WHERE'S MY BAG: CAMBODIA

Michelle (pictured right) and friend with C&M Stafford laptop bag

Michelle (pictured right) and friend with C&M Stafford laptop bag

The “Where’s My Bag?” series highlights Clark & Mayfield bags in interesting locations around the world. This is a guest post by Michelle C. of IntentionalTravelers.com. Michelle and her husband are "digital nomads," running their business online as they travel. Michelle shares about some of the destinations she's visited with her Clark & Mayfield bag in tow.

Phnom Penh and Siem Reap, Cambodia

Tuk tuk driver on the streets of Siem Reap

Tuk tuk driver on the streets of Siem Reap

While Cambodia remains a developing country, the security of the country has improved in recent years, and its popularity is growing amongst travelers to Southeast Asia. In Siem Reap, the gateway to the famous Angkor Wat temples, tourism has grown to accommodate luxury hotels, international restaurants, ATMs, and a nice little airport. Ancient temple ruins and beaches are the two biggest draws for visitors.

History of Cambodia's civil war and brutal reign of the Khmer Rouge are heavy but important parts of Cambodia's capital, Phnom Penh, where visitors can witness the Toul Sleng Museum and the Killing Fields. This bustling capital city is relatively under-developed compared to its Southeast Asian neighbors, though there are pockets of high-end restaurants and fancy condo complexes catering to expats.

"Phare" the Cambodian circus in Siem Reap features former street performers

"Phare" the Cambodian circus in Siem Reap features former street performers

Why We Went

Our visit to Cambodia was part of a three-month Southeast Asia trip. Since we happened to have a friend serving as a long-term volunteer in Phnom Penh, we took the opportunity to visit her for a long weekend. We also got to partake in the annual Angkor Wat Half Marathon, a true bucket list event with a good cause - proceeds from the race benefit Cambodians who have been disabled by land mines.

It was the most whirlwind part of our whole stay in Asia, but it was well worth it!

Angkor Wat Half Marathon through a UNESCO World Heritage site

Angkor Wat Half Marathon through a UNESCO World Heritage site