What did I know about Cambodia before arriving at the overland crossing at Poipet from Thailand? Honestly – Not much.
I knew I wanted to see Angkor Wat at sunrise. A friend mentioned about hearing monks chanting while the sun rose from behind the great temple. Cambodians prefer the US currency, and you may receive change back in their currency, the Cambodian Riel. A lot of blood was shed during the Khmer Rouge occupation – sad, horrible times for Cambodia.
These days, life in Cambodia is a lot more peaceful and relaxing. The one aspect that came as a pleasant surprise is how they all enjoy lounging and napping in a hammock!
Typically, I see hammocks at a seaside town, slung between 2 palm trees perhaps. Not so in Cambodia. I saw them everywhere! On the side of the road, behind souvenir stands, in a tuk tuk, on a boat.
Maybe it’s because of the heat. Whatever their reason, I agree with their hammock lifestyle!
The amazing thing – they even have restaurants and cafes with dedicated hammock areas! I mean what is there not to love?!
I can order food and drinks from the hammock. I can sit on the grass mat to eat the food or if my balance is good enough, stay on the hammock and eat my lunch.
Watching the sunset from a hammock, on the Tara boat was a great way to end a day!