Phnom Penh – Ben Around the World Diary – Day 158 – 3rd December 2019

Phnom Penh – Ben Around the World Diary – Day 158 – 3rd December 2019

– ODO- 19757-19872km
– Location- Phnom Penh, Cambodia
– Weather- 28-32 high altitude cloud and haze

Today the highway continued to the capital. The surface improving as the traffic worsened. In frustration I shouted “wanker” at the top of my voice into the window of a Toyota Camry who overtook a truck on my side of the road and passed me at full speed less than a meter from my bags, only noticing as he sped past he was wearing a military jacket with lapels heavy with stripes. I pulled off near a temple to cool off, eat and apple in the shade of an elephant statue to avoid a diplomatic incident. It’s no use. I have to go with the flow.

The capital is a cross between the jammed swirling traffic of Hanoi and the grid streets of Tokyo but on a small scale relatively speaking. After finding my hotel – I’d picked the ugliest one I could find on google maps hoping it would be cheap (it was) – I headed out on foot to sort my sim card (from Unitel), supplies for the coming cycle (from Lucky Supermarket) and some vegan food (from HIVE). Now I’m all set.


Hi, my names Ben and I’m traveling around the world with my bike, my paraglider and my laptop. Along the way I’m sharing the highs and lows of the life on the road. And my picks of the best places to bikepack, enjoy freeflight and work as a digital nomad. Each week I share a new video update, city guide or live streams with other adventurers I’ve met along the way.
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