Vietnam-Cambodia Travel Tips

Just to wrap up this series so I can move on to blogging about more recent travels, I thought of consolidating information which I think would be useful to anyone who wants to travel to both Vietnam and Cambodia in one trip.  I already made a sample itinerary and itemized budget estimate for a 7-day trip so you can refer to those entries in addition to this. Continue reading

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Vietnam-Cambodia, Day 5 & 6 – Two bus rides to Mui Ne

I woke up early the next day because I didn’t want a repeat of the rush I went through back in Saigon when I was almost left behind by the bus going to Siem Reap.  This time, I allotted enough time to pack my stuff and shower.  Since I already paid the guesthouse bill the night before, I actually still had time to have breakfast but I figured I’d save some money.  And besides, Mekong Express does serve snacks and bottled water in both the morning and afternoon legs of the trip.  I’ll just treat the morning snack as breakfast. Continue reading

Vietnam-Cambodia, Day 4 – Beng Mealea and Koh Ker

(Photo courtesy of Leika)

For this day, we visited two destinations that are normally not in the itineraries of tourists going to Siem Reap. The first one is the distant and less-crowded temple of Beng Mealea, and the second is the even more distant and literally deserted ancient Angkorian capital of Koh Ker. Continue reading

Vietnam-Cambodia, Day 2 & 3 – A 13-hour bus ride, Angkor Wat at Dawn

In my desire not to be left behind by the Cambodia-bound bus, my body heeded the Blackberry’s alarm despite the fact that my room’s bed was so comfortable that I almost didn’t want to rise. So after taking a shower, I packed all my stuff and promptly went down to the canteen to have my free breakfast by 6 am.  The bus would pick me up at around 7:15 so I still had some time to take my eggs, baguette and tea at a leisurely pace. Continue reading

Budget Estimate for a 7-day Vietnam-Cambodia Tour

To get straight to the point, this entire post can be summarized in one figure: USD 400.

But predictably, you’d all want a breakdown of the expenses as a guide for making your own budget estimate, which necessitates a blog post.  Making this task confusing is that there were 4 different currencies involved when I traveled: Philippine pesos, U.S. dollars, Cambodian riels, and Vietnamese dongs [cue juvenile sniggering].  I’ve also committed the unforgivable sin of forgetfulness when I stopped listing down my expenses after the second day.  And so I’ll be doing a lot of recalling, guesstimating, and cross-referencing with some receipts I kept. Continue reading

Suggested 7-day Itinerary for Vietnam and Cambodia

So I’m finally starting on the Vietnam/Cambodia blogs.  I initially planned to create the suggested itinerary and budget estimate towards the tail end of the series but since I’m slowly beginning to forget details of the trip, I figured I’d do these two first before I forget a lot more.

My trip actually took 9 calendar days from start to finish, but it’s the 7 full days in the middle of it that involves the most activities.  This is just a suggested itinerary.  I intend to create a more comprehensive travel guide in the future with which you can cross-reference when reading this entry.  (Update: I already created the budget estimate.  Click here.) Continue reading

Preview: Temple-hunting in Cambodia

The last preview was 2 scenes of Vietnam.  This time, I’m showing a preview of Cambodia.  I took this video when we encountered the first few temples (or prasat) in Koh Ker in the Preah Vihear Province, around 2-3 hours away from Siem Reap.

Encountering the first few Prasats in Koh Ker from Liquid Druid on Vimeo. Continue reading