WARNING: This is a Long and (a bit) DETAILED blog entry. Enjoy!
Last September 2, 2017, my mom and I decided to visit the “Kingdom of Wonders”, Cambodia! Due to my work schedule and my mom leaving Thailand to go back to the Philippines after her 1-month vacation that same week, so unfortunately we only had 1 day to tour Cambodia (kung sa Filipino pa “huling hirit sa tag-init). So if you want to see pictures and learn how I planned this trip, keep on reading!!!
So I planned our trip 3-days before our departure in Bangkok. What I did first was to ask my colleagues and my boss about their recent trip in Cambodia so I can elicit helpful tips (first hand experiences from someone you know is really helpful), so I took down notes of all the details they gave me. I Immediately booked 2 one-way tickets (Bangkok – Poipet – Siem Reap) at ThaiTicketMajor for me and my mom for a total of 1,540 Baht (750 Baht each, 40 Baht processing fee) *bus leaves at 8 A.M., and 2 tickets (Siem Reap – Poipet – Bangkok) at Nattakan Bus Company for 1,854 Baht (927 Baht each) *bus leaves at 9 A.M. The buses are VIP class with washroom inside and comfortable reclining seats, fee includes snacks, lunch/dinner, a bottle of juice and water. Then I booked our hotel using Agoda, we stayed at Angkor Empire Boutique Hotel and the price was fair for only 380 baht/night.
*We exchanged a few thousands of Baht for Dollars because apparently, Cambodians mix dollars with their currency. Also tuktuk services and temple entrance fee are in dollars.
*Trip budget? 180-200 Dollars (2 pax) We used it to pay for the tuktuk, temple fee, food, a LOT of trinkets, artworks, bags, shirts for my brothers, boyfriend, sister-in-laws and dad.
Before we packed our bags my mom and I checked our wardrobe if we have light, thin and bright clothes to bring and if we have comfortable shoes to wear as well. Once the wardrobe check was done, we had all our paperwork printed out, packed our bags the night before our trip and dived in our beds for a good night sleep.
Sept. 2, 2017
6:00 A.M. – WAKE-UP & WASH-UP HUMANS!
6:30 A.M. – Left home to go to Mo Chit Bus Terminal 2 (from downtown BKK)
7:15 A.M. – We arrived at Mo Chit Bus Terminal, claimed our boarding tickets at ate at the terminal canteen (they serve local Thai dishes).
8:30 A.M – Departure of the bus going to the Cambodian Border (4-5 Hrs)
Mom and I
12:30 N.N. – Exit / Entry Thai-Cambodian Border
* Citizens living in ASEAN countries are not required to have a visa.
1:30 P.M. – Departure of the Bus going to Siem Reap (2-3hrs) Check out the pictures I took while on the bus.
5:00 P.M. – Arrival at Siem Reap. In the bus station, we were introduced to Mr. Bunara Kong (You can add him on Facebook), our very kind tuktuk Driver. Nara and I had an agreement the he will pick us up at 4:30 A.M. to buy Temple Tickets and to see the sunrise in Angkor Wat, and Ta Phrom (Tomb Raider Temple). Temple Tour + bus station-hotel-bus station transfer all for 25 Dollars.
*Apparently, 1 day is not enough to explore the Angkor City (especially if you’re like me who likes to read, stare and research on the spot about almost every symbolism of statues, bas reliefs and causeway detail I saw). So we just decided go to the most popular ones instead.
5:15 P.M. – Checked-in the hotel and rested for a while before we go to the nearby night market. I actually studied the map of the Angkor City/Area so we can be nearby “touristy” places like the Food Street, Night Market and Angkor Wat.
*Remember to always understand and get to know the area where you want to stay so you can maximize your vacation/touring experience.
6:00 P.M. – We went out and took pictures outside the hotel. We also went to eat at the Food Street and the Original Night Market that are just 3 minutes away from our hotel. Check out the pictures below!
9:00 P.M. – Went back to the hotel to rest and wash-up. We went down to grab some snacks at the hotel resto. It wasn’t that expensive, food and drinks usually costs 1-2 dollars.
10:00 P.M. – Lights-off! Sleeping time.
Sept. 3, 2017
4:00 A.M. – Wake-up!
4:30 A.M. – Nara is already waiting for us in the Lobby, and told us that we’re heading out to the Ticket/Tourist center first to buy Entrance Tickets before we go to the Temples. It is important to leave your hotel early as the line at the ticketing center is REALLY LONG, but it only took us 20-30 mins. to get hold of our ID-like tickets.
*TICKET PRICE: $37 – one day pass, $62 – 3-day pass, $72 – One Week Pass. (all passes gives you access to ALL the temples in Angkor City)
5:40 A.M. – We arrived at the Angkor Wat, walked along the very long causeway and waited for sunrise. Nara told us that we meet him outside the Temple at 7:00 P.M. Now, enjoy the pictures I took at Angkor Wat… I must say that some parts of the Temple gave me CHILLS!
6:40 A.M – We went out of Angkor Wat to look for Nara, and we’re now headed to Ta Phrom (Tomb Raider Temple)
7:20 A.M. – We arrived at Ta Phrom. However, it doesn’t open until 7:30 A.M. so we decided to eat sandwiches outside the Temple.
7:30 A.M. – 8:30 A.M. – We walked around Ta Phrom, took pictures… apparently, while walking we spotted a baby snake that made my mom shrieked like a seal!!! Haha! It was so funny…
8:30 A.M. – We went back to the hotel to get our stuff and checked-out.
9:00 A.M – We arrived at the Bus Terminal.
11:00 A.M.- We arrived at the Cambodian/Thai Border.
12NN – 5:00 P.M. – Border to Bangkok.
And then we arrived home at around 6:30 P.M. And that’s how my one-day trip to Cambodia went, it may have been short-lived but I surely enjoyed my stay. I will be back soon, hopefully with my brother next time around.
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