Saturday, September 24, 2011

Kingdom of Cambodia Trip - History, Dark Ages and Cultural

On 14 September until 17 September me and my family having a trip to Cambodia. Using Air Asia as our carrier, it provide us a very little amount of money to buy a ticket  and needs us nearly 1 year to make this trip happened. So I purchased the ticket on 9 Nov 2010  and just a couple weeks ago we landed on this beautiful country. Just go trough with the pictures below and it shown how the trip went well or not...

Day 1: Kuala Lumpur - Phnom Penh
Departured from LCCT at 6.45 a.m , arrived at 7.35 a.m (local time), check in hotel at The Green House, then did touring in Phnom Penh city.
Using Tuk-Tuk as our main transportation to move around in  Phnom Penh city
Visiting Tuol Sleng Genocide Museum, where all the victims been tortured before moved to Killing Field
The Killing Fields of Choeung Ek, behind us is a Stupa for thousand of victim's skull include women, children and men.
Wat Phnom in Phnom Penh city center, just a temple with beautiful garden, museum and elephant too.
Buying souvenir at Central Market and Russian Market, the shopkeeper know how to speak Malay.

Day 2: Phnom Penh - Siem Reap
Go to Siem Reap at 7.30 am by bus  and arrived there about 2.30 pm, journey took about 5~6 hours, Siem Reap in flood but luckily it starting to receding at the time we arrived. Supposedly we check in at the Cambodia Backpack Guesthouse, but because of their admin stupidity we had to check in to another hotel and it need more cost, damn it Cambodia Backpack Guesthouse. We check in at Tan Kang Angkor Hotel, it $20 pernight and they are so clean and worth it  to stay in compared to Cambodia Backpack Guesthouse. Then we went to Central Market, ate Dinner and went through to Pub Street and also Angkor Night Market.

Kampong Thom is located in the middle route between Phnom Penh and Siem Reap (300++ km)
Water starting to recede, lucky for us
Pub Street, went trough it, took a picture and obviously did not enter the pubs.
Angkor Night Market, lots of shirt, handcraft from local and the price not too differ compare to other markets
Day 3:  Siem Reap - Phnom Penh
Early morning we all went to Angkor Wat, the main reason why tourists came to Cambodia. It has lot of temples which are Angkor Wat itself, Bayon Temple ,The Elephant Terrace and Ta Prohm. We took about 4 hours for detour and back to Siem Reap city for brunch at Kampong Muslims before we departure back to Phnom Penh. Check in back again at The Green House.

Sunrise at Angkor Wat
The Elephant Terrace
Bayon, stone faces, we mimic them
At Ta Prohm, place where Tomb Raider been filmed
Mosque at Kampong Muslims it very near to city center
Restaurant own by Imam here and reasonable price for halal food
Phnom Pehn Night Market, this market is similar to normal "pasar malam" in Malaysia.

Day 4: Phnom Pehn - Kuala Lumpur
 Check out from hotel than ready for departure from Phnom Pehn to Kuala Lumpur, before depart we all been imposed with PSC (Passenger Service Charge), $25 for adult and $13 for child. But now since 1 April 2011 Air Asia had included PSC in their booking ticket.

Overall, this trip is awesome and maybe i come back again to explore more Siem Reap province and Angkor Wat Park.

p/s: already bought a ticket to Jakarta next year and will be going to Bandung by using Jakarta as my interchange station.