Experiences of a med student with an incurable travel bug.

The poverty became more apparent upon entering Cambodia as villages began to look a bit more dejected and piles of trash began to encroach on the road sides. Despite this, it still has a beautiful countryside and, of course, the incredible Angkor Wat Temples. Many of the low-land houses outside of the cities were built on stilts, no doubt in response to the downpours during the rainy season. We got caught in one torrential downpour that nearly flooded the street despite the drainage system, and that was only one 20 minute deluge.

The roads were in worse shape than those in Vietnam with the number of pot holes increasing proportionally with the distance from a city. Combined with poorer buses (at least, ours was significantly less comfortable than any we’d been on in Vietnam), it can be a pretty rough ride.

All the Cambodians we met were very nice and friendly. Half of the waiters we had struck up conversations while we waited for food, wanting to talk about everything from the weather to politics, and the staff at tour agencies, etc were also friendly and helpful.

Costs were slightly higher here than in Vietnam; I attributed this to the fact that they use US Dollars, so prices start to creep up. Definitely not that significant, but meals that were $1 or less in Vietnam were $1.50-2+ here.

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