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 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
Many Asians like travelling, however, it is mainly for short-term travelling. Because for us we cannot (aka not willing) to put down all our commitments. We used to follow the social norms, follow whatever it supposed to do in our entire life. When you are reaching the age of mid-20, many people including your family members (parents, uncle, aunties) rushing you to get married and to settle down. Even though the pressure might not come from your family, however, you will start noticing that your bff, your friends are going into another stage. At one point, you wonder am I the awkward one?
Well, sad to be true that there are a lot of people did not know what exactly they want in their life…
Despite they knew, there are many reasons (excuses) to pull them back .. “I do not think I could do that..I wish I could do this but let’s see.”
I would not tell you how enjoyed I was for last long trip in Indo China. By the way, I was there for almost four months (only). However, I would say this is pretty normal kind of culture for westerners. They choose to have a gap year either from university or working life. I have met some travellers where they have even been travelling for a couple of years.
Asians and Westerners are totally different kind of mentality.
These are some questions and doubts from most of the Asian friends:
a) How dare you just quit your job and started to travel?
b) You must be very rich..you must come from the rich family…you must have a SUGAR DADDY
c) Don’t you scare that you could not find any job later on?
d) Is it very dangerous to travel alone?
e) Is it safe to go these countries?
f) Do you get money by doing volunteering?
Sometimes it is hard for me to explain in details to people. Some people just would not understand why you chose this way. A lot of jealousy, doubts, negativity from different people. Of course, I am glad that there are still many people and friends that supported and encouraged me throughout the whole journey.
Especially my family members, my parents. When my relative was asking my mum, didn’t she worry me since I travelled alone plus I am a girl…well, my mum replied her steadily: “She used to do that way.” which means she trusted me and of course one thing she knew that she couldn’t stop me. Thanks to mum and dad!
If you are reading my post now and you are an Asian, I would encourage you to try solo travel once in your lifetime (no matter you are a guy or a girl). Of course, before going you must do some homework and preparation.
Feel free to message me if you need some clarification and details. I am willing to answer all above-listed questions 🙂