Cambodian Scams

When I was doing research about Cambodia there were lots of articles about scams and things to look out for. I read so many warning about landmines in Cambodia that it seemed if you stepped off the sidewalk you would set one off. Which is not true, if you are in a more rural area it is not advised to step off the beaten path but in Siem Reap they’ve gotten rid of most of them. Landmines are a huge problem in Cambodia. Another thing I read about, were all the scams. Since Cambodia is a third-world country and tourism is a recent industry, scams are abundant. Continue reading

Thailand Re-entry 

Originally I planned on leaving Siem Reap on Monday, April 4. I figured three days would be enough to get my fill of temples. After three days I wanted to see more temples but I also wanted to get started on my Thailand adventures so I booked a bus back to Bangkok. I booked the 8am bus to give myself some time to sleep in since I had a lot of early mornings. I was talking with a guy at the hostel and he said the 6am bus was better because it’s easier to get through the border earlier in the day. The last thing I wanted were problems getting back in to Thailand so I switched my bus to the earlier one.  Continue reading

Cambodian Temples

April 1st I woke up at 4:30am to leave the hostel at 5am to catch the sunrise at Angkor Wat. We had to leave so early to purchase tickets for the temple complex. One day admission was 20$, three day admission was 40$, and seven day admission was 60$. I planned on spending three days in Siem Reap so I purchased the three day pass, it saves time later because I didn’t have to stand in the line again. They took your picture for the temple pass so you couldn’t give it to someone else. Mine was a lovely 5am-I-just-woke-up picture, no joke. Continue reading

Visa Run: Cambodia 

Visas in Thailand are tricky things. My work visa expired March 31, if I wanted to keep traveling beyond that date I had to leave the country and renter with a 30 day tourist visa. I arrived in Bangkok on March 30; I knew I had to leave the country the next day and I wanted to go to Cambodia but I just didn’t know how. I had heard rumors of a bus that went directly from Bangkok to Angkor Wat, which sounded like exactly what I needed. Upon further research, I was very confused and realized I did not know the first thing about getting to Cambodia and that I was grossly underprepared.  Continue reading