Itinerary: Estonia, Latvia & Lithuania

We’re getting ready to kick off our road trip through the Baltics! We’ve been planning this one for a while and had to dig deep on the research as it’s not a super popular travel destination, yet. We’re starting things off in Tallinn Estonia. All of the photos I’ve seen of this city are gorgeous and I can’t wait to see it in person. We’re also planning a day trip to the nearby Lahemaa National Park for some nature time. 

Next, we’re driving south towards Pärnu, Estonia. Along the way we hope to check out some odd sites like the ruins of an old monastery and a prison – two separate places to be clear! We’ll check out yet another national park nearby before heading down to Riga, Latvia. There are a few things we’d like to check out while in town, like the photography museum.


From Riga we’ll pop down into Lithuania for about 24 hours to visit the Hill of Crosses, which is the stop I’m most looking forward to at the moment. I’ve been wanting to go there for many years. Then we’re back up in Latvia, driving over to the coastal town of Liepāja for the night. 

From Liepāja, we’re driving south into the Lithuanian section of the Curonian Spit, a little sliver of land currently shared with Russian province, Kaliningrad. While there, we’ll visit the tallest migrating sand dunes in Europe and an outdoor sculpture trail ominously called the Hill of Witches! If we make it out of there unscathed, we’ll head inland to the second largest Lithuania city, Kaunas. We’ll be saying at a nearby spa for some rest and relaxation. Spa culture is big in this part of the world! 

We’ll end the trip in Lithuania’s capital city, Vilnius. While there, I also hope to connect with some very distant relatives that I’ve never met. That may prove to be the biggest adventure of this whole trip! 

Road-Tripping in Southern Cambodia

Wild encounters on the backroads of Cambodia 

Wild encounters on the backroads of Cambodia 

In Kampot we decided to embrace local culture and overcome our fears by renting a moto. Fortunately, we could rent one from our hotel for only $5 USD a day.

Despite Joel expressing to the hotel management that he knew basically nothing about how to drive a moto, we received keys, helmets, and very little instruction. It was a bumpy start. Learning to ride a moto on a muddy dirt road isn’t the easiest. Joel practiced by himself first, then I said a little prayer and climbed aboard behind him. It wasn’t long before we got the hang of it and headed into town for dinner at Simple Things. We navigated some busy traffic circles along the way and purchased gas from a barefoot roadside attendant - who was otherwise, oddly, well dressed.

The next morning we booked a stand-up paddle board tour with SUP Asia. It was a nice day to be on the water and check out the mangrove reforestation project. I’ll need a few more lessons though before I can master the “stand up” aspect of paddle boarding!

A drone shot of us paddling down the river, we're the two over on the left. 

A drone shot of us nearing the end of our tour, coming out of the river into the sea, we're very tiny on the lower left of the image. 

Afterwards we decided to test our moto road skills up the steep, winding, road to Bokor Hill Station atop Bokor Mountain. It was a gorgeous ride up through the clouds. I was excited to explore the abandoned French Colonial buildings at the top and was hoping for some great photos. However, just as we were arriving it started to pour. We took refuge in a old church and hoped it would pass. It didn't. So we decided to head back down stopping at one more old building in route. Despite the rain, we had a great time and it was good practice driving the moto in those conditions.

Inside the old church where we took refuge from the rain. 

Road Trip from Kampot to Kep

The next day we were back on the moto again for a road trip from Kampot to Kep, making a few stops along the way. If driving directly there it's about 19 miles but we decided on a slower, more scenic route. Much of our drive was on some lovely village roads. On a moto you can really take in the sights and smells of your surroundings - which I thoroughly enjoyed.

Our first stop was Phnom Chhnork, a Hindu cave temple built in the 7th century. The main chamber was huge. Joel opted to venture further. With two little girls from the nearby village as his guides, he headed into the dark, damp, narrow passages. I thought to myself, “no thanks” and happily headed back to the entrance to await their reemergence. Joel had a blast and tipped his guides well. Before hitting the road we tried to have a snack and were quickly joined by the monkeys who wanted some too. One of them even attempted to hijack our moto!

Kampot is world famous for pepper, so our next destination was the Sothy’s Pepper Farm. An, admittedly, ineffectual tour guide showed us around and we learned all about peppercorns. Their peppercorns are actually sorted by hand which I imagine would take a very long time!

From there we headed into Kep to meet a friend for coffee and lunch at the Kep Sailing Club. Before heading back to Kampot we made sure to take some photos of the famous giant Kep Crab.

That evening we reluctantly returned our little moto after a fun few days together and boarded a bus for Phnom Penh - a very different mode of transport! 

Until next time! 

Until next time!