Travel Solo pt.2

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The first day I arrived around 11 am, I need to wait until 2 pm to check in so I waited at the hostel cafe on the roof top. I spent the afternoon sleeping because I took super early flight and I cannot sleep in the flight. At evening around 6, I went to the night market. It was a big and a happening night market. A lot of food stalls, massage, and souvenir shop. For muslim, you kind a have to be careful because most of the restaurant that sell food like rice, tom yum etc put pork in their dishes. But if you eat crepe I think that should be okay.

On second day, around 6.30 am the rider that I paid to take me to Angkor Wat arrived. So to enter the temple area you have to buy ticket first. I bought 3 days ticket which cost me around 70USD. It’s worth it! So firstly I went to Angkor Wat itself. So pretty, amazing and big. I went to each temple inside Angkor Wat and I stayed there for  about 6 hours. But if you want to spend less time there is okay also. The reason I came so early  in the morning is because I wanted to watch the sunrise at Angkor Wat (so freaking magnificent).

Third day I went to Bayon temple, it’s a Buddha temple. I think it’s call a temple of 100 Buddha faces and oh boy it is right. You can see a lot of Buddha sculpture. So in that area there are also 2-3 pyramid look a like temple.So it took me about 5 hours over there. I ate my lunch there, I still afraid to eat rice with dishes since I don’t know what’s in it. From what I can see the halal industry at Siem Reap is still so-so. To be save just bring maggi, breads and milo.

The fourth day, I decided not to go to the Angkor Wat Area and went to other tour guide to go to Phnom Kulen. Phnom Kulen is where a beautiful waterfall is and the journey took me about 4 hours and cost me 55USD. The waterfall is big and pretty but the water kind of shallow.  I also went to temple inside a jungle, there you can see a big Buddha chilling.

On the fifth, I decided to ride a bicycle to one of the lake at Siem Reap. But it is not Tonle Sap. I cannot remember the name (give me a break, it’s been a year)  it’s far and the local people said it’s too far and too hot for me to cycle  So this is where I proved that I am strong enough to cycle! Since there is no beach at Siem Reap, they treat the lake like a beach. They were like picnic and stuff. For Malaysian it’s a rare seen! I ate som tam there it’s a mango salad but they also put soft crab shell in it. It’s cost me 3Usd so at that time it’s about RM9 (Super expensive).

All and all the conclusion from this trip are, 1. Do research! if you are alone you have no one to rely on so do research and wrote it in your notebook or phone because you need it! where you want to go, which hotel or hostel is better, how’s the transport work there and many more. 2. Bring enough money. You don’t have anyone you can borrow from so please bring enough money so that if you encounter any emergency you wouldn’t freak out so much. Bring credit card if you have one. 3. Go to more solo traveler friendly hotel, hostel. So you can meet new people and make awesome friends! 4. Just in case, especially for girls please be prepare for extra safety. Pepper spray, whistles and taser! You never know.

Till next travel!

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Travel Solo pt.1

This is not a post on how to travel solo, this is a post on how I did my solo travel and things I wish I knew about earlier.

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So on end of March 2015 I decided to travel alone to Cambodia. It is my 2nd time travel abroad and my 1st travel alone. It’s sound crazy to people I knew when I told them about it, but it’s also exciting! I knew nothing about Cambodia but I do know it is a home of Angkor Wat, an amazing Hindu temple. The reason why I chose Cambodia, Siem Reap to be exact is because no one I know has been there. So it is this whole new world that I got to discover without 3rd person opinion.

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So I book my flight ticket with Air Asia, it cost me about RM400++ 2 ways, I book my hostel thru booking.com, the hostel is foreigners own call Funky Flashpacker cost me RM175 for 5 nights). So I’m all set, to go!!! so excited but at the same time nervous as hell. So my bf sent me to airport with heavy heart, he against my decision to travel alone, he said I’m too small (5 feet) and I looked weak which I strongly disagree and I will prove it later.

When I arrived at Siem Reap I noticed the airport is small and really poor looking but all the facilities working just great. I decided to took a motorcycle to go to my hostel (cost me around 3USD), I had a choice of taxi, bus or motorcycle so I chose the 3rd option. I had a small conversation with the rider and he told me that the hostel I chose is foreigner own and complained it is not good and a bad news for local own hostel. I also kind a regret my choice because when I arrived at my hostel I notice most of the people is foreigners (it’s not like that is bad) but when you go to other country you want to see it people, this hostel is so western.

The rider also offer to take me to all the temple around Siem Reap with his motor and he charged me around 100USD (this is obviously a fraud) but I didn’t know till the end of my trip. See this is the kind of thing I which I knew beforehand! First I declined, I said I need to think first but he convinced me that the temple is so many and faraway, so finally I said yes (but I’m not completely regretting it) read more for whyyy >.<

So this hostel is near the Siem Reap town (took me 10 minutes walking), which has night market (open every night), bank (a lot of bank but for Malaysian it has Maybank and CIMB), one and only halal restaurant that serve Khmer food and Grand Hyatt Siem Reap. It’s not a big town (or city?) but it’s  has everything you need. The hostel is pretty and awesome so my room is for 12 persons and the bed is double decker. It has air-cond (thank god) since Siem Reap is hot probably hotter than Malaysia at that time. The bed is big and comfortable, it has a locker under the bed so I can put my bag.

TO BE CONTINUED…..