Wow! That’s good news for Filipino backpackers who are wanting to backpack Cambodia.  Cebu Pacific Air(CebuPac) now flies to Siem Reap!  Man, it was just last year when I tried so hard to find a direct flight to Cambodia, either Pnomh Penh or Siem Reap (I want to see Phnom Penh too) but it was such a hassle that there was none.

From Manila, I flew to Ho Chi Minh City, stayed there for a night (which means plus hotel cost and food, less time) then board a bus to Phnom Penh-Siem Reap that took 14 hour border crossing in total.  Going back to Ho Chi Minh, you have to stay a night in Pnomh Penh because first bus trip is at 5am.  It’s part of the adventure I know and I enjoyed it as I met a 7 year old multi-lingual boy, saw that they eat Tarantulas, and biked around the city of Phnom Penh, enjoyed a $1 set of food every meal time (that of course are street foods), but hey its better to have options like this flight.

I hope CebuPac would launch a direct flight to Luang Prabang, Laos and that would be another dream come true for me. I want to go back to Laos specially there up north but I don’t want to go back to the horrible bus ride within Laos,  I remembered how my friend Or reacted, “Lyndsay, that’s part of the adventure!”. I am quite an adventurous person, but hell no! I don’t want to experience Laos dodgy transport system again, no way!

I’d go for any long bus ride involving Cambodia, Vietnam, Thailand, Singapore, Malaysia (those are just I have experienced) but not Laos, it was a nightmare! They don’t care about you really, they can just leave in the middle of nowhere, one solo Israelian girl with us cried over that and I can understand.  Dang, that was scary!  So I wish, since flight to Siem Reap has become a reality may the Luang Prabang flight be granted by CebuPac (fingerscrossed).

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5 thoughts on “CebuPac Now Flies to Siem Reap

  1. I had a similar experience in Indonesia, when the bus just left me somewhere that wasn’t my destination (because they realised they’d gone a long way past it). If they dump you and drive off, they can just be free of the responsibility and you’re someone else’s problem.

    In my situation it was midnight, there were no more buses or taxis and I couldn’t find any hotels. So I had to sleep in a field until buses began the next morning. Thanks, bus driver.

    1. See? That was brave Dave! If that happened to me then that’s gonna be it for me backpacking… Where were you going then? I’m booked to go Indonesia by March, hoping I wont experience that.

  2. I deliberately chose places away from the tourism trail, so maybe it was my fault. We were going down the long road along Bali’s south west coast and I told them to stop at ‘Soka’ – but he either misheard of forgot and dropped me at Medewi (30 km away). It was only a problem because I arrived so late and it was the last bus.

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