here and really enjoyed our time pretty much everywhere we went – even though Battambang and Kampot are definite winners to add to your itinerary. Most people visit Cambodia to see Angkor Wat (which you should), but don’t skip the rest, please! Cambodia is the country with the friendliest people, the most brutal past, beautiful temples, a lot of trash, great food, a lot of poverty and gorgeous islands. As you can see it’s a place of contrast – but that should never stop you to visit, because the good will outweigh the bad without a doubt. Our trip took us from Siem Reap to Battambang to Kampong Chnang to Phnom Penh to Sihanoukville to Koh Rong Samloem to Kampot to, finally Kep – and I’m glad we got to visit every one of those places.
These pictures represent Cambodia in many ways, even though only 10 can never be enough to fully grasp everything. After spending a lot of time here, and learning more about what happened during the Khmer Rouge regime touched me in a way I didn’t expect. Still seeing those effects on society today, with creepy reminders scattered throughout the country (like the abandoned villas in Kep or the buildings in Bokor National Park) and visiting the horrifying Killing Fields, along with the Tuol Sleng Genocide museum can leave no one without a heavy heart and tears in their eyes. One thing’s for sure: Cambodia, you have a special place in my travel book.