Leaving Cambodia again

The time finally came to say goodbye to Happy Guesthouse, Siem Reap and Cambodia. I had stayed an extra three weeks in Cambodia and it was time to scoot on down to Koh Tao for some diving before my flight to China. Even after I’d decided it was time to move on I hung around for an extra couple of days because it was just so easy to do so.

Friends came and went at Happy Guesthouse. They had some long term visitors who were working in schools or women’s refuges or orphanages and a steady turnover of travellers staying just a few nights. There were always friends to say goodbye to, and new friends to say hello to. Chinese Stella who lives in Singapore left a few days before me, headed for Bangkok. Canadians Bobbie and Tracy were going to Bangkok a few days later and I still had a day on my Angkor Wat pass so I stayed and caught the bus with them. We met Stella again at We Bangkok, a hostel recommended to us by Todd, another friend travelling the other direction a week or so earlier.

Travelling from Siem Reap to Bangkok was the usual hurry-up-and-wait bus journey. The Thai side of the border at Poi Pet is renowned for scams targeted at travellers from Thailand to Cambodia. Going from Cambodia to Thailand was a simple and scam-free procedure, although a few more signs would have been helpful. The only downer was changing from a nice comfortable air conditioned coach in Cambodia to a beat up old transit van in Thailand.

I had a really nice, laid back time in Cambodia. Except for the lack of tango I could easily go back there to live. Maybe next April I will but there’s a lot to see and do before then.

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