Wanderlust Wednesday || Cambodia

Happy Hump Day Lovies! I’ve been Cambodia crazed lately, looking into things to see and do while I’m there in November. I was recently invited there to visit and volunteer but the planner in me won’t let me finalize my trip until I’m more familiar with the Kingdom of Cambodia.

I’ve been devouring every blog post and itinerary list I can find on Cambodia. I’ve already decided to wake up at the crack of dawn to see Angkor Wat at sunrise. If I can’t drag myself out of bed, the place doesn’t look bad at sunset either. Besides all of the history, Siem Reap has to offer, it also seems to be the place to partay!

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Sunset over Angkor Wat

Some of the images depicting how nature has started overtaking the manmade structure are one of the things that draw me to Angkor Wat.

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Angkor Wat

I’ll start in the Country’s capital, Phnom Penh. A visit to Oudong , the ancient capital of Cambodia is on my growing list of things to do.

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Oudong

I’m most looking forward to volunteering with children. I love kids and have worked as a nanny for many years. I’ve always felt that kids force you to be in the NOW. To be present and that’s something that many adults struggle with, myself included. I’m constantly thinking about what’s happening tomorrow, next week, next year. I can’t wait to gain some perspective through volunteering.

I’m on the fence about visiting the Killing Fields. I’m pretty emo and already know that I’ll be a blubbering, crying mess the entire time. However, a few of my friends put it high on their must-see list. It reminds me of my visit to Dachau Concentration Camp in Germany. It was overwhelming and I was super emotional the entire time. Yet, I don’t regret it and would suggest it for anyone visiting Germany.

Have you visited Cambodia? What did you think? What’s your opinion on “Dark Tourism”? Have you heard of it? Would you visit the Cambodia’s Killing Fields?

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5 thoughts

  1. Hi Annette,
    I have been enjoying my little browse through your blog. I wanted to know what made you decide to move to Southeast Asia? Are you going to be based in one place or move about? Are you trying to get one of the last 1-year Thai visas?
    It’s common to see white moving here, as a woman of color it’s rare to see another sister with an affinity strong enough to move here. I do muay thai so that’s why I have lived here a total of 2.5 years (not continuously, except last year I spent most of Aug 2015- Sept 2016 here in Khaolak).
    Looking forward to your next international installment.

    1. Hey Yana! Yes, I’m going to be slow traveling but have my home base in Bangkok. As I have a friend that owns a hostel there. I’m a fashion stylist for an online company, so I plan on continuing to work for them as well as write.

      I decided when I left Thailand last Fall that I wanted to live there. Travel more of Asia and be on that side of the world for a little while. I went on a European tour a few years ago. While I loved it, I didn’t have that “I need to change my entire life to move here” vibe. I had that with Thailand. I also met a TON of expats there. I spoke with many of them at length. I was kinda dumbfounded that people were actually traveling 100%. I asked one guy how he decided to take such a risk and he said ” you just do it”. So I am.

  2. First of all, I’m so glad I stumbled upon your blog. I love it so far! I was in Cambodia this past September and it is one of my fav destinations to date. I only got to visit Siem Reap but it was beyond magical. The people were awesome and visiting the temples was surreal. Here’s a tip; Don’t feel bad if you can’t get up early to go see Angkor Wat, I went at 2 pm and it still looks magical and there were less people. Also, eat everything! The food there is amazing!

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