Happy Monday everyone! Hope you had a great weekend, because I certainly did, in the land of Cambodia!
In this 4 day, 3 night adventure, me and my partner, Ian spent time in Siem Reap mostly to visit Angkor Wat, one of UNESCO's world heritage. It really was an exciting experience and I'm so glad to be able to see such fantastic architecture and art behind these ancient monuments.
Visiting the top of Phnom Bakheng, known for its stunning sunset view. Also, there's good lighting.
To give a brief summary of our trip, the number one advice I would give any traveler coming up here is to always have a plan beforehand, because with the limited time we had there, we only had so much to see, yet so much more to discover.
We stayed in this lovely boutique hotel for just over RM100 per night called Vilada Angkor Boutique Hotel. It was fantastic, I highly recommend this place.
Considering the fact that our stay in this really nice hotel includes airport transfer and free breakfast, the cheap skate in me was tingling...
And, and, aand.... they have a PS2. A freakin PS2 in PERFECT condition, with all the classic games I played as a kid including Street Fighter, Megaman, Capcom vs Marvel, Metalslug, and all the good stuff!
Like, the moment I walked into the bar and saw the console, the owner, Mr Sakada, was kind enough to turn it on and I went nuts. For that alone, I deem this place my favorite hotel EVER.
I mean, aside from the PS2, the place is really nice and clean, plus the hotel owner was ever so polite and very helpful in giving advise on the best places to visit, where to eat, what to do, etc. Also, he and the staff were more than happy to arrange our transports and tours while we were there. I definitely felt a personal touch to the stay for sure.
Of course, what with all the great adventures we had in Cambodia, I couldn't possibly cover everything in this post, so I will talk more about them in the next coming ones.
If you too are planning to visit Siem Reap soon, here's a brief itinerary on what we did during our stay here. Just to give you an idea on what you can do.
-Arrival at the airport
- Visit the National Museum
(a good start to getting to know the place before
actually visiting the temples)
- Purchase the 1-day Temple Pass
(Tip: You can purchase tickets for the next day by 4.45pm. That way, you can also visit the temples this evening, and have the whole day tomorrow.)
- Visit Phnom Bakheng for the sunset view
- Buffet Dinner at Koulen Restaurant and Live Performance
- Packing up
- Off to the airport
- Goodbye Cambodia! :(
So sad to go, but all good things must come to an end, until our next great adventure!
Couple of things to note when planning your trip to Cambodia:
1. Upon arrival at the airport, you will see that people will be scrambling to apply for the visa and this may require a small fee. If you are from an ASEAN country, you don't need to do that, and you only need to fill in the arrival card which you can get from one of the officers.
2. The currency that is mostly accepted in Siem Reap is in USD. Don't bother changing currency to their local Riels (KHR), because everything is quoted in USD there. However, do note that they won't accept bills that are damaged and old, so make sure to bring fairly new cash. Also, when the call for change is less than USD 1, they tend to give you change in Riels because they don't accept USD coins. Weird, I know.
3. Mosquito spray and Sunblock. Lots of it.
4. Make sure to bring stomach ache pills in case of food poisoning and try to avoid street food.
5. If you plan on visiting the temple, I advise you to purchase the passes a day before your actual visit starting from 4.45 pm onwards. You get to skip the morning queue the next day AND you can already start visiting some of the temples on that day itself. Visiting hours is until 7pm, so you have about 2 hours to check out the place in the evening.
6. Dress modestly. When visiting their place of worship, the locals can and will turn you away from visiting the temples if not dress appropriately. Make sure to wear clothes that cover your shoulders and knees This applies to men too.
7. Relax! You're on a holiday, and there's only so much you can do with your limited time. Enjoy the moment and savor your time there.
Stay tuned for more posts on the trip!
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