Siem Reap and the Angkor Empire
Fare THB 8,450.00
Charges THB 2,180.00
THB 200.00 YQI (SERVICE FEE - INSURANCE)
THB 700.00 TS (PASSENGER SERVICE CHARGE)
THB 825.00 KX (PASSENGER SERVICE CHARGE)
Total Fare THB 12,355.00 [$430]
On the flight we
were given Smart Sim cards.
I booked Ta Som
Guesthouse online through Agoda,
Journey to Siem Reap
I arose and had breakfast with my hosts Alasdair and Gill in (south) Jomtien before driving their second car to the bust station in Jomtien... It was to be picked up there by another flying friend arriving from Europe.
The bus still costs
134 Baht for a one way ticket to Bangkok Suvarnabhumi
Airport. It runs on the hour every hour during the day
and into the night.
There were two
choices of Thai airlines for the route between Bangkok
and Siem Reap; Air Asia and Bangkok Air.
But Bangkok Air
offers all its passengers very nice "Boutique"
waiting rooms where there's a free supply of non
alcoholic drinks, sandwiches, pies, and naughty cakes.
They will give you a password to use free internet Wifi.
We were bussed out
to the Airbus 320 on the ramp...
The PG 913 flight is very short from Bangkok to Siem Reap and so cabin service was quick and efficient. We wer airborne for only forty minutes.
During that time
there are several documents that have to be filled in:
There are no gates
at Siem Reap Airport, you descend the stairs and walk
across the apron and into the terminal.
I took a taxi... Nothing is very far in Siem Reap, it's a relatively small place, but driving habits are atrocious.
I had a nice meal
and a couple of Angkor beers with Lin and Sebastien
report the illustrations are from both my Canon G11 and
its much older predecessor a G5.
I know most people need a few hours rest after their arrival at a destination... I'm not like that, I dump my stuff in the room and step out to walk and walk and walk.
Ta Som guest house
is on the National Highway No 6 which goes from the
airport through Siem Reap and heads down to Phnom Penh.
I walked past a
little temple pictured, to the bridge, crossed the river
and walked to the next bridge to cross back again.
I walked into the
shopping mall next to the ATMs, scanned my eyes around
and had to focus on a Chinese girl asking me what I was
The Second Day
Som Guesthouse consists of eggs in various forms, French
bread, some butter and jam, and fruit.
They are wise to
people using other peoples non expired tickets.
On my last day I
went to the Roluos Group which is far from the
Let's have a short moment of contemplation before we head into the madness.
There were large
crowds at Angkor Wat. I refrain from using the word
Mako was using a
scarf to shade herself from the Sun...
Khmer and Thai
cultures are very close to each other though their spoken
There were people
crawling everywhere around the Wat, and there was a
I had one of those
strange moments here at Bayon.
These sites are not
wheelchair friendly and they do require fitness and
considerable care to see properly.
Everywhere you go
there are children sent out to plead for money in return
for postcards, fridge magnets, and other oddities.
Lunches are priced
at around $6 per person, and a tin of pop will cost you
will soon destroy ancient ruins
This Praying Mantis had no fear of humans and would attack anyone in range
I joined my new
Swiss friends for dinner at the Khmer Kitchen
On to the second part