Siem Reap, which literally means the “Defeat of Siam”, is the most prosperous region of contemporary Cambodia. Its close proximity to the Angkor Wat temple complex has turned the city into one of the world’s premier travel destinations.source
Hi Guys! Here’s a photo of us, excited for our flight to Siem Reap! Our airfare from Jetstar Asia costed S$215/person. Flight time from SG to KH takes around 2 hours, 15 mins and there’s an hour time difference. Remember to exchange currency before you depart so you can get better rates. They widely use USD in Cambodia and KHR for amounts less than 1 USD.
We arrived in KH at 3PM. Most hotels offer free airport transfer so that’s one less thing you need to worry about. Don’t expect a car or a van though. Like in Thailand, tuk-tuks are common in Cambodia.
Accomodation: Botique Cambo Hotel
For only S$19/night, we got a nice cozy room with tub, free breakfast, welcome drinks and cold towels upon arrival, free airport transfer and one-way transfer to the city center, and a pool. That’s value for money right there!
Quad Adventures Cambodia
Since our arrival was in the afternoon and it wasn’t ideal to head to the temples at that time, I searched for something else to do. As I was doing my research, I stumbled upon Quad Adventures Cambodia which according to Tripadvisor was one of the top things to do in Siem Reap. We booked the sunset on the paddy fields tour for 43 USD and it turned out to be a great experience!
You can view their website for more information here.
Angkor Archaeological Park
The temples were absolutely stunning! By far the most magnificent human creation I’ve seen in my life. This should definitely be in everyone’s bucket list! I can’t fathom the dedication, perseverance and inspiration the ancient Khmer people had to be able to build such complex network with epic proportions and intricate details.
We wanted to catch the sunrise so as suggested by our hotel, we went around 4:30AM. We booked the trip from the hotel, which I think they charged us $18 for the whole day tuk-tuk service. They were so nice to give us packed breakfast for the trip.
We headed to Angkor Wat first and waited for the sunrise which didn’t show up. Lols. It was okay though. The temple was huge! I felt like I was transported back in time.
After Angkor Wat, we also went to Angkor Thom, Baphuon, Bayon, and Ta Prohm.
It was extremely hot and humid that day and by 2 PM, we were already very tired that we decided to go back to the hotel. I really wanted to catch the sunset at the temples but I just didn’t have the energy. There were still so many temples to see, I don’t think we covered even half of them. Now I know why there were 3 and 7 day passes.
A bit similar to Bangkok’s Khao San Road but tamer. Lols. Perfect place to chill after exploring the temples!
That’s about it. Until our next travel! -R 🙂