The Cambodian Countryside

Our two week trip to Southeast Asia was amazing—you’ve already read about our travels to Ho Chi Minh City and Bangkok, but I have no words for how much we enjoyed Cambodia. During our time there, we enjoyed an indulgent and relaxing stay at the 4 Rivers floating resort – a hotel specializing in eco-tourism in the Cambodian countryside. The resort itself is beautiful and the cabin-tents come furnished with beds, hot water and tv (we loved staying up every night and watching movies in our tent!).

Tree at 4 Rivers Floating ResortRelaxing at 4 Rivers Floating Resort

Potted Plants in Koh Kong Cambodia

The excursions we did while at the 4 Rivers Resort were my favorite part of the entire trip. We were able to see and experience life in the Cambodian countryside in a way I never imagined. There were so many highlights but my most favorite experience was our excursion to the fishing village of Koh Sralao. As the rain came pouring down on our heads one of the families in the village invited us into their flat to escape. It was amazing to see into their lives for that moment and it left me believing the people of Cambodia are some of the friendliest in the world!

Fishing Village of Koh Sralao CambodiaStreets of Koh Sralao

Floating Homes in Koh Sralao

Woman in Koh Sralao Cambodia

While in-country, we also spent a great deal of time in Siem Riep (the closest town to the ancient temples of Cambodia). There’s a reason everyone who goes to Cambodia goes here – it’s incredible to see in person something so large, intricate and ancient. It was almost as if we were stepping back in time. We rented bicycles from our hotel and rode them (about a 30 minute ride) to catch the absolutely perfect sunrise at Angkor Wat. While tuk-tuks (taxis) are available to travel around to temples, I found the pace of biking to be so refreshing and fun. I feel as though the bicycles really allowed us to see more and to truly take in our surroundings.

Angkor Wat

Angkor Wat MonkeysBreezeway at Angkor Wat

Portrait at Angkor WatView Atop Angkor Wat

One of my favorite sites on our cycle tour was Ta Prohm where the ancient trees intertwine so beautifully with the ruins.

Tree Roots at Ta Prohm Cambodia

Ruins at Ta Prohm CambodiaRuins of Ta Prohm Cambodia

Ta Prohm


4 Rivers Resort
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+855 (97) 64 34 032

Blue Lime
42, street 19z (off street 19)
Phnom Penh, Cambodia
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Helpful Hints

Rent a bicycle to tour Angor Wat at sunrise.
Enjoy a meal at the Foreign Correspondents Club in Phnom Penh.
Eat breakfast (with fresh bread!) at Blue Lime.

Em Scott is a Fine Art Wedding + Editorial photographer based in The San Francisco Bay Area. She loves to travel with her husband, scour thrift stores, drink coffee and snuggle with her dog. In her free time she is also an editor for The Refined Woman, a fashion blog for the working woman.

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One comment on “The Cambodian Countryside

  1. Em writes...

    Thanks so much for sharing these images! Cambodia is such a beautiful place and I love telling people about it. :)

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