Ben Thanh Market

My cousin got sick and the other one got drunk when we were in Cambodia. In Vietnam, my travel hubby had fever when he woke up the next day. We were supposed to start our tour early morning but we end up starting our morning at the market.

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Ben Thanh is the largest market in Ho Chi Minh selling almost all kinds of items, from souvenirs, food, jewelry and North Face products.

(you may check our budget and itinerary for this trip – Thailand, Cambodia & Vietnam Tour)


Bich Duyen Hotel

Again from my research, many Filipino bloggers stayed at Bich Duyen. This place is located in an interior in Pham Ngu Lao Street.

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Chanh, my contact person is not only accommodating but a very cool and hyper guy. We found him sitting comfortably outside the hotel having a drink with some tourists when we arrived at his place. He immediately directed us to our rooms.

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Room cost 17USB for 2 pax/night inclusive of free breakfast

(you may check our budget and itinerary for this trip – Thailand, Cambodia & Vietnam Tour)


Vietnam

From Thailand and Cambodia, our last destination is Ho Chi Minh in Vietnam. From Phnom Penh, we rode the Mekong Bus for 7 hours travel.

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One thing I’ve noticed is that most of the people inside the bus are Filipinos. Well aside from the language spoken, when the attendant announced that there’s a wi-fi available, almost everyone started asking for the password :) Half time of our travel, we crossed the Mekong River by barge.

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Mekong Bus is very comfortable, clean and safe driving. There’s an attendant on board in-charge of the passport processing during the border crossing.

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(you may check our budget and itinerary for this trip – Thailand, Cambodia & Vietnam Tour)


Angkor Complex

Saving the best for last, my final blog about Cambodia is the famous Angkor Complex, a UNESCO World Heritage Site.

first glimpse of Angkor Wat

first glimpse of Angkor Wat

Spellbound, Mesmerized, Hypnotized, Overwhelmed, Astound. These are just few words that would best describe my feelings when I first set my eyes on this work of art. I am neither archaeology fanatic, nor historical enthusiast but reading books, watching documentaries, searching Google beforehand made me appreciate what had transpired many centuries ago. How did they construct this colossal city with bare hands, how defined each details, how precise the architectural structure sans modern technology.

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Angkor Wat
Known as “The Temple City” and is considered the largest religion center in the world spanning more than 400km of land area.

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TaPhrom                                                                                                                           Also called “The Jungle Temple” because of the large trees uprooted the temple. This place was popularized by the movie Tomb Raider. And not much restoration has been made from the time it was discovered.

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Angkor Thom
Known as the “The Great City” and said to be the last capital of the Khmer Empire. Here is where high priest, government officials and military reside.

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Entrance Gate of Angkor Thom

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Bayon Temple
Located at the center of Angkor Thom and regarded as the most decorated temple in the Angkor Complex.

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Terrace of the Elephant
Located inside Angkor Thom, it is thought that here is where public events took place.

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Terrace of the Leper King
Also located inside Angkor Thom and positioned just opposite the Terrace of Elephants.

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This beautiful masterpiece is unquestionably something to behold. And you cannot resist the temptation of having your photo taken in every corner of each temple.

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personalized entrance pass

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(you may check our budget and itinerary for this trip – Thailand, Cambodia & Vietnam Tour)


Phnom Penh Chow

Local cuisines of Phnom Penh is similar to Siem Reap. And you may find cheap Cambodian dish at Capitol Restaurant in Street 182

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For nightlife experience, you can try the Sports Bar in Street 172 west of Street 51.

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And for beer tasting (which was part of our itinerary), try the Cambodian Beer.

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(you may check our budget and itinerary for this trip – Thailand, Cambodia & Vietnam Tour)


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