Travelling to Cambodia from Singapore [Living in Singapore]

Travelling to Cambodia from Singapore is just too easy on a budget. Recently I have been planning a trip for ourselves and my brother and his family. We went in 2008 and loved it so I wanted to share the wonders of Siem Reap and Angkor Wat with them.

Steph in Siem Reap

Steph climbing around Angkor Thom

I’ve listed some of the resources that I’ve used below.

Flights

Jetstar – cheap and good. Their service runs in a loop: Singapore >> Siem Reap >> Phnom Penh >> Singapore. We’re going to go Singapore to Siem Reap and spend a few days there, then either take a bus or a boat to Phnom Penh, then jump on the Jetstar flight from Phnom Penh to Singapore.

Flights for the above trip had to be booked as two separate legs and cost as follows:

  • Singapore >> Siem Reap – SG130-150 per head for the Jet Saver rate
  • Phnom Penh >> Singapore – USD50-USD60 per head for the Jet Saver rate (the closer to the travel date, the higher the price)

The Jet Saver rate includes 20kg of checked-in luggage.

Accommodation

I use Hotel Club to book accommodation regionally – membership is free and you collect points which you can then use for discounts for your next stay. Those points translate into real dollar savings.

Siem Reap

Last time we stayed, we were treating ourselves a little, and stayed in a 4-star – Steung Siemreap Hotel. Very nice and located in the heart of town.

This time we are staying in Motherhome Guest House, and if their email correspondence is any indication of their service, this will be a memorable trip.

Phnom Penh

I’ve used Hotel Club again, and we’ve booked Royal Inn Phnom Penh. Let’s see how that goes. I’ll update after our trip!

Visas

Most people will be able to get a visa on arrival, but seeing as the Jetstar flight from Singapore leaves at 6am, and lands around 7-ish, I prefer to pay the US$5 more and have the visa pre-approved. I recall the queue at the visa counter when I arrived last time, and don’t wish to be waiting in line at 7 o’clock in the morning.

The Cambodian government runs a website for e-visa applications, and for those that don’t trust the internet, I had a payment glitch when processing this time – my card statement said I had paid, but their website hadn’t recorded the payment. Easy to fix – I just emailed them a copy of the email receipt that I received and they tracked it down and fixed it.

The visa is valid for 3 months from date of issue, so apply well in advance to avoid any dramas. You can pay a little extra and get express processing if you need.

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2 Responses

  1. joanna says:

    And we’ve appreciated all the work you’ve put in!

  2. stephanie says:

    🙂
    Not long now!