Siem Reap, Cambodia: I LOVE YOU

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The Thailand-Cambodia Border The Thailand-Cambodia Border © Danilo Ong

Travel Budget: $90 USD

Cambodia, the country I've been looking forward to visiting for this last year, came into reality as I visited it last month. Why do I love Cambodia? A bunch of reasons I have to share with you below that others should definitely know. :)

I Love Cambodia Because....

1.) is very convenient to travel from Thailand. From Bangkok's Hua Lamphong Train Station you may ride the Eastern Line and the trip will take around 5-6 hours. It's a third class seat and only costs 48 Thai baht ($1.50USD) but the seats are very comfortable spacious. Read more here: Train to Cambodia

Aranyaprathet Bound from Hua Lamphong
Aranyaprathet Bound from Hua Lamphong

Thailand Countryside
Thailand Countryside

2.) ...Cambodians are very hospitable and they always wear a smile on their faces!

Our Tuk-Tuk driver, Mr. Sokhom, was a very nice person and he share a lot of details about Cambodia's history. He is more concerned on his service to us rather than thinking of the money he will earn. He's such a very nice person! Read more here: Train to Cambodia

Mr. Sokhom: Driver Number 3609

Travel Tip

Hire a tuk-tuk for your one day trip to Angkor Historical Park. It is more afforable than multiple tuk-tuks and the driver can double as your tour guide.

The store vendors, shop owners, restaurant waiters and waitresses are also very kind. And guess what, they know a lot about the Philippines! The main reason is that Philippine TV shows are being shown here. Amazing!

3.) ...they have delicious foods. YES, the have very tasteful foods! Well actually the taste is somehow similar with Thai Food but there's a distinct taste I couldn't describe which made it more uniquely delicious.

4.) ...they have the world renowned Angkor Historical Park!

Angkor Wat
Angkor Wat

5.) ...the cost of living is cheaper than the Philippines! Siem Reap only has few skyways and highways, and they do not have any train system. A tuk-tuk ride would already suffice your transport needs. Tuk-tuk rides typically cost $1-2 USD.

Motorcycles in Siem Reap, Cambodia
Motorcycles are locals main method of transportation

6.) is simpler and slow-paced, which I perfectly wanted! Very simple life and simple infrastructures but very rich in heritage. Well, they do have KFC and other foreign fast food brands in the city, but local foods are still the best to try in town!

Kids in Siem Reap, Cambodia riding their bicycle after school
Kids riding their bicycles after school

Have you ever been to Cambodia?

Danilo Ong

I am young and I want to travel the world one step at a time



+1 # Rahma M 2015-02-15 14:47
Interesting, I also love Siem Reap. I think it's one my favorite corner in SEA. I've never made to the capital yet, and really want to make it this year.

Angkor archaeological complex is not worth it for one day pass only IMO, I really want to come back and purchase a 3 day pass. I explored Siem Reap & Angkor by bicycle, it's very flat city, it was fun cycling around 30km to see this magical place, it feels like we're brought into different dimension, love to bike and wander to wonder alone there, jungle on my right and left.. and listen to sound of nature. I write about Siem Reap on my blog.. with video, feel free to have a look 8) :roll:
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