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Day 4: Border CrossingπŸ‘‰Cambodia to Thailand via Poipet

Another 8-hour land trip to go!😁

I just loved long hours of land trip especially by bus. It’s time-consuming for the majority and to me sometimes, but if I am not in a hurry, I love it. Having a good sleep in a bus has become my talent.πŸ˜…

This time, I’ll be crossing to Aranyaprathet, Thailand from Poipet, Cambodia.

Like what I did on my Vietnam to Cambodia Border-crossing,I pre-booked a transport service in BookmeBus.com. There are also available in Giantibis.

With my selected schedule, the service will be provided by Virak Buntham Express Tours & Travel.

As early as 7:30am, I was picked-up from my hostel in Siem Reap going to their ticketing office and loading area for check-in process. When all the passengers were complete and it’s time to depart, we then started our 2-hour journey to the Cambodian border.

When we arrived in Poipet, the bus stopped few meters away from the Cambodian Immigration. We all alight from the bus bringing all our stuff and take few walks going to the Cambodian Immigration.

The exit process was just quick for me since I am from an ASEAN member country in which no visa is required on both Cambodia and Thailand. After the Cambodia exit process, take a long walk going to the Thailand Immigration Building. (It was a long walk indeed, 10 to15 minutes).

In the Thailand Immigration, get a departure card distributed by the man on the table before going upstairs. Fill-up the card neatly. Then fall in line.

It’s crowded and the line is moving too slow. It took more than an hour on the line before I had my turn to the Immigration Officer.

After I got my entry stamp to Thailand, I proceed to the bus parking area. Another long walk and finding my bus was like β€œfinding nemo”. The bus guide didn’t give instructions as to where they will be waiting for us after we are done on the Thailand Immigration. I just asked on the locals outside the immigration building where the buses usually parks.

When I found the bus, I was the first to arrive in there, so we waited for the others. It took almost 3 hours before all the passengers came in. Then we proceed on our way to Bangkok which is estimated to be 4 to 6 hours travel.

After 3 hours, had a stop in a convenient store and food stalls to grab some food.

At 7pm, finally we arrived in Khaosan.πŸ˜ŠπŸ‘

For the full details on itinerary and expenses of my 10-Day Backpacking Tour in South East Asia, you may check πŸ‘‰ The 1st 10 Days of My Life at 30 (Backpacking HCM-REP-BKK-CNX-KUL for PhP30k).

Hoping for more travels and crazy adventures!πŸ˜‰

Visit or follow my fb page and instagram for more crazyJANdventures!πŸ˜œπŸ˜‰πŸ‘£πŸŒ

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Day 3: CambodiaπŸ‘‰Angkor World Heritage, Siem Reap

ANGKOR WAaaaaaaaaaaaT!

A dream destination for me.😍

I love heritage sites and am always wowed by how people from centuries ago built those establishments with great architectural details and high quality materials that last for centuries.

On the third day of my backpacking trip, I woke-up at 4am and depart at around 5:30am. I hired a tuktuk for a whole day tour at $20. It’s highly suggested than getting expensive tour package from tour agency. There are tuktuks available as early as 4am in front of the hotels waiting for tourists going to Angkor Ticketing office or hoping to be hired for a day tour.

Agreed to have the small circuit tour, we head directly to the ticketing office around 20 minutes away from the central area. The ticketing area was crowded. All counters had long ques but the management has addressed it well. Purchasing the Angkor Pass was quick enough.

After having my Angkor Pass, we went straight to Angkor Wat temple hoping to catch for the sunrise.

It’s cloudy.😞

Mr. Sun is not yet showing up….

Luckily, I met again the three fellow Filipinos I met on the Ho Chi Minh to Cambodia bus the previous day. We waited for the sunrise for few minutes but then decided to just start the Angkor tour.

Let the β€œtemple run” begin πŸ‘£πŸ‘£πŸ‘£πŸ˜…..”walk” rather😁

ANGKOR WAT

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ANGKOR THOM

Bayon

Baphuon

 

Phimeanakas

Khleang

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Terrace of Elephants

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TA SOM

TA KEO

TA PROHM

BANTEAY KDEI

SRAH SRANG

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The end of my small circuit tour….

It’s truly amazing!!..😍

Feeling tired but worth-it. Experiencing the Angkor World Heritage is one of the grateful experiences I have. It’s nostalgic. It’s like walking back to history.

It’s better to see amazing things once in your lifetime than read it in books a thousand times.

Map of Angkor World Heritage

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It’s a wonderful experience!

For the full details on itinerary and expenses of my 10-Day Backpacking Tour in South East Asia, you may check πŸ‘‰ The 1st 10 Days of My Life at 30 (Backpacking HCM-REP-BKK-CNX-KUL for PhP30k).

Hoping for more travels and crazy adventures!πŸ˜‰

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Day 2: Border-Crossing Vietnam to Cambodia

After Ho Chi Minh, next destination is Angkor Wat in Cambodia.πŸ˜œπŸ‘£πŸ‘£πŸ‘£πŸŒ

As I do search for the most convenient yet affordable way to cross Cambodia from Ho Chi Minh City Vietnam, I came up with doing it by land.

There are many transport companies that operates across the counties of Southeast Asia but there are two known names that offers pre-booking for border-crossing:

Giant Ibis Transport

Known for its route Siem Reap and Sihanoulkville, this bus company promise its customers a “comfortable and enjoyable trip”. In just a short period of time they’ve built a strong reputation as the best bus operator in Cambodia. website: www.giantibis.com

24 Hours Service Support

Hotline: +855 23 999 333

Email:info@giantibis.com

Bookmebus.com

Bookmebus is an online venue where a varied list of tranport operators can be found. Depending on your destination, preferred schedule, vehicle, and service, this site offers a lot of options. Surely, you can find the perfect transport that fits on your schedule and budget.

website: www.bookmebus.com

During my trip, with high consideration on my tight schedule, I found the perfect match in bookmebus.com.

My Booking Details

On Board Experience

Upon departure, each passenger were given a snack (2 types of bread), bottled water, and wet tissue. Travel time is expected to be 12 hours.

Few hours before arrival in Môc BÒi, the bus guide distributes Departure & Arrival Card to each passenger to filled-up. (Always bring ballpen when you travel.😊)

Upon arrival to the border, we all embark from the bus and go inside the immigration building. The bus guide directs us to the right lane. There is a separate lane for ASEAN member countries and for non-ASEAN whom visa is required upon entry.

We fall in line going to the immigration officer. The IO will take the Departure Card but the Arrival Card will be returned together with the passport.

Ensure you have the arrival card, this is very important upon entry to Cambodian Immigration.

After getting the exit stamp, we poceed to the exit of Vietnam Immigration then went back to the bus just waiting near the exit.

Goodbye Vietnam!πŸ‘‹πŸ‘‹πŸ‘‹

Then we proceed to the nearby establishment, the Cambodian Immigration.

We went inside the building then present our passport and arrival card to the Immigration officer. They got our personal information and finger prints. Just be attentive and follow their instructions.

Scams a very ramphant in Immigration, be aware that for those nationals of ASEAN member countries, you shouldn’t be paying any amount to the Immigration Officers.

During my trip, fellow travelers where asked to pay $1 each by an Immigration Officer.

Travelers from ASEAN member countries are visa-free in Cambodia.

After getting the entry stamp, we proceed to the bus and wait for all passengers to arrive.

Welcome to Cambodia! πŸ‘πŸ‘πŸ‘

Once everyone are done on the immigration process, we proceed on our trip and had a stop over nearby, in a local eatery for lunch.

Upon arrival in a transport terminal in Phnom Penh, those going to Siem Reap were transferred to another bus. We have the same seat number though.😊

Another 6 hours going to Siem Reap from Phnom Penh.

At around 7pm, we arrived in Siem Reap.😊

For the full details on itinerary and expenses of my 10-Day Backpacking Tour in South East Asia, you may check The 1st 10 Days of My Life at 30 (Backpacking HCM-REP-BKK-CNX-KUL for PhP30k).

 

Hoping for more travels and crazy adventures!πŸ˜‰

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Day 1: Vietnam πŸ‘‰Mekong Delta & Ho Chi Minh City Tour

It’s my first time to travel abroad and I’m very much excited to start this journey in a strange city at dawn.

I arrived passed 1am in Tan Son Nhat International Airport. It’s a 3-hour flight from Manila, Philippines.

Upon arrival, you will pass through the Vietnam Immigration Officer, they will stamp on your passport until when you are allowed to stay in Vietnam. Since my home country (Philippines) is an ASEAN member, no visa is required from us.

Upon heading to the airport’s exit, I’ve seen the car service booth and availed the fixed rate car service (I was suppose to take the bus but I need to walk for about 9mins to the bus stop loading station then walk another 8mins from bus stop unloading to hostel). I think fixed-rate car service is cheaper and safer than metered taxis.

On the way to the hostel, the driver misread the address and brought me to the wrong hostel. Fortunately, the driver was so good that he didn’t stop until we find the right one.

Upon arrival to the hostel, he didn’t even leave until I signaled him that it’s already the right one.πŸ‘

It’s strange in Ho Chi Minh, they write 24 hours reception service but when you came late at night, the doors were closed and all lights were off. But you just knock on the door and they’ll open the doors with big smiles. There is always someone who slept near the door.😁

I stayed in 3 La Hostel which I booked via Agoda.com. It’s hard to find, but it’s a nice place to stay.

That morning, I woke up early for the Mekong Delta river tour. The tour guide will pick me up at around 8am. While waiting, I had my breakfast, free on accommodation. πŸ‘πŸ‘πŸ‘

At around 8:30am, the tour guide arrived – it’s time to start the tour.πŸ˜‰

Mekong Delta River Tour

The Mekong Delta tour package cost $25 which I pre-booked through viator.com.

From Ho Chi Minh City, it takes 2.5 hours to reach Mekong Delta. Here’s our itinerary for the day:

Vinh Trang Pagoda

Then we went to upper Mekong area. From the main road, we trek for around 15 minutes to reach the next stop.

Bee Farm

Tasting of Honey tea and listening to traditional Vietnamese music.

From the farm, we walked on the way to the river where the hand-rowed sampan’s loading area is located.

Hand-rowed Sampan

After around 10 minutes of sampan ride along the narrow parts of the river filled with Nipa, we reached the unloading station and take few walk to our next destination.

Coconut Candy Making

Play for a while with there pet phyton.😁

And have a shot of cobra wine.😜

After the candy-making session, we walked going to the loading station of long-tail boat. From there, we will be heading to a local restaurant for lunch.

Lunch in Turtle Island

After a sumptuous lunch, we rode again to the long-tail boat going to the mainland where the bus is located.

After almost 3 hours, we reached the Ho Chi Minh City and I dropped-off in this famous market in the city.

Now, I still have few hours left to explore the city center.

City Tour

Ben Tah Market

Great finds for anything and everything.πŸ‘

Notre Dame Cathedral

Food Trip at the Park

Independence Plaza

Turtle Lake

For the full details on itinerary and expenses of my 10-Day Backpacking Tour in South East Asia, you may check πŸ‘‰ The 1st 10 Days of My Life at 30 (Backpacking HCM-REP-BKK-CNX-KUL for PhP30k).

Hoping for more travels and crazy adventures!πŸ˜‰

Visit or follow my fb page and instagram for more crazyJANdventures!πŸ˜œπŸ˜‰πŸ‘£πŸŒ

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Dream BIG DREAMS!

“I’m here!” “I’m finally here!” These are the words at the back of my mind. I am still teary-eyed everytime I think of the moment…. πŸ’ƒI first sighted and experienced the Angkor Wat in Siem Reap, Cambodia.

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πŸ’ƒI had my first tattoo “Sak Yant” from a monk in Wat Bang Phra Temple in Nakhom Chaisi, Thailand. πŸ’ƒI was in the White Temple in Chiang Rai, Northernmost Thailand. Until now, I am still in cloud nine thinking how I did it and done it wonderfully crazy. I am still amazed of myself as if I want to say congratulations to myself for taking step into achieving my greatest dreams. But it was not always easy. The road to achieving one of my greatest dream was bumpy, a lot of up’s and down’s, curves, and detours. Practically speaking, big dreams requires big funds. Unfortunately, I was not born rich. But that doesn’t stop me to dream. Not just dream, but BIG DREAMS! I WANT TO TRAVEL AROUND THE WORLD! I WANT TO TRAVEL FAR AND WIDE! . . . . . Yes…sounds ambitious…..???! but this is God’s greatest dream in my heart😍 . . . and this greatest dream opens opportunities for me to gain more knowledge and learn the ways to achieve it. When you dream, pray for it, work hard for it. Then suddendly you will realize that it is as if the universe is coniving to help you achieve your dreams. I’m not a psychologist nor a life coach. I’m a dreamer of BIG DREAMS and I just speak from my experiences. I want to encourage all the people regardless of age, to dream big!

It’s not too late to be who or what you want to be

We are all passersby in this world, let’s do what our hearts is shouting us to do.

We are not born just to work hard, pay bills, and die. –Michael Black of LearntoTrade

Live simply but abundantly.

Discover God’s greatest dreams in your heart and take courage to achieve it.

Posted in Life

Dream BIG DREAMS!

“I’m here!”

“I’m finally here!”

These are the words at the back of my mind.

I am still teary-eyed everytime I think of the moment….

πŸ’ƒI first sighted and experienced the Angkor Wat in Siem Reap, Cambodia.

πŸ’ƒI had my first tattoo “Sak Yant” from a monk in Wat Bang Phra Temple in Nakhom Chaisi, Thailand.

πŸ’ƒI was in the White Temple in Chiang Rai, Northernmost Thailand.

Until now, I am still in cloud nine thinking how I did it and done it wonderfully crazy.

I am still amazed of myself as if I want to say congratulations to myself for taking step into achieving my greatest dreams.

But it was not always easy. The road to achieving one of my greatest dream was bumpy, a lot of up’s and down’s, curves, and detours.

Practically speaking, big dreams requires big funds. Unfortunately, I was not born rich. But that doesn’t stop me to dream. Not just dream, but BIG DREAMS!

I WANT TO TRAVEL AROUND THE WORLD!

I WANT TO TRAVEL FAR AND WIDE!

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.

.

.

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Yes…sounds ambitious…..???!

but this is God’s greatest dream in my heart😍

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.

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and this greatest dream opens opportunities for me to gain more knowledge and learn the ways to achieve it.

When you dream, pray for it, work hard for it. Then suddendly you will realize that it is as if the universe is coniving to help you achieve your dreams.

I’m not a psychologist nor a life coach. I’m a dreamer of BIG DREAMS and I just speak from my experiences.

I want to encourage all the people regardless of age, to dream big!

It’s not too late to be who or what you want to be

We are all passersby in this world, let’s do what our hearts is shouting us to do.

We are not born just to work hard, pay bills, and die. –Michael Black of LearntoTrade

Live simply but abundantly.

Discover God’s greatest dreams in your heart and take courage to achieve it.