The Postcard Project: Cambodia

We were walking aimlessly around Siem Reap when we made a turn and found this souvenir shop at the end of a cul de sac. They were selling postcards and stamps and the sign said we could leave the postcards there and they’ll be the ones to post it for us. In short, I wouldn’t only be putting my faith in Khmer and Filipino postmen. I needed the store keeper to pull through as well. Fortunately, everyone pulled through and I’m now holding up this postcard by my window here in Cebu for this photo.

The message reads:
“Tomorrow you will watch the sunrise over Angkor Wat. You’ll be ticking one item off your bucket list but God knows this one’s also for the history books. You didn’t care much about them. Thankfully, you found another way to appreciate what was in them–by seeing them for yourself.”


Notes:

Siem Reap can be reached from Bangkok through an overland crossing. From Bangkok, take a train, a bus or a mini bus to Aranyaprathet. Cross the border on foot and enter Poipet, Cambodia. Getting to Siem Reap requires another bus or mini bus ride from the Poipet border. Transit time can take about 7-8 hours.

A one-day pass to all temples costs 37 USD. 3-day and 5-day passes are also available.

Visiting a temple requires chartering a tuktuk or a taxi (15-20 USD). Make sure to settle the rate with the driver before starting the tour. Renting a bike is also possible but please take note that the temples are very far apart. This is only an option if you have a 3-day or 5-day pass.

Food sold within the temple complexes are very pricey. We paid around 11 USD each for breakfast alone. Ask your driver for other options.

Experience Pub Street and the night markets. Don’t forget to haggle. Prices are almost always inflated initially.

 

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