Visiting Angkor Wat in Siem Reap Cambodia is probably in most travelers bucket-list including myself. So, when I was planning my route when I purchased my Air Asia Asean Pass (Click here for the Blog) I made sure Siem Reap, Cambodia will be included. Because I was not able to get a flight from Penang, Malaysia to Siem Reap, Cambodia or I was trying to maximize the use of my Air Asia Asean Pass, I decided to fly to Bangkok and then travel further overland to Siem Reap.

From Penang International Airport I arrived at exactly 8:00 in the evening in Don Mueng International Airport, Bangkok Thailand. As soon as I cleared myself out of the immigration, I hailed a taxi to Mochit Bus Terminal, to purchase a bus ticket to Siem Reap Cambodia for the next morning.

At the bus terminal, I drag my luggage across a maze of waiting passengers and also regretting for not bringing my backpack for this trip, I made it to the ticket counter, only to find out the the bus for the next day is fully booked. I was so disappointed at myself for not booking my ticket in advance online.

Googling however, I found out that there are Casino Buses that plies from Bangkok to Poitpet Border. The bus leaves at around 4:00 ‘ish in the morning from Lumphini Park in Bangkok. These buses are obviously meant for the Thai Gamblers. I am the only tourist in the bus and no one speak English which makes the trip a little bit uncomfortable for me. The travel time to the border is surprisingly fast though, it takes us only around 4   hours to the border. I am smiling ear to ear as soon as I see the “Welcome to the Kingdom of Cambodia” gate.

Since I am holding a Philippine Passport, I don’t need a visa to enter into the Kingdom of Cambodia. I just presented my passport for exit and entry stamp to Thailand and Cambodia respectively.

From the border I took a minibus to Siem Reap together with a group of traveler from Peru. It was very long travel and really tiring travel  btw.

Wonderfully Lost #angkorwat

A post shared by Esner Azul (@esnerazul) on

EXPLORING ANGKOR WAT ON A BIKE

Angkor Wat, is a UNESCO World Heritage Site and is the biggest religious monument in the world. There are various ways to tour the temples of Angkor. There are tuk-tuk, private cars, motorbike and by bicycle. You may also choose to have a tour guide. Because I care for the environment am cheap, I chose to bike Lol.

Though the temple complex is packed with tourist, it is still breathtaking to see. Besides Ankor Wat, there are various other temples to see in the complex, such as Bayon, Ta Phrom, Angkor Thom and many others. I was trying to visit as much temple as I could while on a bike that I do not have any idea of the name of the temple I’m visiting Lol, except for Angkor Wat of course. Below are some of the pictures I took. I was also blessed by a Monk, I did not understand anything he was saying though 🙂

Angkor Wat

A post shared by Esner Azul (@esnerazul) on

Blessed by a monk. Mahahanap ko na daw ang forever ???

A post shared by Esner Azul (@esnerazul) on