Battambang, Cambodia

Kevin and I ventured into the exciting world of hitchhiking after meeting a tall Irishman by the name if Tom who had been hitching his way through Southeast Asia. We had to walk 5 miles out of town which was rough in the heat and made even more unbearable by being asked “tuk tuk?” every five feet. Honestly, it was one of the scarier things I have done looking down the road and sticking my thumb out in a hopeful gesture for a ride! I felt awkward, uncomfortable and weird on that road but I kept at it and after only 20 minutes we hopped in a van, the owner of which said in broken English that he could take us half of the distance to Battambang! Getting that ride made me feel all sorts of pride and warm n fuzzies inside. I felt like I accomplished something and it felt good!
Our first ride went well and we were soon looking for our second! After only a few minutes of arm waiving a Cambodian man in a tricked out 1990’s BMW pulled up and offered us a ride. This ride was hilarious! The guy obviously had some money and invested quite a bit into it! We listened to heavy Cambodian dance music set to random videos of bull fights that were displayed on a television right on the dash! The gentleman was extremely nice and got us to where we were going so no complaints there!
Our original purpose of traveling to Battambang was purely for some coconuts we heard about. Apparently they have a unique type of coconut that is creamier and sweeter? Anyways, other than these coconuts, and the lovely shakes they are a part of, there wasn’t much to do in the city. Kevin and I mainly just relaxed and enjoyed some good food or strolled along the river.
My favorite day involved renting a moped and exploring the country side. I visited the Killing Caves near the city towards the end of the day. The place was powerful to say the least! Apparently, 10,000 Cambodians were murdered there by the Khmer Rouge not too long ago.

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