My second visit to Siem Reap, Cambodia was at the end of October, which meant rainy season!
My Asia trip was booked mainly on impulse and a strong curiosity at the time to see more of the world that simply couldn’t wait, but maybe if I’d known it was going to be rainy season I wouldn’t have chosen to visit at this time. However now I’m glad I did… It’s less busy off peak, and the rain wasn’t so bad that it ruined my experience, but the main reason I’m glad I went around this time was I got the chance to visit the floating village of Kampong Phluk just outside of Siem Reap!
This was an incredible experience, which I would highly recommend to anyone travelling to the area around the rainy season!
I booked on a day trip with a lovely girl I met in my hostel (Lubd) room. Because only 2 of us wanted to go on that day we paid quiet a lot, but the price was for the boat, and could of been split across as many as around 8 people I believe.
After a tuk tuk ride, we boarded a larger boat to the village, then moved on to little rowing boats to look around the village.
The rowing boats were peaceful, and the colours on the houses and in the trees beautiful.
Rowing through the trees reminded me of that scene from Pocahontas when they’re travelling through Grandmother Willow’s branches!
I think the photos say it all:
If you know me chances are I’ve made you do THE LIST
One of my friends introduced me to the 30 before 30 idea a few of years ago. That’s 30 countries before you turn 30 years old. I sat there in the pool in Corfu recalling all the countries I’d been to in my lifetime, and came to the grand total of 15.
15 may sound like a lot, but her list was MUCH more impressive and I was keen to boost my numbers!
My biggest problem was that I’d repeated the same countries several times.
I’ve been to Greece every year of my life! That’s 8 years of living in Corfu, and 20 holidays to follow this. I’ve also been to Spain 4 times (Gran Canaria, Fuerteventura, Catalonia and Barcelona) so that could also only count as ONE country.
Forward wind to October 2018 and my tally has jumped to 25/30 countries! That’s 5 more countries to go, and just 1 year and 7 months to reach the target! (my friend is now on 42)
Here’s my list to date – the pencil italics are where I’ve been to a country more than once.
(One country which I’m still questioning is the Vatican. I’ve been but it just didn’t feel anything like another country!)
Want to do your own list? Here’s the rules:
- You can’t repeat countries!
- England & Wales count!
- Stop overs do NOT count (so that cheeky 2 hour layover in Dubai can’t be added to your total sorry)
- Islands don’t count as a new country (sounds silly but I’ve heard more than one person ask, for example if Spain and Tenerife can count as 2 countries)
Once you’re done send me over your lists! I’m genuinely curious to see them and find out all the exciting places you’ve been!