I stayed in Siem Reap for five days. But we arrived in the country during night time – even later than we expected because our flight was delayed so the first night was simply just about getting to the hotel, eating late dinner and then turning in for the night. This is what we call Day Zero.
When we wanted to go to Angkor National Museum, he took us first to a travel agency. He said we should buy tickets there so we could enter. I personally wouldn’t have minded paying USD12.00 to go inside because I like museums. But my companions weren’t so willing. I was actually thinking of suggesting visiting Angkor National Museum but thought better of it. Oh well. I could always just read up about the history of Siem Reap online.
Wat Bo Pagoda
It was early afternoon when we visited this place when the sun was beating down hard. Despite the heat, we made sure to cover up when we dressed up with a top that covers the shoulders and a skirt and a dress (in my case) that covers the knees. While these are tourist attractions, they are also still sacred places so we wanted to be respectful.
By 4PM or 5PM, we were ready to call it a day. Our tuktuk driver though thought he’d push for just one more suggestion before we go back to the hotel and so he stopped at another travel agency. He suggested we do the Kompong Phluk Floating Village tour but I discouraged my friends from doing so. I read reviews from Klook, which also included this activity, that during this dry season, you’re not going to see floating villages at Tonle Sap so what’s the point then, right?
Needless to say our tuktuk driver was not very pleased with us because we just kept declining which means no commission for him. Well we’re Filipinos. We know how it works. Also we’re smart tourists. We won’t easily get pushed around.
Anyway so that’s basically how my first day in Siem Reap went. On my next posts, I’ll share more about how my travel went. Meanwhile, you can check out some of my travel photos on Instagram because I’ve already started uploading!😊