Trip to Cambodia – 10 to 18 January 2019

We took budget Jetstar for 3 persons cost S$656. Flight time 2 hours 15 minutes to Siem Reap International Airport. Time difference between Cambodia and Singapore is one hour difference. Cambodia is behind Singapore. We gain one hour on reaching Cambodia.

From Airport, we rode on a tuk tuk, a motorbike pulling a carriage for 4 persons. This tuk tuk can take 3 luggages and 3 persons from airport to hotel!

Siem Reap (3 days)
Siem Reap is the city to see the World Heritage sites of Angkor Wat and Angkor Thom with The Bayon temple in the centre of it. Besides these two, we visited Ta Prohm also. We hired a tuk tuk to take us to these three sites. The cost was US$20 for a short tour.

Angkor Wat is well preserved and millions of visitors descended on this Wat (temple). We spent 2 hours in the morning exploring this site. As the heat can be unbearable in late morning onwards, early morning visit is recommended.

Next stop was the walled ancient city of Angkor Thom. In the centre of it is The Bayon temple with four-face towers. Four humongous faces for each tower and there are 54 such towers.

Ta Prohm is the place where the temple is set in a forested area. Gigantic strangler fig trees and Kapok trees wrap round the temple structures and displace slab blocks from them. Scenes of Tomb Raider were shot in this temple. Restoration work is on-going to put these slab blocks back in their places.

You need a day-pass of US$37 per person to see these sites.

Battambang (2 days)
After Siem Reap, we took a car transport to another city, Battambang. This car continued to take us to few sites in Battambang. Hiring this car ride cost us US$140. Sites visited include the Bamboo Train, Wat Banon, Phnom Sampov, the Bat Cave and the Killing Cave.

For the night, we watched the Circus Show at Phare Ponleu Selpak (Brightness of the Arts) training school. This show had an Apsara Dance followed by human acrobatic performances. Cost was US$14 per person.

Phnom Penh (4 days)
The last leg of the trip is Phnom Penh, the capital city of Cambodia. We took a 6-hour ride on a minivan that can carry 12 people including the driver. The ride was bumpy with very uneven roads towards the city. The cost was US$13 per person.

We then did a river cruise at 5.15 – 6.10 pm along Tonle Sap River to see the sunset over the riverfront. Cost was US$5 per person.

The next two days were spent on visiting places in the city. First day was market-hopping, Olympic Market, Boeng Keng Kang Market, Central Market. We had been to Independence Monument and Statue of King Norodom Sihanouk nearby. The second day was spent visiting The Royal Palace and the Silver Pagoda (in the same compound) in the morning. There are two windows in the day to visit them. The morning one starts 7.30 am to 11.00 am. The afternoon one starts 2.00 pm to 5.00 pm. Cost was US$10 per person. Check the opening hours for the day before going there. Other places visited include Wat Phnom and the French designed Post Office nearby.

Accommodations
At Siem Reap, we stayed at Golden Banana Residence (US$112.20 for three nights).
At Battambang, we stayed at Jasmine Hotel & Skybar (US$70 for two nights).
At Phnom Penh, we stayed at Envoy Hostel (US$112.50 for three nights).

Total Costs
S$2,545 or S$850 per person

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tuk tuk, common transport
Sunset over river front. Background is Royal Palace
The Independence Monument and Statue of King Norodom Sihanouk behind to the right.
Silver Pagoda
Silver Pagoda
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