What Wat?! If you are a big fan of temples and has high tolerance for “third-world-way-of-commuting” , then this route is for you. You will experience a contrasting culture of two cities, Bangkok and Siem Reap. I have prepared a relatively detailed itinerary below.
Route: Manila/Clark/Cebu > Bangkok > Siem Reap > Manila
Comfort: 🙂 🙂
Control: * *
Crossing the Thailand-Cambodia border is cheap. You can catch a third class train or an aircon bus from Bangkok to the Poipet border and the journey takes roughly five to six hours. You may finish your immigration duties in an hour and then take a share-taxi to Siem Reap for another couple of hours. Thus, the entire journey takes roughly 8 hours scoring only two smileys for Comfort. Control is also relatively lower as the border closes at 8:00 pm. Failure to arrive at Poipet will mean spending a night in the town shelling out some bucks until the border opens 7:00 am the next day.
TJ’s recommended backpacking itinerary:
- Cebu Pacific flight 5J 929 departs 6:25 am from Manila arriving Bangkok at 8:45 am. Note that there is an hour difference between Manila and Bangkok – the actual journey takes roughly 3 hours 20 minutes.
- Dedicate one day exploring the temples. Wat Phra Kaew is bundled with the Grand Palace, then have a Thai massage at Wat Po then cross Chao Phraya river heading Wat Arun. End your day with a few drinks in the backpackers mecca named Khao San Road.
- If you will spend a weekend in Bangkok, don’t forget to check out Chatuchak weekend market. It’s like a well-organized massive Divisoria. You can take a train from Chatuchak (Mo Chit MRT station) to Thailand Cultural Center MRT station to catch the shuttle going to Siam Niramit. You can book cheap tickets to this award-winning cultural show from http://hotels2thailand.com. You can still have some time to enjoy red light districts such as Patpong, Nana or Soi Cowboy.
- You can also do a shopping mall escapade starting from National Stadium station where you can access the gigantic MBK mall. Then you can walk to the near by malls like Siam Discovery and Siam Paragon. They have very decent food courts so you can order Pad Thai and Thai Iced Tea for snack. End your craving with a dessert from Swensen’s. Take a train to Asok station to check out Terminal 21, another chic mall taking you to different cities in the world. End your day with a dinner cruise at Chao Phraya.
- Catch the train from Hualamphong station at 5:55 am to Aranyaprathet arriving at 11:35 am for just 48 baht. Hell cheap! Take a tuktuk to Poipet station and cross the Cambodia border. You won’t need any visa if you’re a Philippine passport holder. Gain some friends at the border so you can have someone to share a taxi with. Siem Reap is just two hours away.
- Start your day with Angkor Wat sunrise tour around 5:00 am. Go to nearby Bayon and Ta Prohm and catch the famous Tomb Raider film shooting location. Go back to Angkor Wat complex in the afternoon and end the tour. You can catch the Cebu Pacific flight 258 to Manila departing 10:30 pm on Sundays, Tuesdays and Thursday.
- If you still have a free night and day, have dinner at Pub Street and try their Khmer food called Amok. The following day, you can go to Tonle Sap floating fisherman village and nearby waterfalls before catching your flight to Manila. Most of the hostels in Cambodia offer free transfer to and from the airport.
If you’re clueless on what Cost, Comfort and Control mean, or why multi-city destination may suit your travel needs, visit the parent link. Other multi-city destinations that perfectly fit your budget and vacation leaves are listed there as well.