In January, I spent a few days in Siem Reap, Cambodia, visiting the Angkor Wat temples at sunrise and taking in all sites as much as possible within four days. Once I ticked off Angkor Wat on my bucket list and recovered from the very early start at my hotel pool , I decided not to be lazy and booked a countryside cycle tour to see more of rural, real Cambodia on my last day.
Our cycle tour guide from Grasshopper Adventures was knowledgeable, friendly and had a constant smile on his face. We cycled through the countryside, visited a local market which bombarded our senses with fresh fish, meat, vegetables and baked goods on display; visited some smaller temples and we even met a modern monk along with some other friendly locals. I remember diving into the hotel pool after the hot, humid day of cycling on a men’s bicycle (never again) thinking how amazingly diverse the world really is.
As I sit at my office desk months later, I wish I could go back to that care-free day where I met and observed the Cambodian people’s slow but steady way of life. The true beauty of travelling to new places is to immerse yourself in a different way of life, to take on a different perspective which always reminds me what the important things in life really are.
“Life is either a daring adventure of nothing at all.” – Helen Keller