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Saturday, December 10, 2011

Long Route to Phnom Penh

I can't believe that we took almost the same time it takes 1 to fly to the USA for us to go to Phnom Penh from Singapore!

We had booked the Silkair flight from Singapore to Siem Reap instead of flying in direct to Phnom Penh which would have taken just over 2 hours. But since we were returning to Singapore from Siem Reap and it was much cheaper to have a return ticket from the same airport, we had no choice but to fly in to Siem Reap first. The problem was, while the flight itself direct to Siem Reap also takes about 2 hours, this flight we took has to fly via Da Nang airport, Vietnam with a 40 minutes transit. Naturally, to add to our discomfort, our flight took off late by about 20 minutes from Singapore, took off another 40 minutes late from Da Nang and landed late in Siem Reap. All in, we were delayed by about an hour and a half with the flight itself taking over 7 hours!

Nevermind, we were met at the airport by our friendly tuk tuk driver who took us to our hotel in Siem Reap. But we were suppose to go straight to Phnom Penh, so the friendly guy at the hotel or rather guesthouse, allowed us to bath in one of the room and we then took the 12midnight bus to Phnom Pehn. Sadly, like our flight, the 6 hours bus ride turned out to be more like 71/2 hours. Sighed! So all in, it took us over 14 hours just to reach Phnom Penh from Singapore. 

 Speaking of our bus ride, this was our ride. Looks ordinary enough?

Imagine our surprise when we climbed inside to see 2 rows of bunk beds!
We got our beds but it was a rather uncomfortable sleep though. The bus was quite stuffy and smelly and the blanket that was provided didn't look very clean. But it was a midnight trip and everybody including the many Caucasians just hunker down and make the best out of it.

Next: Phnom Penh

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