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Life in The Foster Apartments, Siem Reap.

Staying at the Foster Apartments in Siem Reap

Foster Apartments, Siem Reap.

Jan-March 2020.

As you may have noticed, I have really gone all-in with my blogs on Siem Reap. I began with my guide on What to See and Do. Then came an overview of The Angkor Temples, followed by the stories behind the city’s most popular cafes and restaurants. Seriously, those of you who have followed all these articles deserve some kind of award 😉

Finally, in for a penny in for a pound, I’ll wrap up my coverage of this lovely Cambodian city with a look at the accommodation scene and the places we stayed at. For our first three weeks we lived in a tiny studio at a guesthouse called Sakura Home (which sadly didn’t survive the pandemic).

Sakura Home Guesthouse in Siem Reap

Our brief home from home, January 2020.

We have fond memories of our time there, despite the cramped conditions. First and foremost, it was incredibly cheap and enjoyed a fairly central location. Moreover, the owners (Kana from Japan and Antonio from Spain) were really friendly and welcoming. Oh, and it was surely the only place I’ll ever stay at with window views over a crocodile farm! Yikes.

Crocodile farm in Siem Reap.

A room with a view.

As fond as we were of Sakura, Sladja and I knew we needed a bigger place. Thus we quickly took up the opportunity to rent a friend’s apartment for a couple of months. Jonathon had been living in Siem Reap for years, renting a third floor flat in a complex called The Foster Apartments on Sala Kamreuk Road.

Here, I figured we’d have the space and comfort to fully embrace our lives as working digital nomads. Right from day one I was struck by how well-kept the compound was, especially the spotless ground floor courtyard with its lovingly tended plants, bushes and flowers.

The Foster Apartments, Siem Reap.

The courtyard garden at Foster Apartments in Siem Reap

Home sweet home. January 24th – March 17th, 2020.

It was just a modest one bedroom joint, but still a giant leap from the minuscule box room we’d had at Sakura. It was simple in design and somewhat sparsely furnished, but had everything we needed. Back then I was teaching English online for a Chinese platform called Palfish. And it was here in the living room that I set up a workstation for my evening classes.

Living room Foster Apartments in Siem Reap

The Foster Apartments, Siem Reap.

The kitchen was a bit clunky, but functional. In addition to the fridge and washing machine, there was loads of counter space and a large stove area with several hobs. The ability to cook for ourselves felt wonderful, and at long last we could hit the supermarkets and local fruit and veg stalls with abandon.

Whenever our fresh drinking water supply ran low, I would scamper across the road to pick up one of the giant blue containers from the general store. They were just $1 apiece, but an absolute bugger to carry up the stairs.

In the kitchen at The Foster Apartments Siem Reap

The Foster Apartments, Siem Reap.

In our sleeping quarters, I loved how the bed took up over half the room. A large, wall-mounted TV meanwhile was perfect for our month-long Martin Scorsese marathon. Yup, 26 consecutive studio films from 1967’s Who’s That Knocking at My Door, right through to The Irishman in 2019. Most importantly though, the bedroom housed the air con unit. And boy did we need it to deal with that ferocious Siem Reap heat.

92 Sala Kamreuk Road.

Bedroom Foster Apartments in Siem Reap

The Martin Scorsese Suite.

The bathroom meanwhile was just a massive stone wet room. It did the job, but hardly worthy of a photo. Which leaves the best for last… our delightful balcony with its lovely views of the sprawling, surrounding jungle. This is where we would take breakfast before the day’s insane temperatures truly kicked in.

Breakfast at The Foster Apartments in Siem Reap

The Foster Apartments, Siem Reap.

Evenings were similarly therapeutic. Some nights I would sit and blog, or set up Match of the Day on my computer with a beer and some chips. For the most part though, we would simply sit and absorb the gorgeous sunsets, of which there were many.

Another wonderful sunset in Siem Reap

Sunset on the balcony at Foster Apartments.

The Foster Apartments was our base from which we set off on some of our most treasured Siem Reap adventures. Our trip to Cambodia Landmine Museum, an evening at Phare: The Cambodian Circus and meeting the heroic life-saving rats of APOPO to name but a few. To family, friends and acquaintances, it must have looked like we were living the dream. I suppose in some regards we were, for a while a least.

Another beautiful sunset in Cambodia

Balcony views from the rooftop.

However, there were great challenges along the way. Some truly shit days, if truth be told, before eventually the entire stay unravelled altogether. I guess it all began with the outbreak of COVID and that initial week when we were scrambling around online thinking: “What the ***** is going on!?” 

COVID-19 while in Cambodia.


Then began what turned into an unprecedented serving of misfortune, beginning with a rogue mouse living in the apartment. It scurried around, scaring the shit out of Sladja. It pooped here and there too, before the caretaker set a trap and caught the poor thing.

Foster Apartments, Siem Reap.

Mouse in the house Siem Reap Cambodia

Mouse in da house.

Next came an accident caused by the compound’s custodians. I had never liked the caretaker, if that was indeed his job title. He was one of the most dour men I’ve ever come across. He never once smiled, nor indeed was he ever moved to say good morning. Rather, he had this impenetrable blankness to him interspersed with the occasional scowl and glare.

The caretaker at Foster Apartments in Siem Reap

Chuckles, Foster Apartments, Siem Reap.

On a day to day basis he and the female cleaner would water all the plants in the courtyard and across the various floors. They often made quite a mess, with pools of water scattered around the landing and on the steps.

The cleaner at Foster Apartments in Siem Reap

The cleaning lady: she’s done it again.

One day Sladja slipped on one such puddle and down she went, crashing into the stone staircase. She was in considerable pain for several days and left with an unsightly hematoma. Neither Chuckles nor Ms. Cleaner apologised for their negligence.

Hematoma caused by slipping on the stairs

Ouch. The Foster Apartments, Siem Reap.

Unfortunately, there was worse to come with an injury of my own, though this one was self-inflicted. I’d been cooking a stir-fry for dinner when, suddenly, the pan slipped from my grasp and burning hot oil slid down the handle onto my finger. The subsequent burning pain lasted for days, a giant blister forming on my finger.

Foster Apartments, Siem Reap.

Finger blister from oil burn.

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The initial healing process went on for the better part of a month. It was a full-time job keeping my finger treated, clean and protected from the elements. After a trip to the hospital it was confirmed that I’d sustained a second degree burn. What’s more, I had lost the ability to fully bend my finger. It wasn’t until I’d completed weeks of physical therapy in Belgrade, over a year later, that I got that flexibility back.

Second degree finger burn.

Second degree finger burn. Not fun.

Somehow, unwanted visitors, gross negligence and freak accidents weren’t actually what caused us to vacate The Foster Apartments. As February gave way to March, daily temperatures became stifling. Soon, we realised that our single air con unit, coupled with the apartment’s open plan design, just wasn’t cutting it. Even with an additional large fan pointed at us, it was becoming unbearable.

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Then the damn thing broke down altogether and we were left with our one fan. I truly hesitated in including this next photo. But hey, in the name of a solid blog, I just couldn’t leave it out. A picture speaks a thousand words eh? Hope this hasn’t put anyone off their dinner.

Hot and bothered in Siem Reap.

Shit times at The Foster Apartments, Siem Reap.

After a really dreadful day or so Chuckles and a workman came and fixed the unit. With a huge sigh of relief, we returned to being generally hot and bothered as opposed to gasping for breath.

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Broken air con unit The Foster Apartments in Siem Reap

Foster Apartments, Siem Reap.

If we thought this was as bad as it could get, we were sorely mistaken. Because next came the power cuts. Oh dear lord, the power cuts. They lasted for hours, leaving me to teach classes by torchlight on shaky 4G. Frankly, it was a miracle I never got an official warning from Palfish. I’m sure neither Sladja nor I will forget lying awake in bed at 2am sweating buckets.

Power cuts Siem Reap.

Foster Apartments, Siem Reap.

Sadly, unlike some apartment complexes in Siem Reap, the building had no generator to fall back on. Hence we agreed that it was definitely time to move on. The COVID crisis was deepening and we needed a comfortable place from which we could monitor world events. Somewhere we could stay cool and I’d be able to continue teaching on dependable WIFI. Hey, maybe even throw in a swimming pool. Luckily, Siem Reap had no shortage of options.

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Foster Apartments, Siem Reap.

And so it was, one humid March afternoon, that we left the Foster Apartments. Loading up a tuk-tuk with our luggage, we clambered in and set off down Siem Reap’s dusty roads towards our new home.

Luggage stacked in a tuk-tuk.

And we’re off…

For more on accommodation in the city, take a look at my guide on Where to Stay in Siem Reap.

You can also read my exhaustive overview of What to See and Do in Siem Reap.

For a look at Siem Reap’s excellent cafe, restaurant and bar scene, check out my detailed guide on Where to Eat and Drink Siem Reap.

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  • Little Miss Traveller

    So interesting to read about your accommodation within the city. I wouldn’t have been too happy about finding a mouse either. We had one a long time and I can remember coming downstairs and opening the kitchen door to find it in the trap. It was horrid and there was no way I was going to move it!

    January 4, 2023 - 3:32 pm Reply
    • Leighton

      Yes we weren’t too happy, especially once we started discovering the droppings. The Foster Apartments were ok for us overall, though there would be better (and worse!) to come, as I’ll share over the coming week. Thanks for reading and for your comment Marion.

      January 4, 2023 - 4:00 pm Reply
  • Memo

    Funny how a beautiful apartment can go from being golden to pure crap. You certainly had a night and day experience there. Hopefully, you and Sladja have fully recovered. Mice are such nuisances. They can get in the smallest hole and chew through any box of food. Much prefer the crocodiles. Did you ever get a chance to play with them? Give them baths? That would be worth a blog.

    January 4, 2023 - 4:33 pm Reply
    • Leighton

      Yo, Memo. You know, we did take a walk down there once to see if we could have a look. But it wasn’t open to the public, so we made do with occasional glances between the curtains. Another farm in Siem Reap made the news when a 2-year old girl fell into the enclosure and was eaten. The horror… I think I’ll stick to playing with and bathing elephants.

      January 4, 2023 - 5:18 pm Reply

    I love the fact that you nicknamed the miserable git “Chuckles”, good ole British ironic humour huh. So related to the heat and humidity issues – it’s just the final straw when you pick up a T shirt to wear and it’s already soaking wet from just lying on a shelf. You know what, I reckon if a load of us travel bloggers each wrote a piece on that “here comes COVID” period Feb/March 2020 it would make a great short story collection.

    January 4, 2023 - 5:00 pm Reply
    • Leighton

      Hey Phil, that would make an excellent book of short stories, I’m sure. Thanks for checking out the first two homes of our 7-month Siem Reap stay. I have two more to put out and then, at long long last, that’s Siem Reap done and dusted on the blog. Hope you 2023 is unfolding nicely…

      January 4, 2023 - 5:12 pm Reply
  • Amélie

    Riddled as it was with mishaps and injuries and general unpleasantness, the apartment still had some perks, I guess. That sunset is gorgeous, I imagine having that balcony helped a lot. That burn looks pretty serious. i hope no lasting consequences remain.

    January 4, 2023 - 5:24 pm Reply
    • Leighton

      Truth be told, I still have some stiffness in that finger from time to time. It’s easily the worst injury I’ve sustained during my 44 years on this planet, so I guess I’ve not done too badly. Thanks for reading about our lives at The Foster Apartments, Amelie!

      January 4, 2023 - 5:53 pm Reply
  • WanderingCanadians

    I got a good laugh about how your first place you stayed at overlooked a crocodile farm. Can’t say I’ve ever seen that before! The Foster Apartments look lovely at a first glance, but after hearing about the mouse incident, incompetent crummy custodians, crappy air con and power cuts … I’d rather take the crocodile place. Good call on finding new accommodations.

    January 4, 2023 - 5:35 pm Reply
    • Leighton

      Yes, looking back we had a lot less hassle in the tiny place overlooking croco-land. You try and better your situation and then… ha ha. Thanks for checking in, guys, I have two more Siem Reap lodgings to share. One was meh, the other easily the best long-term home either of us have ever had.

      January 4, 2023 - 5:56 pm Reply
  • kagould17

    Wow. What a story. You definitely did not always enjoy all the comforts of home, but looking back on it, it gave you a great story. Loved the crocodiles out the window shot….no escape there. You are right, the staff definitely needed an attitude adjustment and the fan shot was a must post. Happy times Leighton. Allan

    January 4, 2023 - 6:03 pm Reply
    • Leighton

      You’re right, these tales of woe are almost always funny to look back on. As long as you made it though everything more or less in one piece. Two more to come in this miniseries Allan, and some wildly mixed fortunes to say the least.

      January 4, 2023 - 6:12 pm Reply
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        January 4, 2023 - 6:15 pm
  • Lyssy In The City

    Wow that is a lot to happen in one place in such a short time. The balcony is so nice to have, but not worth it if you’re sweating all night. Crazy to think that was almost 3 years ago the world turned upside down.

    January 4, 2023 - 6:52 pm Reply
    • Leighton

      Hey Lyssy, yes we are almost in a state of shock that this was three years ago. We were at the start of our relationship and Sladja was only supposed to be visiting me in Cambodia for about a month. Of course she never went back to China and sixteen months later we got married. The Foster Apartments was a rough time and yet somehow we look back on it all with a lot of fondness and nostalgia.

      January 4, 2023 - 6:58 pm Reply
      • Lyssy In The City

        I can attest that surviving a pandemic together in a small space is a good test for marriage haha. We have the same feeling of fondness. We couldn’t travel for thanksgiving that year and being home and having a low key day was one of our favorites, we missed that this year haha

        January 4, 2023 - 7:03 pm
  • Mike and Kellye Hefner

    Oh my gosh, Leighton. I was sweating just reading this post. I admire your ability to stay as long as you did though it looked like a nice place in the pictures. At least there wasn’t a crocodile farm just outside your window! I am anxious to see where you went next.

    January 4, 2023 - 7:43 pm Reply
    • Leighton

      Yes, I guess having my finger chewed off by a crocodile would have been worse than my little burn. The next place (published on Sunday) wasn’t amazing but probably an upgrade. But after that we truly landed on our feet! Hope your year is off to a good start, Kellye.

      January 4, 2023 - 8:18 pm Reply
      • Mike and Kellye Hefner

        Little burn? I think not! So glad there wasn’t any permanent damage.

        January 4, 2023 - 11:42 pm
  • Travel Essayist

    Unforeseen things happen, but it’s part of the travel experience and stories. I found a small snake once in my hotel room in Cairo.

    January 4, 2023 - 10:16 pm Reply
    • Leighton

      Yeah, I think I look back on all my shit experiences in a positive way from the comfort of passed time, reflection and perspective. A snake in the hotel room sounds not fun. We had a snake land in our pool one afternoon (also in Siem Reap) but luckily we weren’t in the water at the time. Thanks for your comment and likes, much appreciated.

      January 4, 2023 - 11:06 pm Reply
  • Stan

    whoa mama. covid, 2nd degree burn, power cuts, hematoma, broken air con, night sweats. i felt it all coming off the page. looking forward to the next bits, even though i more or less know how it all goes.

    January 4, 2023 - 11:21 pm Reply
    • Leighton

      Hey Stan, you’re a real trooper, you know. Everything that could’ve gone wrong seemed to at The Foster Apartments. But we survived, and can look back on it all with wry smiles and this article to show for it.

      January 4, 2023 - 11:26 pm Reply
  • wetanddustyroads

    In what form does the award come 😅? The first accommodation looks lovely, but that view … I would not sleep tight at night! And I love your second accommodation – that’s now a view I would not get tired of! Power cuts … no stranger to us here in SA (it’s called ‘load shedding), and when it’s hot – like right now – it’s no joke! It’s great that there were a few options to try out to live in long term …

    January 4, 2023 - 11:28 pm Reply
    • Leighton

      Corna… you win… (drum roll) my gratitude, admiration, humbleness and loyal readership of Wet and Dusty Roads. If I were good at handicrafts I’d make you some kind of golden statuette. We did have to hop about a bit in Siem Reap due to circumstances, but then again 4 homes in 7 months isn’t too disastrous I suppose. It was a case of 4th time very very lucky in the end. Thanks, as always, for you know what.

      January 4, 2023 - 11:37 pm Reply
      • wetanddustyroads

        Ha Leighton 😁, you know I love reading your posts! There’s always a laugh in somewhere and you write with such honesty … two elements that makes for good writing!

        January 5, 2023 - 9:05 am
      • Leighton

        Ah Corna (*blush*) the award is definitely yours.

        January 5, 2023 - 10:19 am
      • wetanddustyroads

        Thank you, I gladly accept it 😄!

        January 5, 2023 - 12:09 pm
  • grandmisadventures

    What a series of unfortunate events! I think it safe to say the universe was doing everything in its power to get you to move on to somewhere else. Please tell me that your next place did not come with rodents, accidents, no AC…or alligators outside your window.

    January 5, 2023 - 2:18 am Reply
    • Leighton

      Hey Meg, I can confirm the next place (thought not amazing) did not have any of the afflictions you’ve mentioned. We were really pissing in the wind at the time with it all, looking back.

      January 5, 2023 - 10:23 am Reply
  • Anna

    Lol where do I begin? Chuckles… lol. That name had me laughing so hard! And then that photo of you with the fan, good lord. Lucky I havent had breakfast yet! 🤣And only in SR would you have a crocodile farm next door! Haha. Ill expect my award in the post thank you 🤣🤣🤣

    January 5, 2023 - 3:06 am Reply
    • Leighton

      The award’s in the post Anna, you can have it with breakfast 🤣 Thanks for reading as always!

      January 5, 2023 - 10:30 am Reply
  • salsaworldtraveler

    You usually have great luck with your accommodations. Clearly this place was a real let down although the breakfast on the balcony looked to be very appealing. I know what you mean about power cuts. I had several of them at Maasai Mara Safari lodge. I hope your new digs turned out nicer and maybe even cheaper in the pandemic.

    January 5, 2023 - 3:16 am Reply
    • Leighton

      Hey John, it was truly a collision of crappy circumstances: local conditions, some negligence, bad luck and a global meltdown ha ha. Not the best concoction for a relaxing stay. The new digs (published on Sunday) were a bit better generally, but still just a stepping stone for what would be our final Siem Reap home. Happy New Year!

      January 5, 2023 - 10:33 am Reply
  • NortheastAllie

    Your view from that apartment looked beautiful, but it seems like you both knew the right time to go from there too, especially with the pandemic. Looking forward to see where you guys landed after this on your series!

    January 5, 2023 - 6:14 am Reply
    • Leighton

      Thanks Allie, at the time it was all very unsettling and worrisome. We were trying to sort out our local conditions whilst also figuring out a possible Cambodia exit plan as the pandemic exploded around us. It was in the next place that we had to make a final decision on what to do and where to go. Thanks for reading!

      January 5, 2023 - 10:36 am Reply
  • Lookoom

    Through these various accommodations and their respective adventures, it has given you the opportunity to experience real Cambodian life, first hand. Interesting.

    January 5, 2023 - 6:22 am Reply
    • Leighton

      Oh yes, we certainly didn’t get any kind of filtered, tourist-tinted-glasses view of Cambodia. For that we can always be grateful I guess, ha. Thanks for dropping by Lookoom.

      January 5, 2023 - 10:39 am Reply
  • bronlima

    Love the pin-up photo. You should include one in every post!!!!! Hahaha!!!!

    January 5, 2023 - 7:02 am Reply
    • Leighton

      Ah Geoff, that I can tell you, is truly a one-off 😉 It was just too good to leave out, perfectly summing up the vibe in the apartment that day.

      January 5, 2023 - 10:40 am Reply
  • Rebecca

    Happy to see you cycle back to your adventures in Siem Reap! Accommodations can truly be a hit-or-miss, given the time and circumstances you’re in. The Foster Apartments look lovely, as I do love an open-floor plan…but I get you in that that open-floor plan can come at a disadvantage when it comes to centering aircon during the hottest of months…not to forget a pain to clean with all of that space! Looking forward to seeing where else you stayed at in town (as 4 homes in 7 months is quite the adventure)!

    January 5, 2023 - 8:07 am Reply
    • Leighton

      Hey Rebecca, you are certainly in line for one of my Siem Reap reading awards. The Foster Apartments could have been a great home, but it just wasn’t meant to be with everything that went down. It’s been fun putting together this final trio of accommodation posts to wrap up the (very long!) series. Happily, the final instalment ends things on a high.

      January 5, 2023 - 10:44 am Reply
  • martha's adventures

    Hola, Leighton. I am someone who’s thinking about starting my own blog this year, it’s one of my NY resolutions 😉 I really admire your honest approach in this article. Well done on surviving this place, btw 😂 I’ve enjoyed reading your Siem Reap collection, so much good stuff there. I feel that honesty is something that’s lacking in travel blogs more and more so. It is something I am thinking about a lot in preparation for my blog. Thanks for sharing your story with us 🧁

    January 5, 2023 - 6:28 pm Reply
    • Leighton

      Hey Martha, thanks so much for checking out Leighton Travels and for your kind words. I definitely couldn’t have painted life at the Foster Apartments as anything other than it was. But I take your point about travel blogging (or influencing as they call some of it) in general and a lot of stuff being air brushed, both photographically and in terms of the tone. It’s great to have you onboard, I look forward to the launch of Martha’s Adventures!

      January 5, 2023 - 7:22 pm Reply
  • Juliette

    Oh wow, I was there expecting even more stunning sunset views over the jungle and spacious room, but then it seems like everything fell apart so quickly! It’s a good thing that you left that place in the end! 😱

    January 5, 2023 - 10:20 pm Reply
    • Leighton

      Hey Juliette! Yeah, I don’t think we could’ve stayed any longer with everything that was going on. The next place (out on Sunday) was far from perfect, but overall a step in the right direction.

      January 5, 2023 - 10:28 pm Reply
  • Nic

    In Portuguese we have a saying “Um desastre nunca vem só” which basically translates directly to “one disaster never comes alone” – bad luck attracts bad luck and it sounds that is exactly what happened to you! The view to the crocodile farm… wow. I have mix feelings about that, it looks incredible but was it safe? 😀 the poor things also look a bit cramped… anyway, it seems you were both less safe in the crocodile-free place! Glad you recovered the flexibility on your finger, and I hope Sladja recovered well too. I know such injuries are no joke and can stay for life!

    January 6, 2023 - 1:35 am Reply
    • Leighton

      The crocodile almost certainly wasn’t that safe, this being Cambodia and all. We are both fully recovered from our injuries, though I still get a stiff twinge from time to time in that finger. When I do, I always think back to life in the Foster Apartments Thanks for reading, Nic.

      January 6, 2023 - 10:01 am Reply
  • NattyTravels

    What a series of unfortunate events I’m glad you both made it through it all, but at least it has given you a story. I was surprised it all started so well too! 😲 That first apartment looks lovely.

    January 6, 2023 - 3:29 am Reply
    • Leighton

      The first apartment was really cosy, but just too small. With hindsight though, yes, we’d probably have been better off there. But no regrets, our move to The Foster Apartments led to our eventual move to the next place. Which in turn caused us to relocate to our last home, which turned out to be our dream lodgings. It’s funny how things turn out sometimes, thanks for reading Natty!

      January 6, 2023 - 10:04 am Reply
  • Monkey's Tale

    It always sounds so romantic and blissful to think about living and working in a foreign country, but reality is usually a little different. At least now it makes for a great story! 😊 Maggie

    January 6, 2023 - 8:23 am Reply
    • Leighton

      You’re right Maggie, at the end of a shitty period like this, you nearly always have a good story to tell. Thanks for dropping by.

      January 6, 2023 - 10:07 am Reply
  • Travels Through My Lens

    I was relieved to read that you both made full recoveries from your accidents, they both sound frightening. It’s so unfortunate that you had to leave such a lovely place, but I’m amazed you stayed as long as you did. The crocodile house though; that would put me over the edge!

    January 6, 2023 - 10:20 am Reply
    • Leighton

      Ha ha, I’d say crocodiles aren’t the most idyllic thing to see each morning as you climb out of bed, yawn, and open the curtains. Thanks for checking out our lives at The Foster Apartments, Tricia. I think we can file this experience under ‘character building’.

      January 6, 2023 - 10:29 am Reply
  • travelling_han

    Oh my goodness those views over the crocodile farm are the stuff of nightmares for me!! It sounds like an eventful stay – I don’t envy that heat and I’m really pleased you both recovered from your accidents!

    January 8, 2023 - 12:09 am Reply
    • Leighton

      Thanks Han, it was a rough period and yet looking back we can only smile at it all. This was the period that we figured out we want to be together long term and as you’ll hopefully see (published Wednesday) these misadventures eventually led to the amazing place we settled in. It was definitely a process. Thanks for reading and commenting!

      January 8, 2023 - 10:00 am Reply
  • secret blogger

    Such an injurious but amazing trip😁 By the way what was there for breakfast?

    January 8, 2023 - 6:35 am Reply
  • ijustwannahop_the traveling poet

    A memorable and hazardous adventure lol . it’s good to capture the good, bad, and ugly of a trip. Nicely done.

    January 9, 2023 - 1:34 pm Reply
    • Leighton

      Hey, thanks so much for reading, commenting and indeed following Leighton Travels. Living in various countries as digital nomads has presented plenty of “bad and ugly” opportunities in terms of blog work ha ha. In addition to all the god stuff, obviously. I will definitely check out your blog in the next few days, cheers.

      January 9, 2023 - 9:56 pm Reply
  • Rooppendra Kumar

    Very interesting blog feel like the real description of the travel.

    January 10, 2023 - 11:24 am Reply
    • Leighton

      Thanks for reading Rooppendra, I appreciate your comment.

      January 10, 2023 - 11:38 am Reply
  • jasonlikestotravel

    That balcony view is special. Easy to think people are living the dream without any context but the timing of Covid and injuries for you both I’m sure took their toll. Still, these experiences make for good blog-reading so thanks for sharing! Haha.

    January 10, 2023 - 5:38 pm Reply
    • Leighton

      Hey Jason, thanks for reading about our troubled time at The Foster Apartments. Shit to live through but, as you say, fun to read. And even a fun one for me to write!

      January 10, 2023 - 6:46 pm Reply
  • ThingsHelenLoves

    Gotta take the rough with the smooth, where ever you go! The balcony views and sunset is something else though. Just had a quick google of ‘crocodile farming in Cambodia’ as I was curious as to what they are raised for and apparently they’d likely be Siamese crocs, so unlikely to be aggressive to humans. Which in no way detracts from the fact that the farm set up looks like a death pit in the lair of a Bond Villain!

    January 10, 2023 - 6:28 pm Reply
    • Leighton

      “We are Siamese if you please…”. I do know of at least one crocodile farm in Siem Reap where there was a fatality (a young girl tragically), but hopefully you’re right about the general scene. I didn’t know there is a breed of croc that doesn’t attack humans! Thanks for visiting, Helen.

      January 10, 2023 - 6:54 pm Reply
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    January 12, 2023 - 9:55 pm Reply
    • Leighton

      Thanks for the repost!

      January 12, 2023 - 10:14 pm Reply
  • sbaishaq

    interesting account of difficult times during pandemic. glad you got through it ok, sunset on the balcony surely helps calm the nerves.

    January 18, 2023 - 8:21 am Reply
    • Leighton

      The balcony was probably the apartment’s best feature. Despite all the problems we still look back on the Foster Apartments fondly, thanks for reading!

      January 18, 2023 - 9:08 am Reply
  • anoushpetit

    Oh, wow! That’s too much bad luck in one place.

    January 22, 2023 - 10:55 am Reply
    • Leighton

      Hey Anoush, yes it was a festival of bad luck quite unlike anything I’ve ever experienced. Appreciate you following Leighton Travels and working your way through my recent articles. Have a great Sunday!

      January 22, 2023 - 11:14 am Reply
  • rkrontheroad

    Between the heat, the injuries, and the grouchy staff, it was time to move on!

    January 25, 2023 - 8:39 pm Reply
    • Leighton

      Quite right, it was a rough period where anything that could go wrong seemed to be doing just that. Thanks for reading about our time at The Foster Apartments, Ruth.

      January 25, 2023 - 8:43 pm Reply

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