For long I have wanted to visit those beautiful temples and ruins of Angkorwat. The image of those temples, especially remembered from Tony Leung’s emotional and heartbreaking rendezvous with those stones at the end of ‘In the mood for love’, has made me yearn to go.
And finally I am going. Clubbed with a new year in Thailand with friends (something we fleetingly discussed in the last few days on campus, and look how long it has taken to get there), I am going to Cambodia for 6 days – 4 out of which will be spent in the beautiful Siem Reap. Another 2 in Phnom Penh. And then to Bangkok, Ko Samui and Krabi.
Our original plan also featured Vietnam, but it was difficult to visit Hanoi or Halong Bay in the given time without taking the air route. And Ho Chi Minh did not seem worth the trouble to give the passport away for 3-4 days, as the other visas needed to be done.
Talking of visas – the Cambodia visa process was a delight – they have a smooth online application process, where all you need to do is upload your photo, pay 25 USD, and in 2 days the visa is in your mailbox – wish all visas could be that easy.
For Thailand, there was a little struggle – I requested for a multiple entry visa, as we will be crossing the border twice – and they stamped only a Single entry. Though they did say that I would get a visa on arrival when entering for the second time, just to be sure I requested for an extension – and surprisingly, the authorities did stamp that!
So we are planning to land at the Bangkok airport, take a bus to the Cambodia border (Aranyaprathet-Poipet), and then another bus into Siem Reap.
I am so excited!