The Animals We Met in Cambodia

I am starting this blog post in an extremely frustrated and unmotivated state. I previously wrote a post about our time at the Phnom Tamao Wildlife Rescue Center (PTWRC) in Cambodia. Somehow, the draft got deleted after I spent around 3 hours researching and writing the post. 

I debated if I even wanted to rewrite it in the first place, but I knew deep down that I should. I’m sure the next year will hold many setbacks that leave us feeling deflated, but it doesn’t mean we should just give up. This travel adventure has an element to it that will surely push our limits both physically and mentally. Blogging just happens to be the current challenge. Who woulda thunk it?!

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Biking the Temples of Angkor

The Temples of Angkor had been on our bucket list for quite a while. Really, the place is just darn cool. It’s super old, super big, and super mysterious. The Angkor complex is located right outside of Siem Reap, Cambodia. It is a world-famous UNESCO Heritage site with ancient religious complexes from the Khmer Empire dating back to the 9th-15th century.

We unfortunately only spent one full day touring the temples, which only gave us enough time to appreciate the three most famous ones.  They were certainly impressive, though we would have enjoyed checking out some of the lesser known temples and beating the crowds. Along with Angkor Wat, we also visited Tha Prom, The Elephant Terrace and the Bayon.

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Hello Asia!

In a little over two weeks, Robert and I will depart on a new adventure. We are flying from Jacksonville to Bangkok to explore Southeast Asia for almost three weeks! We will start off in Bangkok, where will we then travel to Vietnam, and spend the majority of our time exploring this country. We’ll end the trip in Cambodia, before beginning our 44-hour journey home!

This trip has been a long time coming, and it’s been a dream of Robert’s since I met him. I was hesitant at first, mostly due to ignorance. I knew nothing about that part of the world, and it just didn’t interest me all that much. Since being introduced to Vietnamese cuisine, reading a book about the Cambodian genocide, and hearing friend’s story of her adventures in Bangkok, my attitude has changed toward this part of the world.

It’s nothing like I’ve ever experienced before, and that is what scared me. I realized that I was being irrational and unjust by not even giving it a chance. How can I knock something if I’ve never experienced for myself? Furthermore, how can I truly give it a fighting chance if I go into it with a negative outlook? Once I took a deeper look into myself and realized that I was just simply scared of the unknown, I abandoned my hesitation and decided to try it for myself so I could draw my own conclusions.

So, without further ado, here are some of the things that I am looking forward to in SE Asia:

1. Vietnamese street food- Pho is like crack. It’s cheap, it’s plentiful, it’s addicting. Also, I like my coffee cold and sweet, and I hear Vietnam knows how to do that perfectly.

2. Halong Bay- I’m a sucker for beautiful beaches. Add a kayaking trip and some caves and I’m sold.

3. Angkor Wat- Everyone says that the pictures just don’t do it justice. I need to experience this for myself!

4. Thai Massage- I can’t tell if I’m more nervous or excited. I’m not limber, at all. So, this should be interesting when they try to contort my body.

5. Spending time with my hubby- Anytime that we are on the same sleeping schedule together is a treat. I get 19 days of waking up next to him and I couldn’t be more excited!

 

And, any pre-trip ramblings would not be complete without sharing what I’m nervous about…..

1. Squatty potties– No, just no. I’m still a diva at heart.

2. Chopstick efficiency- I only learned how to use chopsticks properly a few months ago. I’m still worried that I won’t be able grab my noodles correctly and that all of the locals will be laughing at me (that’s why I’m carrying around an emergency spork).

<——This is me.

3. Getting ripped off by a tuk-tuk driver- We don’t speak the language and we’re clearly tourists that need a ride. Why wouldn’t they try to get an extra dollar from us?

4. Falling off an elephant- As my plans DO include riding an elephant in Cambodia, I can’t help but to be a *little* paranoid that I might fall off and break my neck. Or worse…. what if I get trampled?!

 

All of these things and more I shall soon discover! Keep posted for updates during the trip.
-Kaylee