How to pack for Cambodia

About six months ago, Mum asked me whether I would like to chaperone her during a trip to Cambodia and Vietnam. I take this sort of responsibility very seriously and agreed. Because I am a good daughter like that. And ten days away from the circus was appealing.

Last time I went overseas, I packed at the very last-minute and took far too much shit and wore mainly the same thing over and over again. So this time, I vowed to be a bit more sensible.

There appears to be a tendency for me to want to wear leopard print a lot, and I always pack my activewear which reflects my very good intentions to use it, although so far I never have. Yet, those trainers are very well-travelled. It is one of three pairs of shoes that I will be taking. The Boaty McBoatface website also tells me that there is a gym on board, so I will be sure to take a photo of it for you. There is also wifi, so I will take my laptop so I can start to write my novel about a woman trapped on a boat with a lot of old people. I have done a little research about the cruise, and it has left me to believe that I will be the youngest guest on board, by about thirty years. Best I brush up on my canasta skills I think.

I suspect I might break my “no drinking through the week” rule.

I have not been to Cambodia before, but did go to Vietnam on our honeymoon back in 2002. The main thing I remember was an incident involving a bowl of Spaghetti Marinara, a shart and a desperate call to reception in the middle of the night requesting a new set of bed sheets. It was tres romantic!

We are spending a few days in Siem Reap before boarding a lovely teak boat up to Saigon, stopping off at places along the way. In my mind I will eat fresh fruit and look out at the passing fields of rice paddies, do a lot of mindfulness activities, write in my grateful journal every day and do some yoga. But in reality, I will be mainlining strong coffee, demolishing the pastry table, sinking a beer and burger at lunchtime before taking to my bed for an afternoon snooze.

And I just about cannot bloody wait!

Got any advice for a cruise virgin?

And pray to the gastro gods to keep away, many thanks!

I hear that can really kill the cruising experience.

PS Thanks Mum xx

  • Take a soft bag, cos there’s not much storage.

    And use the stairs to work off the food you’ll most likely indulge in. They’re actually really fun! xx

  • Noelene

    We absolutely loved the Temples at Ankor wat but the history of Cambodia made me cry .The Aust govt surrports restaurants for street children they are amazing .

  • Bon voyage and have a fabulous time 🙂 xx

  • Lisa Robertson

    Have a soft overnight bag for the last night – luggage goes down the night before you disembark.

  • Sally Rose

    Sounds fabulous!

  • Mrs Woog do you have a tour guide for Siem Reap and the temples? I have been twice (in 2002) when Siem Reap was a dusty town little town and again in 2006. I can recommend a lovely man whom I have sent many people his way.

  • I strongly recommend seeing your GP well before you go for advice on travelling to those areas. If your regular GP doesn’t feel confident about travel medicine, there are many GPs who now have a focus on travel medicine and do a very good job about covering all bases.
    I know most people who travel through Vietnam and Cambodia have at least one episode of abdominal distress so antiperistaltic drugs like immodium which you can get at supermarkets have a place. Clean water is a must.

  • Kate in Melbourne, Australia

    One Travelan pill before each meal you think may be dodgy. Binds a great proportion of the bad bacteria to it and takes it safely through you, away to the loo and beyond. No prescription required. I travel to India regularly and I have found it beneficial.