Hello from Siem Reap

I am in Siem Reap…wauw, Siem Reap…It is an amazing feeling guys, finally to be able to be here! I am standing next to the plane at Siem Reap International Airport, checking around, feeling the warm weather…I’ve been waiting for this so long and finally I made it, thanks God!

Then a voice from behind starts to shout…”move”…I open my eyes and realize that I am the only one standing here, yeah time to go guys…

The airport looks so traditional from the outside , I love these traditional buildings.

I have to apply for the tourist visa for 30 days at the airport (It costs 30$). It looks like I’m gonna wait a little bit..

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Ups, it says “no photo” but somehow I see these signs a little too late, generally  after I took the photo…The officials are working hard but still there are a lot of people!

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They transferred my passport to the other side of the department and here we go, I am at the back of the crowd.

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I am glad that I didn’t take any of my winter clothes/shoes with me or put on as this girl did, she was suffering with these boots in this temperature (28 degrees). Well, hopefully when I am back to Shanghai, it won’t be freezing cold haha!

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Yayyy, I got my 30 days of visa within 5 minutes. I was at the back of the crowd but they call my name first, awesome!

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Now, as I’ll be here almost a month, I will need a local simcard. Which one to choose? Hmmm no idea, I’ll go to the one that has one customer standing in the front.

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I got an amazing internet package, unlimited internet including international calls and messages costs 10$. It is quite fast by the way guys, so I can call my parents without finding a wifi connection, amazing!

This girl here also taught me some Khmer like:

Hello: Jum-reap-soo-a

Thank you:Or-koon

Sorry: Saok-sta-y

My simcard is ready, my internet is working, ready to  say “hi” to the crowd waiting outside the airport haha!

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As I was trying to book a place in Siem Reap for weeks, it was hard to find a room at the well-known hostels as it is the peak season in Cambodia. So I said, I’ll go and try my chance there. A Khmer guy came and asked me whether I needed a tuk tuk or not. I said “yeah, sure!”. He took my bag and started to walk towards the outside of the airport, I said “wait, why don’t you bring the tuk tuk in?”. He said that they were charging him a lot to park inside the airport carpark. I said “well, fine!”. After 5minutes we stopped beside a black car which has also black windows that was making it so hard to see the inside. He was getting ready to get my bag in, but I said “Wait! I am not going to get on this car man! You said it was a tuk tuk, but this is a black, shady car.”. He said “the tuk tuk was broken!”. I was like “gosh, there is no way I am taking this car!”. So I got my bag and slowly walked away from the guy. It was so shady. It is important to take smart decisions especially when you’re tarvelling solo. After a while,  I found a tuk tuk!

Being on tuk tuk is one of the things that I love a lot about travelling. You can feel the breeze, take pictures easily as it is all open, I just love it! Here, the roads were so dusty that covering my face and at some point my eyes were crucial!

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As we were going in the dark, the tuk tuk driver told me to hold my bags and hide them behind my legs so that no one could reach it. I was like, I have a bag as big as me, that is impossible but tried my best haha, better not to deal with any kind of unpleasant situation.

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Let’s see whether we can find a hotel/hostel soon or not. What do you think guys? When was the last time you arrived a place without booking any kind of accomodation?

Let us know and see you in the next article.

Till then make your days count!

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