Four months ago, my sisters found out that there’s already a direct flight from Manila to Siem Reap via Cebu Pacific. Prior to that, we already booked a trip to Vietnam… but since I didn’t know that I’ll already be free from my work come May, I passed up the opportunity to go with them to Siem Reap since I
have had limited leaves! Ahem!
But I did resign this month, and now I have TIIIME! *tumbling here* So days before my sisters’ flight to Siem Reap, I decided to go with them. Bad news? It cost me a couple of bucks since there were no promo fares anymore! Boo! But good news? I was finally going to Siem Reap, baby! As simple as that. 😛
So I just got back from Siem Reap, Cambodia… but where to start?
Okay, let’s start with Siem Reap’s airport. 🙂 For seasoned travelers, I bet you know the so-called “Banana Pancake Trail,” which includes Vietnam, Cambodia, and Thailand. You can travel these three countries by bus, but since I’m not a big fan of looong bus rides, my best option is to ride planes — now that, I’m a big fan of! Hahaha! Anyway, Siem Reap’s airport was quite surprising (in a good way) considering that it’s a province. It actually reminded me of a resort, and I can only wish that our local/provincial airports can be like it!
Next, let’s talk about our Cambodian “home” for several days: Sojourn Boutique Villas. 🙂 One of the things I noticed when I first stepped on Sojourn was its eco-friendly ambience, reminiscent of one of my favorite local resorts in the Philippines — El Nido Resorts.
Anyway, upon arrival, we were greeted by their friendly and warm staff. Plus, welcome food and drinks were served! Panalo!!!
It’s actually owned by an Australian couple, and “with only ten private villa rooms, Sojourn offers journeys of an entirely different nature.” I also loved their “Book Bundle” concept wherein you can exchange your books for theirs. Unique AND useful, indeed! 😉
And one of the good things about Sojourn is that it’s like a one-stop place for everything you need for your trip — including tours (click here)! So yes, we availed of their Angkor Trekker – Private One Day Guided Tour, and our “tour” day pretty much looked like THIS:
Sunrise at Angkor Wat…
(kung saan ako’y biglang nakakita ng mukhang Prince William! HA HA HA)
Well, sabi ko naman mukhang Prince William… “mukhang” being the operative word! Wahahahaha!
Ta Prohm Temple
After touring the temples, we went back to Sojourn to have aromatherapy massages at their in-house spa called Origins Spa. By nighttime, we went back to the town center to eat a buffet dinner and watch a traditional apsara dance at Koulen II Restaurant.
Right after that, we went to a night market — where a bunch of sellers called me “lady” to get my attention and eventually buy their products! Haha, feelingera! =)) But seriously, feel na feel ko ang pagiging “lady” dun! Bukod sa puro may “royal” ang pangalan ng mga hotel, ‘sang katutak na sapphires ang binebenta dun! And as the Duchess of Cambridge‘s
royal loyal follower, my eyes easily spotted lots of replicas of her engagement ring! @_@ Kung nalaman ko lang ng mas maaga na sa Cambodia lang pala makakabili nun, edi sana nakamura ako ng mga $20! Harharhar.
Ooh, two more things to remember when in Siem Reap:
-the US Dollar ($) is widely used, so you don’t really have to think twice about foreign exchange; and
-the tuk-tuk is their sosyal version of our padyak!
Last but not the least, let’s go back to Origins Spa. The day after our tour was our “relax day” because that was the time my sister decided to have another spa treatment! The best news? My sister “sponsored” my own spa treatment! Heehee. Kaya thanks talaga sa ate ko! I love her to bits!!! ♥
Anyway, each treatment at Origins Spa includes a complimentary drink and footwash. As for the main part, my sisters and I each had the Sojourn Signature Spa Package:
“The ultimate in pampering and the perfect way to complete your Sojourn experience. We start with your choice of body scrub and wrap to cleanse and treat your skin. While basking in your body wrap, enjoy a Kaffir Lime hair and scalp treatment. After your body wrap, enjoy a refreshing drink and light spa treat in your garden oasis.
This is followed by a one-hour aromatherpy massage”
(shortly followed by merienda at the poolside!)
Overall, I can say that this Cambodian vacation I just had is one of my best vacations ever! Kasi hindi lang puro sightseeing, may kasama ding “relaxing” part (a.k.a. spa treatments). SERIOUSLY.
So babalik pa ba ako sa Siem Reap? Aba naman, SIEM… pre! And I hope that you get to experience a Cambodian vacation like this, too! Kaya ano na... tara? 😉