We left our guesthouse in the dark in hopes of navigating through the streets of Phnom Penh in minimal traffic. It turns out traffic doesn't rest. Luckily Phnom Penh is a fairly small city. It didn't take us long to leave the city limits, but the traffic remained with us almost the entire time - enough to warrant buying a facemask en route. The road was unlike any of the ones we've seen in Cambodia that is it was paved.
The scenery was flat, green and water was plentiful everywhere. We stopped several times for food. We had to wave and say hello a thousand times, which although tiring after a while, made us feel connected.
We arrived in town of Svay Rieng in late afternoon. It was difficult to find the town centre. We spent little time looking for a place to stay, as we were both grimy and hungry. Finding food was a challenge. For some odd reason there were numerous food stalls serving up exactly the same items - namely rice soup with meat and fish. We were in the mood for some rice and veggies. There was one place in town, which served up just that, and it happened to employ young people who would otherwise be destitute. The restaurant gives them an opportunity to learn new skills and therefore gives them a chance to get out of the vicious cycle of poverty. In other words a great place to support.