Date of Travel : November 1-6, 2015
Flight Details : November 1 – 7:45pm MNL – REP (Siem Reap)
November 6 -12:40 am BKK- MNL
November 1 (Day 1) : ARRIVAL
Late arrival at Siem Reap. Estimated flying time from MNL to REP 2 hours and 45 minutes.
Our free tuktuk picked us up at the airport and went straight to our accommodation, HAPPY GUEST HOUSE (Php 400+/night for 2 pax or US$ 9 /night for 2pax)
After unloading our stuff, we went straight to PUB STREET, the popular night life street in Siem Reap (Tuk Tuk ride from Happy guest house is US$ 2/way ) . We ate our late dinner and tasted for the first time one of the Khmer cuisine. ( US$5 .50 each)
After roaming a bit, some photo op and drinking a US$1 fruitshake, we head back to our guest house to take a good rest.
November 2 (Day 2): TEMPLE TOUR
It’s going to be a long day for us. I scheduled our temple tour this day and boy I’m excited!
Our tuktuk driver picked us up around 7 in the morning and we head straight where we should get our one day temple pass (US$20 each)
TEMPLE 1 – ANGKOR WAT
The most popular, largest and iconic temple in Cambodia.
It was originally constructed as a Hindu temple for the Khmer Empire, gradually transforming into a Buddhist temple toward the end of the 12th century. It was built by the Khmer King Suyavarman II in the early 12th century in Yasodharapura (Khmer: យសោធរបុរៈ, present-day Angkor), the capital of the Khmer Empire, as his state temple and eventual mausoleum. Breaking from the Shaiva tradition of previous kings, Angkor Wat was instead dedicated to Vishnu. As the best-preserved temple at the site, it is the only one to have remained a significant religious center since its foundation. The temple is at the top of the high classical style of Khmer architecture. It has become a symbol of Cambodia appearing on its national flag, and it is the country’s prime attraction for visitors.
Let me tell you, it was really stunning yet tiring. You need to be in a comfortable clothes and shoes, you may opt to bring an umbrella or a hat because the place is so huge you’ll sweat your a** off. Make sure to bring a big bottle of water and a face towel.
TEMPLE 2 : BAYON TEMPLE
The most distinct feature of this temple is the multitude of smiling stone faces.
The Bayon (Khmer: ប្រាសាទបាយ័ន, Prasat Bayon) is a well-known and richly decorated Khmer temple at Angkor in Cambodia. Built in the late 12th or early 13th century as the official state temple of the Mahayana Buddhist KingJayavarman VII, the Bayon stands at the centre of Jayavarman’s capital, Angkor Thom. Following Jayavarman’s death, it was modified and augmented by later Hindu and Theravada Buddhist kings in accordance with their own religious preferences.
This temple is interesting because of all the smiling faces. The architecture is very unique and intricate. I was so stunned to see all the temples and wonder how they did that, very artistic and patient in every detail. I salute the Khmer people.
TEMPLE 3 : TA PHROM (Tomb Raider)
Ta Prohm (Khmer: ប្រាសាទតាព្រហ្ម, pronunciation: prasat taprohm) is the modern name of the temple at Angkor, Siem Reap Province, Cambodia, built in the Bayon style largely in the late 12th and early 13th centuries and originally called Rajavihara (in Khmer: រាជវិហារ). Located approximately one kilometre east of Angkor Thom and on the southern edge of the East Baray, it was founded by the Khmer King Jayavarman VII as a Mahayana Buddhist monastery and university. Unlike most Angkorian temples, Ta Prohm is in much the same condition in which it was found: the photogenic and atmospheric combination of trees growing out of the ruins and thejungle surroundings have made it one of Angkor’s most popular temples with visitors. UNESCO inscribed Ta Prohm on the World Heritage List in 1992. Today, it is one of the most visited complexes in Cambodia’s Angkor region.
Most popularly known from the TOMB RAIDER movie of Hollywood actress Angelina Jolie, this place boasts spectacular huge trees. While walking inside, you can hear several birds chirping and the place is very refreshing because of the vast trees surrounding the temple.
TEMPLE 4 :
Let me tell you, after the Ta Phrom temple, we were totally exhausted from all the walking, it felt like we lost several pounds just by walking the immense structure of the temple. And because of that I totally forgot the name of the temple. Mind you, we didn’t even bother to walk through the last temple anymore. It’s true that after several temples, you’ll get templed out.
After our 4th temple, around 4pm we opted to go back to our place and rest because of the early van ride going to BKK.
November 3 ( Day 3) : TRAVEL TO BKK
Call time 5:30am, the van personnel picked us up in our guest house. We paid $24/ each for the Siem Reap- BKK transfer. Travel time from Siem Reap to Poipet Border is roughly 2 and a half hours. From there, you need to stop at the immigration and have your passport stamped. The van will wait for you on the other side of the border. Travel time from Poipet to BKK is roughly 4 and a half hours. There are only one or two stops so make sure to bring enough water and food so you won’t get hungry and do you toilet break before boarding the van.
You’ll walk through this to reach the border.
And welcome to the Kingdom of Thailand 🙂
We stayed at Rikka Inn (Php 1500+/ night for 2 pax) , in the heart of Khao San Road. The place is packed with stalls that sells RTW, street foods and whole lot of stuff. At night, the place is full of tourists because the bars are all over the street.
We checked in and rested for about an hour and then we decided to start our temple tour in the area.
We asked our receptionist regarding tuktuk tours and she said that if we just walk and ask around we can hire tuktuk for roughly about 40-50 Baht for the tour, it will take us to several spots. We talked to a tuktuk driver who agreed for 40 Baht and he’ll take us to 4-5 tourist spots.
Tour starts now…
Ok, street food first… 5 Baht each
Temple run starts now…
FYI, most of the temples we visited have free entrance except for the Marble temple which has a 20 Baht entrance fee. We were not able to visit the Grand Palace because of time constraint and to think they will charge us 500 Baht each for the entrance fee! We only have several hours and most of the temples are closed by 5pm.
The Tuktuk driver will take you to several shops and will ask you to stay for 10 minutes or more so they can get free gas from the shop.
NIGHT SCENE at KHAO SAN RD.
Must try exotic food and Chang beer
Pad Thai Street food
Roof top pool of Rikka Inn
After a tiring day, we headed back to our room for an early ride going to Pattaya, Thailand.
NOVEMBER 4 (DAY 4): TRAVEL TO PATTAYA, THAILAND
Before leaving Bangkok, we had our breakfast from the local eatery. Meal is about 40-50 Baht.
After breakfast, we find our way going to Ekamai Station to ride the bus going to Pattaya. We rode a taxi going to Ratchathewi train station (travel time roughly 15-25 minutes depending on traffic situation , we paid 70 Baht ). And from there, we road the BTS going to Ekamai bus station ( Train- 42 Baht each). Bus fare going to Pattaya is 115 Baht/ head. Travel time is roughly 2 hours from Ekamai to Pattaya.
Ticket to Pattaya
Line 1 bound for Pattaya
40 Baht Lunch
We rented a multi cab ( 150 Baht) because there are no public transport going to Garden Cliff Resort and Spa.
Arrival at Garden Cliff Resort and Spa
The place is beautiful as you can see. Superb view and very tranquil. The only downside is the beach. Living in the Philippines with so many spectacular islands, means you have high standards when it comes to beaches. And unfortunately, it’s not that good. Fortunately, the pool is quite awesome. We scored the room via Agoda for Php 3500+ with buffet breakfast for two.
We spent the whole day lounging and swimming at the pool, of course, we need to make the most out of it.
After dinner, we decided to walk around and eat street food. Squid for 30 Baht per stick
NOVEMBER 5 (DAY 5) : BACK TO BKK
Early morning, my husband woke up to take advantage of the gym in the resort. Then I followed after an hour to call him to have a breakfast.
After our scrumptious breakfast, we explored the place once more and took some photos and took the final dip in the pool.
The Sanctuary of Truth
Check out time. We rode the complimentary van going to the center to ride the multicab going to the bus station headed to the Airport ( 10 baht each). Bus fare going straight to the airport 250 Baht each. No hassle, very convenient.
NOVEMBER 6 (DAY 6) : EARLY MORNING FLIGHT BACK TO MNL
12:40 am flight and finally, we are home bound. Estimated flying time 3 hours and 30 minutes.