Friday, June 14, 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 will likely 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 or not it’s a shock?

Nicely, I dwell simply 60 kms from the Cambodian border and I’ve been dwelling in Vietnam for nicely over a decade.

What is 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 acquired 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 seashore.

On account of the stories I’ve seen about Sihanoukville over the previous few years, I’ve by no means needed to return, for worry it could 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, due to all these gushing movies about it on YouTube, I had no alternative however to return, albeit to the port to catch the velocity boat to the island.

The port is on the outskirts of the town, so I didn’t must go via the 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 a minimum of I’ve been in a position to scratch that itch with out having to truly enter floor zero, because it have been.

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

See Additionally

Within the video under, 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 common traveller.

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