Cambodia: Siem Reap – Phnom Penh

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Cambodia, a quiet country located in Southeast Asia. It may not be as developed as its neighboring countries like Vietnam and Thailand, but for me, it is all the more better as the people here are much nicer and I can see the authenticity of their smiles despite the horrors of their country’s past.

Khmers are friendly and polite people. One of their favorite dish that I have tried is their Beef Lok Lak, it may not be as good as Vietnamese and Thai Cuisine, but since I’m not into noodles and dishes with exotic insects, then this will do.

Beef Loklak

Beef Lok Lak

Siem Reap

Siem Reap is a province located in the northwest part of Cambodia where lots of tourists flock. It is the gateway to the country’s main attraction which is the Angkor Wat temple. This city is the country’s tourist town, different people from all over the world can be seen strolling around, riding bicycles and hanging out in cafes and restaurants.

1. Angkor Wat

Angkor Wat is the largest religious monument in the world. Though there are other temples in the area and each one is unique on its own, but something about Angkor Wat is extraordinary and significant. Everything about it is astonishing.

You can purchase 1-day, 2-day, 3-day or 1-week pass. As for us, we only planned to visit for the day, and it cost us $37.00 each. We were able to visit Bayon temple, Ta Keo, Ta Phrom, Banteay Kdei and Angkor Wat.

Bayon Temple Gate

Bayon Temple Gate

Bayon Temple

Bayon Temple

Ta Keo

Ta Keo

Banteay Kdei

Banteay Kdei

Buddha inside one of the temples

Buddha inside one of the temples

Artworks for sale outside Ta Phrom Temple

Artworks for sale outside Ta Phrom Temple

Angkor Wat

Angkor Wat

2. Pub Street

After a long day touring temples, you’ll want to relax and enjoy the night. Pub Street has restaurants, souvenir shops, coffee shops, stores and of course pubs. I’m not the beer-drinking type, but I discovered a good beer here in Cambodia which is the Angkor Premium beer, and it is superb.

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You can even try out exotic street foods here like snakes, crickets, spiders, frogs, scorpions and other types of bugs.

3. Night Market

The Night Market is located in front of Pub Street. Here, the souvenir shops are cheaper compared to those in Pub Street and Angkor Wat. You can find a real bargain here, all you have to do is haggle.

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Phnom Penh

Phnom Penh is the capital of Cambodia. Here, the streets are busier unlike in Siem Reap. Better be careful as PP is a theft prone area, you can even see warning signs when you ride tuk-tuks.

Entry Pass costs $10 each.

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2. Phnom Penh Night Market

Not as big as the one in Siem Reap and most of the shops here are in fixed price, but if you buy more than one item, you can ask the seller to give you a good discount.

Transportation

There are no taxi cabs in Siem Reap. Therefore your only mode of transportation is the tuk-tuk. Tuk-tuk drivers might charge you $3-$4 for a tuk-tuk ride going to your destination, or worse is per head. You have to do some research and think about it because that is pretty damn expensive, especially if the place you are going to is nearby. You can haggle your driver, and the least you can agree to is $2.00. In our experience, there were 4 of us, and our tuk-tuk rides usually cost $2.00 going somewhere that is not so far.

There are taxi cabs in Phnom Penh but they are very few, and you can barely spot one. However, tuk-tuks are much more prominent, and the cost is the same as in Siem Reap.

Siem Reap Tuktuk ride going to the airport cost us $3.00. The airport is pretty far from the city which is why we agreed for $3.00.

SIEM REAP – PHNOM PENH – SIEM REAP

We rode Giant Ibis bus when we traveled from Siem Reap to Phnom Penh and vice versa. You can also ride Giant Ibis if you are planning to go to Ho Chi Minh or Thailand. Transportation from Siem Reap-Phnom Penh costs $15.00, and if you book online you can even avail free hotel pick-up, the price is the same even if you book over-the-counter. It is better to book bus tickets ahead because tickets get sold out fast.

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Giant Ibis bus ticket cost $18.00. The bus conductor will process your passports when crossing borders; he will charge you $5.00 as processing fee. The bus will stop in front of Giant Ibis Bus Office in Phạm Ngũ Lão, Ho Chi Minh.

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