Southeast Asia Travel Budget and 6 Month Budget Review JetSetting Fools

Southeast Asia travel budget (and six month budget review)

Sticking to our budget is key for traveling long term, so we’ve limited ourselves to an average of $100 per day for accommodation, food, drinks, public transportation and any miscellaneous costs that pop up (and they always do). The only thing that takes precedence over the budget is whether or not we’re enjoying the journey. After compiling  our Southeast Asia travel budget report, we can report that we are excelling in both categories.

After our lengthy stay in New Zealand and Australia, we pushed our daily average above our target, but two months in Southeast Asia put it right back on track. In 62 days, we visited Singapore, Malaysia, Vietnam, Cambodia and Thailand and came out on the budget just slightly higher than we anticipated (clearly a trend), but not even close to our $100 per day allowance. read more

Why Visit Siem Reap Cambodia JetSetting Fools

Why visit Siem Reap? There is more to see than temples

Why visit Siem Reap? Siem Reap is the obvious choice as a home base for touring the temples of Angkor and while the temples will always take first place, Siem Reap is a welcoming city that could stand on its own. To actually visit Siem Reap – and not just the Temples of Angkor – allows people to witness a grand melting pot of local customs and tourist attractions; traditional Cambodian life and modernization. The old is giving way to the new as Western tourists with money continue to flood the city and residents aren’t blind to the opportunities and possibilities of a better life. read more

Angkor Temple Tour Beyond the Big 3

Angkor Temple Tour Trail: Beyond the big 3

Our first day on the Angkor Temple Tour Trail took us to the Big Three: Angkor Wat, Angkor Thom and Ta Prohm, but there is more to see at the UNESCO World Heritage  Angkor Archaeological Park than just those.

We routed out a self-guided tour based on the ‘Big Circuit’ and ignored some of the suggested itineraries and ‘best times to visit’ as a way to attempt to escape the crowds. At a few of the temples we felt like we were there alone, which was a stark contrast from our first day of temple exploring and while watcing the sunrise at Angkor Wat. read more

Angkor Wat at Sunrise JetSetting Fools

Angkor Wat at Sunrise

The alarm went off at 4:00a.m., which under normal circumstances might irk me a little, but I was awake and ready. Today, we were heading to Angkor Wat at sunrise.

We rode in the back of the tuk-tuk in the quiet dark and filed into line with all of the other tuk-tuks, buses and cars taking visitors to the Angkor Archaeological Park. It was only five o’clock in the morning, but restaurants and side street markets were already full of life; real life Cambodia.

The city streets gave way to the tree-lined lanes leading to Angkor Wat and when we arrived we joined the hoards on foot to make the long walk toward the temple for a view of Angkor Wat at sunrise The ‘best views’ are said to be from the pool on the left side and that is where the crowds were gathered. read more

Visiting the Tmeples of Angkor Wat Cambodia

Visiting the Temples of Angkor

Visiting the Temples of Angkor was the main reason for our trip to Siem Reap and we got to it straight away. Through our hotel, we booked a tuk-tuk and a personal guide for a 7:30am departure and prepared fora full day of visiting the Temples of Angkor.

We made no special requests or itinerary demands; we left the Lonely Planet at home and let our local guide formulate the plan for what we would see at the UNESCO World Heritage Angkor Archaeological Park

Visiting the Temples of Angkor: Angkor Thom South Gate

On the short drive from Siem Reap we got our first glimpse of Angkor Wat, but bypassed it (for now) for the less crowded Angkor Thom to start our day. Located on 10 square kilometers and surrounded by both a wall and a moat, there are many sights to see at Angkor Thom. We started at the South Gate (which has been heavily restored) and walked across the bridge through the ‘Churning of the Ocean of Milk’ with 54 demons on our right and 54 gods or deities on our left and under a high tower with four imposing faces looking down on us. read more

Arrival to Cambodia Our First Hour in the Country

Arrival to Cambodia: Our first hour in the country

On our arrival to Cambodia, we disembarked the plane onto the tarmac ­­and immediately took note of the sky. To the left, dark, menacing clouds circled and swirled. To the right, puffy, white clouds bounced happily in a blue sky. It should have been a sure sign of the clashing vibes we were about to experience as we entered into the 10th country on our journey.

Arrival to Cambodia: Getting inside the airport

Before we could get inside the Siem Reap International Airport, we hit a roadblock as two officers stood in blocking the doors, not allowing anyone to enter. In addition to the two forms we had already filled out on the plane, they were thrusting yet another form into our hands and demanding that it be filled out to gain entry into the building. read more