Cambodia caught my heart with the scenic view of stone temples of Angkor Wat, Bayon and Ta Prohm. I love the serene looks of it.
From my hostel in Bangkok, I booked a day trip bus to Cambodia for a 10 hour land travel. I was picked up from hostel by the single motorcycled man around 9am and brought me to this bus downtown waiting for other passengers. We were about 12 pax in the bus heading to Cambodia from different nationalities of Spain, France, UK, India and yours truly Philippines. There was a small snack and a water given to us also in courtesy of the bus operator (perhaps), so we assumed that we really had a loooong travel ahead. Since all of us are first timers, we had a small brainstorming and sharing of ideas what to do or where to go to explore Siem Reap. We decided then to stick together once we arrive. If you want to have a “sit pretty”, a hassle free travel connecting to those countries, you can visit https://www.camboticket.com or other online sites offering similar services of transport. Again, in my case, I opted to book it with my hostel. I found the price cheaper though.
After almost 5 hr travel, the bus stopped at the certain restaurant ( was not able to get the name of the it) about 2 miles away from the boarder. We were instructed to get down and they (shuttle tour personnel) checked our documents. The decision that we will stick together never happened :(. Since I didn’t need any visa, I was the first transported by a single motorbike man to the boarder. I was so hesitant to ride at first and believe me, the nervousness crawled over my body because I felt so alone that time! I was dropped off from the motorbike around 100m away to immigration and just instructed me to go straight,and turn left. So, as a stranger to the place,I hurriedly walked like a zombie with my 6 body senses super alert that time haha!
My passport then was stamped! After passing through immigration I went straight to the exit. There, another shuttle tour personnel was waiting and where our connecting bus was also located. We spent almost 2 hrs of assembly until all other passengers were gathered. Finally, we reached our final destination,the Siem Reap after another 4 hours of travel. 🙂 We were dropped off to a bus station and there, some tuk-tuks were waiting and sent us to our respective hostels.
I had a lot of photos actually but these two are my favorites. The front and inside view of Angkor Wat Temple.
I booked my one day tour in the hostel. They have several packages also, but I availed the 4 temples visit (Angkor Wat, Ta Phrom, Bayon and the famous Angelina Jolie’s Tomb Raider movie spot, plus the sunset view. The weather in the morning was too summer that you really needed a hat or anything that would protect your skin from sunburn. Ironically, in the afternoon the rain poured heavily with strong wind that we were unfortunate to view the sunset.
Note: A tourist must possess an admission pass (an ‘Angkor Pass‘) to visit the temples and sites in the Angkor Archaeological Park. Passes may be purchased at the main entrance on the road to Angkor Wat. Passes are sold in one-day ($37), three-day ($62) and seven-day ($72) blocks that must be used on consecutive days. I got mine for one-day pass only. I have to leave the place the following day for my Vietnam travel (as my next stop).