Cambodian & Thai Trip

November 2012 Cambodian Trip

Despite looking rushed, this was a good trip and I wouldn’t have wanted longer at any place.

Angkor Wat, CambodiaThe highlight was the day around Angkor Wat, followed by a sunset boat trip to a floating village.  We only had time for three temples, but I’ve been before so any more are AFTs and my friends agreed. The floating village was at the end of the river, just before the huge Tonie Sap Lake.

Seafood Platter at Sihanoukville, CambodiaEveryone enjoyed the ocean-view and food in Sihanoukville.  In particular, the seafood platter (good for two) is a bargain for US$15. I love eating on the beach at night there – but one day I’ll visit these nearby islands too.

Got ripped off at one of those Bangkok open-air restaurants along Rambuttri Road (parallel to Khao San Road) – waited over an hour for a 400 baht supposedly-fresh fish that tasted as dry as if it was BBQed yesterday.  Also paid 120 baht each for large bottles of Chang, despite knowing other restaurants sell them for half.

As always, the seafood buffet at the Park in Hong Kong was fantastic, especially the Australian oysters – and the 20-minutes sampan ride to the island in Sai Kung exalting.  If anyone has a couple of days or more there, I highly recommend both.

Schedule
November 4th – Up @ 7am to be at airport at 10am for flight HX775 HongKong Airlines at 12.10 (flight return US$270 each).  Stay Kriss Residence near Suvarnabhumi Airport .  Bill in Philippines
5th –  Catch 8am bus to border at Aranyaprathet, cross to Cambodia and bus to Siem Reap (total around 7-hours). Stay Siem Reap Garden Inn (US$30 per double room/night). 
6th – “Day off” in Siem Reap. Bill arrives in Ankor Airport at 7.50pm on Cebu Air 5J257.
7th – Private min-bus around Angkor Wat & boat to floating village (bus only US$40 + boat $10 each)
8th –  Bus to Phom Penh
9th –  MiMi & I have seen all the human bones & torture stuff there, so caught up with online work. Sightseeing for some.
10th – Bus Phom Penh to Sihanoukville.  BBQ Seafood dinner on the beach. See on Google Maps: http://bit.ly/RW4X8G
11th – Private mini-bus ( 4-hours & US$60 for 6 people) Sihanoukville to Phom Penh airport for Air Asia to Bangkok: L 17.05 A: 18.15 US$97.  Stay Khaosan Palace Hotel US$39 per double room/night.
12th – River trip around tiny waterways on a long-tailed boat (US$98 for 1.5-hours & 6 people) + day of rest eating & drinking in Bangkok.
13th – Back to Hong Kong HongKong Air 15.05 arrives 19.15. – Bill bus from airport to Guangzhou.
14th – Bill in Guangzhou.
15th – Bill in Guangzhou – to Hong Kong tomorrow.
16th – Bus to Stanley Market, tram up The Peak for sunset & seafood dinner at Park Hotel (US$44 each with “first-50” discount).
17th – Bus to Sai Kung & sampan (private hire for 6 people US$50)to Hap Mun Bay on Kiu Tsui Chau Island for BBQ & a swim. See on Google Maps: http://bit.ly/TR79M6
18th – Bill & Victor back to Florida & reality!

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