Siem Reap, Cambodia is one of my most favorite places in the world to retire cheap.
How do you get there? And what steps do you need to take?
Are there tips?
1. Book your flight. When booking your flight try to avoid flying into America. Or if you’re American, try to avoid any stops in a different American city.
The main reason for this is because, each time you stop in America, even when transiting, you have to go through their security again.
Yup. You wind up going back out with the people who haven’t already been screened. And screened again.
This is going to take up a lot of extra time and hassle.
2. Pack light. I know you might be retiring forever and bringing everything with you. Remember you’re going to Asia, they make a lot of stuff here. And have pretty much everything you’re going to need.
Right now I travel with a carry on, and a small backpack for gear.
3.Choice of airlines is up to you. But I really like Singapore Air. During the flight, it’s unlimited booze, snacks and meals. Also the flight attendants are really nice. Believe me, I’m cheap as balls but, if I have a flight that’s similar in cost, or even more expensive I’ll choose Singapore Air vs Air Canada or any American company. This trip I voluntarily chose a 13 hour stopover in Singapore, because it’s airport is one of the nicest in the world
After getting onto the plane, you’ll want to have a pen. They’ll give you several customs forms to fill out.
When you land, you’ll need to pass these forms to the customs agent, and then head to the Visa on Arrival area (for Canadians). The Visa on Arrival cost was $35 USD (have crisp bills, no crumpling, tears, or wear).
Then head to passport control. Be warned Cambodians are super nice, But customs are kinda rude.
After you get through that, (it should take about 30 minutes.) head outside for a taxi/tuk tuk. If you’re smart you’ve already downloaded the Pass App. Pass is the Cambodian Uber. If not, a tuk tuk into town should cost you abut $5 (USD). If you’ve made some friends on the airplane ride, you guys can always share one. As long as they live near pub street, you’re also going to be close. (I’m assuming you’ve also booked near Pub Street.
And that’s it! You’re in Cambodia! Enjoy