Siem Reap: Ain't Nobody Got Cash For That

Traveling alone is fun every once in a while but traveling with your best friend will always be priceless. It’s nice to have a soul sister who is totally in sync with your wanderlust. One hectic morning at work I received a message from my best friend in which she said, “SIEM REAP CAMBODIA, 4000PHP, G?” And all it took was one letter to make this trip a reality: G!

Siem Reap, Cambodia – known for its significant temples built during the 12th century namely the infamous Angkor Wat. Honestly, I was hesitant to stay in Siem Reap for six days because there’s nothing else to see but temples and beer. Fast forward to the trip, I take back every hint of doubt that I said!  Khmer/Angkorian architecture blew me away with its aesthetics and intricate designs. Every corner, ceiling, wall and floor was built with creativity, authenticity and HANDS. Siem Reap is art!

Pak Ganern feeling Vogue!

Pak Ganern feeling Vogue!

Bike rentals were very cheap compared to a tub tsk tour so we decided to really make the most of our budget and worked our legs off! Ain't nobody got cash for that tuk tuk tour!  Day 1 - 30 km Day 2- 20 km Day 3 - 45 km 

Bike rentals were very cheap compared to a tub tsk tour so we decided to really make the most of our budget and worked our legs off! Ain't nobody got cash for that tuk tuk tour!

Day 1 - 30 km Day 2- 20 km Day 3 - 45 km 

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    Blind door at Banteay Srei flanked with colonettes. Look at the details!

Blind door at Banteay Srei flanked with colonettes. Look at the details!

At Preach Khan Temple

At Preach Khan Temple

Trying to pose as a Khmer princess inside Angkor Wat.

Trying to pose as a Khmer princess inside Angkor Wat.

An ephemeral encounter with the young ones.

An ephemeral encounter with the young ones.

My favourite temple: Bayon Temple

My favourite temple: Bayon Temple

How can you not adore these smiling giants?

How can you not adore these smiling giants?

The best friend a.k.a main tita: @zetcuenca

The best friend a.k.a main tita: @zetcuenca

Travel Notes

 

How To Get There?

  • Be like a vulture and watch out for the promos! You can always directly fly to Siem Reap. We got out tickets for only 4000 pesos (86++USD)
  • Asians don't require visas to enter Siem Reap

Where to Stay?

Pool Party Hostel, Krong Siem Reap, Cambodia

What to do in Siem Reap?

  • Definitely rent a bike to go around town.
  •  Never miss out on those 50c beers in Pub Street.
  • Temple hopping– if you think you can bike around the temples then do it! It is an amazing experience. Otherwise rent a tuk tuk to take you to the temples.
  • Eat some sugar and lime pancakes in Pub Street – my favourite.
  •  Make the most out of the 1$ noodle stalls.
  • Buy some pants in the market – if you’re on budget be weary of the market sellers they are good at luring you into buying their products!
  • Get a massage at the night market for 2$ - they even offer you draft beers and they have wifi!
  • Chill at Blue Pumpkin

Life Hacks in Siem Reap

  • Bring USDs then split your budget per day and segregate them using envelopes. The challenge it to use the money inside one envelope per day.
  • Get the 3 day pass to explore the temples. I swear you won't be able to see them all in a day. A one day pass will cost you 20 USD anyway.
  • Ditch the check in baggage - do your laundry in Siem Reap! Siem Reap weather is quite hot so you should always bring some extra shirts when you plan to go to the temples. Pack whatever you can in your backpack then do your laundry. We did ours in The Missing Socks Cafe.
  • Bring some canned goods and snacks - trust me I've been there and done that.
  • Rent a bike for 5 USD per day and bike your way to the temples! Most hostels have bike rentals.(Because tuk-tuk tours cost 15USD at least). Be ready to cycle at least 30 km all over Siem Reap but hey think of it this way: you saved money AND burned some fats.
  • If you are attempting to bike your way to the temples - start as early as 5am! It's scorching hot out there by lunch time so better be at the temples before it gets crazy hot.
  • Hunt down the small stores that sell water for 0.5 c! It gets more expensive when you are near the tourist spots like Angkor Wat.
  • Hunt down the "food mobiles" - if you wanna taste the authentic local cuisines they're the stalls attached to motorcycles. They usually cost at least a dollar! 

People often think it is expensive to travel - it's not. It's all about street smarts. Know how to use your money wisely.

A lot of people think I am earning a lot at work because I travel often. Wititit! (Hell nah). Traveling means seeing more of the world to me which means no shopping, no restaurant hopping, no tours, no fancy or even 3 star hotels. Do everything by yourself and live like a local!

Note: Because we cannot stay in one place, we decided to spend a day in Battambang which will be posted soon!

Tallyho,

Andi