Updated – 27/7/2009
We had 3 options on mode of transportation from Phnom Penh to Siam Reap.
Option 1 – Boat.
But the water was too shallow at that time so the boat services was put on pause too.
Option 2 – Flight.
The cute hotel staff checked the flight schedule and the price for us and we responded with a sour face.
USD95, one way. For a domestic flight that takes less than an hour.
We wouldn’t mind if we’ll be staying in Siam Reap for few days, but.. it’s a one-day trip! Such a waste right? Yes, it saves us a lot of time but rationally, it’s just not worth to spend so much money for a one-day trip.
Option 3 – Bus.
USD6 one way. Cheapest of all.
But it takes 6 hours per trip, 12 hours on the road just for a round trip.
Meaning, we won’t have much time going about in Angkor. So, what’s the point?
. . . . . . . . =(
We were so disappointed with the options, feeling sad over it and thinking if we want to spend so much just for Angkor, the friendly hotel staff gave us option 4.
Option 4 – Private taxi.
The condition of the car is way better those you flag on the street, you get to go and stop at whatever place you want and it takes 4 hours for one way.
Price, USD 90 one way.
Without any option, we chose the semi-luxurious way.
Hire the private taxi. But at the price half of the quickest way, by plane.
Here, let me analyse.
Yes, it’s an hour to travel by plane. But don’t forget about the check-in time! You’ll have to spend an hour waiting in the not-so-interesting airport waiting to board. And it will be like 2 hours for one way, and not 1 hour as you thought. And also, the taxi fare to travel to the airport.
It's USD180 for a round trip but that’s the price of hiring the whole cab to yourself. There’s the two of us to split the fare and that makes USD 90 per person. Not bad right? (It will be even cheaper if you have like 4 or 5 person sharing it. The hotel staff told us that she used this method too bringing the whole family and it’s very cheap and fun comparing to others) You get to enjoy the scenery of all the kampungs and the life styles of the locals and it is very different from the city.
Sounds like a good deal now isn’t it?
The taxi picked us up at 6am, hence we had to wake up at like…. 5.15 ~ 5.30am. So early can die.
But once Mau drew the curtain, we were shocked to see how bright it was outside!
Okay, we left our room at 6am but I wanted to have a quick breakfast first because I’m a breakfast-person while Mau is not. That’s why she called me si-Makan. Everyday must breakfast.
Concentrating on my food.
And the little bottle on the right of the photo, that’s natural yoghurt.. which I initially thought it was milk until I used the spoon and scooped it. Yes I know, I wasn’t suppose to leave the spoon standing like that, macam offering to the ghost.
I miss my hair band….
My cute flower hair band which I left in the taxi….
Anyway, back to the road trip.
It was really interesting for me as I’m someone easily amused and very sakai (pasal never travel out from ASEAN). I kept taking pictures about things that amused me while Mau just…..
snoozed dozed off.
For a 4 hours road trip, she slept for 3 hours.. minimum.
So you can guess how bored I was having no one to talk to, wondering how sweet is Mau’s dream because even a sudden bump / emergency break / taxi driver talking out loud on the phone / constant car-honking wouldn’t wake her up.
Like, sakai-ing over…
Wow! One motorbike pulling off a cart with like… more than 10 people on it!
The Cambodians really fully utilize their vehicles. I had not came across any empty cars or carts because they were all stocked up to the max.
Take No.2 (above picture) for example.
A normal van, with 6 people on the top. And inside the car, there’re more at the back. Jam-packed until they couldn’t get the door close!
*enlarge pupils + jaw drop*
Of course, there were also serene scenery that makes potential wallpaper if equipped with a good camera.
The road was quite narrow and there were bullock carts, horse carts, tractors, motor cyclists, buses, lorries, even some unknown military vehicle that looked like a tanker to me on the road. Whenever drivers wish to overtake, they will keep honking until they successfully overtake.
One word, majal.
The lorry had a puncture.
It looked so scary to me! Can you see how high up the goods were piled? Those were fertilizers / rice / I don’t know and not cotton wool okay! Even if it’s cotton wool, it is still very dangerous isn’t it?
And on the left in the above picture, you can see a tractor slowly pulling some materials with a man sitting on it too. Now imagine, how slow was it going and how long we had to wait in order to overtake the crazy lorry?
Not one tractor, but two!
If you can survive Brunei – KK road trip, Phnom Penh to Siam Reap will be a piece of cake for you. It was quite smooth as the road was way less bumpier and there’s a lot of things to see from the window. Need I say more?
4 hours later…
We finally reached Angkor!
We were so hyped seeing this.. Yes, we fall for gimmicks easily.
Introducing you our driver and the humble modified Camry who brought us all the way.
The car does not have any license plate on it.
And no, I did not strike it out with a pen tool.
Most cars we saw in Cambodia do not have license plates!
I felt I was dreaming when I saw the magnificent Angkor Wat right before my eyes. My birthday wish came true finally! Even until today, thinking of it still gets my adrenaline going.
(If you’re not interested in Angkor Wat, the upcoming photos will probably make you yawn)
It was written in the Lonely Planet that we shouldn’t be wearing shorts and there’s sarongs for rent if dressed inappropriately. We were so prepared to take out our wallets and pay and the rental fee but no one approached us and we saw a lot of other people wearing shorts as well. Guess it doesn’t matter anymore.
We thought “that’s it” when we’re at the outer wall and saw another walkway at the back of it.
Headless statue again. Fine opportunity to have a little fun out of it.
I’m guessing… the heads of those statues were either vandalized or stolen and sold to antique collectors. I don’t know about you but, I will think that there’s spirit living inside the heads and I am so not going to keep it at home.
Two boys doing a kampung-Ayer stunt in the pool of Angkor Wat.
I wanted to capture the moment and once they saw me taking pictures, they immediately came out from the water, equipped themselves with the pity look and
“Miss, one dollar please… one dollar.. miss… one dollar…”
Our driver didn’t talk much to us. Can say… not at all actually.
After Angkor Wat, we just told him we wanted to eat and without a second word, he drove us to this “street” of restaurants.
Don’t bother putting on any makeup ladies, or gentlemen… It will melt right after you stepped down the car and all you need is sunscreen lotion and an umbrella or cap.
Paiseh ah.. really very slow eh I blog.
Sampai people thought I went to Cambodia/Thailand for the second time. LOL
Where got so rich….
Hot Air Baloon, USD35 per person for I forgot how many minutes in the air.
Anyway, we didn’t get to ride on it because it is only available in the morning. So remember that people, if you want to have a ride on it.
I’m not quite used to it actually.
Because in most temple, its up to us whether we want to tian-you-qian or not one mah.. this one like, kena forced.
Okay, here comes the interesting part..
Our driver stopped by a petrol station.
The petrol station attendant then took out a funny looking piston….
and filled it in!
So so so weird kan!
And Mau found out what was it about.
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Pablo recommended some halal restaurants for us to try out..
The name of the halal restaurant is, “HALAL RESTAURANT”
Back to the hotel.
Okay, finally finish!
Day 6 – I promise I will blog all in one go.