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Amila Wickramarachchi is a Food & Travel blogger who writes both Food Corner and this travel blog.She resides in Singapore.

How to get Cambodia Visa in Singapore

Cambodia visa requirements are one of the main things to check before planning a tour to any part of Cambodia. In this post I want to share how to get Cambodia visa in Singapore as this will help you to get your visa before you reach Cambodia.

With the launch of e-Visa facility, you can easily apply Cambodia tourist visa online by visiting the www.evisa.gov.kh.However,Sri Lanka passport holders are not eligible for Cambodia e-Visa facility. Although Sri Lankans are eligible for Visa on Arrival, we decided to apply Cambodia visa from the embassy in Singapore.

Here is our experience which can be helpful for you too.

How to Get Cambodia Visa in Singapore
How to Get Cambodia Visa in Singapore
Things you need to apply Cambodia visa in Singapore

To apply for tourist visa, you need the below details and documents.

-Completed visa application form

-1 recent passport size photo

-Passport original

-Visa processing fee

Notes:

The Cambodia visa application needs some basic personal details which you can easily fill at the counter. We collected visa application form for Cambodia at the Royal Embassy of Cambodia in Singapore. If you visit the embassy with passport, photograph and other required things such as visa fee, it is easy to fill and submit at the same time.

Cambodia Visa fee

For tourist visa – SGD 48

For Business Visa – SGD 53

(As of January 2017, fee may vary with time)

It will take 3 working days to process Cambodia visa. However, if you are in rush you can apply for express visa which will enable you to get visa on the same day. That will cost extra SGD 20 per application.

Cambodia Visa application Submission

Below are some important things when you submit your Cambodia visa application for processing.

Visa application submission – From 9am -12 pm

Visa processing fee should be paid in Singapore Dollars and they only accept cash.

Cambodia Visa Collection

I found a notice saying visa collection is from 2pm – 4.30pm.However, in our receipt they have mentioned morning 10am-12pm too.

Location of Royal Embassy of Cambodia in Singapore

400 Orchard Road, # 10-03/04 Orchard Towers, 238875

Note: If you use Public transport, use exit E from the Orchard MRT to enter into Paterson road and then to the Orchard road.

Also check our initial travel plan to Cambodia.

 

 

Dinosaurs at the Zoo-rassic Park Singapore
Dinosaurs at the Zoo-rassic Park Singapore

Zoo-rassic park is the newly added exhibit of Singapore zoo.Few months ago we visited the Singapore zoo, but we didn’t see such attraction which is entirely dedicated for dinosaurs. However, when we visited the zoo last month, these giant dinosaurs has invaded the Singapore zoo! The zoo-rassic park reminded me the popular film Jurassic Park!

Dinosaurs at the Zoorassic Park Singapore
Dinosaurs at the Zoo-rassic Park Singapore

What to do in Singapore or what to see in Singapore are the first and most doubts for anyone who visits Singapore. However, Singapore zoo is one of the must visit Singapore attractions and there are other attractions such as river safari and night safari are related to the zoo. This Zoo-rassic park is within the main Zoo, so you don’t have to buy separate tickets as it is included in the main attractions of the zoo. Actually it is an animatronic dinosaur which move and make sounds.

Dinosaurs at the Zoo-rassic Park Singapore
They will make sounds anytime!

The day we visited the zoo was bit crowded. As the Zoo-rassic park is located near to the entrance area of the zoo,it was really crowded. So, we actually couldn’t enjoy our time much. Instead we had to walk slowly without spending much time with the exhibits.

Dinosaurs at the Zoorassic Park Singapore
Just hatched babies…. 🙂  – (Dinosaurs at the Zoo-rassic Park Singapore)

I anyhow captured few pictures while running to get out of the zoo-rassic park. The park is entertaining, especially for the kids. Dinosaurs make noises and they move too making us to believe that there are dinosaurs in this real world. But, as the walking paths are really small and narrow, if we spend time for taking photos, there will be lot of crowd behind us waiting for their turn.(as it was a crowded day)

Otherwise, the experience we had was really fun and exciting.

Dinosaurs at the Zoo-rassic Park Singapore
A scary moment! 🙂

 

If you visit Singapore zoo, don’t miss this exhibit!

Have you been to Singapore zoo? If so, what are your best exhibits and attractions?

Crane Dance at Sentosa, Singapore
Crane Dance at Sentosa, Singapore

Are you looking for what to do in Sentosa?Sentosa Island is full of activities and attractions.Also don’t forget that Sentosa is one of the must visit attractions in Singapore. Crane Dance show is one of such attractions that you should not miss in Sentosa. It is a fascinating show which you can enjoy your time among the light effects, music and water at the Waterfront of Sentosa and yes, we enjoyed the show much!

Crane Dance at Sentosa
Crane Dance at Sentosa

The show reminds me our experience with the Songs of the see show which we watched few years ago.Anyway few weeks ago we visited Sentosa again. Actually this is after few years of our last visit.So,there are many new attractions in Sentosa which we wanted to check.As this show is new for us,altough it is not a new show,this time we wanted to watch the Crane show.So we stayed till 8pm to watch the spectacular show and my kid was the one who was waiting eagerly to see the crane dance! 🙂

Yep,cranes started their dance.They are really good at dancing while changing their colours.They also splashed water! 🙂

The show is really interesting and it can make you exciting!

Here are few highlights of the Crane Dance show at Sentosa Island.

  • Through the show, you will see how the love of mechanical cranes transforms them to real birds.
Crane Dance at Sentosa
Crane Dance Show at Sentosa is full of lighting and water effects
  • It is full of fantastic lighting together with water effects
Crane Dance at Sentosa
The love of cranes
  • The show will end up with fireworks to make you more excited.It is a kid friendly show and our kid loved watching it.
Crane Dance at Sentosa
Fireworks at the end of the show
  • The show lasts few minutes and you will sure want to watch more of the crane dance as the show is really fantastic!

Important Details:

  • It is another free attraction of Sentosa (you still need to buy entrance tickets to Sentosa Island which is $4.00 via Sentosa Express)
  • Crane Dance show starts at 8pm at night at Waterfront

 

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Planning a trip to Cambodia

We are planning our next holiday to Cambodia. Isn’t this interesting? I am really excited. As a beautiful destination in Southeast Asia,  Cambodia is full of historical attractions and rich with cultural activities. So, I am sure our holiday will be really full of excitement!

Planning a trip to Cambodia is not that difficult. However, it is always good to check the important things before you book your flights and hotels in order to enjoy a safe and interesting holiday.

Here are our concerns and tour plans so far.

(Update:We travelled to Phnom Penh,Cambodia.Check our Phnom Penh itinerary)

Check the Cambodia Visa Requirements

Visa requirements are different from country to country. So, this is our first concern when it comes to plan any holiday. Anyway as Sri Lankans we are eligible for Visa on Arrival facility to enter in to Cambodia. Applying for Cambodia visa is really easy as they provide eVisa facility. In 3 easy steps you can apply visa if required.However,it is sad that Sri Lankan passport holders are not eligible for eVisa facility,so we need to apply visa on arrival.

But,instead of using visa on arrival facility to enter into Cambodia,we decided to apply Cambodia visa from the Cambodia embassy in Singapore.This will sure save our time which we have to spend in the immigration once we are in Cambodia.

Check how to get Cambodia Visa Singapore.

Decide the attractions or places to visit

We plan a few days tour. So, we can’t visit many popular attractions in Cambodia such as Phnom Penh,Siem Reap and Sihanoukville. If you spend few weeks holiday in Cambodia, you can plan your itinerary covering most of the parts of Cambodia. However, we decided to visit Phnom Penh this time. Also Phnom Penh is with many popular historical attractions which any tourist must see.

Check the Flights

Once we decide our destination in Cambodia, we checked for flights. The days we are planning our holiday is during the Chinese New Year holidays. So, it is peak period which most of people in Singapore travel for holidays. Therefore, it is unavoidable. Flight rates are higher. But, still we managed to find the best flight rates by changing our flying dates slightly. It is not the lowest comparatively normal days. However, for a popular holiday weekend, we could find the best flight rates while combining flights.

Book the hotels

We always like to find hotels near the popular attractions. So we started searching for hotels in Phnom Penh near the historical city. Though we still check for hotels near historical city of Phnom Penh, we found many beautiful hotels around the area with facilities.

Getting here and there

Next important thing to plan before we reach Cambodia is transportation. Possible we will hire taxi for airport transfer. We always love to walk while watching around when the attractions are near the accommodations. Otherwise it would be a mix of taxi hire and public transportation.

List the Attractions in Cambodia or prepare your itinerary

Well, I am planning our things to do in Phnom Penh, Cambodia. This list will include the visiting historical attractions such as Royal Palace, Silver Pagoda, Wat Ounalom wat Langka. Other than the historical places to visit, we also love to visit markets and shopping centers while experiencing the cultural activities. As we travel with our kid, I am also looking for attractions for kids in Phnom Penh.

Money and currency rates

As for any other country, this is our next concern. As I found, it is easy to use dollars there while using Cambodian riel for some transactions.

So far these are our basic travel plans and things to check before we travel to Cambodia, Phnom Penh. I hope to update the blog with our actual experiences once we are back!

Have you been to Phnom Penh, Cambodia? If so please share your tips and suggestions. These would be really useful for us to plan our next holiday!

 

New Years Eve on Sydney Harbour

Sydney is renowned for hosting one of the largest and most spectacular fireworks displays. Spanning the Harbour from Bradleys Head and Taronga Zoo and all the way out west heading towards the Gladesville Bridge, the city of Sydney embraces this event as the population heads to the foreshore for a prime viewing position. More than a million spectators and revellers cram the foreshore at various designated areas and zones. Some are family friendly and alcohol free, some are ticketed areas to restrict the number of people in a particular zone and other areas are a free for all. Without doubt, the most exclusive would be on a New Years Eve cruise. Any Boat, Sydney’s largest and most reputable charter agency has the city’s most exclusive yachts available for you to choose from.

Private New Years Eve Cruises

What does a private New Years Eve cruise have to offer? Well for starters, a lot more privacy and comfort and exclusivity. Your skipper will pick you up and drop you off at a pre-arranged location. In addition to that, most vessels have an all-inclusive food and beverage package. So, all you have left to do is turn up and enjoy the evening. Some do have the flexibility of having BYO. The team at Any Boat in Sydney have recommended the following private charter vessels for you to consider:

  • Element – A super yacht that calls Sydney home, Element is still available for the evening. Capable of holding 36 passengers for the night, Sydney’s fireworks display will be so much more exciting when you’re on the main deck of this vessel. At AUD $45,000, she’s not cheap but that does come with an all-inclusive food and beverage package.

  • John Oxley – A grand old darling of Sydney Harbour, John Oxley has been meticulously maintained. Suitable for up to 30 guests, Alcohol is BYO however; there is a BYO food package for AUD $35,000 or the catered package for AUD $40,000
Ticketed New Years Eve Cruises

If you have a smaller group and don’t want to charter out a whole vessel for yourself then ticketed new years eve cruises are a great option. Tickets have sold quickly for this year’s cruises with boats like Galene and Silver Spirit already sold out. Any Boat’s recommendations for ticketed cruises are:

  • Starship Sydney – Priced at AUD $675 a ticket, Starship is great value. Included in the ticket price is food, drinks, entertainment and access to the Harbour of Lights Parade. You will be able to enter parts of the Harbour that most other people can’t. Holding a maximum of 950 guests, it is sure to be one of Sydney’s biggest parties.

  • Jerry Bailey – Similarly priced at $699 a ticket and also part of the Harbour of Lights Parade, Jerry Bailey will be a little more intimate as tickets are limited to 160 people. Included in the ticket price is food, beverages and entertainment.

 

Change the Shape of the World

Furthering your education can be a powerful way for you to get a grasp on your own life. It can be easy to feel lost in the world nowadays. The internet has made communication easier than ever and that means that people are more aware of each other than ever before. It can be as amazing as it is overwhelming. In order for you to find your place in the current state of things, you might be interested in finding a career where you have control over the form the planet takes.

Following the path to obtain either your USC GIS or your USC MCM might be exactly what you need. When you advance your knowledge on topics related to science or communication you will find that you are entering fields that can have a profound impact on the world. There are many reasons to consider these areas of learning for your future.

Lay of the Land

A GIS, also known as a GIST or focus on geographic information science and technology, can be an incredibly helpful degree to obtain. When you begin on your track with this program you will be learning all about the way that the geography of the planet shapes human civilization. This is far from a history path as you will be using all of the knowledge to the past to shape the future of the world. By learning all about the way science and tech play into geography you will be putting yourself ahead in a dynamic area of study.

Those who pursue this degree often wind up working in positions that have to do with surveying land, digital maps, cartographic creation and distribution, and that is just the beginning. This is a field that is always growing and does not seem like it will be stopping anytime soon. As the world continues to change, geography must be taken into consideration for everything from urban planning to environmental conservation. It is incredibly important that bright minds continue to add to the research and find new ways to apply the knowledge of this field to the world.

Bridge the Gap

Geographic exploration might be useful but there are also plenty of exhilarating ways that you can help to change the world when you follow the path for your USC MCM degree as well. An MCM, or Master of Communication Management, is another academic path geared for the current shape of the world. Working in fields related to communication is incredibly important. This is an area that helps people to reach out via the internet, television, film, radio and the media in general. Your MCM will help you to stay on top of changes made in these fields.

Though the world has shifted a great deal in a small amount the field of communication has definitely changed more than others. In order for you to be able to get ahead, it is a good idea that you know all about how the world is changing its communication tactics and what tech is involved with the process. Following this path for your future will help you to learn everything that you need to know to master the art of connection in the digital age and be able to manage a team of others in bridging communication gaps.

Start Changing the World

There is no time like the present to find your purpose in the big, noisy world. Look into how either a USC GIS & USC MCM might be the right degree for you to obtain for your future. Once you have done this you will be ready to face tomorrow with a newfound sense of purpose and start changing the world in ways that you never dreamed possible.

A Vacation in Brisbane Without Spending Much Money

While it is impossible to go on a vacation without spending a single penny, you can go wherever you want without spending a lot of money. Contrary to common belief, traveling is not expensive. Backpackers and budget travellers have proven that it is possible to travel in a limited budget.

One popular destination among budget travellers is Brisbane. It sounds counterintuitive to visit a first world metropolitan and save money, but it is the truth. So how do people enjoy Brisbane without spending much money? Here’s how:

Try Couchsurfing             

Couchsurfing is a new trend among millennials who want to save money when travelling. Here they find locals who offer their home for free. It is scary at first, but there are plenty of reputable websites that could help you meet friendly locals. To ensure your safety, check for red flags before booking with the host: their profile has to be filled out, it has to have profile picture, it has real reviews and they must be easy to contact.

Book a Cheap Car Rental in Advance

There are plenty of cheap car rental in Brisbane and you can easily nab a discount if you book online before your arrival. Traveling around Australia via a car hire is common among travellers because it saves them time and money from taking public transportation. It is also convenient and comfortable to explore if you drive a car.

Find the Best Cheap Eats

Brisbane is the third most populous city in Australia, so it is not surprising that there are plenty of restaurants that offer a variety of cuisine in different price ranges. As a budget traveller, pick the ones that offer the best but cheapest food. You think it is impossible? Try searching for Roll’d in QueensPlaza or Izakaya Kotobuki in Albert St. that are famous for Asian dishes. Papparich in Wintergarden or Buffalo Bar in Mary St. offer hearty meals in affordable prices. You can also get takeaways from Ben’s Burgers, New Shanghai and Le Bon Choix to satisfy your cravings. These foods are scrumptious, so try not to over eat and over spend, okay?

Visit Free Tourist Destinations

There are plenty of free things you can do in Brisbane. Aside from a scenic walk around the City Botanic Garden and the Roma Street Parklands, you can also check out the free concert every Sunday at Customs House. The Gallery of Modern Art, The City Hall and the Museum of Brisbane are also great free travel destinations. If you want to spend a laid-back afternoon, The Sunshine Beach and the South bank are ideal for you. Here you can grab something to eat, wait for the sunset and just watch locals.

Never limit your experience on the amount of money you brought. Not because you have a limited budget doesn’t mean you cannot enjoy your vacation. The list just shows a few ways to save money when visiting Brisbane and if you follow them, you will have a wonderful time in this city.

I love to watch sunset and sunrise. In our recent visit to the East Coast Park Singapore, I was eagerly waiting for watching sunset. I know sunset over the sea is really beautiful. I was dreaming. We were waiting and waiting till our kid start showing signs of tiredness. And finally around 6.30 pm we returned home. We couldn’t watch sunset. 🙁 But I could capture few moments of sky and its changes before the sunset. Hope you like to see these photos.

Sky Before the Sunset
Sky Before the Sunset

The above capture is from the side of the sky which we ware waiting to see the sunset.I’ve watched sunset at the East Coast Park before few years ago and I can remember how beautiful it was.On this day,it was just changes of colour on the sky and we had to leave home before the sun sets!

Sky Before the Sunset

Sky Before the Sunset
This is the other side of the sky.Stil it is blue….Seems it is not ready to accept the sunset 🙂
Sky Before the Sunset
Sky is getting dark
Other side of the sky is still blue..
Sky Before the Sunset at the East Coast Park Singapore
Sky Before the Sunset at the East Coast Park Singapore – This side is still blue,but we could see clouds and patterns.

Do you love to watch sunset?Please share your comments below.

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Alive Museum Singapore

Alive Museum is our recent wonderful experience with Singapore attractions and I have lot of photos to share. Although these photos look fun, Singapore Alive Museum is not a place just for capturing beautiful and funny moments with amazing 4D arts. Instead, spend time to admire those artists and their creativity. So, you will have more memorable time than just taking pictures.

Alive Museum Singapore
Alive Museum Singapore – Kids will sure have interesting time there!

I just wanted to share that because I saw some comments across the web saying that Alive Museum is not worth a visit comparing the ticket prices. Well , with our experience, we really love each and every minute we spent at the Alive Museum.

Alive Museum Singapore
Alive Museum Singapore – You can take some scary pictures there!

But, if you only consider Alive Museum as a place to take photographs, you may end up with boring few hours inside the museum. Just imagine taking photos and posing with each and every art pieces there! Actually at the end, I was not so amazed with such routine.

Alive Museum Singapore
And some loving and caring moments too! (Help these baby penguins! 🙂 )

But, when we started admiring the artwork and creativity, we could find lot of many ways to spend our time there with memorable experience. Instead of just using the photo points shown in front of the artworks, we also tried different angles and different poses which finally gave us some memorable photo moments.

Alive Museum Singapore – It will take you to a world of fantasy! We had a flight with this bird 🙂 )

Some 3D artworks are really amazing and those could take us to a dream world. I specially like the Live. Laugh. Love zone as that area is full of lovely art.

Alive Museum Singapore
Lovely moments at the Alive Museum Singapore

Overall our experience there was good and amazing. If you wish to visit there, avoid the crowd. When we were there, it was not much crowded, so we could capture moments freely without disturbance.

He wanted the big ice cream! Alive Museum Singapore is a family friendly place which you can enjoy with whole family.

If you have few hours in your Singapore tour, don’t forget to add Alive Museum to your Things to do in Singapore list! You need around 2 hours to cover the Alive Museum leisurely.

Alive Museum Singapore
And don’t forget some funny moments at the Alive Museum Singapore! See who is taking my picture using his phone and who drives the bus? 🙂 🙂

Location:

3 Temasek Boulevard, #03-372 Suntec City Mall Tower 4, Suntec City, 038983

Opening Hours:

Opens daily from 10am to 10pm (last admission at 9pm)

Promo code for Alive Museum discounted tickets

Currently there is a promotion going on. This would be a great promotion price for you to visit Alive Museum. Use this link and enjoy 40% off from your tickets.(for a limited period only)

Note: Please check the Alive Museum website before you visit. The museum may be closed for private events.

Do you have any photo story to share this week? I still have more photos from Alive Museum, so still my stories are about our amazing experience there!

Disclaimer: We received tickets to visit the Alive Museum.

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los angeles things to do

A luxurious vacation in Los Angeles is incomplete without a stay at a luxury L.A. hotel. Deciding on the luxury hotel to stay at while in L.A. is the first part of your vacation planning. You want to stay in a hotel that has the accessibility to the hottest attractions of the area.

The Los Angeles Life Style is a luxurious experience that you wouldn’t want to miss. Every year, millions of visitors are drawn to its numerous attractions. Surfers and sun worshippers are drawn for the luxury hotels in Santa Monica’s oceanfront. Families head for the attractions of Universal Studios and Disneyland. For the serious fashionistas, they are drawn to the exclusive designer shops along Rodeo Drive. For the film buffs, they head for Hollywood. Whatever your plans for vacation might be, you will surely find a variety of unique luxury hotels in L.A.

Following are 5 best extreme luxury hotels in Los Angeles:

  1. The Beverly Hills Hotel Bungalows

Beverly Hills, rates start from ~$530/night

The epicenter where California luxury meets Hollywood cool continues to rule the L.A. luxe hotel scene with an ideal combination of amazing location, luxurious accommodations, personal service, and delicious food.

Paul Williams Suite is a major attraction of this hotel. The suite includes a grand piano and a lot of amenities; two vital elements for the ultimate luxe staycation. The Paul Williams Suite has the priciest stay in L.A., starting at $3500+ per night.

  1. The Peninsula Beverly Hills

Beverly Hills, rates start from ~$575/night

With a fleet of Rolls-Royce Phantoms and only steps away from luxurious shopping on Rodeo Drive, The Peninsula Beverly Hills is famous for its rooftop pool cabanas, each one similar to a mini-hotel room featuring a fridge, ceiling fan, flat screen, and couches. Its Peninsula Villa is a major attraction, which rates nearly $10,000 per night

  1. Hotel Bel-Air

Bel Air, rates start from ~$500/night

Surrounded by mega-mansions and tucked away off Sunset Boulevard, the Hotel Bel-Air has always offered a discreet luxe experience as compared to various other options of the city. Serious ballers stay at the Presidential Suite of Hotel Bel-Air, which is its own self-contained mini-mansion. Presidential Suite features its own private Jacuzzi, private swimming pool, patio, and garden.

  1. The Ritz-Carlton, Marina del Rey

Marina del Rey, rates start from ~$400/night

If you are interested in including some yachting in your staycation, The Ritz-Carlton is the perfect choice for you. Famous for its excellent Spa del Rey with splendid waterfront sights, The Ritz-Carlton is ideal for a detox staycation with miles of hiking, biking, and walking trails neighboring the property.

  1. The Hollywood Roosevelt

Hollywood, rates starts from ~$300/night

The Hollywood Roosevelt is close to some of the most happening nightlife of the city such as Hyde, The Nice Guy, No Vacancy, The Argyle, etc.The hotel is famous for its luxurious accommodations and partying. Visiting on weekends is recommended because it is the perfect time to experience the most exclusive and hippest summer pool scene of the city.

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