My sister and I wanted an exotic getaway…off the beaten path…rich cultural heritage…here we are in Siem Reap, Cambodia! We flew with Silkair and the aircraft flying to Siem Reap (from Singapore) was an Airbus A319 small and pretty rough ride. Surviving the approximately 2-hour flight, we finally arrived at Siem Reap International Airport.
The airport terminal looked more like a resort with a barren runway and that’s it. Boyyy it was freaking HOT at 40-42 deg celsius! Sw’s mother was not kidding.
Met up with our 4WD driver and it was only 15 minutes drive to the city center before finally arriving at our accommodation Raffles Grand Hotel D’Angkor.
1930s Elevator that works!
Welcome drink as you rest in the lounge and check-in by the sofa. Not at the reception.
Then our room concierge showed us to the room and we loved the balcony view.
Had a few hours to ourselves before meeting up again with the 4WD driver to head over to Phnom Bakheng for sunset. It was a 30-45 minutes climb up the hill where Phnom Bakheng is located, those willing to splurge can fork out US$20-30 per pax each way for the elephant ride up and/or down.
The excitement faded as we saw the horrible queue. Apparently, the authorities decided to limit number of tourists to preserve Phnom Bakheng. Also, they stop tourists from climbing to the top of Phnom Bakheng around 5-5:30pm.
We walked around Phnom Bakheng several times before heading back down the hill. Then, we asked the driver to drop us at Alliance (Art) Cafe, which received good reviews online for their French cuisine.
Wat Damnak, 7 Makara Street
Siem Reap Angkor, Cambodia
Tel : +855 (0)63 964 940
We ordered escargots, onion soup and duck confit which were great! Even after including drinks and a set of Khmer dishes, the total bill came up to around US$50-60 for the both of us.
With our stomachs filled, we took a short walk to the city center and around Pub Street (pubs, bars, restaurants and massage parlours) before hopping onto a tuktuk (plenty) back to the hotel for US$2.
Took a good rest before embarking on the Angkor-packed tour over the next 3 days.