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Top Ten Things I Learned in Thailand (& Cambodia)

How do I even begin to summarize 2.5 weeks in Thailand and Cambodia? Even if I could, it would surely surpass the appropriate word count for a blog post by miles. Hence, I  present to you a top-ten list of what I learned while overseas:

10. My new favorite word (and mode of transportation) is tuk-tuk. Say it once and you won’t be able to stop.


9. Temples are the most intricate beautiful structures I’ve ever seen in my life.

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8. No craft beers or IPA in SE Asia. Just elephant pee, in a bottle. Cheers.


7. As much as I love singing “Sunrise, Sunset” from Fiddler on the Roof, I enjoy seeing them in-person much more.

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6. Angkor Wat – will change your life. Forever. Period.

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5. Oh yeah, so will the Kompong Phluk floating village in Siem Reap.

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4. Buddah is one chill mother.


3. New life ambition: become an elephant mahout and feed baby elephants…all…day…long.

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2. I like to get fresh with facial carvings made out of stone. What can I say? Look at those features!


1. The secret to unlocking eternal happiness in life: never leave this beach. Ever.


Next up on the Thailand series…the food! Saving the best for last!

I’m a nutrition coach and yoga teacher helping people to learn to love food again. I love cooking, taking pictures of my food and traveling around the world. Follow my blog for delicious, seasonal vegetarian recipes and simple strategies to bring more yoga and mindfulness into your life. And check out my e-book to learn how to improve your health through nutrition and yoga. Show me what deliciousness you make! Tag me @karalydonRD on Instagram.


  1. Katie Kelly

    Hi Kara!
    I’m looking into planning a trip to Cambodia, but will only be able to take a week off work. What was the best way to get around (tuk-tuk) from Siem Reap to the coast and what beaches would you recommend in Cambodia? Where was the elephant sanctuary you were at?
    Sorry for all the questions – there is a lot of info online and it can be overwhelming!
    Thank you!

    • Hey Katie! I actually only stayed in Siem Reap and didn’t venture to any beaches in Cambodia, only in Thailand. The best way to get around Siem Reap is definitely tuk-tuk. We took a tuk-tuk to do our river boat tour. And the elephant sanctuary we went to was in Chiang Mai, Thailand. It’s so hard to decide what to do and see with only a week! I feel your pain! You will have an incredible experience no matter where in Southeast Asia you go though.

  2. looks SO amazing, kara! 🙂

  3. Jackie Tramacera

    Thailand is officially on my ‘must visit’ list. So proud of you!! Miss you terribly. xo

  4. you are a lucky / ducky and,…you are wonderful (wonder filled), you must have great parents….pops

  5. Those photos are gorgeous!

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