“A famous explorer once said, that the extraordinary is in what we do, not who we are. I’d finally set out to make my mark; to find adventure. But instead adventure found me. In our darkest moments, when life flashes before us, we find something; Something that keeps us going. Something that pushes us.”
As soon as Pooh stepped into Cambodia’s unfamiliar soil, Pooh knows that this adventure is one for the books. Pooh loves that feeling wherein you’re just about to discover a new place.
As a bear coming from the Philippines, Pooh was not required to have a Visa to enter the country but if you are planning to go here and you need one, you just have to go to the left side counters near the entrance. It’s easy to see as there are signs everywhere.
While waiting on our turn on the immigrations, this statue greeted us, giving Pooh a glimpse on the culture we’ll experience for the next couple days.
Arriving at night, Pooh already coordinated with Saem Siem Reap Hotel to pick us up on the airport. The airport was just 15 mins away from the hotel. (Honestly, their 15 minute drive can just be a 5-10 minute drive here in the Philippines as their average driving speed feels like it’s only 20km/hr XD). Pooh retired for the night excited for the Grand Tour of the city.
Pooh woke up at 5:30 am to get ready for breakfast. Cambodia’s time is an hour earlier than that of the Philippines. We had our breakfast on the Silver Restaurant. The restaurant’s breakfast buffet was a mix of Asian and Western food to accommodate the different nationalities checking in at the hotel.
After breakfast and a quick bath, Pooh went to the lobby to hire a tuktuk. It was easy to book a tour since you just have to go to the concierge and they will be the ones to coordinate with the drivers.
As a country that receives a lot of foreigners everyday, Cambodia made sure that they will be able to maintain the culture by having restrictions and guidelines when visiting the temples. One of them is making sure that all visitors have to avail of a Angkor pass to be able to see the different temples. Visitors have to go to the official ticket sales booths located at a checkpoint between the Siem Reap Airport and the Angkor Complex to buy the Angkor passes. Pooh availed of the 3 day pass to make the best out of his 5 day vacation.
Below are the fees for the Visitor Pass as of February 2015.
1. One day US$ 20 (Photo required)
2. Three days visit per one week validity US$ 40 (Photo required)
3. Seven days visit per one month validity US$ 60 (Photo required)
After buying the tickets, the tuktuk driver proceeded to the road leading us to the Grand Tour. It was a good thing that Pooh decided to take this tour first as this is the less commercialized tour. Also, the temples included in this tour are smaller according to the driver. 🙂