Hi. Sorry for being MIA for too long. It has been hectic year so far. Last end of July, I went to Siem Reap, Cambodia with my old college friends. It was my first trip there & it was also our reunion after years of living in our own separate ways. Hence, this trip to Cambodia was and is still so special to me. We met at the KLIA 2 airport and reached 2 hours earlier before departure. It was only two hours flight but it felt so long to me because I just hate flying.
I enjoy looking at others passport especially with many types of cute covers. Take a guess which one is mine.
Since, I have been hating flying recently, I did chose to sit in the middle even though I would love to enjoy the view from above.
I chose Kung Pao Chicken for my lunch while flying. I was so hungry that the food was finished in just a blink. I didn't know why travelling always made me hungry.
We finally reached at the Siem Reap International Airport. We were 15 minutes earlier from the schedule and it was raining. Since, it was an open area ,we had to wait for our bus to get to the airport. The airport was small but unique at the same time. It only took us few minutes to pass the immigration & it was very smooth.
Our hotel driver was waiting for us with two 'tuk-tuk'-s to get us to the hotel. It was around thirty minutes trip to the hotel.
Being inside the 'tuk-tuk' reminded me so much of my childhood. Since my grandma is from Thailand, I spent some memories there too and Cambodia didn't seem so much different to me. Even they share the same alphabet too. Little did I knew, it was vastly different in term of living, poverty & hardship.
We were greeted with a glass of fresh orange and a cold towel at the hotel. The towel should be very soothing if it was hot outside but it was pouring rain. Nevertheless, I was grateful.
It was Season D'Angkor Hotel & it only had three floors but the room was just nice. It was clean & very comfortable. Air-conditioned and a tv. It had small balcony with just nice view of the small city.
Some refreshments for us.
It had a bathtub, shower, sink with mirror and enough space for me to refresh myself. The water flow was very small so it took quite some time to fill up the bath tub.
View from our balcony.
After we had done with checking in, first things first was of course food hunting. We were starving as if we didn't had any lunch earlier. We took the same 'tuk-tuk'-s to the halal restaurant & we found MUSLIM FAMILY KITCHEN RESTAURANT. We were very lucky that the food was so delicious , like deliciously good. The portion was big, many choices & it was the cheapest compared to other restaurants.
The ambiance was nice too & the owner could speak Malay language so it was a bonus for us!
One of my friend ordered this and we didn't expect the coconut could be this huge!
I ordered Muslim chicken fried rice & of course, like I've said, insanely tasty. I was grateful that Cambodian food was like Thai's food too. Officially, I'm having two favorites now.
Spring rolls! Again, it was soooo delicious! The veggies were fresh and when you dipped it with the sauce, you could taste sweetness, crunchy due to fresh veggies & spicy.
After that, we decided to explore the night market nearby, Phalla Angkor Night Markets. To be honest, the items mostly were expensive & plus they used US dollars. But we did enjoyed our time, laughing, loud musics & different crowds.
In order to get to the Pub Street, we had to cross the road & it was only walking distant.
I didn't take much pictures because I posted many videos on my insta-story. Go to my instagram : raai901 and watch my travel highlights if you are interested.
Even though most of the items were expensive but the massage service was quite cheap compared to Malaysia.
We later decided to walk to our hotel. We were told it was only 5 minutes walk but actually it was around 15 minutes. Not sure we took the wrong road or what but we did get to explore the small roads and such. We were in groups but if you are travelling alone please take tuk-tuks instead of walking alone.
We were so tired when we reached at the hotel. My roomates, Asiah gave me a bath bomb & I used it before going to bed. Put it in bath tub and dipped in.
I will post my second day of trip in my next post. Till then, stay tuned.