Surviving the Cambodian Heat – Siem Reap

While Phnom Penh may be the capital of Cambodia, the true tourist gems are in Siem Reap.  If you had a limited time and had to choose Phnom Penh or Siem Reap to visit, choose the latter.  Angkor Wat is a UNESCO World Heritage Centre for a reason.

In fact, because Phnom Penh is the capital of Cambodia,  you should be able to get even cheaper rates of Tuk Tuk in Siem Reap.  Visit Vithei Charles De Gaulle and the road has a lot of nice resorts there.

This post will focus on Siem Reap (Days 2 and 3).  For information on Phnom Penh and general tips about Cambodia, please visit: Continue reading Surviving the Cambodian Heat – Siem Reap

Surviving the Cambodian Heat – Phnom Penh

It’s amazing how two countries separated by a 2 hour flight can contrast so differently, and yet this is what I experienced during my trip to Cambodia.

Unlike the skyscrapers and luxurious cars in Hong Kong, Cambodia was about the dust and the beating sun.  We were at both Phnom Penh and Siem Reap, with the former being extremely dusty.  The weather was extremely hot, but without the humidity, I personally found it more accommodating than the insufferable humidity that is in Hong Kong.

One thing I particularly noticed was the number of different international influences the country has.  The streets have prominent French figures named after them.  There are numerous US company brands everywhere, not to mention the numerous Chinese companies that also exist in this developing country.  When you witness this many different country influences, you know the country’s been through some turmoil. Continue reading Surviving the Cambodian Heat – Phnom Penh