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Welcome To Siem Reap, Cambodia

Flying into Siem Reap was easy from Bangkok. The flight was supposed to be a little over an hour but we were well under that. From the window of the plane the Cambodian landscape seemed to be pretty spread out. There were no large buildings and the airport was relatively small. You have to pay to get into Cambodia. $15 USD and another $15 USD if you do not have a passport photo of yourself. So $30 USD to get into Cambodia. I happened to have about $75 USD in some Twenties and Fives so I made it happen without a trip to the ATM.
They get you through this airport REALLY quick even with printing the photo. In fact, all over Thailand and Cambodia they really shuffle you through the airports relatively quickly. Everyone through customs was more than friendly.
As I walked outside I was met by my Tuk Tuk driver, Chang, almost instantly. He shook my hand and showed me the way and asked where would I like to go. I found Chang and his brother Daniel on AirBnB and booked their small rooms for $10 USD just outside of Ankor Wat.
Riding through Siem Reap was much different than Thailand. First you are driving back on the right side of the road. Second there are American cars there. Third the symbolism and statues are much different. Funny for being not so far away.
There was also a clear difference in buildings in Cambodia. There were not many buildings over 1 story tall and much of them could use repair. A good description to paint a picture would be to say some buildings looked “Bombed Out” or “Looted”. One of the only ATM’s I saw was the one Chang took me to after I dropped my bag at the room was attached to a building that looked like this. To the left was what looked to be the leftovers of a jewelry store and to the right was a small convenience store, no formal front door, just a convenience store in a bombed out building. I bought stuff.

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How To Get Through Any Airport Faster

Be ready.

That really is the secret to getting through any airport faster. On my travels it has become clear to me the more prepared I am the easier the flight goes. Since everyone loves lists here is mine on how to fly through the airport.

1.) Have your passport easily accessible.

Fumbling around looking for anything in the airport stresses you out. You have a line of people staring at you, an attendant that is waiting and you don’t want to lose anything while you’re digging through your packed bags. Eliminate the stress and use a fairly accessible pocket for your flight information, drivers licenses, and passport.
I use either the front pocket or an top inside pocket depending on the bag that I plan to travel with facing in front of me. At each checkpoint which is almost always where a line is forming, it is a snap for me to produce any requested identification.

2.) Keep Immigration information in you passport.

You don’t want to lose any of those papers that they give you when you get your passport stamped. You’ll need them to get out of whatever country you are in. If you are even a bit of an explorer keep all your documents in a gallon plastic bag to prevent an accident.

3.) Be Ready For Security.

You’ve been standing in line for 20 minutes and now you are at the steel tables just before you get in the scanner and you are just NOW checking your pockets? You have a water bottle after all the signs said “No Liquids over 3oz”? My advise is put EVERYTHING in your bag when you are shuffling through the security line, far before the metal table. Have you iPad or laptop ready to come out of your bag and into a separate bin. Take off your belt put it in your bag and untie your shoes if you need to. Some airport security still wants to see your toiletries so have those at the top of your bag in a gallon sized plastic bag. I’ve learned you can’t control other people but you can be prepared with your pockets empty

4.) Find your gate.

Before you go around shopping at the boutiques or duty free find your gate and check the screen for you boarding time and destination. Then go shopping or use the washroom etc.. Knowing exactly where your gate is will prevent you from having to run with your coffee to try and catch a flight on the other side of the terminal. Know your boarding time, show up 5 minutes before and stand in line. You’ll be one of the first people on the plane. This is especially true if your seat is at the back of the plane

5.) Say Please and Thank You.

This will get you a long way. Treat all the security personnel with respect and they will always point you in the best direction they can. This is more true outside of the United States than in. Nothing is worse than standing in the wrong line because you didn’t smile when you asked and say Thank You when you receive the information you asked for.

So that’s it, a few of my personal favorites for getting through any airport faster. What are some of your favorite ways to get through the airport quickly? Let me know!!

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I’m Going To Phuket

After spending plenty of time in and around Bangkok it was high time to move along a bit so I decided to book a flight to Phuket and hang out a few days before taking my first tour of the Wats of Bangkok. Air Asia seemed to have the best prices on tickets with the most flights in and out but they fly in and out of Don Mueang International Airport rather than BKK which I was closer to. Air Asia really gets the job done quickly with no frills. Flying into HKT, the Phuket International Airport, was easy. It is a relatively small airport that shuffles you through quickly when you are flying in and out to Grung Theip (Bangkok) with a smile. One of the friendliest airports I have been in. I hadn’t booked a place to stay and needed time to pick through AirBnB and book something, the small coffee shop was all too kind to let me use their wifi. Just outside the arrival gate there are plenty of taxi drivers that will approach you and try to get you to book a place as well. I’m not sure about any of those places because the months of scrolling through AirBnB I knew that I wanted one of those. Turns out The Himaphan was one of my top picks and was 3 minutes from the airport and was accepting instant bookings.
Perfect.
The Taxis’ leaving the airport are no less than 400 THB which is a little high. The driver also didn’t know where The Himaphan was even when I showed him directions, he got a little frustrated but we worked it out. However that all could have been avoided if I had booked a little earlier The Himaphan Resort would have picked me up.
Phuket really is a magical looking place. The nature walks, waterfalls and mountainsides are absolutely breathtaking. Don’t forget to bring extra batteries and SD cards for your camera ’cause you’re going to need them.
Renting the scooter was a good call too, it made getting the 3 blocks to Nai Yang Beach a snap from the villa especially after a massage and dinner. It also made getting around the island easy. If you aren’t afraid of riding a scooter it is an easy way to get to all the attractions pretty quickly. Traffic wasn’t too bad however being on a scooter you have to pay attention, no sleeping on the scooter! I considered renting a car but it seemed like more of a hassle since I travel very light. Overall I’m glad I spent a few days alone on Nai Yang Beach. It was good for collecting my thoughts on the rest of my trip.

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