20 years on from my final go to to the Kingdom, nothing ready me for the shock of how costly Cambodia has develop into
This will 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?
Properly, 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 twenty 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 growth, principally with dismay at what’s develop into of locations like Sihanoukville.
I’ve fond recollections 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 reviews I’ve seen about Sihanoukville over the previous few years, I’ve by no means wished to return, for concern it might spoil the particular recollections I’ve of the place.
However, by no means say by no means.
As a result of I’d develop into 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 the town, so I didn’t must move by the town correct, however from the boat heading to and from the island, I used to be capable of 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 capable of 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.
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 typical traveller.
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