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Cambodia and Thailand Trip: 11 Days Itinerary To Siem Reap, Krabi & Thailand

Amazing Cambodia and Thailand Trip

“It was around mid-September; I and Ashwini were at ‘Kitsch Mandi,’ a two-day, music, art & shopping festival takes place in Bangalore, when we decided to go to Cambodia in March. To be on the safer side, we booked the tickets from Chennai to Bangkok instantly. One of the cheapest ways to reach Cambodia is to take flight to Bangkok and cross the border by road to Cambodia.

By the end of the year, two of my friends from the office, Greeshma & Malvika, and one of my old friends, Navya, also joined the trip and they booked the tickets in early January. In this way, we were five people heading to Cambodia to explore its rich culture and beautiful tourist destinations.

The complete trip was planned from March 24, 2017, to March 30, 2017, where I planned to explore Siem Reap, which is primarily famous for being the gateway to Angkor region, and Phnom Penh, the capital city of Cambodia and only Bangkok in Thailand. However, it was five hour’s drive from Siem Reap to Phnom Penh, and due to lack of time, I decided to drop Phnom Penh from the list.

As Phnom Penh was off the list, the girls requested to extend the program and add a few places, if possible, of Thailand. Therefore, after some research and discussion, we added Krabi in our ‘to-visit’ list. Also, our trip was extended from March 30, 2017, to April 2, 2017. So, this was all about how we came up with the plan to visit Cambodia & Thailand. Now, let’s fasten your seatbelts and enjoy the journey as I take you to an amazing Cambodia & Thailand trip!

An Amazing Cambodia And Thailand Trip

Bangalore to Chennai

Our flight to Bangkok was at 10.30 PM from Chennai. If you are flying to South East Asia from India, the cheapest flights, the majority of times, you can get is from Chennai. So, the first journey for us was from Bangalore to Chennai for which we booked the early morning bus, departing at 7.30 AM from Shantinagar. We reached Chennai at around 3.30 in the afternoon and had a delicious authentic lunch at Saravana Bhavan.

We had ample time for our flight and hence, we decided to visit Marina Beach, which is also the Asia’s largest beach. So, we took an auto from bus stand and reached Marina Beach.

Amazing Cambodia And Thailand Trip - Auto Marina Beach

Auto ride to Marina Beach

Amazing Cambodia And Thailand Trip - Marina Beach Selfie

Say Beeeeeaaacchhh!!!

Amazing Cambodia And Thailand Trip - Fishes Marina Beach

After spending some time at Marina Beach, we left for the Chennai International Airport; reaching there at around 6.30 PM. Ashwini (my friend) joined us at the airport at around 8 PM.

Amazing Cambodia And Thailand Trip - Chennai International Airport Departures

Departures – Chennai International Airport

Amazing Cambodia And Thailand Trip - Bags at Chennai International Airport

All set for the security check!

The flight was scheduled to depart at 10.30 PM and we boarded the flight at around 9.45 PM.

Amazing Cambodia And Thailand Trip - Security Check Done

All set to board!!!

Amazing Cambodia And Thailand Trip - Before Take-off Selfie

Before take-off selfie..!!!

And so the adventure begins…

Bangkok Arrival & Entering Cambodia…

Amazing Cambodia And Thailand Trip - Bangkok Arrival

We arrived in Bangkok at around 2.30 AM and it took us complete two and half hours to complete all the immigration process and come out of the airport. After coming out of the airport, we had a delicious and fulfilling breakfast outside the airport and bought SIM cards.

Quick Fact: There are two airports in Bangkok, viz. Suvarnabhumi Airport, and Don Mueang Airpor. Suvarnabhumi Airport is the newer one and is near the city. On the other hand, Don Mueang Airport, which is one of the oldest international airports in the world, is the second main airport in the city. It officially started its operations in the year 1914. So, the airlines from around the world are distributed between these two airports to reduce the traffic. We were lucky to see this more than 100 years old airport as our flight landed at Don Mueang Airport.

Navya, the fifth and final member of our group, reached Bangkok a day before us. Hence, we called her up to come to the airport and join us.

Next task was to enter Cambodia. As mentioned, one of the easiest ways to enter Cambodia is to take a cab from Bangkok and cross the border. We booked a cab from the Bangkok airport, which took us to Cambodia. It was around 6.30 AM when we left Don Mueang Airport, stopping at Lam Pak Chi at 7.30 AM for a break. The cost of the cab from Don Mueang Airport to Aranyaprathet was THB 3400.

Amazing Cambodia And Thailand Trip - The Rising Sun

Enroute Cambodia

Amazing Cambodia And Thailand Trip - Lam Pak Chi

Halt at Lam Pak Chi

Amazing Cambodia And Thailand Trip - Roadtrip

Next stop was Aranyaprathet, located in Eastern Thailand, and is the border town to enter Cambodia. Aranyaprathet is around 250 KM from Bangkok and is one of the most famous travel routes between Bangkok and Siem Reap. It is also the busiest land crossing to enter Cambodia.

We reached Aranyaprathet at around 11.30 AM and then had one of the worst chickens at KFC (I recommend, please eat anything anywhere else, but DO NOT go to KFC).

Amazing Cambodia And Thailand Trip - KFC at Aranyaprathet

Yes, I know! It looks delicious  🙄 but believe me it was not! 

During the drive through, we had a good glimpse of Aranyaprathet town. It is a quaint town with not much population and to reach the border, you have to cross the town. 

Amazing Cambodia And Thailand Trip - Aranyaprathet Town

Amazing Cambodia And Thailand Trip - Aranyaprathet-2

Amazing Cambodia And Thailand Trip - Aranyaprathet

Amazing Cambodia And Thailand Trip - Cambodia Border

Heading towards Cambodia border from Aranyaprathet

Quick Fact: The border is around 6 KM from the Aranyaprathet town and is open from 8 AM to 8 PM only.

Post lunch at KFC, it was time to cross the border and enter Cambodia. Our Cambodia Airbnb guy, named Hak, was already at the border waiting for us. He guided us about all the procedure and things to know to enter Cambodia and exit Thailand. After a short walk, we could see the Cambodia border. A very old gate, with the words – “KINGDOM OF CAMBODIA” – welcomes you to the beautiful land of Cambodia.

Amazing Cambodia And Thailand Trip - Cambodia Border

Amazing Cambodia And Thailand Trip - Cambodia Border2

Amazing Cambodia And Thailand Trip - how to enter in Cambodia

All set to enter Cambodia

We crossed that gate by walking and headed towards “The Office of the International Border Check Point of Poipet” where the visa and immigration took place. Cambodia provides visa on arrival to Indians.

Amazing Cambodia and Thailand Trip - Border Checkpoint Cambodia

Quick Fact: Poipet, located in Western Cambodia, is one of the major border crossing locations between Siem Reap & Bangkok. It is famous for its casinos lined up on the main street near the border.  

The cost of the visa to enter Cambodia is $30 and THB 100 per person that you need to pay during the immigration and stamping process.

After all the visa and immigration process we were set to head towards Siem Reap. We started for Siem Reap in Mercedes Commuter, which Hak brought for us. Enroute Siem Reap, we stopped for a loo break at around 1.30 PM where I bought a few beers. It had been a little hectic day and hence, it deserved a beer!

Amazing Cambodia and Thailand Trip - Heading towards Siem Reap

Grabbing a cold one with girls!!!

Amazing Cambodia and Thailand Trip - Enroute Siem Reap

It took us around 3-hours to reach Siem Reap, as it is 150 KM from Poipet, reaching there at around 4 PM. We were welcomed with a refreshing orange juice at our Airbnb, post that we settled down and relaxed sometime in swimming pool with a cold one!

Amazing Cambodia and Thailand Trip - Cambodia Airbnb

Cambodia Airbnb

Exploring Siem Reap –  A 5-days Excursion

Tour of Pub Street in Siem Reap (Day 0)

On March 25 eve, after some rest, we headed out to explore the beautiful Siem Reap. Our first stop was Pub Street.

Amazing Cambodia and Thailand Trip - Pub Street in Siem Reap

Pub Street Entrance in Siem Reap

Quick Fact: Pub Street is one of the best places to experience nightlife in Siem Reap. It is the hub of backpacker-friendly bars, nightclubs, pubs, and multi-cuisine restaurants and cafes. This, also, is one of the few places in Siem Reap, which are open throughout the night and sometimes until 4 AM.

Pub Street was lively and we forgot all our tiredness as we started strolling in the street. There were lines of stalls, selling a variety of cuisines, be it local food or the international ones. We could not stop ourselves from doing a small photo-session.

Amazing Cambodia and Thailand Trip - Pub Street Entrance Selfie

Amazing Cambodia and Thailand Trip - Pub Street of Siem Reap

Amazing Cambodia and Thailand Trip - Pub Street Selfie

Amazing Cambodia and Thailand Trip - Pub Street Siem Reap Selfie

Amazing Cambodia and Thailand Trip - Girl Power at Pub Street Siem Reap

Girl Power at Pub Street

It was a little awkward but I tasted a few worms, scorpions and small snakes. Malvika, Navya and all other girls too tried a few of the worms and snakes. I cannot describe the taste of stuff I had there. It’s just it was a little weird.

Amazing Cambodia and Thailand Trip - Pub Street Siem Reap Worm Eating

Oh Yummm!!!!

Amazing Cambodia and Thailand Trip - Worm Selfi in Pub Street Siem Reap

Post the worm eating sessions, it was time to taste the delicious crocodile pizza. Yes! You heard it right. We had the crocodile pizza with some really awesome beers at Angkor What? Bar located on Pub Street Siem Reap. It is one of the most famous bars of Siem Reap, which attracts a lot of crowd.

Amazing Cambodia and Thailand Trip - Angkor What Bar Pub Street Siem Reap

Angkor What?

Amazing Cambodia and Thailand Trip - Crocodile Pizza at Pub Street Siem Reap

Crocodile Pizza

Amazing Cambodia and Thailand Trip - Beers at Pub Street Siem Reap

This WORMOLICIOUS dinner was followed by a relaxing fish foot therapy, which was the last activity of the day before calling the day off! First night in Siem Reap was an amazing one. But there was much to be followed after that.

Siem Reap (Day 1)

Today was supposed to be a long and tiring day as we planned to visit a lot of places of Siem Reap. Hence, after having a delicious breakfast (made by Malvika) we started our Siem Reap tour at around 9.30 AM.

Amazing Cambodia and Thailand Trip - Enroute Angkor

Enroute Angkor

First, we bought our Angkor Pass, which allows you to explore the ruins of Angkor Wat. The validity of Angkor Pass is one month during which you can enter the premises three times. Angkor Pass was a little costly, priced at USD 62.

Amazing Cambodia and Thailand Trip - Angkor Pass

Amazing Cambodia and Thailand Trip - Entrance of Angkor

Our first stop was Preah Khan, which is a Buddhist Temple and is one of the several largest premises inside the Angkor Temple. Generally, Preah Khan experiences slightly fewer visitors as compared to other temples present in Angkor area.

Quick Fact: The Preah Khan Temple is open daily from 7.30 AM to 5.30 PM

As we entered the Angkor premises, the architecture and carvings astonished us, which were sculpted on those buildings. We spent a lot of time taking photos near those beautiful buildings. To get the better poses, Malvika and I tried to climb the walls of those temples, but were warned by the securities. Obviously, this spoiled our photo-session but nothing can be done when the BOSS says you NO!

Amazing Cambodia and Thailand Trip - Preah Khan Siem Reap

Amazing Cambodia and Thailand Trip - Preah Khan Siem Reap Statue

Amazing Cambodia and Thailand Trip - Siem Reap Preah Khan

Amazing Cambodia and Thailand Trip - Preah Khan

Amazing Cambodia and Thailand Trip - Preah Khan Siem Reap Shiva

Amazing Cambodia and Thailand Trip - Preah Khan Siem Reap Corridor

After strolling around the compound of Preah Khan and taking umpteen beautiful photos, we came out of Preah Khan. On the way out, we bought the “Rice paper Painting” and gave the shopkeeper INR as a souvenir.

Our next stop was Neak Pean, which is located on the eastern side of Preah Khan and is just 300 meters. While getting out of the car, Navya twisted her leg and hence, decided to rest in the car. We four continued the Neak Pean exploration. After strolling through the temple and taking some photos, it was time to have a deliciously delicious lunch!

Amazing Cambodia and Thailand Trip - Neak Pean Siem Reap

After strolling through the temple and taking some photos, it was time to have a deliciously delicious lunch!

In lunch, we thought of trying a few authentic Cambodian cuisines. Hence, we ordered coconut amok and Khmer chicken curry, which are Cambodia’s staple cuisines. These delicious meals were topped with chilled Angkor beer.

Amazing Cambodia and Thailand Trip - Coconut Amok and Steamed rice Siem Reap Cambodia

Coconut Amok and steamed rice

Amazing Cambodia and Thailand Trip - Coconut Amok Khmer Chicken Curry Siem Reap Cambodia

Coconut Amok, Khmer Chicken Curry & Angkor Beer

After having a delicious and fulfilling Cambodian lunch, it was time to move on!

Next in the list was Ta Som, a 12th century Buddhist Temple, located on the eastern side of Preah Neak Poan. Ta Som Temple is one of the most popular photogenic places of Cambodia and we did not miss the chance to take a lot of photos too.

Amazing Cambodia and Thailand Trip - Ta Som Siem Reap

Ta Som – Siem Reap

Amazing Cambodia and Thailand Trip - Siem Reap Ta Som

I primarily went to Cambodia to see the beautiful sunset at Pre Rup Temple, which was going to be our next stop. It was a little hot and humid when we were exploring these beautiful ruins of Angkor Wat and Malvika wished for rains. And guess what! It suddenly became cloudy and rains started to pour.

Amazing Cambodia and Thailand Trip - Ta Som Siem Reap Panorama

Pre Rup – Siem Reap

Amazing Cambodia and Thailand Trip - Siem Reap Pre Rup

Amazing Cambodia and Thailand Trip - Siem Reap Pre Rup

People waiting to capture sunset at Pre Rup

I don’t know what magical power or something else worked at that time and heard Malvika’s wish. Well! Nothing could be done then and my wish to see sunset at Pre Rup remained unfulfilled, we started to play in the rains like kids.

Amazing Cambodia and Thailand Trip - Ta Som Rains Siem Reap

Amazing Cambodia and Thailand Trip - Angry Me at Pre Rup Siem Reap

The disappointing face

After all this, we decided to head back to our Airbnb. On the way, Malvika decided to cook dinner for all of us and hence, we stopped at the local supermarket to buy groceries and other cooking items, which our “CHEF” might need during her cooking sessions.

While strolling through the supermarket, I found a few things, which made me remember my country. I was literally in tears after seeing these things in a foreign land. Please check yourself in the below-mentioned picture.

Amazing Cambodia and Thailand Trip - Siem Reap Supermarket

Whilst these girls were busy in buying their dinner stuff, I headed towards to buy some cold ones so that after a tiring but amazing day, I can relax and have some beers. I bought some Tuborg, the usual stuff, and Angkor & Singha beer, which are specifically from Cambodia.

Amazing Cambodia and Thailand Trip - Singha Beer Siem Reap

We reached home at around 8.15 PM. I went in, changed and relaxed in the swimming pool with beer while these girls helped Malvika prepare her sumptuous 2-course meal for all of us.

After a wait of two hours, we finally got to see our dinner. So what was on the menu? Egg curry, steamed rice, and French fries.

Amazing Cambodia and Thailand Trip - Dinner at Siem Reap

Siem Reap (Day 2)

Today, we woke up early, as we didn’t want to miss the sunrise from Angkor Wat. So, after getting up at around 5.30, we reached Angkor Wat by 5.50 AM. But it was all cloudy and we missed the sunrise. So disappointing!

Amazing Cambodia and Thailand Trip - Angkor Temple Siem Reap

Followed by sunrise, we entered into Angkor Temple at 7 AM and started exploring the temple compound. The complete temple premises is covered with large walls, depicting the stories from the holy Ramayana, Mahabharata, Samudra Manthan and much more. Apart from this, there were also the sculptures of various apsaras, hell, and heaven stories.

Amazing Cambodia and Thailand Trip - Siem Reap Angkor Temple

The temple architecture was so beautiful that if we hadn’t taken some pictures, it wouldn’t have been justice with the artists who built these great monuments.

Amazing Cambodia and Thailand Trip - Angkor Temple Siem Reap Gallery

Amazing Cambodia and Thailand Trip - Angkor Temple Top

Amazing Cambodia and Thailand Trip - Angkor Temple Siem Reap Pathway

Amazing Cambodia and Thailand Trip - Angkor Temple Compound

Amazing Cambodia and Thailand Trip - Pathway at Angkor Temple Siem Reap

We didn’t realize but it was after around two-hours when we left the temple compound. After temple exploration, we did some souvenir shopping from a young and innocent girl named Shana. She had awesome selling skills and I couldn’t resist myself from buying a few key chains from her.

Amazing Cambodia and Thailand Trip - Shana in Siem Reap Cambodia

Shana – Our Supergirl!

After the breakfast, we headed to our next destination – Bayon Temple – primarily famous for being the temple theme in very famous The Jungle Book!

Amazing Cambodia and Thailand Trip - Bayon Temple Siem Reap Cambodia

Bayon Temple

Quick Fact: Bayon Temple was originally built in the year 1190. Two long walls of over 1.2 KM in length surrounds the Bayon Temple, which has the collection of outstanding bas-relief scenes and various other important historical events. These walls have more than 11,000 carved figures.

It took us around 2-hours to completely explore Bayon Temple. During the tour of Bayon Temple, we did capture its beautiful architecture.

Amazing Cambodia and Thailand Trip - Bayon Temple in Siem Reap

Amazing Cambodia and Thailand Trip - Siem Reap Bayon Temple

The campus of Bayon Temple was so large that we almost lost the way while heading back to the exit. But later, we somehow managed to get out of Bayon Temple and moved to our next stop, which was Ta Prohm. 

Ta Prohm was a famous temple from Tomb Raider Movie. Apart from this, it was glad to see that the conservation of Ta Prohm Temple is being done by the collaboration of India and Cambodia.

Amazing Cambodia and Thailand Trip - Ta Prohm Conservation Project

Built in the year 1186, huge trees in and around walls primarily surround the Ta Prohm Temple and the architecture of the temple is so beautiful that it is difficult to describe in words. I don’t know why, but some random guys kept on asking me for a selfie on the way back and by default, girls had to tease me for this.

Amazing Cambodia and Thailand Trip - Ta Prohm Siem Reap

Amazing Cambodia and Thailand Trip - Ta Prohm

Amazing Cambodia and Thailand Trip - Ta Prohm Architecture

Amazing Cambodia and Thailand Trip - Ta Prohm Temple in Siem Reap

We could not enter the main hall as it was under renovation!

Amazing Cambodia and Thailand Trip - Ta Prohm Main Hall

Leaving Ta Prohm at around 4 PM, we started to head back to our home, stopping at the supermarket for groceries and other stuff.

Talking about the dinner, it was again going to be the Chef Malvika’s special dinner menu tonight, which had chicken curry and rice.

Siem Reap (Day 3)

After all the temple tours and exploring the rich and authentic history of Cambodia, it was time to witness the other side of the country. Today, we headed to Tonle Sap Lake, reaching there at around 10.15 AM.

Amazing Cambodia and Thailand Trip - Tonle Sap Lake Siem Reap

Amazing Cambodia and Thailand Trip - Tonle Sap Lake Siem Reap Cambodia

Quick Fact: Tonle Sap Lake is the largest freshwater lake in whole Southeast Asia and the lake is filled with umpteen floating villages. It, also, is one of the largest resources for fishing and wetlands in this area. The best time to visit Tonle Sap Lake is from June to October.

Amazing Cambodia and Thailand Trip - Tonle Sap Lake

At Tonle Sap Lake, we hired a private boat for just four of us, which cost us USD80 and USD4 as a tip to boat people. During the Tonle Sap Lake tour, we witnessed floating villages, crocodile farm, and various other markets where people were selling stuffs.

Amazing Cambodia and Thailand Trip - Tonle Sap Lake Crocodile Farm

Next stop was Banteay Srei Temple where we reached at around 1.30 PM. Banteay Srei Temple was yet another jewel in the Angkor Wat Temples and was opened in AD 967. This temple is dedicated to Shiva and is amongst the well-preserved temples of Siem Reap.

Amazing Cambodia and Thailand Trip - Banteay Srei Temple Siem Reap

Quick Fact: The meaning of Banteay Srei is 'Citadel of Women,' and it is believed that women built this temple, as it is a little difficult to construct such elaborate carvings by a man's hand.

Amazing Cambodia and Thailand Trip - Banteay Srei Temple

Amazing Cambodia and Thailand Trip - Banteay Srei Temple Siem Reap Cambodia

The tour to Banteay Srei was followed by a delicious lunch of amok and fried noodles. As it was already 4.45 PM and we had planned to witness sunset at Pre Rup (which we missed last time because of rains), we took a quick tour of East Mebon.

Amazing Cambodia and Thailand Trip - East Mebon

East Mebon

After taking a quick glance at East Mebon, we rushed towards Pre Rup. This time, we did see the sunset and believe me, it was the most beautiful sunset of my life.  

Amazing Cambodia and Thailand Trip - Sunset at Pre Rup Siem Reap Cambodia

After the sunset, we went for a second round of Pub Street, reaching there at around 10 PM. We all wanted to dance and hence, found one bar named “Temple Bar.” Yes! You heard it right! The name was Temple Bar. Anyways! I don’t know what wrong was with girls, they were hesitating and ambiguous on deciding, whether they should go inside the bar or not. On the other hand, I without any delay entered the bar, bought some beers, and started dancing; of course, later girls also joined me.

Amazing Cambodia and Thailand Trip - Pub Street Round Two

These dance sessions continued for about an hour, followed by a delicious dinner and some more beer at the food joints located on Pub Street. Our total damage for the day was USD 19.50 where we had Angkor Draught beer, pizza and deep fried springs.

Amazing Cambodia and Thailand Trip - Temple Bar Pub Street Siem Reap

Amazing Cambodia and Thailand Trip - Pub Street Dinner

Amazing Cambodia and Thailand Trip - Pub Street Damage

Damages at Pub Street

On the way back, we took a tuk tuk whose driver, after reaching destinations, started demanding more money than the normal fare. He was too arrogant and kept demanding for USD 5. I was in full mood to negotiate and if condition gets worse even ready to fight with. But at that moment, our savior arrived – Ms. Malvika – who negotiated the deal in USD 4, which was still USD 2 more than what we paid while going to Pub Street. God bless our Malvikaaa!!!

Siem Reap (Day 4)

I started my fourth day at Siem Reap with a 5K run. To do this, I woke up at 5.30 AM and went for the run by 6 AM. The weather was too hot and humid but it didn’t become an obstacle in my run.

While running, I saw local vendors selling local and authentic Cambodian breakfast and thought of buying it on the way back. Then I remembered, I had no money and missed the chance of tasting Cambodian breakfast.

Today’s destination was Phnom Kulen National Park, and hence, after a delicious breakfast at our Airbnb, we headed towards our place of the day. The journey towards the Phnom Kulen National Park was so mesmerizing and refreshing, passing through a lush green ghat sections. We reached Phnom Kulen National Park at around 10.30 AM and went to see the Kbal Spean, which is an archeological site, also known as “Valley of Thousand Lingas.”

Amazing Cambodia and Thailand Trip - Enroute Phnom Kulen National Park

Enroute Phnom Kulen National Park

Amazing Cambodia and Thailand Trip - Lingas model at Phnom Kulen National Park

Amazing Cambodia and Thailand Trip - Lingas

Amazing Cambodia and Thailand Trip - Reclining Buddha Phnom Kulen National Park

Amazing Cambodia and Thailand Trip - Selfie

After a short walk until the end of river, we reached Preah Ang Thom Temple, which had the statue of reclining Buddha on the top. As we had to remove our shoes to climb the stairs, we dropped the idea.

On the way and inside these temples, there were a lot of penis shaped models, which were sold as lingas.

Followed by these temples visit, we continued our journey to witness waterfalls. There were two waterfalls (initially, we didn’t know) one was 4-5 meters high, which was a little disappointment; but the next one was a nice and high, about 20-meters high, waterfall covered with beautiful and lush green jungles.

Amazing Cambodia and Thailand Trip - Waterfall at Phnom Kulen National Park

Amazing Cambodia and Thailand Trip - Large Waterfall

We couldn’t play in the water as it was a little muddy but still, it was refreshing to witness these beautiful waterfalls and relax alongside them.

Amazing Cambodia and Thailand Trip - Selfie with Waterfalls

Amazing Cambodia and Thailand Trip - Relaxing alongside waterfalls

We left the Phnom Kulen National Park at around 2.30 PM and got down near the adjacent lane to Pub Street where we bid adieu to our driver and thanked him to give us an awesome tour of his city.

After saying our driver good bye, we did some shopping from local market, went home, and started packing as we were supposed to leave for Bangkok the next day.

Siem Reap (Day 5)

Today was the day to say good bye to Siem Reap; to say good bye to all the beautiful temples and places we visited; to say good bye to all the fun we had and met all the wonderful people.

Amazing Cambodia and Thailand Trip - Hak Airbnb Siem Reap Cambodia

We left for Poipet at around 7.45 AM and reached by 11 AM, unaware of the fact that a teeny tiny trouble was waiting for us. Rules say – we need to have return Thailand visa stamped on our passports before we leave the country – and we missed this. Hence, to solve this issue, I went to Cambodia Immigration and explained them our situation. It was pretty difficult to explain those people as no one knew English there. So, after 20-minutes of struggle, explaining them with sign and broken English, they understood our concern and escorted me to Thailand immigration.

Amazing Cambodia and Thailand Trip - Enroute Poipet

Enroute Poipet

The trouble was not over yet, wait! As I started filling Thailand immigration form, I realized that I have got no money and hence, started walking towards Cambodia. But this time some other Thailand officials caught me and started enquiring that how come without legally exiting Cambodia, you entered Thailand. Luckily, the previous officer, who let me in Thailand, came there and explained my situation. Phew!!! That was a big relief! Post that one by one, we all got the Thailand exit stamp from Thailand Immigration and left Cambodia in peace.

Entering Thailand and Traveling to Krabi

All this procedure took around 3-hours and we were badly exhausted and hungry. It was around 2 PM when we got the call from our cab driver who told us to wait near KFC (yes! The shittier one). In the meantime, we all freshened up a bit and had ice creams. We got into our cab and headed towards Bangkok, reaching there at around 6 PM in the evening. The name of our Bangkok’s Airbnb was Live n Spa and our host’s name was Gift. Yes, you heard it right!

After freshening up, it was time to explore the live and happening Bangkok city. Though we just had one night in Bangkok, we thought of covering as many places as possible. Hence, after taking some inputs from Gift(our host), we just got lost in the lively lanes of Bangkok.

Amazing Cambodia and Thailand Trip - Lanes Bangkok

Amazing Cambodia and Thailand Trip - Lanes of Bangkok

We started our Bangkok exploration by visiting King’s Palace and Wat Pho. As both of these monuments close by 5 PM, we just took a stroll around the buildings and click a few beautiful pictures.

Amazing Cambodia and Thailand Trip - Bangkok Lanes

Amazing Cambodia and Thailand Trip - King's Palace

King’s Palace

Amazing Cambodia and Thailand Trip - Wat Pho

Wat Pho

It was getting late, we were so hungry, and hence, we proceeded towards Khao San Road, which is kind of a food street of Bangkok and is filled with numerous street food stalls, pubs, bars, and cafes.

Amazing Cambodia and Thailand Trip - Khao San Road

Amazing Cambodia and Thailand Trip - Khao San Road Bangkok

We started with some delicious street food and then proceeded to a beer club named “Buddy Beer.” At this place, we had Singha beer and pizza and enjoyed the evening for some time. The lanes of Khao San were so beautiful and full of people.

Amazing Cambodia and Thailand Trip - Khao San Road Singha Beer

It was around 2 AM we all reached our abode. Everyone was tired and hence, girls were off to bed by 2.30 AM.

Everyone knows, Bangkok is a heaven for Bachelors and how can I miss this opportunity to explore Bangkok as a bachelor. Hence, when all these girls were asleep, I headed out to travel around the streets of Bangkok and witness the beauty of the same.

I came back at around 5.45 AM. As expected, these girls were in deep sleep and hence, didn’t open the door. Then I called Navya who had no idea that I am not on my bed but standing outside. It took me time to convince her about the situation. After some time, she opened the door and went back to sleep.

It was around 7 AM when Navya woke me up for the city tour, but as I already had one (which they had no idea about), I denied and went back to sleep. Navya and Ashwini went to explore the Bangkok and Greeshma, Malvika and I slept till 12 o’clock when Gift woke us up and told us to vacate the place for the next customers.

Traveling to Krabi

Yayyyy!!! We were going to Krabi

Gift gave us a little space to put our luggage for some time so that we can get ready and leave for the airport. Malvika, Greeshma and I had lunch at KFC and meanwhile, Navya and Ashwini were back from their city tour of Bangkok.

Amazing Cambodia and Thailand Trip - Live n Spa Airbnb Bangkok

Bye bye Gift!!!

After a delicious lunch, we bid adieu to Gift and started our journey to Don Mueang Airport. Gift booked a cab for us.

On the way, we got stuck in a baaaaddd traffic jam. We didn’t move an inch at least for an hour and our flight was scheduled to depart at 7.30 PM. Moreover, our driver had no idea what we were talking about as he didn’t know English.

We took the help of Google Translate to communicate with our driver. To help us out and make us reach the airport on time, he left us at the nearest metro station, which was Hua Lamphong (the blue line of MRT). We ran towards the metro station and bought tickets for the ride. Our destination station was Phahon Yothin, which was after 13 stops and the duration of the journey was expected to be of 30-35 minutes.

Hua Lamphong Metro Station was extremely crowded and I was reminding girls again and again to stick together or we may get separated. The worst part was, we just had only one phone with us.

Despite multiple warnings, Malvika was walking a little ahead of us and without looking at us, she entered in the train. As she entered the train, the doors closed and we left on the other side. Though we all knew what is our destination and we were just praying that Malvika knows where she has to get down.

We took the next train and thankfully, Malvika was waiting for us at Phahon Yothin Station. We were so relieved after watching her.

The problems were not over yet. It was around 6 PM already when we reached Phahon Yothin and our boarding time was 6.25 PM. We already did web check-in to avoid last minute trouble.

As we reached the airport, we rushed towards the check-in counter, checked in our entire luggage and plastic wrapped the extra ones and ran like anything towards the boarding gates.

Thankfully, we reached at our boarding gate exactly on time. In this whole scenario, my major wish to make these girls run was fulfilled.

Here we said goodbye to Ashwini as she was heading to Bangalore and we continued our journey towards Krabi.

Arrival in Krabi

We arrived in Krabi at around 8.30 PM where we met Prapavarin’s sister who took us to our accommodation. After reaching home at around 9.15, Prapavarin gave us the confirmation of scuba diving.

Amazing Cambodia and Thailand Trip - Arrival in Krabi

Krabi Town!

Amazing Cambodia and Thailand Trip - Krabi Arrival

After settling down a bit, I and Greeshma went out to buy dinner and some beer for the night followed by which we just crashed into our bed. Finally, the adventurous day came to the end.

Amazing Cambodia and Thailand Trip - Krabi Airport

Amazing Cambodia and Thailand Trip - We in Krabi Airport

Amazing Cambodia and Thailand Trip - Enroute Krabi Airbnb

Next morning, we all got ready and headed to the designated pickup point for scuba diving, which was near the supermarket. From the supermarket, we bought a few sandwich and coffee for the way.

Scuba Diving at Phi Phi Islands

After checking out scuba suits, we headed towards the Ao Nang beach where our long tail boat was waiting for us. We came to know that, we are going to scuba dive near Phi Phi Islands, which are one of the most famous islands in the world for scuba diving.

Amazing Cambodia and Thailand Trip - Scuba Diving in Phi Phi Islands

It was a nice two hours journey to Phi Phi Islands. On the way, we took a lot of photos and relaxed on our boat for the entire journey.

Amazing Cambodia and Thailand Trip - Phi Phi Islands

We reached our scuba dive location at around 10.30 AM and were briefed by our instructors who taught us a few signs to communicate while scuba diving and breathing techniques. During our first session of dive, it took us a little time for us to adapt the breathing style inside water using oxygen cylinders. However, we got comfortable in a little time and enjoyed a good 1-hour of scuba diving in the clear waters of Phi Phi Islands. It was out of the world experience for me. I have done more than dozens of treks in my life, climbed till Everest Base Camp but never been so deep into the earth. It was so peaceful and calm so that you can even listen to your own heartbeat sometimes.

Amazing Cambodia and Thailand Trip - Scuba Diving in Phi Phi Islands Enroute

After our first scuba diving session, we swam around in the sea for some time and had watermelons and bananas, which the instructors gave it to us.

Amazing Cambodia and Thailand Trip - Phi Phi Island

Some rest, some swimming and some food; we were all set for another round of scuba diving. As there were high tides coming in, both the instructors decided to go together. But again, our dearest Malvika had some different plans for herself.  She jumped for the dive before us and pulled one of the instructors too with her. Resulting to that we and our instructor got lost in the tides for some time and couldn’t understand where to go.

Amazing Cambodia and Thailand Trip - Scuba Diving Phi Phi Thailand

Luckily, after some time, we found a buoy and following that we came on the surface of the sea. Once we were out, we realized that we were around half KM away from our boat. Because of all these mess-up, Malvika got a good scolding from our instructor who was really pissed because of her crazy swimming skills.

Amazing Cambodia and Thailand Trip - Legs at Phi Phi Island Thailand

However, at around 3 PM we started our journey back to Ao Nang beach, which was supposed to take around 2-hours. Girls were super tired and slept off; I sat on the dock and had some awesome time taking photos of surrounding scenery.

Amazing Cambodia and Thailand Trip - Phi Phi Island Boat

We reached Ao Nang at around 5 PM from where we went to the supermarket, got our dinner packed, bought some beers and went back home.

There will be one regret in my whole life, due to lack of time; we could not collect the pictures, which instructors took during the scuba diving activity. All the beautiful marine life and all the beautiful corals are just there in my memories. I cannot share them with you!

Four Island Tour at Krabi

Again our day started at 7 AM, went to the supermarket, bought some coffee and sandwich for breakfast.

Amazing Cambodia and Thailand Trip - Four Island Tour Krabi Thailand

Today we were going for a Four Island Tour, which is one of the most famous tours in Krabi. We reached Ao Nang at 8.30 AM, took a motorboat for us, as long tail boat was slow and took a lot of time. Sailing on a motorboat, especially after sailing in the long tail boat, was totally a different experience altogether. It is fast and revs up on the waters like it is flying.

Amazing Cambodia and Thailand Trip - Ao Nang Beach Girls

In this Four Island Tour at Krabi, we covered – Koh Tup, Koh Gai, Koh Poda, and Koh Mawr.

Our journey started from Koh Tup, which is linked to Koh Gai, also known as Chicken Island as it is shaped like chicken from a certain angle. These two islands are connected via the sand bar, famously known as Talay Whak. Hence, we reached Koh Gai by walking over the sand bar.

Amazing Cambodia and Thailand Trip - Ao Nang Beach Krabi

After taking some photos and selfies, our speed boat took us to the shores of Koh Gai or Chicken Island where I went for snorkeling for around half an hour. It was yet another beautiful experience to witness the sea life during snorkeling.

Next stop was the Koh Poda, which is one of the most famous spots for Bollywood shootings. After having a delicious lunch at the island, we got busy in taking a few photos and then continued to our next island, which was Koh Mawr.

Amazing Cambodia and Thailand Trip - Ao Nang Beach Selfie

Koh Mawr is a group of rocky islands and cliffs. There is a very famous beach called Railay Beach at Koh Mawr, which has Pranang cave full of lingas (penis) shrines. We just roamed there for sometimes, clicked some pictures and then something amazing happened!

Amazing Cambodia and Thailand Trip - Lingas

It rained!

Nothing could have been better than this. The whole island and sea was looking so beautiful, which cannot be described in words. We took shelter under a tree until our boat arrived at the shores to pick us up for the back journey to Ao Nang.

Krabi Town Exploration

After reaching Ao Nang, girls wanted to take a motorbike to explore the rest of Krabi town. But it took me some time to explain to these intelligent girls that if they want bikes, they have to submit their original passport to the vendor.

And hence, we booked a cab and took a tour of Krabi town.

Amazing Cambodia and Thailand Trip - Night Street Krabi

We reached one mall and as we got down, everyone, as usual, disappeared. Instead of wasting my time, finding these girls, I took a tour of the neighboring streets and talked to a few locals. While talking to them, I found out that there is a night street nearby.

I reached the night street and the street was full of vendors selling souvenirs, local street food and much more. In the mean time, Navya called me, as they were looking for me (Pheww!! Of Course!!). I guided them to Night Street. Once they were there, we tried eating octopus, crabs and various other cuisines of chicken and mutton and packed a few things for the home, which I liked.

Amazing Cambodia and Thailand Trip - Night Street

We reached back home at around 8.45 PM and packed our luggage as it was the last day of ours on the foreign land.

Run at Ao Nang Beach and Traveling to Bangkok

Last day, I woke up early and went for a 7 KM run at Ao Nang Beach. I invited the girls too; obviously not for the run but for the walk. But by the time they reached the I already finished my run. However, Malvika and I went for a quick swim, which was followed by a delicious breakfast at McDonald’s and a cup of coffee from The Coffee Club.

After a little souvenir shopping, we went back to our Airbnb, packed our luggage and headed towards Krabi Airport where our flight to Don Mueang Airport was scheduled at 4.20 PM.

End of Journey – Bangkok to India

We reached Don Mueang Airport at around 6 PM and checked in our luggage for our return journey to India. Our flight to India from Don Mueang Airport was scheduled to depart at 9 PM. After finishing the exit process, I met my friend Jayaram from Greenpath India and we had dinner at McDonald’s with beer.

Amazing Cambodia and Thailand Trip - Good Bye

Finally, it was time to bid adieu to this beautiful country and its beautiful people until next time!

We boarded the flight to India at around 8.15 PM, reaching here around midnight.

So, this was my amazing trip to Cambodia and Thailand with some of my best buds!

Phewww!!! Trip Ends!!!” – Naveen

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