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All Good Things Must Come To An End

Six counties in six months...

sunny 93 °F

Today is the bittersweet last day of our journey...we're going to miss the travel lifestyle but we are also anxious to get home and see friends and family. But first, we have to fill you in on our last month on the road!

We traveled from Vietnam to Cambodia and landed in Phnom Penh the nation's capital...Luckily we were able to avoid things like this on the road and made it safely!
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We stayed on the riverside and spent a day exploring the country's recent bloody past with the Khmer Rouge takeover in 1975. We went to the killing fields where we visited mass graves that held 400 men, women, and children (over a quarter of the population was killed under the Khmer Rouge). It was surreal and haunting to imagine the atrocities that occurred there. Afterwords we visited the S.21 Museum which was an old school that the Khmer Rouge turned into a prison and torture facility. We saw photos of the victims and instruments of execution...It was a rough day.
IMG_5306.jpg Skulls from the killing fields
IMG_5315.jpg Mug Shots of victims

Next we traveled to Siem Reap to see the famous Angkor Wat temples. We arrived before sunrise and had an incredible day feeling like we were Indiana Jones exploring the Temple of Doom. Words cannot describe so here are some photos...
IMG_5371.jpg Sunrise at Angkor Wat
IMG_5396.jpg Angkor Wat
IMG_5425.jpg Tower at sunrise
IMG_5446.jpg Morning Light
IMG_5524.jpg The Bayon
IMG_5596.jpg Nature is incredible
IMG_5604.jpg Jungle taking over
IMG_5633.jpg Tomb Raider

We escaped the heat and traveled south to Sihanoukville, Cambodia's coastal getaway. We spent 3 nights on secluded Bamboo Island which has only a few bungalows and a restaurant. The beach was perfection and most days we only saw a couple other people. Every night we would watch the tropical storms from our porch and swim in the phosphorescence. We were sad to leave!
IMG_5714.jpg Storm Watch
IMG_5746.jpg Bliss
IMG_5787.jpg A beach to ourselves
IMG_5819.jpg Clear waters
IMG_5838.jpgSunset with storm clouds
IMG_5843.jpg Lounging at our bungalow

We said goodbye to Cambodia and traveled to Koh Chang in Thailand to get some more sun before our return. Koh Chang is a beautiful lush island with quiet beaches and a funky night life...it was perfect for the end.
IMG_5861.jpg Sunset, Koh Chang
IMG_5895.jpg Full moon
IMG_5926.jpg Our bungalow
IMG_5928.jpg A message to Jon who's leaving for Afghanistan
IMG_5939.jpg White sands
IMG_5944.jpg Working on a tan
IMG_6033.jpg Last night in paradise

We are now in Bangkok where we've spent our last days getting last minute shopping and massages in. Right now it's Songkran (Thai New Year) and the streets are filled with water fights and face paint...it's impossible to go anywhere without getting soaked and you need to bring some super-soaker protection! A state of emergency was declared because there have been huge government protests but all has been safe in the traveler's ghetto. Tonight we make our journey home!
IMG_6053.jpg Protesters storming the city
IMG_6064.jpg Happy New Year!

We appreciate all of you that have taken the time to follow our travels. It has been a life-changing experience and we are so lucky to be able to share it with you all. Looking forward to seeing familiar faces (and hearing English) soon! Love,

Matt and Erin

Posted by matterin 22:52 Archived in Thailand

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Nice work on the blog you two. I very much enjoyed living vicariously through your adventures. Looking forward to seeing you both back in the States...

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