Thursday, November 22, 2012

Here we go! : Cambodia itinerary

Let's get our RockZ on! Get it? 'Coz we're gonna be staring at rocks? .. No? Ok.

For people who aren't easily awed by history and stuff, staring at rocks for three days might not be such a good idea. If you leave us in places like Angkor Wat, you might find us open mouthed and drooling. The Sanga and I would always wonder who walked those walls, where they slept, what they did for fun.. those sort of things.

Since this is a vacation after all, I built a 'chill' itinerary. More time for ourselves and to discover the place on our own. No pressure at all. I didn't want to have to drag Aisa out of bed. She's really really not a morning person.

Day 1:

- Angkor National Museum ($12 each for the entrance + $3 for audio guide)
I would suggest going here first before going to the temples. You won't need a tour guide once you've been here. They'll explain pretty much everything about the temples.

- War Museum ($5 each. Gave additional for donation)
The tour guide is actually a war veteran. He joined the army when he was 14. Lost more than his limbs.  He lost friends and family in that war.

- Old Market, Pubstreet and Night Market
Just chilled out here at night. Exploration galore.

Day 2:

This day was dedicated to temple oggling.

- Small tour :: 5 temples tour (1Day tour option)
Cost breakdown :
- Tuktuk fare was $20 + tip.
- 1Day pass is $20 each

- Tour guide is $25 for the whole day (since we went to the museum, we didn't really need one)

Day 3:
Tuktuk $15 + tip. Airport fare $4
There are 'short tour' options. Just ask your concierge. For our short tour, the tuktuk rental was $15

- Silk farm (free entrance)
The silk farm was nothing new. It was cute though and it's for free so you might as well go there. We learned a thing or two.

- Cultural Village ($15 entrance per person)
I would suggest going here. It's a huge place and it's fun to poke your head into replicas of 'villages'.

There are also some shows you can watch while exploring the place. Shows start at 2:00pm and there's a billboard where you can plan around the shows you want to watch.

Things to remember and try out :
- Don't forget your umbrella and sunblock. Death by roasting.
- Most menu prices are around $5 per dish. But there are some restos that have food at $3 or lower.
- Tuktuk fare is just $2 per way. Some drivers would ask for $3. Don't give in. Parang plus 50php lang yan sa mga cab drivers naten dito.

- Try out Blue Pumpkin. Their food is awesome.

- Red Piano in PubStreet is owned by Angelina Jolie. Yep.
- Try out the Cambodian BBQ places. The meat is very tasty!
- Eat at those street carts that sell $1 Khmer noodles! (That's if you're not very picky) We got addicted to it. Hmmm.. Now my craving is killing me. FML. Gotta google how to make those things.

Over all, I love Cambodia. I love how laid back it is. The kind of laid back where you can actually fall asleep mid-chew at any restaurant. Oh, which reminds me, don't order soup. Face planting into a soup is painful. I love the feel of the place. The people. The food. The sights. The oggling. The wow factors.

I will be reposting Aisa's very detailed version of the trip here. He he he. 'Til next time!

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