Do you consider yourself as a traveller? Yes, No or Not Sure? That’s Okay. Based on my online research, below are the coolest travel merchandise owned by most travellers (base on purchase orders on among online stores)
Top Merchandise Own By Travellers (Top Purchase)
TOP 5: World Map Scratch
This cool travel merchandise which allows travellers like us to scratch out those countries we have visited and set a new goal to visit a new destination. This trend has started since a few years ago and it is still popular among travellers community because as we believe that “everyone should own a map.”
Why Passport Holder is so popular among travellers? Because Passport is acting as a key for us to travel around the world. In order to keep our passport protected, it is essential to have a unique passport cover and in another way, it is a self-identity.
Travel Cubes are super useful to help to arrange and make our luggage more organise. There are many varieties in the market and below is one of the best selling travel packing cubes (11 colours available) for your reference:
What is travelling without a backpack? Introducing 2019 latest trending travel backpack which has a spacious compartment (fits for 15.6 inches laptop). It has both black & grey design and it is available External USB charge port.
After Siem Reap trip, Sihanoukville was my last stop in Cambodia. Why I only chose to stay in Cambodia for one week? Cause the expenses here were too high for me. Despite Cambodia has their own currency, but most of the trading is done by USD currency.
A brief of Sihanoukville from Wikipedia:
Sihanoukville, also known as “Kampong Som”, is a coastal city in Cambodia and the capital city of Sihanoukville Province, at the tip of an elevated peninsula in the country’s south-west on the Gulf of Thailand.
The bus arrived at Sihanoukville in the early morning around 6 am. As usual, many taxi/motor drivers were waiting for us at the bus stop. I took a moto taxi and heading to the travel agency who is selling the speedboat tickets.
It was still early when I arrived the shop hence I went to the next restaurant to have a quick breakfast and self-cleaned up.
I bought the speedboat ticket around 8 am and a minibus came and pick me up to the jetty. I got to know one couple from Spain from the bus who were heading to the same island as me, Clear Water Bay hence I tagged along with them.
The speedboat arrived and took us about one hour to reach to the island. Once arrived, it did not stop at our destination, Clear Water Bay. *Shocked* Instead it stopped at another island of Koh Rong Samloen. Three of us were upset but no choice to make a decision either to stay or to take another boat taxi to the clear water bay which costs at USD30.
We walked around in the island and asking each resort for the accommodation price. The cheapest was around USD12 *beyond my budget* furthermore it was a long public holiday week in Cambodia hence the accommodation price has been markup. 🙁
Finally, we managed to contact the manager of Driftwood Hostel at Clear Water Bay. He assisted and offered us a “private boat” to go into Clean Water Bay island, each of us had to pay for USD 5. Of course, we agreed with that since we could not find any cheap accommodation here plus the island was too commercialized for me.
Three of us taking the “private boat”:
I fell in love at the first sight when I arrived at Clear Water Bay. The water was so clean and it feels so peaceful here:
What is special in Clear Water Bay?
The main Hostel at Clear Water Bay.
Cost per night USD2 for a spacious dormitory room – shared with 12 persons (as per the year of 2017)
You may experience the natural lifestyle here: No heater, cold water shower, No air-conditioner, Electricity only starts from 6 pm onwards, No Wifi, Weak 3G connection.
What you can do here is to enjoy the beach, reading, yoga, hiking etc.
A Big Family and Friends Gathering
This is the place allows you to fully relax, get to know other fun travelers. People enjoy sitting at the “bar lounge” and the “living room” here.
We met new people and became friends here. We talked, laughed and had some fun activities together.
At some point, you may find your quiet zone to have some reading. No one stops you. 🙂
A lucky dog who is staying here 🙂
Every night most of the travelers gathered and have a reunion family dinner. *The cost is USD 4 per person, vegan food 🙂
*Tips: Pack some dry food, snacks to this bay. Because the meal cost starts from USD3 onwards
What can you do here?
Swim with the Planktons
I was there for 4 days 3 nights and one day I have decided to wake up at 430am, swam at the beach and looking for planktons. It was my great memory.
Trek to Mpay Bay
This is the bay which located behind Clear Water Bay. It takes one-hour jungle trekking to reach to the bay. Remember to wear a waterproof shoe/sandal to get into Mpay Bay. I was wearing Atlanta slipper which is strong enough to survive the whole journey.
With my favorite Austrian couple:
Collect Trash from the beach Every morning, the would be some trash leftover at the beach. Driftwood management encourages the traveler to save, protect the beach and the environment.
Once you are able to collect one full pack of trash, you will be entitled to get a cup of coffee or beer from Driftwood Hostel.
Catch the Sunrise and Sunset
This is not a mandatory thing to do here. Somehow when you met some fun and crazy people, you would do something similar. Yes, my first hair shaved in my lifetime. Don’t worry, my hair has grown longer now.
Snorkeling in the Sea
I tagged along with Kim (from France) and Lenzi (from Austria) to do snorkeling at the sea. It was my first time without using any lifejacket and just wearing a basic goggled to swim in the sea. *Bucket list ticked*
This is the best place to find your soul and heal yourself. Great to meet a lot Yogis here 🙂
I can’t deny that I have a lot of great memories on this island. I have spent time with the quality people and we did something together just like a big family. Clear Water Bay will always in my mind despite there were some difficulties to arrive at this bay.
How to reach here (In Correct Way)
There is only one speedboat company will drop you straight at Clear Water Bay: (YELLOW) Speed Ferry Cambodia Company. Cost is USD22 per way (as per the year of 2017). Please remember the company logo on below name card :
Special thanks to @Caroline who I have met in Siem Reap, she was the one who highly recommended this awesome place to me. And special thanks to the couple @Ousmane and @Anna where three of us have been through something special during this short trip. And to all my new friends who I have met in Clear Water Bay, miss you guys!
After 2 days 1 night in Phnom Penh, my journey continues to Siem Reap by sleeper bus. This was my first solo sleeping bus experience and the overall bus journey was considered quite comfy.
However, I did not sleep tight as I have read some of the other travelers’ blogs stated that we have to be aware and be alert when taking the night bus. Because some of the “pickpocket” / thieves would take advantage to steal your stuff when you asleep. Luckily, throughout the whole South East Asia trips (about 9 solo bus trips from one province/country cross over to another province/country ) I’ve only lost one of my favorite scarfs in Cambodia. 🙁
<Double-decker sleeper bus
To cut a long story short, it is possible to go to Siem Reap from Phnom Penh by a road trip and it takes about 8 hours to arrive (by overnight sleeper bus). The road was smooth and not as bumpy as from my journey Hanoi Vietnam to Vientiane, Laos (will share it next time)
The bus stopped at the bus terminal and if you arrived as early as me (around 6-7am), there are many tuk-tuks awaiting there to send you to your hostel.However, within a short distance (less than 10 minutes) to my hostel, it costs me USD3.
Where did I stay?
I chose The Hostel Mekong after comparing most of the accommodations in Siem Reap: the cost + the total people I need to share in a room. This was the most reasonable and affordable stay.
In overall, I gave 4 out of 5 Stars for this hostel. Here are the reasons:
A mini swimming pool is included
The hostel has a spacious area to chill and relax
Bar and breakfast are available
A pool table is available
The female dorm room with a private toilet is available
The check-in time was in the afternoon and I have arrived earlier. At least I could chill in the living room, using Wi-Fi and took a shower.
Everyone comes here for Angkor Wat. If you did not visit it, it seems it’s pointless that if you tell someone that you have been here before.
Entrance Ticket: 1 Day / 3 Days / 7 Days?
My answer is 1 Day. Unless if you are really interested in all temples’ architecture/ designs.
Because the weather was rather hot and to visit all the temples you have to take transport from one to another which considered quite exhausting. My Angkor Wat trip starts at 430am until 12 pm noontime which is more than enough for me.
Most of the hostel /hotel would provide the tour to visit Angkor Wat. I booked the transportation arrangement with Mekong Hostel.
Suggestion: Try to ask other travelers [in the same hostel] to visit Angkor Wat together in order to share the transportation cost.
In the early morning, a Tuk tuk driver will pick you up to buy the entrance ticket around 430am.
Entrance Fee (Year 2017):
1 Day: $37
3 Days: $62
7 Days: $72
What have I seen in Angkor Wat?
Sunrise. All the tourists gather in the early morning just to witness the sunrise. Yes, it was impressive. I took many of the sunrises pictures and found this is among this best (what to do you think?) 🙂
And many pictures from different Wats :
Since I came alone, most of the pictures I was asking strangers to take it for me. And some local people might “standby” at the temple and offered the service to take the photos for you (they only asked for tips after they took the pictures).
As you can see from the street name, it is the street full of clubs, bars, and restaurants.
Angkor What? Bar is the very first bar to open on Pub Street back in 1998
Temple Club & Temple Balcony – another favorite and popular club for tourists on Pub Street