First, I needed to get back to Phnom Penh from Kampot, so I emailed my previous hostel, booked a night, and asked them to set up an overnight/sleeper bus to Bangkok the next day. That would mean more than 24 hours back in Phnom Penh, which I’d mostly seen, so I planned to take it easy and sort out plans while there.
I arrived back at Nomads & Encounters hostel in Phnom Penh and actually got assigned to my same bed from before. A guy who never went outside and was always asleep in the room was laying there sleeping when I arrived. Classic.
I hung out with the owners’ dog and ate dinner at the night market (tip: $1 for giant bowl of noodles at a sidewalk shop near this intersection. Look for tables outside.) On the way back, the temple was lit up and looked really pretty, but taking pictures into headlights with a smartphone is tough.
We arrived at the Cambodia-Thailand border, they gave me a red card on a necklace to help the bus people on the other side find me in the crowd, and then I went through passport control. It was slow but quite simple.