Monday, December 22, 2014

Cambodia trip (16 - 21 Dec 2014)

Preparations:


Maps, bookings and details all printed out. Allocation of budget...

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Flight details:

Flight DetailsBooking Date: 07 Nov 2014
DateFlight NumberDepartingArriving
Tue 16 Dec 20143K601
Airbus A320
Flight Duration:  2hr 25min
Singapore
Tue 16 Dec 2014
1350 hr / 1:50 pm
Changi Airport - Terminal 1
Siem Reap
Tue 16 Dec 2014
1515 hr / 3:15 pm
Siem Reap International Airport - International Terminal
Sun 21 Dec 20143K594
Airbus A320
Flight Duration:  2hr 0min
Phnom Penh
Sun 21 Dec 2014
1510 hr / 3:10 pm
Phnom Penh International Airport - International Terminal
Singapore
Sun 21 Dec 2014
1810 hr / 6:10 pm
Changi Airport - Terminal 1
Cost: $492.00 SGD


Singapore to Siem Reap International Airport (Credits to Google Maps) is about 2hours.


Phnom Penh International Airport to Singapore Airport (Credits to Google Maps)

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Siem Reap

16 Dec 2014


Seat 1A: The one closest to the door...


And the flight was delayed for about 1hr from the planned departure time due to the waste collection truck issue.


Reaching Siem Reap


Siem Reap International Airport. There were the custom declaration and the health declaration (probably because of the Ebola).


Mad Monkey Siem Reap: my 6-bed dorm (USD$16 for 2 nights). Bed was big and comfortable.


Rooftop bar: The ground is filled with sand.


Pool


First meal at Siv Long after being bedridden for the whole day due to headache and vomiting.


Noodle soup for USD$2.00

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17 Dec 2014

Trying out the Gibbon Quad Adventure. Signed up for a USD$129 package which includes:
- Pick up from Mad Monkey Siem Reap at around 7am
- Zipline inside Angkor Archeological Park
* 21 platforms high in the treetops
* 10 thrilling ziplines
* 4 sky bridges spanning hundreds of metres
- Lunch at Palmboo restaurant near Ta Phrom temple (drinks not included)
- Transfer to Quad Adventure Cambodia headquarters
- Quad bike tour: 45 kms (2h15mns ++)
- Drop off to back to Mad Monkey Siem Reap around 3:30pm


Angkor World Heritage ticket: USD$40 for 3-days. A photo will be taken at the ticketing office so that the pass is non-transferable and you have to present your pass at every temple you visit. It is recommended to get a holder for your pass to prevent losing or damaging it.


Flight of Gibbons


Safety equipment area. The staff were helpful to assist you putting on the equipment.


Ziplines: For every station, the guide will do all the necessary rigging and setup. All you need is to enjoy the scenery. This is unlike Singapore's Bedok Forest Adventure that requires individual to do all the safety hook-ups.


For those who wants to bring their own camera, do consider how you want to secure the camera to yourself. The guide will not be responsible for any loss or damage to the camera and they were given specific instructions not to help customer take photos. I had the GoPro attached to my harness and subsequently transferred it to my hand setup. For those who wanted to mount on the helmet, recommend to use the vented-helmet strap.


Bridge


The longest zipline is about 300m in length at the height of about 45m


Abseil down the final station.


Photo with Tida and Sokha


After lunch, continued with the ATV Quad Adventure


I was given a helmet with GoPro mount that I can use.


Dusty road.




Halfway swapped the GoPro to the hand... But realised that the bumpy route makes the GoPro unstable.


The ATV Quad bike was challenging to handle at the start. After gain much control over the vehicle, the ride starts to get monotonous and somehow boring. Recommend only for a short ride, as it can be bumpy and tiring to the hand. Perhaps a well cushioned glove will be useful to improve the comfort of the grip.


Map credits to Quad Adventure Cambodia Siem Reap


Paid USD$7.00 for Tuktuk to visit Angkor Wat for sunset






Reflection from the pond


Sunset


Pub Street




Grilled chicken burger for USD$6.00


Triangle Restaurant and Lounge Bar




April

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18 Dec 2014

Booked the Tuktuk for the temple visit for USD$30 via the Mad Monkey Siem Reap. However, based on Facebook groups, the market rate is about USD$15.00




Prasat Bayon


Bayon, being one of the more popular site, was full of tourist which makes taking pictures a challenge.






Baphuon




Nature trying to take back the land...




Preah Pithu V




Long walk in Angkor Thom


Preah Khan






Neak Pean Temple is mainly surrounded by water bodies.


Ta Saom Temple


Eastern Mebon




Lunch


Prae Roup Temple








Banteay Kdei




Ta Prohm - The film location for Tomb Raider by Angelina Jolie






It was too cloudy at Phnom Bakheng for sunset shots


Dinner


Triangle again for the final night at Siem Reap


Joyce, Eunice and April



Booking Detail
Reference Code
1100PM18122014
Issued Date09:30 AM Nov 11, 2014
NameALVIN ZHANG
Contact
E-mail
Titcket Price15 $
Credit Card Processing Fee1.00 $
Amount1
Total16.00 $
Travel Detail
Ticket NoCustomerDestinationTravel DateSeatPickup
000428452ALVIN ZHANGSiem Reap - Phnom Penh11:00 PM - Dec 18, 20143-ANo Pickup required
DepartingArriving
Siem Reap: Giant Ibis Office
No 252, Phum Viheachen, Sangkat Svay Dangkum
Phnom Penh: Giant Ibis Office
7E0, Road 106, Sangkat Doun Penh, Khan Doun Penh
Taking Giant Ibis‏ Transport from Siem Reap to Phnom Penh... USD$16 (SGD $21.31). Booking and payment done online.


Giant ibis is located near Pub street and the night market.


Able to lie down in the bus, and there is a power socket available to charge your devices. Water and snacks not included. It will be good to bring your own.

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Phnom Penh

19 Dec 2014


Arrival at Phnom Penh at about 6am... First meal...


Cambodia Post Office


Kandal Market


Decho Meas Decho Yat, with Wat Ounalom in the background


Flags of numerous countries


Just outside the Royal Palace


Samdech Chuon Nath Statue


Statue of King Father Norodom Sihanouk


Independence Monument


Long walk along the river side from the Giant ibis drop-off point to the Mad Monkey hostel


Mad Monkey Phnom Penh: I arrived at about 8:40am and too early to check-in...


Cat Cafe by ebada: For cover charge of USD$5.00, you have a drink and a small packet of pet food for the kitties and puppies.


Kitties that just woke up.


Just feed me already!


Puppies too


The 11 graves of the last victims of S21 in the Tuol Sleng Genocide Museum


Torture bed


#1 of Khmer Rouge: Pol Pot


Barbed wire to prevent prisoners from escaping


Rooms in the S21 further sub-divided


Human remains


Innovative method of drying fish


Lunch by the roadside store


Ou Ruessei Market


The Russian market is buzzing with activities with stores selling fashion products, food, appliances to almost anything.






Fortune telling


Meat store


Live chicken killing area




Central Market


Somehow, Central Market does not offer as much photography opportunity compared to the Russian market even though it has a nice architecture.


Yeay Penh Statue


Wat Phnom




In front of the Royal Palace


Cambodia flag


Not all the building in the Royal Palace compound is opened to the public.


The Silver Pagoda


Stupa of King Norodom Suramarit




Meow


Cambodia-Vietnam Friendship Monument


Independence Monument and Statue of King Father Norodom Sihanouk by night


Met Andy, and we had dinner at Chak Tomuk Restaurant. USD$17.25 for 2 person. We had seafood fried rice, roasted chicken and squid.


Pyongyang Koryo Restaurant - The North Korean restaurant. A peek through the glass door doesn't reveal much. Attempted to explore, but reviews indicate expensive food with below average quality. Novelty is what makes this restaurant special, and there will be performance by the North Korean. Side note: there's a South Korean restaurant just across the road.


Pubs and bars


Night market


Drinking back at Mad Monkey

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20 Dec 2014

Aircon was spoilt in Canopy Dorm, so I moved to Orangutan Dorm; which was much better.


Breakfast


Local market - Psar Kabko








Wat Thann


Dragon Bridge


Morning walk to AEON mall


AEON Mall


Swan bridge


Mini amusement park


Diamond Island Park


National Assembly


Go to level 8 of Sorya Shopping Center, it offers a nice bird's eye view of Phnom Penh as it is probably the one of the tallest building so far


Master Grill - The chicken and fries are awesome, and of course the view


Vattanac Capital


View from Sorya Shopping Center


Sunset


back at AEON


Changed to new room because the previous dorm aircon was not working


Street 51


Dinner was street food again


Club Pontoon - USD$30.00 for a bottle of white wine.



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21 Dec 2014


A breakfast that taste horrible


Tuktuk to Airport was USD$7




Quick bite before departure. Croissant was good




Preparing to take off...


Good bye






SIM card is available at the Airport at price as affordable as USD$2.00. The staff will do the setup for you. Coverage at both Siem Reap and Phnom Penh is generally good except at the Angkor Heritage area.

More pictures:
- Siem Reap, Cambodia (16 - 18 Dec 2014)
- Phnom Penh (19 - 21 Dec 2014)

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