Warm Bodies (Bun Kao Guesthouse)

Where to Stay?!
If you are on a tight budget and the kind of person not really particular on where to stay, why not try Bun Kao Guesthouse? It is unusual for me to post a review of the places we have checked-in, but this is to return the favour to the Kao family.  They are very hospitable and you will feel their warmth all throughout your stay in Cambodia.  Just take note that this is a guesthouse and not a hotel.  One thing more, they offer free  tuktuk transfer from the airport to this guesthouse, vice versa.

You should remove your shoes upon entering the house. =)

View from outside the room.

Room rates as of 10.31.2013                                      Converted

Single room A/C hot shower          14U$D/ night                         PhP605
Twin room A/C hot shower            14U$D/ night                         PhP605
Triple room A/C hot shower           21U$D/ night                        PhP907
Twin room Fan hot shower             11U$D/ night                          PhP475
Triple room Fan hot shower           15U$D/ night                         PhP648

Dorm room     hot shower                 4U$D/ night                          PhP173
Dorm room   fan not hot water      3U$D/ night                           PhP130

For a family of 5, we reserved for 1 twin + 1 triple room but upon checking in, a triple room can already accommodate all of us; that is why we negotiated with Sir Noy if we can stay in the triple room instead.  They charged us 5U$D each converted at PhP216 per person per night inclusive of breakfast (French bread, butter, jam, egg, and banana).

Upon arrival, we presented our do-it-yourself itinerary then they commented on it and told us if it will be feasible or not.  We asked them to arrange our dinner buffet and Aspara Cultural Dance show, tuktuk services, and the bus transfer to Bangkok.

Modes of Transportation                                     Price
Tuktuk (can accommodate 4 persons)     15U$D/ day/ tuktuk (PhP648)
Car (can accommodate 4 persons)             30U$D/ day (PhP1,295)
Van (can accommodate 15 persons)          40-50U$D/ day (PhP1,727 to 2,159)

Suggested Itinerary 
Day 00
0745PM 0930PM Manila to Siem Reap International Airport
1000PM – 1030PM Check-in (Travel to Hotel/ Guesthouse)

Day 01
0700AM – 0800AM Breakfast
0800AM – 1000AM Khmer Ceramics
1000AM – 1200PM Wat Kaseram “Pagoda of Cornflower Petals”/ Wat Preah Prohm Rath/ Old Market
1200PM – 0100PM Lunch
0100PM – 0600PM Cambodian Cultural Village
0600PM – 0900PM Dinner Buffet + Aspara Cultural Show

Day 02
0500AM – 0600AM Angkor Wat Sunrise
0700AM – 0800AM Breakfast
0900AM – 0500PM Angkor Wat Tour (South Gate of the Angkor Thom, Bayon, Baphoun, Elephant Terrace, Terrace of Leper King, Takoa, Ta Prom, Srah Srang, and Angkor Wat)
000PM – 0600PM Bakheng Mountain Sunset
0600PM – 0700PM Dinner
0700PM – 0900PM Night Market

Optional Tours 
(1) Angkor Wat Tour: Pre Rup, Banteay Srey, Banteay Samre, East Mebon, Tasom, Neak Pean, Preah Khan, Kbal Spean, Rolous Group (Bakong, Preah kor and Lolei)
(2) Beng Mealea temple and the Floating Village

You can contact Sir Bun Kao (owner) or Sir Noy (son) through this mail: bunkaosiemreap@gmail.com
Address: #0566, Banteay Chas Village, Wat Bo Road, Siem Reap Cambodia
Phone (+855 ) 12 25 67 05/ (+855 ) 63 966 589

* Conversion Rate used is U$D1 = PhP43.179 as of October 31, 2013. 

Flat Defeat of Siam (Siem Reap Expedition)

Vacation Mode ON!!!  I once dreamed of bringing my family to Greece to see the Parthenon.  I know this place isn’t halfway there and I still cannot afford to shoulder all expenses for a family of five to Greece; but for this alone, I am offering my 24th birthday to them.  4 years after our last voyage together, we found ourselves in a foreign land again.  This time, our first destination is CAMBODIA! =)  I want to travel the world with them (my parents not too old to touchdown and my brothers not too young not to appreciate the wonders).  Navigating on our own and exploring the unknown thus make the family bond stronger. These are priceless specifically the memories that will serve as souvenirs once we go back HOME.

Siem Reap International Airport – 6km, 15 minutes from town center.  Taxis and tuktuks can be hired at the ticket desk located just outside the terminal doors.  Taxis run U$D7 and tuktuks are U$D5 into town but most hotels offer free transportation from the airport (Source: Visitors Guide).

Siem Reap is the capital city of Siem Reap province in northwestern Cambodia, and a popular resort town as the gateway to Angkor region. The name Siem Reap means the ‘Flat Defeat of Siam — and refers to the centuries-old conflict between the Siamese and Khmer peoples.  This name, according to an oral tradition, was given by King Ang Chan (1516-1566) as “Siem Reap”, meaning “the flat defeat of Siam” (Cambodians call Siam or Thailand “Siem”). It was because of Ang Chan’s victory against a Siamese invasion, slaying Prince Ong, and capturing no less than 10,000 Siamese troops. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Siem_Reap

PhP4,500 (Coron Expedition)

Si Fatima! Isang palaban na dalaga na patuloy nangangarap para sa isang magandang kinabukasan. Subsob sa trabaho at pilit na nagsusumikap sakabila ng mga pagsubok na kanyang hinaharap.  Isang mabuting kaibigan na malawak ang pananampalataya at may sariling paninindigan.  Sa bibihirang pagkakataon na siya’y aming makasama, sadyang kami ay nagpapasalamat sa kanyang pagpunta.

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