Two days at Campodia for first times to travel

After landing to Siem Reap International Airport and the first activity complete check in at Immigration office. But there is an uncomfortable feeling after security conversation, The Immigration officer’s annoyance at my complete disregard for his misplaced concern wasn’t surprising, To be honest, the Country is known great things about from the tourist community still exits bad thing like that. Skip it, move on to hotel for explore this magical country.

I booked the Hostel in Seam Reap and Hostel sent a tuk-tuk to pick me up at the Airport. First in my suspicion at the driver but I chose to keep it flexible, at least for the most part.



Recommendation 1: I Buy the Metfone (by Viettel) 3G sim and connect to 3G for searching google map and using in calling to friends is very cheap


The Hostel name The Living Quarters, with swim pool, mini bar. Just 5 $/per night for the cheapest place. The reception is very friendly and kindly, from here you easy to book the local tours with cheap price to discover Seam Reap.

Recommendation # 2: Don’t hire the Tuk -Tuk drivers or ask them to take you to any places, it is very expensive cause regarding to his explanation they must take you to there and  waiting there so price must be higher. So you can buy the tours at hotel and reception will book for you the tuk tuk to go there with fixed price.

Should wake up early and go to see the sunrise at Angkor- Wat, it’s really beautifully and impression

I could write eloquent pages on how beautiful Angkor temples are, and still not do justice to their extraordinary allure. Bayon with its massive stone faces, and Bantey Srei’s surprisingly miniature scale and intricate carvings are simply fascinating. But it was Ta Prohm I lost my vagrant heart to. I felt like Lara Croft from the Angelina Jolie starrer ‘Tomb Raider’, which was filmed here. Most of this haunting beauty is enveloped by tree roots and has been left in pretty much the same condition it was found in.  Also the fact that the Archaeological Survey of India is helping restore this temple made me very proud!

USD is accepted to use in Cambodian so you can easily to buy the tickets , foods or souvenirs. However the 2 USD note should not to be used because they think that is not lucky note for them.

 There was one zone that I simply couldn’t stay away from- the legendary Pub Street, a hub for electrifying nightlife and multitudes of restaurants serving delicious Khmer cuisine, more commonly known as Cambodian Cuisine. It was Khmer New Year and there were hundreds of revelers on the street every night, dancing to latest pop hits from the West. And it was absolutely safe!


So while my days were busy temple hopping, the nights were spent pub hopping, hogging on Khmer food and shopping at the Night Market. It was ‘Eat, Pray, Love (for freedom)’ for me throughout, though not necessarily in that order.

Recomemdation # 3:  Do not leave Cambodia without having the sumptuous Khmer curry with local beer. You can enjoy a delicious meal for less than USD 2. Talk about cheap!

Two days into my vacation I realized I didn’t have enough time to make the long road trip to Sihanoukville, a beach destination in South Cambodia. See, now here’s when planning actually helps. The smarter thing would have been to take the return flight from Phnom Penh instead of Siem Reap, which is much closer to Sihanoukville. But there was no time to brood. Once again i really want to stay more but time not allowed so I hope in next trip i can go more and have long time to enjoy here.

Hope to see again.

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