Guest post by Whitney Shindelar, Undiscovered Sunsets
I’ve thoroughly enjoyed every country and destination I’ve visited, but two destinations that I would return to without hesitation are Indonesia and Cambodia.
I love Indonesia because of their landscape, culture, and food offer such variety as you travel throughout the country. The people in Cambodia are some of the most memorable for me. They are so kind and so welcoming. In addition, some of the most beautiful temples I’ve visited are located in Indonesia and Cambodia.
Ultimately, at the end of each trip, I feel it’s the people and the food that leave a lasting impression on me, along with a specific place or experience. These stay with me long after I’ve left and come home.
I visited Indonesia in October and Cambodia in April. The temperature in South East Asia doesn’t fluctuate too much throughout the year but it’s important to avoid the rainy seasons as it’s also very humid at these times.
I was backpacking through both of these countries and was staying in some very inexpensive places but I now regret not staying in some of these incredibly beautiful boutique hotels that you can find for just a small investment more.
The more I travel, the more I appreciate the value of certain options throughout my trips rather than the price tag. The food in these countries was just amazing, but I will have to say my favourite food in Indonesia is definitely snake fruit, it’s the most interesting fruit I have ever discovered.
Snake fruit grow in clusters at the base of a palm, and are also known as snake fruit due to the reddish-brown scaly skin. They are about the size and shape of a ripe fig, with a distinct tip. The pulp is edible. The fruit can be peeled by pinching the tip, which should cause the skin to slough off so it can be pulled away.
The fruit inside consists of three lobes with the two larger ones, or even all three, containing a large inedible seed. The lobes resemble, and have the consistency of, large peeled garlic cloves. The taste is usually sweet and acidic, but its apple-like texture can vary from dry and crumbly to moist and crunchy. My favourite food in Cambodia undoubtedly has to be Lok lak!
Both Indonesia and Cambodia have imprinted themselves in my heart and they are 2 places I recommend to everyone I speak to. I know I will definitely be returning to both of them in the coming years.
ABOUT WHITNEY SHINDELAR
My love of travel began when I studied abroad in New Zealand. Upon returning home, this seemingly small decision led me on an unpredictable path to do everything in my power to continue exploring the world. Fast forward 8 years, 2 languages, and 20 countries later, I have successfully combined my passion of travelling and learning foreign languages and launched (Undiscovered Sunsets), a bespoke travel agency based in the US.