Yours Truly Overwhelmed

Trip Start Dec 26, 2010
Trip End Feb 03, 2011

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Thursday, February 3, 2011

Six weeks do pass quickly when you are having fun. The bus adventures, the rural villages, the ancient ruins, travelling with fellow backpackers, culinary discoveries, tuktuk bargaining over US$1, the food poisonings, the mekong river crossings, the giggling local kids, the beggars, the beautiful sunsets...and so much more, in just six weeks of Laos and Cambodia had me truly overwhelmed. 
I had my backpack down to the reception at 1130am and had a wonderful chat with the receptionists, recounting my travels and sharing stories about Laos, Singapore and Australia. I was even promised a particular home cooked dish of Khmer cooking if I visit Phnom Penh again. You would realise just how warm Cambodians can be despite their bitterly tragic history under the murderous communists Khmer Rouge.
I had about three hours before I make my way to the airport - just about enough time for a remedial massage and lunch at 18 Sweetness. Remedial massage definitely worked for me this time but lunch at 18 Sweetness was never the same. My order came out wrong but at least the homemade sambal chilli paste was certain. Well, almost. Especially after the waitress brought out every possible types of chilli sauces from the kitchen. I was almost to a point of being impolite when I retorted "I don't want chilli sauces that you serve to tourists. I want that Khmer chilli paste you served me yesterday!" Not that she understood me at all but the combo "Khmer Chilli" lit her Einstein's bulb. She proudly brought the chilli out and casually remarked "Home made."
Well, that is the end of my diary. As I made my way to the airport on a slow tuktuk to catch my Bangkok flight to connect to my Singapore flight, I realised that I would do this adventure all over again without any hesitations. I almost certainly began to miss Laos and Cambodia even before I could leave Phnom Penh. Certainly sure that I will be back again.
Thank you for reading!
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