We’re going to Cambodia this weekend!

It’s a little funny how this trip came about. Over a month ago we started planning for a big vacation for November. We wanted to do a tour of Indo-China: Thailand, Cambodia, Vietnam and Laos. We researched each country and what were our must-sees in each place. It was a very long list; we realized that there was no way we would be able to incorporate all four countries into a two week vacation. We cut Laos. Vietnam soon followed. (We will get to both places eventually; they’re not off the ultimate bucket list.)

Photo borrowed from Wikimedia Commons. I can't wait to take my own picture of this beautiful place!

Photo borrowed from Wikimedia Commons. I can’t wait to take my own picture of this beautiful place!

I refused to give up on Cambodia. I have wanted to see Angkor Wat for years, ever since Jared showed me a National Geographic article about these beautiful ancient ruins. It was one of the few places in Asia that was on my travel bucket list before we knew we would be living here. We made probably a dozen different possible itineraries trying to fit Cambodia and Thailand into the same vacation. However, it just didn’t seem possible. Air travel between the two countries seemed difficult to manage, and we weren’t too excited about taking a bus across the border either. Cambodia was cut from the November vacation. Once the possibility of visiting Angkor Wat was before me, I hated the idea of waiting another 6 months or a year before seeing it. (It may come across as a little spoiled when I say I refused to give up a vacation; however, it is not something that I take for granted. I’m truly grateful for our opportunities!)

However, we came up with an alternative plan. Since the main thing we wanted to see was Angkor Wat, we thought we could visit it on its own over a long weekend. With Columbus Day coming us we quickly planned this trip in the last two weeks. Since it is such a short trip, our focus is on exploring Angkor Wat; we may see a bit of Siem Reap, but it’s not our priority. We plan to take pictures, explore the ruins, and see at least one sunrise!

Just like when we visited Kyoto, I knew very little about Cambodia before we started planning this trip. My knowledge consisted of Angkor Wat, I want to see Angkor Wat, and a vague understanding that Cambodia has a violent history. I have a lot to learn! I plan to spend our flight reading up on the customs and culture so that I am better prepared for vacation. It may only be a quick trip, but I can’t wait to learn as much as possible about this country!

Come back next week to see our pictures and read all about our newest adventure!

PS: Watch a National Geographic video about Angkor Wat here!


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