Friday, January 27, 2012

8 tips for a Filipino's 3-day skip trip around Cambodia

Less time and much lesser budget to see Cambodia? I have here 8 tips to make your experience hanep!

Angkor Wat came alive that summer morning! What I used to read only  in the pages of my history book in high school stood right before my eyes. I was breathless. It was a long wait but all worth it. I shall come back soon for the Angkor Wat Marathon happening every November. .   

"See the sun crawl up and bathe Angkor Wat with its honeyed light. Visit the eerily beautiful temple squashed by giant trees (arguably the most photographed tree in the world) where Angelina Jolie shot scenes in Tomb Raider. The South Gate and Bayon. There's a whole lot more so one day is never enough! "

one| 1. Sleep. Definitely your first order as soon as you set foot in Cambodia. Getting a decent and reasonably-priced bed in Siem Reap is easy. Save yourself the hassle by booking ahead. A location within a short distance from Pub Street and Old Market would be ideal. A room that offers free use of bicycle? That would be a very sweet deal. www.roomorama.com offers a wide array of accommodations that suit your budget.

two| 2. Spend. You don't really have to pay using the local currency called riel. All establishments in Cambodia accepts US dollar bills. It appeared to me that food, tuk-tuk and post cards have the same one dollar price tag.


three| 3. Squeeze. We have to weed out a few places and then squeeze-in a packed 3-day itinerary. Due to time limitations, let's just zero-in on Siem Reap, home of Angkor Wat and Angkor Archeological Complex. If you planned to include a visit to Genocide Museum in the capital Phnom Penh, think again. It's a six-hour (230 km.) journey one-way.

four| 4. Getting Around. Tuk-tuk is the king of the road in Cambodia. You can hire it for a day and discover what charming Siem Reap has to offer. Fare from airport to downtown usually costs US$5.00 while temple tour starts at US$13.00.


five| 5. Angkor Tour. Experience one of the most beautiful sunrise. See the sun crawl up and bathe Angkor Wat with its honeyed light. Visit the eerily beautiful temple squashed by giant trees (arguably the most photographed tree in the world) where Angelina Jolie shot scenes in Tomb Raider. The South Gate and Bayon. There's a whole lot more so one day is never enough! Gates open at 5:00am. Tickets are priced US$20 for one day pass and US$40 for 3-day pass.   

six| 6. Eat, Drink and be Happy. Let Khmer dishes satisfy your hunger. Old Market is the place to be. And when you've had your fill, grab a beer and if you're with trusted friends, you might want to try the "happy" pizza everybody is buzzing about.



seven| 7. Shop. Don't forget the pasalubong for your loved ones back home. Good deals come plenty at the Old Market. 

eight| 8. Leave a good impression. You carry the name of the country wherever you go. By virtue of your birthright, you are, by default, an ambassador of goodwill. Carry it with dignity and pride.




I had a tremendous wanderlust spirit welling inside me so I did what most "sane" travelers would do: Fly from Manila to Ho Chi Minh then overland journey from Vietnam to Cambodia. Then off to Thailand down to Malaysia then finally Singapore before flying back home to Cebu because that was the only option for a Filipino backpacker back then. Either that or I fly from Manila to Bangkok and take the 5-hour trip by bus to Siem Reap.

But the long hours and backbreaking journey to Siem Reap, Cambodia for budget travelers coming from the Philippines is now reduced to three hours. How convenient! It's a welcome news to hear that low-cost carrier Cebu Pacific Air will start start direct flights from Manila to Siem Reap in summer 2012! Airasia Philippines and Philippine Airlines will open flights soon, too!





7 comments:

  1. huaaaaaawwww!!!! ... tara na! lezzz gooo this summer BFF!:))

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    1. sige go! lingaw jud na. kamau ba ka mag bike? biking around angkor wat is so nice jud

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  2. of course! hibaw gani ko anang habal2... hehehe... cge nah! tara letz! :)

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    1. pwes, mag traysikad ta. ikaw ang mag drive. angkas lang ko. hahahaha

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  3. Cambodia really has this appeal to travelers and tourists alike. Nice pictures!
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  4. Good informative tips about trips for enjoying the tour. As like discuss here about Hong Kong city Tane Residence

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