You Wanna Go to Cambodia? Ok.
That's how our conversation went:
Me: You want to go to Cambodia today?
We'd been in Bangkok, Thailand for just 5 days and were already itching to get out and do some adventure-monkeys-and-elephans-in-the-jungle type stuff.
We've finally took some sound advice from our online friend Nomadic Matt and got off the well beaten, get-scammed-fast, guide-book-guided, tourist-trap road through South East Asia.
So we begin our counter-clockwise journey through South East Asia in the capitol of Cambodia, Phnom Penh. Don't worry, I don't know how to pronounce it properly either.
It's awesome here! I saw like 4 white people this whole day! Everyone else is a local. And sure, there's still people here who try to hassle you to get a Tuk-Tuk or taxi, but you don't get swarmed like ants on a honey as soon as you step out of your hotel.
Interesting things from Cambodia - they used up an ENTIRE PAGE in my passport to place their massive visa sticker. And then added another stamp on another page after that. Dude - I've got more countries to go to!
The people here speak surprisingly good English. I'm trying to learn as much Khmer as possible. I start with what's most important: "Thank You" (Akun) and "Dessert" (forgot this one, but I used it earlier).
This country uses the US dollar as their currency. They have their own currency called the "riel," but they only use riel in place of US coins. So if something costs $3.50, you'd pay 3 USD and 2,000 riel.
"Gas stations" here are quite different from what we're used to in the States. This one is better described via video. I'll make sure to get some video footage of it for a minisode.
The people here are really friendly. Lots of smiles.
Tomorrow we head to a little coastal town called Kep (again going on Matt's advice). We've heard that it's a cool little beach paradise that's more "authentically Cambodian". It's costing us just $6 to get there. Nice.