244 Kms from Kampong Cham
The walled complex of Angkor Thom was built by the Jayavarman VII who is touted as the Buddhist architect of the empire and the one to bring in all the Buddhist influences on the architecture, culture and religion. The most famed of the temples in the Angor Thom is the Bayon temple which stands at the centre of Jayavarman’s capital.Read More
The walled complex of Angkor Thom was built by the Jayavarman VII who is touted as the Buddhist architect of the empire and the one to bring in all the Buddhist influences on the architecture, culture and religion. The most famed of the temples in the Angor Thom is the Bayon temple which stands at the centre of Jayavarman’s capital.
The final and most illustrious capital of the Khmer Empire, Angkor Thom is a vast complex of terraces, temples and water bodies. Walk around the terrace of the leper king, wind through the central complex, risk a nose-bleed from the steep climb up the Phimeanakas temple, and witness Baphoun emerge in all its glory as you walk up the elevated pathway that leads to it. The bridges that lead across from the moat into the walls of this former capital are lined with sculptures of the famous Churning of the Ocean of Milk from Hindu mythology, an image that repeats itself over throughout Angkor.
230 Kms from Kampong Cham
Direction Siem Reap pour 2 jours d'exploration de temple ^^Read More
We booked our tickets on the Mekong Express bus for 13$. I highly recommend this bus service about which there are glowing reviews everywhere online too. They provide a minivan pick-up from the hotel to the bus station and the buses themselves are super comfortable with plush seating, toilets, air-conditioning and most importantly, curtains to keep out the harsh sun. The Cambodian countryside is soothing to the eyes and after a while most people on the bus dozed off for a bit. We arrived at Siem Reap at 1:30 p.m. having left Phnom Penh at 8:30 a.m. and there were tuk-tuk drivers jostling for customers at the bus-station to take us to our hotel. Another Air BnB find, our hotel was very strategically located...just walking distance away from the hustle and bustle of Pub street but tucked away into a quiet lane right beside one of the exits to the Arts Market. At 4500 INR for three nights, we thought it was a steal.Our hotel reception, as I am guessing will be the case with all hotels, was a treasure trove of useful information about day tours to Angkor sites and other interesting sights around Siem Reap. It was from here that we booked tickets to the Angkor National Museum for 12$ each it saved us the expense of hiring a private tour guide to be with us on the two days that we planned to devote to Angkor temple sites. It was a smart move as it not only saved us nearly 60$. The hotel also helped us with hiring a tuk-tuk, who at 12$ a day was going to take us on a half day tour of all the major and minor sites.
Sure, a walk in the city of Athens is a walk through time and beautiful ruins echo the story of the dynasties that once ruled here. It might be tough to search a place that can beat Athens, but Angkor Wat comes very close it. Angkor Wat is the ultimate expression of Khmer genius – an awe-inspiring temple that is stunning for both its grand scale and incredible detail.Air Tickets: Approx INR 20,000 on Skyscanner.Stay: INR 1400 per night on Airbnb
In Siem Reap you can visit the Angkor Wat temple complex, the largest religious monument in the world - which is really worth the visit.You can purchase a single day pass or a 3-day-pass, depending on how you plan to spend your time there. There is lots of companies that offer a day trip to the temples, with a air-con van and water included. I really recommend these packages, because the weather is really hot.At night you can go to Pub Street, filled with backpackers from around the world. I would say it's a smaller version of Khao San Rd, in Bangkok.
Siem Reap happens to be a city that is stuck in a time warp. It is wedged between a rapidly growing hospitality sector and a bequest left behind by its former colonial masters. The province essentially serves as a bridge that travellers take in order to explore the fascinating temples and ruins of Angkor, possibly the most popular UNESCO World Heritage Site on this planet. The city on the other hand is a constant party considering its fancy restaurants and bars and an open-air discotheque of sorts in the form of the massively popular Pub Street.
Siem Reap is one of those cities that is stuck in a time warp, trapped between a rapidly growing hospitality sector and a legacy left by its former colonial masters. The province majorly serves as a bridge that travellers take in order to explore the magnificent ruins and temples of Angkor, possibly the most popular UNESCO world heritage site and tuk tuks are available in almost every part of the city in order to transport you there. The rest of the place is best explored on foot, especially Pub Street at night which is very much akin to the Walking Street in Pattaya, Thailand, except that this place is slightly more family friendly. There are a multitude of restaurants, bars and pubs and the music emanating collectively from these turns the street into an open-air discotheque of sorts. The mornings however are relatively quieter when Pub Street turns into a massive farmers market with the freshest of produce available. Siem Reap is not exactly a shopping destination but the Angkor Night Market is great for handicrafts. Lucky Mall and the Angkor Trade Centre are the two malls with supermarkets and dining options like The Pizza Company and Swensen's Ice Cream. All in all, the place has a little bit of everything for everyone.
Breakfast at the hotel. Then perhaps a last visit to Angkor. On the way back, visit Artisans D'Angkor, a center for traditional Cambodian handicrafts where you can watch the artisans at work. Return to your hotel. Check out and proceed to the airport.
76 Kms from Kampong Cham
retour à la capital, visite du musée SR-21 et des différents marchés de la ville. Et fiesta :)Read More
Cambodia has a difficult and painful history of genocide in the not-so-distant past. Between 1975-1979 almost 3 million out of 8 million Cambodians died of starvation or were killed by the Khmer Rouge. Note of caution: I was prepared for what was to come since I had read up about the genocide but it was still very depressing and emotionally taxing. At the gates of the Tuol Sleng Genocide Museum or S-21 prison we paid 6 $ each and got audio head sets, players and a map each. To see this building from the outside nobody would dream of the nightmarish atrocities that happened inside it. The audio tour is a good investment as it takes visitors through numbered points in the school-turned-prison building. Our minds numb with the horrors of history we had just witnessed, we set off for the next destination: The Killing Fields. This is the mass grave-site where prisoners from S-21 were taken and killed. The main structure here is a memorial built in traditional Khmer style housing hundreds of human skulls and bones that were found there. There is an audio tour here too which explains what happened here and there is a short video that is played for 10 minutes every half hour for visitors.
The trip began at Phnom Penh. From Kolkata, return tickets to this capital city can be procured for as low as 20,000 INR. Cambodia is a visa-on-arrival destination for Indians which makes it all the more lucrative for travel. 30 USD visa fees, a passport sized photograph and a basic filled-in immigration form handed in at the airport immigration desk results in a tourist visa within minutes.
Phnom Penh is all about keeping up with noisy traffic and getting lost in bustling lanes and alleyways. It’s almost like the city is conflicted between vegetable vendors on one side of the street and classy shopping malls on the other. Its grand and imposing Royal Palace epitomizes prosperity and traditions while modern clubs and bars are only a short walk away, adorning the Tonle Sap and Mekong rivers. Phnom Penh is a brilliant example of how Cambodia is a nation of survivors and you should make it a point to experience this delight.
As I stepped into the city of Phnom Penh after a six hour long luxury bus journey that promised me free WiFi, that didn't as a matter of fact work, I was honestly confused. On one side, I could see a river silently flowing in all its glory, the rays of the evening sun making the water sparkle as it was lined with tiny restaurants, shops and boutiques. On the other side, there were buses, cars, autos and bicycles and people in numbers so large, I thought I would get lost if I walked into the crowd. I negotiated with a tuk tuk driver who agreed to take me to my hotel for a single Dollar if I booked him for the rest of my trips around the city. Having struck a good bargain, I was driven around tiny lanes that reminded me of old Calcutta until I reached my destination. I knew that very second that the city had a lot for me to explore and I sure did. I was mesmerized by the grandeur of the palaces and pagodas, I was devastated by the narrations and evidences of one of the most brutal genocides in human history, I was soothed by the cool winds that blew as I sat by the river, sipping on a glass of my favorite wine while a charming Chicago musician played Dylan and I frankly was tired owing to all the walking and climbing that the many avenues, boulevards and temples demanded. But I took back memories and only the best of them that will probably stay with me forever.
First impression: laidback city, easy to explore, largely concentrated around the riverfront Things to do: 1) The Killing Fields – A must do, it offers a glimpse into the gory and not-so-old history of Cambodia that sends shivers down the spine. 2) Walk and hog on the riverfront - The riverfront is lined up with restaurants that serve everything from local Khmer food and Happy Pizzas (with marijuana herbs!) to anything that crawls 3) Pub Hopping: With tons of bars on the riverfront, pub hopping is the best way to get drunk. We started pre-drinking at the rooftop bar at 11 Happy Backpackers, followed it by shots at Blue Chilli gay bar, then live gig at Riverside Bistro, and ended up on the dance floor of Pontoon night club till 5 am.
The largest city in the country and as such, presents the typical contradictions of the world in which we live in. In this city, you will find the S21 Museum (Tuol Sleng Genocide Museum), the humble houses in the outskirts and surrounding area, supermarkets where all prices are in US dollars.
259 Kms from Kampong Cham
Stayed at the Moon Resort in my own private bungalow, but it rained the entire time. Met up with a guy that I had met waiting at the airport and we rode around in the rain on a motorbike. We found this amazing waterfall where all of the locals swim and hang out which I would recommend finding for sure. The night market is okay, seemed like a pretty relaxing atmosphere. We grabbed some beers and sat on a bench up on a rock near the lighthouse and hung out. Unfortunately it only stopped raining at night, so I would go off of someone else's opinion of this place. I'm sure it's lovely but we didn't really get to experience too much. Read More
Stayed at the Moon Resort in my own private bungalow, but it rained the entire time. Met up with a guy that I had met waiting at the airport and we rode around in the rain on a motorbike. We found this amazing waterfall where all of the locals swim and hang out which I would recommend finding for sure. The night market is okay, seemed like a pretty relaxing atmosphere. We grabbed some beers and sat on a bench up on a rock near the lighthouse and hung out. Unfortunately it only stopped raining at night, so I would go off of someone else's opinion of this place. I'm sure it's lovely but we didn't really get to experience too much.
219 Kms from Kampong Cham
Can Tho is a place where traditional Vietnamese food and street foods are available in plenty and with English language meagerly seen or heard in these parts, experience the ecstatic adventure of trying to figure out the food on the menu, enjoy playing volleyball and conversing in English with the students at Can Tho University and simply wandering around the streets and market place relaxed.Read More
Can Tho is a place where traditional Vietnamese food and street foods are available in plenty and with English language meagerly seen or heard in these parts, experience the ecstatic adventure of trying to figure out the food on the menu, enjoy playing volleyball and conversing in English with the students at Can Tho University and simply wandering around the streets and market place relaxed.
Can Tho surrounds it's life along a river and is widely known for its floating markets. The first market was Cai Rang, which was a conglomeration of small vendors bumping up against larger boats buying their precious harvest of fruits and vegetables, by the ton. An hour upriver found us in the middle of the Phong Dien Floating Market. A smaller version of the first market, we should have taken the shorter 4 hour ride instead of 6, skipping Phong Dien.
Day 18 Ho Chi Minh – Mekong Delta – Cai Be floating market (BL) Am: Have breakfast at hotel. At 08.00 am you leave Ho Chi Minh City for a fascinating drive through rural Vietnam to Cai Be. As you leave the bustling city of Saigon, the scenery changes to the lush rice paddies, which is locally known as the 'rice bowl of Vietnam'. You will take a boat for a trip to CAI Be floating market. See the larger boats in the market, each selling mostly one product, this is truly a different experience and one you will remember. Then you continue on the boat to Vinh Long, the journey takes one hour and along the way will stop to visit some of the picturesque islands that lie in the center of the Mekong River. Stopover at Binh Hoa Phuoc Island and see more charming and specialties of tropical fruits such as Logan, Sapodilla, and Durian whilst also sampling these exotic fruits. Have lunch on island with special dishes Pm: This afternoon you cruise the back and experience on 'Monkey Bridges', small rickety structures that looks easy to walk on but are harder than you think. The driver transfers you back Ho Chi Minh City. Free to have your own dinner. Overnight at hotel. Day 19 Ho Chi Minh departs (B) Have breakfast at hotel. You have more free time to explore Ho Chi Minh City. Then the driver drops you off the airport for taking fight departure Ho Chi Minh to next destination or back home. Say goodbye Indochina Legend Travel Vietnam & see you again!