Once our Air Asia plane touched down in Cambodia, I knew that this place was sure going to be an adventure. The first thing I inferred from Cambodia that it is rich in culture. When you first walk in the airport, you see a large bronze Buddha. This Buddha was spectacular, unique, none I have ever seen before. We planned to get visas on arrival, so we headed to the visa application line. It was a very fast-moving process, I was so surprised! The fee for the visa was 30 USD per person. The reward was far greater than the fee in my opinion. You got a sparkling visa stamp and a pass to an adventure. Once we stepped foot outside the airport, we were greeted by a friendly man from Golden Temple and my dad (which was a suprise). Golden Temple is the name of our hotel for the trip. Upon entering the van that was waiting for us, we were offered beverages. Along the way, the friendly man pointed out sights and even briefly explained Cambodia’s history. The ride lasted for about 20 minutes until we arrived at this nature looking entrance. It was beautiful!
There were steps leading across a small pond to the reception desk. One of the staff members stood there and gave us the Cambodian welcome. He directed us towards the seating area and checked us in efficiently. After we checked in, we were shown around the premises including the swimming pool
and the computer area.
Finally we were shown to our room (yay!). When we arrived in our room, it felt modern and homey (perfect!).
The bed even revealed bits and pieces of the Cambodian religious culture. The culture was displayed through the lotus flowers that were placed so carefully on the bed.
The lotus flower is Buddhist. Next the hotel staff explained to us how to do this, if this was free, if you need any help and so on and so on. We settled down for the night in our rooms and the staff brought up our luggage. But wait… they brought up delicious welcome drinks, sticky rice, fruit, and nuts. So delicious! I would give today a thumbs up. Goodnight!
After school, we took a taxi from GrabTaxi to the Don Mueang Airport. I recommend you take the tollway because it is easier and faster to get to your destination. Since, Bangkok has very congestive traffic in certain areas, especially downtown. We were lucky to get a super nice and professional driver to take us to the airport. At Don Mueang, there is a lot of food options, you can even get food before you check in. They even have Subway and Garret’s popcorn, which are two of my favorite restaurants. At Subway, I got a delicious foot long sandwich. For dessert, we got Garret’s cheese popcorn, I do not recommend this popcorn since it is too cheesy. Once we checked in and went through immigration, there were more food options including Krispy Kreme. Krispy Kreme is now serving holiday donuts! About time, Krispy Kreme! My favorite Christmas donuts have tons of frosting! My favorite holiday for Krispy Kreme donuts is Halloween. I like Halloween donuts because they have my favorite donut, the green monster. Our airline is Air Asia, Air Asia has many good deals. For the good deals, the tickets are inexpensive but most of the time you take a bus to the plane. When the bus turned, my mom lost her balance. So be careful on the bus! Finally, we boarded the ad covered plane. After landing, we had to take the tram to immigration. At immigration, we got a loose immigration sticker. The valuable sticker is so small that you can easily lose it. We decided to take the airport train to our hotel. I recommend the airport train because it is comfortable, had wifi, and the seats were very spacious and relaxing. We took the airport train to the Hong Kong station. At the Hong Kong station, we needed to take the blue bus that said H1. Our hotel was only two stops on the blue, H1 bus. Our hotel is named iClub. We checked in, we got two rooms that were ‘connecting’. Once we got up to our room, we realized that the rooms weren’t ‘connecting’. When we checked in, we thought the rooms were inner connecting via a door between rooms. But what we got was totally different, their idea of ‘connecting’ was side by side rooms. Wow! On the bright side, the rooms were very modern and the view was nice. Inside the room, the bed was pushed up to the window sill, so you could fall asleep to a scenic Hong Kong night skyline. Overall, today was one heck of a day!