Alright! Is finally the day of my long awaiting trip!! Cambodia!!

Anyway, I am all ready and excited about it! It’s been a long time since I last have a long holiday and Cambodia has always been 1 of the places that I wanted to visit!


Here’s our brief itinerary:

  • Day 1: Fly to Siem Reap, Transfer to Guest House, Travel around Country Side, Lunch, Old Market (Phsar Chas), Purchase Temple Admission Tickets, Sunset at Phnom Bakheng, Dinner at some Cambodian Shop House
  • Day 2: Breakfast, South Gate of Angkor Thom, Central Angkor Thom, Bayon, Baphuon, Pimeanakas, Terrace of the Elephants, Terrace of the Leper King, Victory Gate (5th Gate), Thomammom, Chau Say Tevoda, Stone Bridge, Ta Keo, Ta Phrom, Bantaey Kdei, Sras Srang, Prasat Kravan, Dinner
  • Day 3: Sunrise at Angkor Wat, Preah Kan, Lunch near Preah Kan, Neak Pean, Ta Som, Mebon, Dinner at Rosy Guest House Cafe
  • Day 4: Breakfast at Arun Restaurant, Pre Rup, Banteay Srei, Kbal Spean, Lunch near Kbal Spean, Preah Ko, Bakhong, Dinner at Arun Restaurant
  • Day 5: Bus to Phnom Penh, National Museum, Dinner
  • Day 6: Breakfast, Royal Palace, Killing Fields, Tuol Sleng Museum, Russian Market, Sorya Shopping Centre, Dinner at Pop’s Cafe
  • Day 7: Breakfast at Market near Cozyna, Cab back to Siem Reap, Old Market, Dinner at Red Piano, Dessert at Blue Pumpkin
  • Day 8: Fly back to SG

It started off with an early morning at 3.15am.. (:|
I was nagged by my dad for being late, was supposed to meet him at about 3.30am to send me to the airport, but I was still at home at about 3.35am.. Keke..

After the nagging and stuff along the ride, I finally reached the airport at about 4am! Bid my dad goodbye and off to meet Eric!

After buying a lock for my bag, we checked in our baggage and “checked in” ourselves through the immigration counter and went searching for breakfast. The good thing about morning flight is that there is very little people and the bad thing is.. there is so little people that you can hardly find any nice food to eat as not many has yet to start working! In the end, I had Mee Siam for breakfast and each of us a cup of Kopi-C Xiu Da from Toastbox.. It seriously sucks.. :(



Mee Siam and Kopi-C from Toastbox
After the breakfast and linger around the departure area, at about 6.05am, we are finally on board to JetStar 3K 599 (A320) to Siem Reap, Cambodia!

We reached Siem Reap International Airport at about 7.25am (Cambodia time is GMT +7). The moment we alighted, the first thing that came to our mind was, “Is this a resort or airport?” And the weather is great and sun shining brightly!



Siem Reap International Airport


Siem Reap International Airport


Jetstar 3K 599 (A320)
After we passed the immigration counter checked, we were greeted by our Tuk-tuk driver, Mr Set. He drove us to our guest house, Rosy Guest House.



Me and Mr Set, Tut-tuk Driver
Here’s the stuff we have brought for this trip. And here we come, Cambodia!



Our baggages!
Along the way to the guest house, we saw lots of things that we have never seen in the modern Singapore.. Such as a pickup loading with people and goods..



Pickup packed with goods..
Another one loading with people and goods..



Pickup loading people and goods..
Another one packed with people..



Vehicle packed with people..
Finally, we reached Rosy Guest House! Here are some photos of the room! Is very clean and cozy. I really love this place.. Highly recommended!!



Double Deluxe Room, $30 USB per night


Double Deluxe Room, $30 USB per night


Double Deluxe Room Toilet
After settling down and unloaded our stuff, we head down to look for a tuk-tuk driver to bring us around. And there, Mr Set is there again. After some negotiation and stuff, we finally engaged Mr Set as our Tuk-tuk driver for the day. When you are there, you must always bargain, test their English language before engaging their service.

Then, we set off to the country side to take a look on the Cambodian’s housing and lifestyle. Along the way, we saw this, I don;t see this in Singapore!



Petrol Kiosk for Motorbikes or Tuk-tuk
And this is how you pump the gasoline..



Tuk-tuk is thirsty..
The roads around the country side are definitely not as well built as those around the airport.. Mostly are sandy roads..



Sandy Road of the Country Side


Sandy Road of the Country Side
Then we reached the country side that Set is staying around. Here are some of things you see in country side and the kids..



Country Side Housing, this is one of the better housing..


Cow Head


Not to forget the Cow Dung!


Innocent Boy


Boys Playing
After the country side visit, we set off to have lunch. We had our lunch at a Khmer restaurant, Neary Khmer Restaurant. We ordered a must-try Khmer dish when you are in Cambodia, is named Amok. We have also tried the Khmer Fried Rice with Chicken Wing, Coconut and Lime Juice with a total damage of $11.00 USD!



Amok Fish with Steam Rice, $5.50 USD


Khmer Fried Rice, $3.50 USD


Coconut, $1 USD


Lime Juice, $1 USD
After a hearty meal, we head over to Old Market aka Psar Chaa Market for shopping. It is pretty obvious that this place is built for tourist… The interior is well-organised and you can sense the “hunger” of the stall owners, waiting (to be exact is hard-selling) for tourists to buy off tonnes of souvenirs from them! They sell practically everything.. From silk to household items, to personal items, to food, etc..



Old Market


Silk, silk, silk


Fried Cockroaches


“Cutting hair” for the Chicken/Ducks
Not to forget, other than finding food in the market and restaurants, great food are along the road side!



Clams..


I guess is a fruits or salad stall
We left Old Market empty handed and head off to purchase admission tickets for visiting the temples! There are 3 types of passes available for purchase:

  • 1-Day pass at $20 USD
  • 3-Day pass at $40 USD (Note: You can choose either 3 consecutive days pass or 3 days within a week.)
  • 1-Week pass at $60 USD

We have opted for the 3 days pass within a week and there goes $80 USD with our pictures taken and printed onto the pass! One tip of advise, get your pass a day before the actual day you want to visit the temple, in this way, you will get a free sunset for the day you purchased the ticket! :D

After we purchased the tickets, we head off to Phnom Bakheng for the Sunset!! There were certainly lots of people climbing up the hill to catch the lovely sun setting off for the night..



Lots of people here to “catch” the sun!


Phnom Bakheng


Phnom Bakheng with Sunset


Phnom Bakheng


Phnom Bakheng
Was kinda disappointed that didn’t managed to take pretty photos of the sunset and it was crowded with people, but is definitely worth the trip there.. You will never see that kind of view in our own country..

Dinner was simple Khmer Food at some stall near our guest house.. The food is like normal home cooked food but is cold..



Dinner Place


4 dishes and 2 rice. Each rice cost 1000 Riel. Each dish cost 3000 Riel. Total damage: $3.50 USD
Home sweet home after the dinner!


FYI, Riel is the Cambodian Currency. 4000 Riel == $1 USD. Most of the items are paid in USD. However, roadside stalls usually uses Riel. So, just changed lots of $1 USD notes if going to Cambodia!

Tagged on:

2 thoughts on “Cambodia Trip – Day 1

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *

You may use these HTML tags and attributes: <a href="" title=""> <abbr title=""> <acronym title=""> <b> <blockquote cite=""> <cite> <code> <del datetime=""> <em> <i> <q cite=""> <strike> <strong>