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We stayed 3 days at Oasis Capsule Hostel in Siem Reap, Cambodia at their 4 Beds Mixed Dormitory Room. Rates per bed/night are 5.85 USD / 300 PHP only! I saved 900 PHP for a 3-day stay which by the way huge savings for me because I’m able to have a budget to buy ‘pasalubongs’ and fridge magnet also this is my budget for my food and drinks for 3 days.
We have our room all to ourselves, I am traveling by the way with my co-blogger/travel buddy and my college friend/kumare. Our room is small but it’s clean and we have a super cold a/c and surprisingly super comfy bed with its own lampshade every bed and power socket.
So after settling in our room we had a quick shower and change clothes, we went to straight Pub Street which is across our hostel.
Affordable to expensive food are all here plus you get to buy fresh fruit shakes for only 1 USD / 50 PHP.
We had our late lunch at Le Tigre De Papier an Italian restaurant in Pub Street and we spent around 30 USD / 1,500 PHP for our meal. We ordered Lasagna, Chicken and chips and 12-inch pizza.
On our second day in Siem Reap, we spent almost 7 hours in our Angkor Wat tour. We hired the same tuk-tuk from yesterday and spent 30 USD / 1,500 PHP for the whole day tour/entrance fee. We first visited Angkor Wat, the largest religious monument in the world in a massive 162 hectares wide.
Imagine that we spent almost 2 hours walking and taking photos here under the scorching hot and humid weather. But it was totally worth it!
Remember that you are visiting and entering a temple do please wear proper clothing that will not expose your shoulders and legs especially to women so I strongly suggest wearing a long skirt, malong, pants, and blouse with sleeves.
This is Ta Prohm where the famous Hollywood film Tomb Raider shot their film and because of that Cambodia became more popular especially for western travelers and backpackers.
We arrived in Phnom Penh after lunch and we’re all starving so after check-in in at Velkommen Guesthouse we went out to find a restaurant to have late lunch (again). By the way, we paid our 1-night stay at the hostel for only 1,000 PHP / 20 USD and our room is good for 4 pax with 2 double bed, large bathroom, tv, a/c and personal fridge.
We found this resto-bar along the streets of Phnom Pehn and tried their western food. I ordered pasta with chicken and 1 Anchor Draft beer for only 1 USD. I totally forgot how much I paid for the pasta and chicken. It was a huge serving and I’m able to take away my leftovers.
Staying at Phnom Penh is not in our itinerary. Because we can;t bear to travel by bus for 16 hours from Siem Reap to Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam we all decided to stay 1 night in Phnom Penh instead. Our hostel is close tot he market and other tourist destinations like the Cambodia Palace, National Museum of Cambodia and Baywalk.
The Cambodia Royal Palace
I DO NOT HAVE 3RD EYE BUT I REALLY FELT SOMETHING WHEN I WAS IN HERE!!! I FELT LIKE I WILL FAINT ANY TIME SO I ASKED MY FRIENDS THAT WE LEAVE IMMEDIATELY AND AFTER EXITING THE GATE I PRAYED SO HARD BECAUSE I FELT LIKE SOME SPIRIT IS WITH ME.
P.S. You cannot take photos inside the rooms but only outside and the facade of this OLD SCHOOL BUILDING. After spending almost 3 hours in Cambodia Museum and Genocide Museum we head back to our hostel, pack our bags and head to Giant Ibis Bus Station.
Cambodia is an interesting country and I guarantee you that you will enjoy visiting temples and other tourist sites in this country. I plan to go back here by next year (hopefully).
Vietnam blog soon…
4 Days in Cambodia