After a very relaxing week in Kampot it was time to move to our next and last destination in Cambodia, Siem Reap. There isn’t a direct bus from Kampot to Siem Reap, and we had to go back to Phnom Penh, to take the next bus . We decided to do the whole trip in one day, starting at 8am and finishing at 7pm. We used Giant Ibis bus company again as it is the most reliable and it has the best safety records. Travelling by bus is cheap as we paid $8.00/each for the first part and $15.00/each for the second part.
The first leg was quite enjoyable, easy and smooth ride with an internet on board. The next leg that was something else. We knew it supposed to be a bumpy road, but we didn’t expect to be that bumpy and so dusty the whole road. There are many parts of the road under construction, but it will be a while before all will be done. There is also an option to take a boat or plane from Phnom Penh to Siem Reap.
We arrived in the city at dark, and hired tuk-tuk to take us tour hotel. The hotel was a good find and we stayed there for the remaining time in Cambodia.
Each night we were heading to the Pub street. Pub Street is easily one of the most busy place in Siem Reap. There are many pubs, restaurants, cafes, boutiques.
Otherwise there isn’t too much to do in Siem Reap . Most people come to Siem Reap is to visit Angkor Wat. This is an actually big complex with many different temples around the area, with Angkor Wat as the largest and the most preserved.
The entrance tickets cost $20.00 for one day, $40.00 for three days and $60.00 for a week. We bought a three day pass, however two days would be sufficient time for us. You can visit the temples by bus, tuk-tuk or bicycle. We did the big circuit by tuk-tuk the first day and the remaining two days we were on the bicycles. The bicycle ride was actually quite easy. There is about 7 km from the town to the Angkor Watts and the small loop is about 10 km. The weather was perfect , with cool mornings and very comfortable temperatures throughout the day.
We took many, many pictures of the Ankgor Wat, to be posted in the next blog.