Wednesday, May 20, 2015

Rambler of Cambodia: Phnom Penh-Siem Reap (5D 4N)

Plz note actual date went to Cambodia was on 12-16 February, 2015 (5D 4N).

Flag and map was taken from google images
Hehee kali ni aku nk share experiences pegi Kemboja; salah satu negara indochina yang pernah dijajah oleh Perancis dan Vietnamese (Khmer Rouge).

Phnom Penh, Cambodia
Time = UTC/GMT +7
Currency = KHR (Khmer Riel) and USD (US Dollar); USD1=KHR4000 (standart)
Currency rate = 3.58 (e.g USD1 = RM3.58)
Language = Khmer

We bought the ticket KL-Phnom Penh since last year (2014), however the returned flight from Siem Reap to KL, we bought it on Jan 2015, which was a month before we departed. Our journey was 2 nights at Phnom Penh and 2 nights at Siem Reap.

Rambler of Cambodia: Phnom Penh (Day 1st)

Our airplane was fueling while waiting the passengers to take their seats.

As usual for foreign travelers, we have to fill up the form; arrival and departure card, health declaration, and customs and excise form.

Alhamdulillah, our plane touched down safely at the Phnom Penh Airport. What a surprise; at the exit doorway I saw Costa Coffee! First time I came across it was last year in Manchester and I thought I wouldn’t get it again.

Before exit the airport, my fren bought a local sim card at booth nearby. Each of the booths stated their telco package was the best. Plz note to choose wisely, based on your usage, e.g call more or data more. Do not influenced by their packages, or else you’ll ended up regret and misspend cuz didn’t use much.

We meet up with our tuk-tuk driver; Dahlan (contact no: 0974640706) and went to the accommodation to freshen up. The traffic was congested and the road was dusty, we didn’t have any face mask, and hence we covered with our stole. Amongst the places we passed by were Confederation de la Russie road and Russei Keo (based on smart phone’s geotagging) and it took approximately 30 minutes ride from airport to our lodging. 

Once reached our accommodation; we checked in Velkommen Guesthouse USD56 per room for 2 nights. The room furnished with 2 double beds, air-cond, fan, mini fridge, tv, coffee table and attached bathroom. I dun mind stayed at guesthouse as long as the bathroom is attached with the room.

After freshened up, we went to Sisowath Quay and enjoyed the riverside seascape and the esplanade along the banks of Mekong and Tonle Sap River. Picture above was taken from the esplanade.

Then, we dropped by at Royal Palace at Chamkarmon and it almost dusk. As per understanding, Royal Palace Phnom Penh is based on Khmer architecture and was built by French technology.

Both pictures was taken while onboard a tuk-tuk
We hang around town by tuk-tuk ride and passed by the independent monument, liberations memorials and others monuments.

We had a dinner in Halal Restaurant at Sangkat Phsar Kandal 1 area. This restaurant served Khmer, Malaysia and Western meal.

Before returned to lodging, we managed to walk around the Phnom Penh Night Market area. We didn’t buy much as we planned to buy in bulk at Phnom Penh Central Market (Regie Du Marche Central) as I was informed it was cheaper.

Rambler of Cambodia:
Phnom Penh (Day 1st)

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