A blog post that should have been written October 9th, 2016… Finally come to life!
The first week of October is the Chinese National Holiday. All of the Chinese people head out of the big cities to visit their family. So, with my brand new permanent residency visa (this allows me to come and go in and out of China) in my passport, I too headed out to visit… Cambodia!!!
So, we boarded our flight to Phnom Penh for the first day of our adventure. When we got there, of course we had to clear customs and get our Cambodian Visa. This costs about $35 US plus the extra $2 US that I had to pay because I did not have a passport picture with me.
Once we had settled into our hotel, we visited a temple called the Wat Phenom Historical Site. It was pretty, but not a lot to see there.
The next day we boarded a bus for a 6 hour drive to Siem Reap. When booking the trip, we had decided to fly into Phnom Penh even though we didn’t want to spend much time there because it saved us $300 cdn instead of flying directly into Siem Reap – then for about $15 cdn and a 6 hour bus ride, we could get to Siem Reap. The bus was a bit boring, but we did see a few near-collisions, lots of scenery, cattle, and some motorcycles carrying the most interesting loads:
We made it to Siem Reap .. and of course, our first night had to be spent on Pub Street. Even if you are not a pub goer, there are a lot of good restaurants to eat at – and so, I would say it is a must see. In addition, there is tons of shopping all around Pub Street for blocks and blocks in each direction, so you will probably end up there either way!
In the next post… it’s all about the temples!!!
Lesson learned: Look around for ways to save some money – like making a 1 day side trip to Phnom Penn and bussing to Siem Reap to save about $300!