I was overwhelmed that my last post on "What I Like And Dislike About Cambodia" arouse the interest of my co bloggers to see the place. Many had expressed their interest to visit the country and make it a part of their "must see" destinations. Well...to assist them in their plans to visit Cambodia someday, I've decided to dedicate this post in giving some useful information about what can you expect to see here.
When I first came here in 2007, Cebu Pacific flights are not available yet and I used to fly with Philippine Air Lines whenever I go back home in the Philippines. Philippine Airlines fare is quite expensive, normally $450 for a two way ticket. Good thing that Cebu Pacific open flights to Hoh Chi Min City, Vietnam or more popularly known as Saigon. Since then, I always fly via Cebu Pacific as they are offering very affordable fares. Before Cebu Pacific, there is no direct flight to Cambodia, so our only option is to get here via Saigon, Bangkok or Malaysia if you are taking the Air Asia flight from Clark, but this is more inconvenient since you have to take two legs of flight. April of this year, Cebu Pacific again, has opened a direct flight to Cambodia via Siem Riep and this made all the Filipinos staying in Cambodia happier as there are more options available and more convenient.
This is a good news for those who would like to visit Cambodia for a tour. Why did I say so? Because normally, people are visiting Cambodia because of it's famous Angkor Wat. This is Cambodia's pride and many people from Asia and western countries are so eager to have a glimpse of the legendary "Angkor Wat". Angkor Wat is located right on Siem Riep so it would be cheaper and easier to visit the place now that Cebu Pacific has a direct flight to Siem Riep Cambodia.
Around 4 hours travel by bus from Siem Riep, you will have the chance to visit the country's capital Phnom Penh and have a tour of the Royal Palace and the National Museum. Around Phnom Penh, there are lots of must see places like the newly opened cinema, various and exciting restaurants and be delighted to go for a traditional Khmer massage on numerous spas around the city. Accommodation will never be a problem as there are lots of hotels and guest houses around the area on both Siem Riep and Phnom Penh that will suit your budget. You will also never go home empty handed as there are lots of souvenir items available on their famous Central Market and Russian Market where you can buy lots of silks which is the trademark of Cambodia. Other souvenir items are also available for a cheap price. You just have to haggle the price with the friendly stall owners and you are sure to get some bargains which most Filipinos loved.
I might be posting more of the exciting places in Cambodia on my future posts, so please stay tuned.
Have a great week!