I’m big on birthdays.

Birthday vouchers, birthday cakes, birthday trips. You name it.

Every year, I will go on a birthday trip for a few days to a week, away from my family and friends. (sometimes I do it during Eid but that’s another story). My solo travels are usually to reflect on life and shizz.

In 2010, I set off on my first solo birthday trip.

To Siem Reap.

Floating Village of Tonle Sap Lake

The view (back) of one of the huts

Floating Village of the Fisherman's Village, Tonle Sap Lake

The frontal view of one of the floating huts from the Floating Village of Tonle Sap

Crocs are made of these

Crocodiles are not alligators

Another tourist attraction on Tonle Sap Lake, The Crocodile Farm. Just look at the size of that thing. The crocodiles are reared for the handbag and shoe Industry. Funny how it’s sought after the rich. Reptiles are meant to be in the Wild, not on men or women.


Domino’s back in the day. Not the pizza, the game.

Next, I find myself in Angkor Thom, here’s a structure of the floors of the Angkor (temple). The steps going up the top was pretty steep too.

Angkor Thom

Went up the stairs to watch the sunset. Not really sure why but I love sunsets back then. More now.

Some parts of the Angkor was under works. Went around the Angkor for a bit and walked a couple of metres out to the other temples.

Probably the gundiks

Or the Guardians of the Temple

I’m so glad I did Angkor Wat, Angkor Thom and the other Angkors before they revised the tourist rate for entry (USD 20).

Solo trips are fun when you’ve built an itinerary but it is also fun if you just wing some parts of your adventure. It can be from waking up to see the sunset to cycling the city/town and having croissants at the favourite local cafe. I didn’t do any of that in Siem Reap. I wanted to ‘be safe‘ and stuck to the trusted Air Asia Go (lol).

Speaking of birthdays…

Happy birthday rockstar ❤

Hope you have a dreamy birthday as dreamy as you ❤


“Travel brings power and love back into your life” – Rumi 

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