07.11.2016 - 07.11.2016 88 °F
It was another loooooong travel day. It's definitely more difficult and time consuming to travel through Southeast Asia in comparison to Europe (or Japan), for example. We started our morning off by waking up at 4:30 am to finish packing up; we were scheduled to leave for the airport at 5:30 am for an early flight. Justin didn't sleep well last night, so he was able to watch the end of the Euro 2016 final, where Portugal beat France. Unfortunately, his idol Cristiano Ronaldo was injured shortly after the match started. The game started at 2:00 a.m. and he watched it off and on until it finally finished at 4:30, just as I was getting up to our alarm! We couldn't fully pack last night because we needed to let our clothes dry longer through the night. Packing was pretty easy and we're getting back into our routine in terms of how things should fit in our bags.
Once we were done packing we said goodbye to our "marvellous" hotel room (misspelling intended) and headed down to the lobby. We were immediately greeted by the same man that we spoke to the previous night, which meant he'd probably had the whole night shift. He informed us that our car was outside and our to-go breakfasts, water, and coffee were already in the car. The hospitality from the entire staff was really spectacular. Our car ride to the airport was much smoother this time, probably because the traffic was a bit lighter. We passed through immigration easily and soon we were at our gate...over two hours early. I guess we take after Kuku (he always plans for avid time before flights)!
We puttered around the airport until it was time to hop on our flight to Bangkok. I swear the space between rows is definitely shrinking with each flight we take. Our knees were jammed into the seats in front of us, but I still managed to take a nap on Justin for most of the flight! I woke up to a jolt from our landing and soon enough we were ready to head to our next flight that would take us to Siem Reap, Cambodia. For some reason each time we've flown through Bangkok we've had to exit immigration and reenter even though we have fully printed boarding passes. It's an anomaly I still can't understand, but hopefully I can solve the mystery soon since we fly though Bangkok two more times! We grabbed some McDonalds once we got back in the terminal because at this point we'd been up for 7 hours or so. We ate at our gate and waited for our 30 minute delayed plane.
The flight over to Siem Reap was definitely our bumpiest yet. I dozed off yet again, but not for as long this time. We had some visa and immigration paperwork to fill out on the plane, and it was being made difficult by the turbulence. We finally touched group in Cambodia afterwards! The airport was very small and we got our visa on arrival very quickly. We found our driver from our hotel after making a quick phone call back to the hotel to make sure he was still coming. Our driver arrived with scarves for each of us and we had a nice and easy drive to the hotel (much less hectic compared to Hanoi). We were greeted with watermelon juice and pineapple and checked in right away. Everyone at this hotel is very nice and helpful as well; it seems they are trying to out-do our Marvellous Hotel in Hanoi!
We were shown to our room right after our snack and it did not disappoint. The room itself is huge and it's right on the big pool! We were thrilled to see such an incredible room. This room stands in stark contrast to the one we shared in Takayama We spent a little bit of time checking in with family and trying to game plan the rest of our stay here. We hadn't done much planning in terms of how many days and when/how we wanted to get to Angkor Wat, so we had a ton to catch up on. About an hour later we figured we needed to go eat something so we could get back early. We took the free tuk tuk shuttle to the downtown area and walked around the fun shops and big pub street (we'll be looking into that street more tomorrow evening ). The hotel gave us a local cell phone for us to use when we wanted to get picked up! All we need to do is call the hotel and provide our location and the tuk tuk will be there in 10 short minutes! We walked quite a bit longer than we were planning and eventually found a delicious Indian place for dinner. We were pretty starving at this point, so we wasted no time in ordering butter chicken, chicken tikka masala, aloo gobi, dhal, garlic naan, basmati rice, and two draft beers. It was a feast!! We scarfed down our meal as more and more people started arriving. We stuffed ourselves as much as possible and finished almost everything.
Next it was time to find a market; there were surprisingly way more markets and convenience stores here compared to Hanoi, so we had no trouble finding one right away. We stocked up on four large water bottles, some snacks, and some candy. Then we called our hotel to catch a tuk tuk back. The tuk tuk arrived in less than ten minutes and we were off to the hotel. We spent another hour planning out how we wanted to see Angkor Wat and eventually decided to start with the standard "small" loop that takes you through many of the main attractions. Our hotel offers tuk tuk tours that take you around all day, which seemed to be a better option than riding miles and miles in 90 degree rainy weather on a bike. We arranged for the tuk tuk to take us for sunrise and they'll take us back to the hotel just before sunset (if we can make it!). The hotel also packs a breakfast for us to enjoy at Angkor Wat after watching the incredible sunrise. We have to be ready at 4:30 am to leave, so it's definitely time to hit the hay.
Fasten your seat belts and get ready to see some magical photos from tomorrow! Until then
Kaela and Justin
Walking around Siem Reap town, and pub street ($.50 beers).
Waiting in Bangkok for our (delayed) flight to Cambodia! These are our patient faces.
Welcome presents at our hotel in Siem Reap.
Our magnificent room.
Our Indian feast!
A late tuk tuk ride back to the hotel for the night.