Sunday, September 01, 2013

Exploring the Ancient World of Cambodia

"Go at least once a year to a place you have never been before."

My sister and I had seen and heard a lot about the ancient world of Cambodia. The famous Angkor Wat was in our bucket list as one of our must see places. Luckily, we had availed of a plane ticket to Ho Chi Minh (HCH), Vietnam at a reasonable rate. As such, a bus trip to Siem Reap Cambodia was intentionally planned as part of the travel itinerary despite that it would be a 13 hour bus ride and we knew that my sister would suffer from her motion-sickness syndrome. We had to grab the opportunity while we were already at the "neighborhood" of sorts. 

Book a bus ride in the Mekong Express Limousine Bus ( from HCH to Phnom Penh. In Phnom Penh, I suggest an overnight stay to explore the capital of Cambodia. You may request for your hotel/guest house to book you in a round trip bus ride from Phnom Penh to Siem Reap. In our case, we stayed at Fancy Guest House. The owner is accomodating enough to secure us a bus ticket. 
Bou Savy Guest House 
#261 Road No. 6 Taphul Village, Svaydangkum Commune, Siem Reap, Cambodia 
(855)12-898-627 or 12-369-900
Just The Facts: 
>>Budget, Homestay
>>Situated at the inner section of the city, away from the bustling main road. Getting a tuk-tuk ride is not a problem because the guest house have tuk-tuks on standby 24 hours.
>>Comes with free breakfast. Don't miss to order the baguette. It's yummy. If you must leave somewhere early in the morning and has no time for breakfast, you may give the service crew a head notice for a to-go breakfast
>>You may request for assistance to hire a van and book a Day Tour to Angkor Archaeological Park. 
Angkor Archaeological Park 
>>Book a day, 2-days, or 3-days tour. My suggestion is a 2 or 3 days tour. The park is so big, you can't get it done within a day. 
>>Get a certified guide. The guide can give you valuable knowledge and see more meaning beyond what the eye can see on the pile of bricks and stones. We hired Mr. Khem Piseth (he calls himself Jerry). He spoke good English, albeit on the serious side :) but we really appreciated all the information and tips he had imparted to us. Email him at or
>>Have a day to explore the park by bike. There are Rent a Bike shops in the area. I wish we have done this on our third day of the tour. 
Apsara Shows
Night Market
>>Ask your travel guide where to eat while exploring the Angkor Archaeological Park
>>It's not difficult to find some good food in Siem Reap. This town is a tourist spot, you'll find a wide range of restaurants from local to Western fast foods (like McDonalds).
>>Apsara Dinner Show at Amazon Angkor Restaurant
>>Wear comfortable clothing and shoes to protect you from humidity, dust, and from all the walking.
>>Purchase lots of bottled water at a grocery store. Place them in the van (if you have one). This will save you a lot of US dollars while exploring the Angkor Archaeological Park. 
>>Bored during a bus ride? Don't be, prepare your camera all the time and enjoy the countryside sights: the stilt houses, the rice fields, the young children playing, the moto-cabs, etc. Books, magazines, or mobile games also come handy to keep you busy. If you are lucky, your bus may also have a free wifi so you can stay connected to the internet.
Angkor Night Market
Old Market, Pokambor Street 63


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