Friday, December 16, 2016
Going on holiday is always the highlight of the year – but one thing we could really do without is the stress of having to worry about our luggage. You’ve probably thought one step ahead though, and taken out some sort of insurance to cover your belongings going missing, right?
Unfortunately, even if you have, there are still a host of circumstances where if things do go missing, you’re still responsible. Today we’re going to look at the repercussions of leaving luggage unattended, and when and where you’re covered or not.
Thailand Sunday, December 04, 2016
Walk with ChaMike in Cambodia and Thailand.
5 Days. 2 Countries. Possible! Not to mention the 5th day was spent traveling from Bangkok to Manila. How? Read on...
Because Cambodia and Thailand share a land border, traveling from these countries can be easily accessible via bus making it possible to travel via land in a short period of time. Here is a quick run down of what Mike and I did for 5 days in Siem Reap and Bangkok. You can also check my actual expense at the bottom. Enjoy reading!
Day 0 | Arrival in Siem Reap, Cambodia from Manila, Philippines
This day was spent traveling from Siem Reap to Manila.
|Dual Country Trip Day 1 - Manila to Siem Reap|
07:55 pm - 09:00 pm | Travel from Manila to Siem Reap
09:00 pm - 10:00 pm | Travel from Airport to Hotel
Day 1 | Temple Tour, Blossom Cafe & Cuisine Wat Damnak
A jam-packed day. Did the whole temple tour on this day including a sunrise session at Angkor Wat. After exploring Angkor Wat, Angkor Thom and Ta Prohm we went back to our hotel for lunch and rested. Afterwards, we had a quick sweet tooth cravings at Blossom Cafe then off we went to our last temple visit at Phnom Bakheng. We ended the fun day by having a fine dining treat at Cuisine Wat Damnak.
|Dual Country Trip Day 1 - Siem Reap|
04:00 am - 01:00 pm | Temple Tour - Angkor Wat, Angkor Thom, Ta Prohm
01:00 pm - 02:00 pm | Lunch at Hotel
02:00 pm - 03:00 pm | Rest and freshen up
03:00 pm - 04:00 pm | Dessert at Blossom Cafe
04:00 pm - 05:00 pm | Sunset at Phnom Bakheng
06:30 pm - 09:00 pm | Dinner at Cuisine Wat Damnak
Day 2 | Sugar Palm, Blue Pumpkin, Old Market, Bike & Pub Street
It was a care free day as we finished all temple exploration during our first day. We relaxed at our hotel by dipping in their lovely pool. Had a traditional lunch at the well known Sugar Palm Restaurant which was proceeded by a yummy ice cream at Blue Pumpkin. Had a bit of retail therapy at Old Market and since bike rentals are free in our hotel, we decided to bike around the city center. For dinner, we tried another recommended restaurant called Viroth's and then had drink at the famous Angkor What? along Pub Street to cap the night off.
|Dual Country Trip Day 2 - Siem Reap|
08:00 am - 09:00 am | Breakfast at Hotel
09:00 am - 11:00 am | Swimming at Hotel
11:00 am - 12:30 pm | Lunch at Sugar Palm
12:30 pm - 01:30 pm | Dessert at Blue Pumpkin
01:30 pm - 03:30 pm | Buy souvenirs at Old Market
03:30 pm - 05:00 pm | Biking around the city
05:00 pm - 06:00 pm | Freshen up at hotel
06:00 pm - 08:00 pm | Dinner at Viroth's
08:00 pm - 10:00 pm | Drink at Angkor What? Pub Street
Day 3 | Bus Ride from Siem Reap, Cambodia to Bangkok, Thailand
The third day was mostly spent traveling via land from Siem Reap to Bangkok. We tried to squeeze in a little shopping at MBK Mall where we also had an affordable Thai dinner at their food court. Mike and I got curious and checked out the rowdy Khao San Road which was just a walking distance from our hotel.
|Dual Country Trip Day 3 - Siem Reap to Bangkok|
06:00 am - 07:30 am | Check out and Breakfast at Hotel
08:00 am - 05:00 pm | Travel from Siem Reap to Bangkok
05:00 pm - 06:00 pm | Travel from Bangkok Bus Terminal to Hotel
06:00 pm - 06:30 pm | Check in at Hotel and freshen up
06:30 pm - 07:00 pm | Travel from Hotel to MBK Mall
07:00 pm - 09:00 pm | Dinner and Shopping at MBK Mall
10:00 pm - 11:00 pm | People watch at Khao San Road
Day 4 | Wat Pho, Wat Arun & Chatuchak Weekend Market
In the morning Mike and I explored two notable temples, Wat Pho and Wat Arun. We also experienced riding a water taxi. In the afternoon, we went crazy shopping at Chatuchak Weekend Market then had a super delicious Thai dinner at the Hemlock Restaurant. And last but not the least, we treated ourselves to an authentic, bone cracking but relaxing Thai massage.
|Dual Country Trip Day 4 - Bangkok|
07:00 am - 08:00 am | Breakfast at Hotel
08:00 am - 09:30 am | Wat Pho
09:30 am - 11:00 am | Wat Arun
11:30 am - 01:30 pm | Lunch and travel to Chatuchak Weekend Market
01:30 pm - 07:00 pm | Shopping at Chatuchak Weekend Market
07:00 pm - 08:00 pm | Travel from Chatuchak to Hotel
08:00 pm - 09:00 pm | Freshen up at hotel
09:00 pm - 10:00 pm | Dinner at Hemlock
10:00 pm - 11:30 pm | Massage at Pai Spa
Day 5 | Travel from Bangkok, Thailand to Manila, Philippines
This day was dedicated for traveling from Thailand going back to Manila our hometown.
|Dual Country Trip Day 5 - Bangkok to Manila|
09:35 pm - 01:55 pm | Travel from Bangkok to Manila
My Siem Reap & Bangkok Actual Individual Expense
Walk with ChaMike in Wat Arun, Bangkok.
For Mike and I's day tour in Bangkok we decided to visit two temples so we could allot time for shopping. Wat Pho and Wat Arun were the temples we toured in the morning then off we went shopping at Chatuchak Weekend Market the whole afternoon until closing. Like Wat Pho, Wat Arun was not at all new to me. I've been here once but I wanted Mike to visit this temple as it was just a quick ferry ride from Wat Pho (Read: Wat Pho Bangkok, Thailand). I actually chose this for the ferry ride so Mike could experience it.