Going to Siem Reap, Cambodia was an impromptu decision, but definitely one that I didn’t regret. Perhaps the only change I would make is to go during cooler months.
The 38 degree Celsius weather is so unforgiving, I was so afraid to fall sick during the trip. On the first day, I did apply some light makeup but the heat just melts everything. After that I ditch the makeup and pile on sunscreen instead.
I’m using the award-winning COOLA MINERAL FACE SPF 30CUCUMBER MATTE FINISH which is an all-natural CC cream that helps to even out skin tone, has a light coverage and has no nano-sized particles so it won’t clog pores. The texture is mousse-like and leaves a powdery feeling on the skin, instead of the usual sticky feeling for sunscreen. I loved it!
To prepare for the trip, I also bought new sunglasses. I don’t have one, weird I know since Singapore is so sunny. It turned out pretty handy because the heat and sun in Siem Reap is so much worse than Singapore.
During the planning of the trip, I kept telling Mel that we should stay at Golden Temple Hotel since it is only SGD$ 20 a night. My sister stayed there and found it to be pretty good. However, Mel wants something nicer and slightly more luxurious so we ended up choosing Bunwin Boutique Hotel, which is ranked #16 of 218 hotels in Siem Reap on Tripadvisor.
The hotel is located in the outskirt of the city center, but free tuk tuk rides are offered free of charge to the city so location is not a big issue. The rooms are huge and you will have plenty of space. I like the breakfast because it is not buffet style. There are 3 ala carte options and I find all 3 to be very good.
Siem Reap has quickly stolen my heart to be on par with Bangkok in terms of affordability, food, service and massage. Though there isn’t much shopping to be done, I don’t mind at all. Massages are good and at only USD$9 for 1 hour in your hotel room, we couldn’t be happier. We ended with massage every day for 4 days.
We booked our trip on Expedia Singapore and the package deal of Silkair flights + hotel are much cheaper compared to booking separately. For 5 days/4 nights & Silkair flights, it cost us about SGD $1000.