One of the most difficult parts about planning for long term travel is knowing exactly what to pack and what you should leave behind. After completing our 6 month travels, we finally mastered what exactly we need and could’ve left behind. We’ve created a list of our top 10 essentials for traveling around Oceania and Asia for long term.
From classy upscale bars where Jackie Kennedy drank her famous femme fatale cocktail to local joints serving buckets of Angkor beer, we got a glimpse into nightlife of Phnom Penh. We visited a local night market, followed by eating delicious and fresh oysters at a local restaurant, we saw the famous Wat Phnom and Independence Monument lit up in the dark, ate the best peppered banana chips at Hotel Le Royal where we felt like royalty itself, consumed more food at a local restaurant with live music and had a night cap in a hidden alleyway full of trendy and chic bars.
The Insider’s Phnom Penh, a day full of exploring this busy city and its bustling culture thanks to Vespa Adventures. We love street art and got to see an entire neighborhood filled with unique and colorful creations. We strolled through famous monuments, pagodas and one of our favorite local markets thus far. In 4 hours, we learned so much about Cambodia, its history, people and culture. The highlight of the day? Receiving a traditional Krama scarf from Silk Island from our awesome tour guide, Kunthul.
We explored the most famous temple in the world: Angkor Wat in Siem Reap. We also cruised over to 4 other temples, including Ta Phrom temple in which the Lara Croft: Tomb Raider film made famous. Instead of the usual route throughout the temples, Vespa Adventures took on a more adventurous route through the jungle to each temple. At each ruin, we heard historical stories behind each one including the majestic markings on the walls. At Angkor Wat, we explored through the temples’ ruins, climbed the steps towards the King’s Tower and Kayli even got to do a couple yoga poses inside Angkor Wat and the other temples.
We cruised through the streets of Siem Reap to get a taste of all local delicacies and dishes. We began the night with drinks and appetizer at FCC Angkor and nightcapped at Asana, a trendy place to get cocktails and food. The highlight was eating insects and some of the best BBQ chicken at Road 60, where locals hang out after work at a outdoor style carnival with heaps of food, vegetable and fruit booths. Not to mention, the fireants we ate later in the night for dinner at a local restaurant. Yes, fireants. Don’t worry, they weren’t alive, just spicy and bitter tasting.
Our first Vespa Adventures in Cambodia exploring the countryside in Siem Reap. We were blessed by monks in the beginning of our trip, explored Buddhist temples, learned about a local food market, went on a boat cruise towards the restoration of a temple in the middle of a reservoir, stopped at a local’s house for lunch with traditional Cambodian dishes, saw a local woman’s basket weaving, ate traditional Krolan, sticky rice steamed inside of a bamboo and stopped at a traditional herbal medicine shop towards the end of our trip. We saw true local life in the countryside on the outskirts of Siem Reap and learned an incredible amount about Cambodian culture and traditions.