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).