Experiencing The Outback This Summer

Australia is such a fab country that Rach visited in 2016 and would love to go back to! Australia is also coming into summer whilst we are preparing for winter so we know where we would rather be! Perhaps one of the most vast and unexplored places in the whole of Australia is the outback.

The outback is a term we brits have heard for years and years and maybe we haven’t put two and two together to realise this is a vast desert area down under. For an amazing adventure we have got to visit the outback and we have heard it’s one we certainly won’t forget any time! Here are some of the places you have to see in the outback this summer or in your lifetime.

Ayers Rock
Uluru is a stunning sandstone rock which has acted as the most popular Australian outback destination for years and years. It is thought that this rock is over 700 million years old which is staggering and as such, this rock is incredibly sacred to the aboriginal people who live there. It is definitely a place you have to see before you leave and we have read it will blow your mind.

Alice Springs Desert Park
If you fancy going somewhere more contained and organised In the outback then you may love a trip to the desert park. During your visit to the park you will be able to see some stunning landscapes, natural flora and fauna of the area and you can also learn more about the aboriginal culture which resides here. We most definitely think It would be a fascinating trip and a fun one.

Kings Canyon
If the idea of seeing a canyon close up is your thing, then you can’t miss the chance to visit this Kings Canyon also known as Watarrka which is located 300km away from Uluru. It is meant to be a beautiful place and it offers the perfect photo opportunity for you during your stay! Woohoo! The canyon walls tower more than 100m over head and the area is incredibly important to local wildlife and therefore no swimming is allowed here.

Lake Eyre
For a stunning experience which you won’t forget any time soon (according to everything we have read), a trip to the largest lake in the whole of Australia is essential when you visit the outback. Lake Eyre is a mind blowing place to see and it is so vast that you will be mistaken for thinking the water goes on forever and ever. This is the ideal place to come on a nice sunny day to bring a picnic and have a hike.

Port Augusta
If you fancy seeing the point which the desert meets the sea, you will be in for a treat when you visit Port Augusta. This is an amazing place that we would love to see. It can be surreal to see the point where the desert ends and the ocean begins. It is a good place to come for a relaxing day sunbathing and catching some waves.

The outback is a beautiful place which will make you feel like a tiny little ant as you explore its vast length and breath! When we return to Australia we will certainly be exploring the outback and we cannot wait!

Helping you prepare for your trip to China

There is no denying that China is one of the most unique and fascinating destinations in the world. From the interesting culture to the amazing attractions, it is a place that so many travellers want to experience (including us). We thought we would answer a few questions about China as we researched them ourselves and wanted to share them with you!

When is the best time to visit China?
Because of the size of China, you can visit at any time throughout the year. Peak tourist months for the most popular destinations are April, May, September, and October. Prices tend to lower from June through August and again from November through March. In terms of visiting Hainan Island and the Northeast Harbin, winter months are peak-visiting time, especially for the Ice-Lantern Festival in Northeast Harbin, which has become world-famous.

How long will it take to walk the Great Wall of China?
A trip to China would not be complete without witnessing the Great Wall of China, but how long does it take to walk the Great Wall of China? Well, of course, this all depends on the route you are going to take and your general fitness levels however on average most people walk The Great Wall of China in five days. A lot of people are happy with just seeing the wall from a certain viewpoint, though, so it is entirely up to you.

What should you pack for your trip?
Casual clothing that is good for walking in would be best. One necessity is a good pair of walking shoes. Remember to dress for comfort, especially during the warmer months. Wearing shorts is acceptable in China, so long as you are not visiting a religious shrine.

Do I need a visa to visit China?
You are going to require a visa for visiting most places in Asia, and China is no different. You need to make sure your passport has at least six months’ validity remaining and you will need to obtain a visa prior to arrival. Please note that this is the case for Mainland China and Hainan Island but not Macao or Hong Kong. For example, a visa allowing a second entry into China is needed for visiting Hong Kong, so make sure you have all the required documents before flying.

We hope you enjoyed reading some of the information we have picked up along the way with our research!

Can you Travel on a Tight Budget?

Travel expands the mind, opens your eyes and allows you to learn more about yourself ✌🏼It’s one of the most worthwhile ways we can spend our time and money of course! however it can be really expensive and therefore many of us rule it out as we just don’t have the disposable income to be able to up and go.

Travel doesn’t have to be high end cruises, posh hotels and luxury food, there’s plenty of ways you can explore different without living like the queen (we wish we could)! Find some of our examples below that might just allow you to explore a little more than you originally thought!

Go Camping
Camping can be cheap, you could go super rustic in a tent, or get more of a ‘home from home’ feel with a chalet or caravan complete with caravan awnings. Whether you choose to camp in the wilderness or on a campsite with hookups to water, electricity and wifi you’ll have a fantastic time. We recently went glamping in Edinburgh and absolutely loved it’

Go hiking and go on bike rides It really is a chance to get outside, breathe in some fresh air and enjoy the nice weather with family and friends. Cook over a barbeque or campfire, tell ghost stories and sing camp song- just like in the brownies!

Be a Tourist In Your Own City
When you’re thinking about seeing more of the world, chances are you completely overlook your own city, especially if you live and work in London. You might think you know your own town or city well, but see it with fresh eyes. What is it famous for, what do tourists visit for? Go to museums and galleries that you perhaps haven’t visited since childhood. Go to bars and restaurants you’ve never visited or stay in a hotel. If you have rivers, lakes or canals nearby you could even hire a boat! There is so much to do!

Go Backpacking
Backpacking is one of the most humble ways to see the world. There’s no fine dining or fancy restaurants, you get around mainly by walking (our favourite) and public transport. You live and eat out of your pack, you might be visiting inexpensive cafes and buffets or sampling the street food in the place that you’re in. What an incredible way to see the world, you’re not just visiting the glamorous tourist places but really getting to see what a destination is like ‘behind the scenes.’ It’s great exercise, you’ll do and see so much and will meet lots of interesting people along the way. What could be better?

Visit Family And Friends Who Live Elsewhere
If you have family or friends who live abroad then you’re in a good position- how about going to visit them one year, and have them come to visit you the year after? You both get cheap travel as you have somewhere to stay, all you need to pay for are flights. Even if you have family or friends in another town or city then this is still a great opportunity to travel! You get to catch up with them while seeing and doing new and exciting things. Any place that you go to will have its charms and be worth visiting so this is something to consider if you want to get out there but don’t have a whole heap of cash to spend.

Top 10 tips for solo travel

You never really travel alone, the world is full of friends waiting to get to know you

For most people the thought of going on a trip to another country on your own is extremely daunting and very scary. Well you are getting on a plane to possibly the other side of the world and visiting a country you have never been to before so of course it is going to be a scary thought.

However, solo travel is in my opinion the best way to see the world. When you are on your own you have to step outside your comfort zone, put yourself out there and meet new people, struggle to read a map on your own and decide what you want to do for the day or where to go next. The best thing about travelling on your own is you are complete control of your adventure, you decide where you want to go next or where you eat. The freedom is amazing and you are guaranteed to have the time of your life!

Below are some tips when travelling on your own

1) Just book it – You want to visit a country, no one to go with, once the flight is booked you kinda have to (well not really if you really chicken out!), get on the flight. Sometimes the scariest part is just making the plunge and booking the flight. Once you’ve booked it you will have completely mixed emotions; you will be so excited as you now have something to look forward to. However you will also have the feeling of OMG WHAT HAVE I JUST DONE! Don’t worry both is completely normal, and you’d be slightly worried if you didn’t feel just a teeny bit nervous. When booking a flight, make sure you shop around and find the best deal but also one that arrives as a decent time. You don’t really want to be arriving in a country by yourself late at night. Try to arrive in the morning or at lunch time, as this will give you plenty of time to find your way to your hotel or hostel. Make sure you also pre-book your firs nights accommodation. You don’t want to turn up to a place with nowhere to stay.

2) The sleepless nights or really weird dreams are normal – you are guaranteed to start over thinking things at night, just when you want to go to sleep. This may be on the run up to the trip or just the night before, it depends how much of a worrier of over thinker you are! The bizarre dreams are also expected, and even if you may not feel nervous or worried, your body weirdly knows! All of this is to be expected and it’s better to be prepared for this to happen.

3) Pack as little as possible – when you are on your own there may not be someone to help carry your bags for you so travel as light as possible. If you are travelling with a rucksack, you do NOT need a massive one, in fact the smaller the better because then you won’t be tempted to over pack. When travelling you are most likely to have to walk quite a lot carrying your bags, you basically are carrying your entire life with you. You may have to walk to the bus or run for the train, or the hostel may be a long walk away from the station, therefore you don’t want to feel like you are carrying the kitchen sink! Check out the post called ‘what’s in my rucksack’ for more information in regards to what to pack.

4) Unlock your phone – if you are travelling for a long time make sure you unblock your phone before you go. This way you can buy a sim card for the country and you will save yourself a fortune! I bought a sim card in both Australia and new Zealand and it was so handy. Quite often you need to call places to book trips or to confirm your place on a trip. In addition it means you have a number so you can keep in contact with the people you have met and arrange to meet up with them. It also means you can keep in contact with your friends and family at home, because you are going to want to message them every now and then. It also great to have a sim card with data as google maps will be your best friend if you get lost, or cannot find your hostel or bus station.

5) Smile – so you have arrived at your hostel and you are in a shared dorm with 12 other strangers. The best thing to do is the find your bed and smile at the people in your room or head to the communal area bringing your smile with you. When walking down the corridor, smile at people and say hello and they are most likely to want to talk to you.

6) Get advice/recommendations from other travellers – listen to what other travellers tell you, or ask people to recommend places to stay. When I was travelling Australia I was recommended hostels to stay at so I knew they would be good as people I had met loved them, and they were always right.

7) Communal areas are a must – try to book hostels with excellent communal areas or kitchens. I have stayed at a couple of hostels with no communal areas so it was harder to make friends and was much easier to feel lonely. Finding hostels with communal areas means everyone will hang out here so it’s the best place to meet other people. Quite a lot of hostels only have Wi-Fi in communal areas so it encourages people to chill out in these areas which is good!

8) SAY YES– when another traveller invites you somewhere, say yes! Mingling with other travellers is the best way to meet people. I had just arrived in Australia and no idea what I was doing and it was a girl in my rooms last night, she was going to the night market and invited me along. Of course I went with her and we got on so well that we are still friends now and regularly meet up for dinner and drinks. Even though I had severe jet lagged and was feeling very over whelmed I would’ve been silly to say no and had such a lovely first evening in Australia.

9) Take advantage of every opportunity– you only get the opportunity once so make the most of it. Face your fears and do that sky dive or jump out a plane. I have a fear of caves and small spaces but sucked it up and went inside the caves at Halong Bay, because I probably will never visit the caves at Halong Bay ever again! You do not want to look back and regret anything, so make the most of your time in that country.

10) Trust your instinct – always always trust your instinct because most times it is right. If you have a bad feeling about doing something don’t do it. Or if you think someone seems a bit dodgy, stop hanging out with them. If a situation doesn’t feel right then leave and walk away. In Hanoi I had booked into a nice hotel for my last night and on arriving I had a bad instinct about the place and the area I was in. I left the hotel and found a different one back in the centre of the city and it was the best decision I could’ve made.

Now go ahead and book your first or next solo trip and let us know where you are going? Trust us you won’t regret it!

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Review of: Cambodia and Vietnam on a Shoestring – G Adventures

At G Adventures, we encourage you to step off the beaten path, embrace the unexpected and immerse yourself in the extraordinary. Our award-winning trips embrace authentic accommodation and local transportation to bring you face to face with the world’s most fascinating cultures, customs and awe-inspiring wildlife.

 I booked onto a G Adventures tours as I had been recommended it by a number of friends and I loved the motto and beliefs of the company.  My expectations for the tour was the it would be organised and we would be taken to each destination, but we would also get a lot of freedom, especially when arriving and visiting our destinations. I thought that we would arrive to the destination, maybe sometimes given an orientation walk, or given a map, then suggested places to visit and the key attractions to visit, and told how to make the most of our time. I thought it would feel like a tour but with a lot more freedom, whilst being surrounded by likeminded people where I would make friends for life.

I decided to do a G Adventures tour because I had never been to Asia before an didn’t know what to expect. As a female traveller going with a young tour company seemed like the best way to experience a place, and get the most out of the destination, whilst feeling safe and not having the opportunity to be put in danger. In addition I wanted to make friends and be able to travel with some great people.

However, my experience of a G Adventures tour was not fully as I expected. Firstly our tour guide did not really let us have much freedom and it was frowned upon if we didn’t want to take part in the OPTIONAL activities. Additionally, it was also frowned upon if we wanted to do our own thing for dinner and find our own places to eat. We wanted to do our own thing because our tour guide took us to tacky, touristy restaurants for dinner where we were surrounded by tourists. We wanted an authentic experience and to eat local food like the locals. By the time I reached Vietnam we had plucked up the courage to tell our tour guide that we wanted to eat alone (which we didn’t feel went down very well, but oh well, it was our holiday at the end of the day and we had paid for the trip!), and we hardly joined our tour guide for dinner.

In addition our tour guide seemed to like the sound of his own voice and treated us as if we were on the classic tour not the YOLO tour, sometimes he wouldn’t even let us cross the road on our own! There were times when he needed to be quiet and not constantly talk at us, in addition when another guide was with us for particular tours it was as if it was a competition for the G Adventures guide and he wanted to look as if he knew more about the particular destination than the official tour guide. We found this to be very embarrassing and just wanted to tell the G Adventures guide to shut up

Lastly, it felt like the trip was all for our G Adventures tour guides gain, we went to restaurants where he knew people, so he could catch up with his friends, or where he could eat for free. You could tell the tour guide was focussed on his commission which is not what the tour should’ve been about, particularly as he tended to lie about certain things to get us to book onto activities or tell us false information about where we were eating.

 I have always wanted to visit South East Asia and when I found this tour decided it was ideal for me, especially as visiting Angkor Wat is on my bucket list as was Halong Bay. I wanted to experience a totally new culture, and taste amazing food whilst meeting great new people. I wanted to learn a lot about the places I was visiting and wanted to also live like a local and experience life first hand. I wanted an honest and real experience of both Cambodia and Vietnam. I do not believe that the G Adventures tour fully let me experience the culture of country I was visiting.

 Despite this, I think that tours are a great way to travel the world and an excellent way to meet like-minded people. I always felt safe on the tour and liked the fact we were taken to places and everything was organised. In addition the hotels we stayed in were incredible, and I couldn’t fault them at all. I think the whole trip was excellent value for money, the hotels were spot on and we had lots of meals included. . I did meet some amazing people on the tour and certainly made friends for life, it was definitely the people I was with that made the trip so memorable and so fun. In addition I absolutely loved visiting Cambodia and Vietnam, they were amazing countries and I sure did make memories that will last a lifetime. I ate some delicious food, and visited incredible places; Angkor Wat, quad biking across rice paddies to watch the sunset,  Boat trip and snorkelling in Sihanoukville, the tailors in Hoi An, motorbike tour in Hue and Halong Bay.

 I will definitely book another G Adventures tour as I cannot judge the company by our unfortunate experience with the tour guide (I think I was just unlucky, but believe it’s best to be completely honest) and my friends still rave about how good the tours and in particular the tour guides are. I am already looking at a G Adventures tour in South America!

You can read all the posts about all the different locations here:

Siem Reap
Phnom Penh
Sihanoukville
Vegan Café Sihanoukville
Cao Tao Home Stay
Saigon
Nha Trang
Hoi An
Cookery School Hoi An
Hue
Halong Bay

Vietnam : Halong Bay

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We arrived to Halong Bay after driving from the station in Hanoi. The place was not as expected at all, the beach was none existent and had  a large theme park being built on it. It seemed they were turning this place into a mega tourist trap.

We checked into the hotel and got ready for the boat trip to the bay. We were taken by coach for around 10 minutes to the pier and then finally boarded our boat.

The boat was huge and as there were only 12 people on our small group seemed mad that we needed such a big boat. The other group who were on the same G Adventures tour as up also had their own boat. This was something that we all picked up on and felt it was so stupid our two groups to be on 2 boats. Considering the poverty in the country, a lot of money could be saved including fuel if we all shared one boat. Anyway, rant over.

We set sail and were brought lots of different things to eat including whole fish, prawns, squid, noodles and rice and also chips (random!). We were promised by our guide an amazing 3 course meal, but I would hardly call it that. The fruit salad for dessert was a slice of watermelon each!

We then headed to the top deck to check out the views and take a billion and one photos! The day was gloomy and dull which was a shame but we all remained in positive spirits.

We then were taken to a cave which again was a bit overrated and a complete tourist trap. They had even pumped water into the cave and tried to pretend it was natural. If I am completely honest the whole cave felt fake and all of us were baffled as to if it was real!!

We then headed back to the boat and some people had opted to do some kayaking, but most of us chose to stay on the boat where we all did some colouring in from my colouring in book!!

We headed back to the hotel and got ready for dinner. The group were told to meet at 7.30 for dinner but we didn’t think we needed 2 hours to get ready so we decided to meet earlier. We were warned that there was not many places to go for dinner and this certainly was the case. Its crazy that a place that one day hopes to be a huge tourist destination with a massive theme park literally has no where to eat. We ended up at some restaurant and the food was gross with no flavour!

The next day we left Halong Bay super early. I am in 2 minds as to whether I would return to Halong Bay. Part of me wants to come back when the weather is guaranteed to be nice and see Halong Bay in the sunshine just like the pictures in the guide books. However another part of me thinks that I will be even more upset as to how spoilt the beach is…….

 

Vietnam : Hue

I hadn’t done much research on this place so didn’t know what to expect. However all I knew was that I HAD to do the motorbike tour because it was amazing and my friend had recommended it to me.

We arrived in Hue around midday and then had 45 minutes to check in before meeting for the motorbike tour.

We were all assigned a driver and sat on the back of their bike and were basically taken all around Hue to all the touristy (or not so touristy) sites. We visited 3 temples, a bridge, a pagoda, a museum of rice farming, a bunker and a food market. We were taught how to make a non la and incense sticks and also went to a view point of the perfume river. We also had the most amazing vegetarian lunch cooked by monks at a Buddhist temple. The trip was 6 hours long and simply amazing and a great way to learn all about Hue and also the Vietnamese culture. This was one of my highlights of the trip and I will always remember zipping through country lanes, though rice fields and the crazy traffic.

However apart from the bike tour I would say that Hue doesn’t really have anything else to offer and I think we spent too long here. We only needed the afternoon for the bike tour and could’ve left early the next morning rather than waiting around until the evening for the sleeper train.

Although a visit to the Imperial Citadel is worth it!

 

Vietnam : Nha Trang

This post wont be a long post, because bascially the point I want to make it that Nha Trang is not a place you need to visit on your travels around Vietnam.

Nha Trang is a place that has strong connections with Russia as you can take a direct flight from Russia in only 6 hours. This means this place is full of Russian tourists, and even signs are written in Russia and some places wont serve you if you aren’t Russian.

As part of the tour we spent 2 whole days here and that was long enough. If you want to read all about the tour carry on, if you’ve read enough then feel free to stop!

My 2 days in Nha Trang as part of the G Adventures tour:

Due to the flooding we couldn’t go on the boat trip which we were all sad about, so were told we could go to a ‘beach party’ instead. We were told this was a big party on a private beach, so had in our mind lots of people on this amazing beach. How wrong were we, and again more examples of where our guide lied to us to make us partake in activities (the guides work off commission for these activities we think!). This was certainly not a beach party, we sat with this lady who tried to force us to play games and have awkward conversations with her. If I am honest we were all slightly bored and the weather didn’t help. However the food was incredible and it was included in the price, along with some bottles of vodka and rum, which we didn’t drink but snuck back with us for another night!! We were given mussels cooked on the BBQ and they tasted amazing. We were also fed twice in the space of 2 hours so can’t fault that either!

That evening we were meant to go for a group dinner, but as our guide couldn’t speak Vietnamese he didn’t really know where to take us, we met for dinner anyway. However he ended up taking a couple to see some lanterns and we did our own thing. Myself and Tal were not very hungry due to our epic lunch so went for milkshakes instead!

The next morning we met early to go see a Buddhist Pagoda. We decided to walk there as the walk was only 30 minutes. We arrived for the Pagoda to be shut as the head monk was celebrating his 69th day, so headed back to the hotel. Myself and Tal split off from the others and visited the cathedral on route home. We then grabbed our bikinis and decided to make the most of the sunny day and spent the rest of the day at the beach. We paid pennies for a bed which included wifi and didn’t move all day – it was bliss!

That evening we met for dinner and enjoyed some street food, we all had the Pho which was super tasty and then ended up at a yoghurt bar where we ate the tastiest yoghurt ever which had come from De Lat.

Thankfully we let Nha Trang on the sleeper train that evening.

Cambodia : Siem Reap

Siem Reap is the place you stay at when you want to visit the famous Angkor Wat, and I must admit it was one of my favourite places that we visited in Cambodia, I completely fell in love with the place.

We arrived late in the day and checked into the hotel before walking the short walk to the bustling centre of town, all the lights, street food and market stalls added to the atmosphere. We jumped into a tuk tuk and took a short ride out of town to a G Adventures funded project which was an English school for local children. We all sat on the floor and were served a delicious Cambodia dinner. The chicken amok and the noodles were super tasty and it was such a fun experience to all eat together. After the dinner we played games with the Cambodian children. The children were the friendliest and happiest and I really enjoyed getting to know them all, and some of them spoke really good English. It amazed me at even though these children live in poverty they were so happy and always smiling, it was a pleasure to meet them all.

We then took a tuk tuk back to the centre of Siem Reap and put our bartering skills to good use and bought some elephants pants, shorts, bracelets and souvenirs. We then had an early night ready for the early start to visit the temples.

We woke up at 4am and got ready to meet the group, we met at 4.50 and got on the bus. Our first stop was to buy our tickets for the day, and then we went to Angkor Wat. We arrived at Angkor Wat by 4.30 despite sunrise not being until 5.45, (we felt we got here WAY too early and we could’ve have another hour in bed!), anyway we waited around for sunrise and took far to many pictures! The cloudy weather did not make the sunrise as spectacular as expected but it was still an amazing experience and something I will never forget. Its crazy how many tourists were there for the sunrise. We then met the group for breakfast before heading inside for a tour. We explored the  temple with our guide, which I think was unnecessary as we ended up spending nearly 5 hours here! I would’ve preferred to explored the temple by myself with a guide book.

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Afterwards we stopped briefly for some more food as the group were feeling peckish, I wasn’t very hungry so had a fruit salad and tried jack fruit and dragon fruit for the first time!

The next stop was to the city of Angkor Thom which features the famous faces temple called Bayon. We first stopped off at the bridge leading to the temple and again had to endure a lot of waffle by the guide, which again I thought was unnecessary. We then drove to Angkor Thom and were taken around by our tour guide. Thankfully this time we were given a generous (!!) 15 minutes free time, so we went and took some fun pictures. From the whole day this was my favorite temple, the faces were so detailed and you could wander and study them all day! In addition this temple was less busy which was nicer. This temple was one of many used in Lara Croft.

We then visited our last temple of the day which is famous for all the trees called Ta Prohm. However, by this point the whole group were feeling tired and hungry and also fed up of the waffle from our tour guide. We just wanted to go off and explore this temple, however we had to follow the group. I am sad because I would’ve like to have stayed longer here and visited at my own pace and don’t feel like the visit did it justice. Lara Croft was also filmed here!

We then headed to lunch, however I do not know the name of the restaurant we were taken to. However I ate the nicest Chicken Amok of the whole trip. This restaurant was full of locals which was great and we loved this, and the food was even better!

We then headed back to the hotel to get ready for the quad bike tour (we sure did have jam packed days!). We were all feeling a little dubious of the tour and if it was worth the money. However take my advice, it is so worth the money and one of my highlights of the whole trip. We all got to drive the quad bikes through the Cambodia countryside, zipping down dirt tracks and across rice paddy’s. The whole experience was incredible, and we even got to watch the sunset whilst enjoying a beer! We ended the trip completely covered in dust, and nearly crashed into a cow and I wouldn’t change thing! I would recommend to anyone visiting Siem Reap to do a quad bike (ATV) tour!

We then all went for dinner, the place we were taken to was awful. The service was slow and the food was overpriced and not tasty at all, even the cocktails were not good, and to top it off the whole restaurant was full of tourists (we wanted to get the authentic Cambodian experience and eat like the locals), the whole restaurant felt like a cruise ship especially when the started playing the whole Abba playlist on YouTube!

Some of the group headed for a night on the famous pub street, which is where all the backpackers go. We had such a fun night visiting a number of different bars. I also ate a spider and a cricket!!

The next morning we were leaving to go to Phnom Penh. I opted not to do the optional activity of visiting the floating village and had a chilled morning with some of the girls. We visited a coffee shop for a tasty frappe and then chilled by the pool.

I had the best time in Siem Reap and would love to go back, what a highlight of the trip!

 

– all views are my own