Thursday, June 20, 2024

How costly is it actually to get round in Cambodia in 2023?

20 years on from my final go to to the Kingdom, nothing ready me for the shock of how costly Cambodia has turn out to be

This may occasionally come as a shock, however till my journey to Cambodia this month, it’d been 20 years since I set foot within the Kingdom.

Why ought to it’s a shock?

Effectively, I stay simply 60 kms from the Cambodian border and I’ve been dwelling in Vietnam for effectively over a decade.

What’s going to come of the place within the subsequent 20 years, sadly, is anyone’s guess

Why did it take me 20 years to return?

Life simply merely bought in the best way, plus there have been different nations to discover and provinces to go to right here in Vietnam.

Cambodia has been nagging away at me for a while, nonetheless.

I’ve watched its improvement, principally with dismay at what’s turn out to be of locations like Sihanoukville.

I’ve fond reminiscences of Sihanoukville from 20 years in the past when it was a sleepy seaside city the place the one annoyance was the odd coconut vendor interrupting my snooze on an empty seaside.

On account of the experiences I’ve seen about Sihanoukville over the previous few years, I’ve by no means wished to return, for worry it might spoil the particular reminiscences I’ve of the place.

However, by no means say by no means.

As a result of I’d turn out to be keen to go to Koh Rong, because of all these gushing movies about it on YouTube, I had no selection however to return, albeit to the port to catch the pace boat to the island.

The port is on the outskirts of town, so I didn’t must cross by town correct, however from the boat heading to and from the island, I used to be in a position to see sufficient of Sihanoukville to reassure me that there’s nothing left there for me anymore.

It’s a disgrace, however at the least I’ve been in a position to scratch that itch with out having to truly enter floor zero, because it have been.

What’s going to come of the place within the subsequent 20 years, sadly, is anyone’s guess.

See Additionally

Within the video beneath, I share my experiences of travelling by air, sea, rail and tuk tuk from Koh Rong to Kampot to Phnom Penh in 2023, and reveal simply how a lot getting round prices the typical traveller.

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