|Tickets into the temples $40 CRISPY American dollabills|
|Angkor Thom - Bayon|
|Crossing the Boarder|
This was quite the journey. When we were planning this epic trip we had a few options for travel along the way. We mostly chose to take a plane to save some time. But we wanted to throw a wrench in that plan just once (save some $$, and I think the quote 'it's the journey not the destination' was said a few times). So we took a Cab 6 hours from Bangkok to Siem Reap (sounds so easy when I say it like that).
|Our Cab driver to the boarder|
YOU SEE, you can't just casually jaunt across the Thailand/Cambodian boarder. First, you need a Visa. This is something you can do at the boarder, HOWEVER there are SO many scams/buildings at the boarder, that we just made our lives easier and applied for one online. It took 3 days to e-mail back and we just printed it out at home and brought it will us to the boarder. SUPER EASY.
Once we had a Visa, we'd need the transportation. We had the option of a Plane, Bus or Cab. We ruled plane out and started looking at Busses. There are a few options for busses across the boarder, however, the cost of the bus + a taxi in Bangkok to the bus station = A cab the entire way (LOL). So, Cab it was. BUT, I didn't want to just pick a random Joe (sorry, joe) off the street and see if he/she wanted to drive us for a few hours in (hopefully) the right direction (don't trust anyone in Bangkok) to the boarder, to then find another cab to take us the rest of the way (Cab's can't pass through). I found this company, Global Travel Mate, online that has worked with taxi drivers in Thailand/Cambodia. So I e-mailed them and Jeroen set EVERYTHING up. It was amazing, a life saver, and a sanity saver on this long (6 hour) travel day.
|Ta Phrom (where Tomb Raider was filmed)|
|Angkor Thom - Bayon|
We spent our two days there pretty similarly. Woke up in the morning to see temples, spent the afternoon chilling in the pool/napping, then went out to Pub Street for dinner/shopping. We got a Tuk Tuk driver the first day who then became our personal chauffeur the rest of the time there. We paid him $20 a day to be our on-hand guy when we wanted to go up to the temples. Over 2 days we went to about 10 temples in the area.
|Flat tire break!|
Where to stay in Siem Reap:
We stayed at The Siem Reap Hostel and thought it was perfect. There are 6 bed dorms there that we stayed in, places under your bed to lock things if you're into that, a pool and bar/food area, and AIR CONDITIONING. Oh, and the POOL, life saver/game changer. It was the perfect afternoon/evening refresher that we needed after sweating outside for a few hours. Also, this place was less than a 5 minute walk to Pub Street which was nice.
|Casual game of chicken on a toy reindeer anyone?!|
|Thai Iced Tea = Heavenly|
These might just be 'i'm not from a 3rd world' diva comments, but they were things we didn't know prior to coming, so here ya go!
>>Toilet paper: basically a sin to throw down the toilet. They are really good about switching out the trash, which is nice, but yeah. All toilet paper/toiletries go into the trash, or you'll clog it up #embarassing
>>The first night in Siem Reap the power went out. Which was FINE because we were sleeping but OMGAIRCONDITIONING. We all mildly panicked at the thought of a night without AC, but it came back on less than 5 minutes later. This happened a few times each night/day. Cambodia doesn't produce any electricity and gets it from Thailand - so it's not so reliable.
>>Barter your brains out! Nothing is marked with a price in these countries, and even if it is, it's just a suggestion. So cut their offer in half and work your way to an agreement from there!
Have any questions? Let me know!