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the PADI Dive Instructor Course in Thailand

Bored with your mundane 9 to 5 office job? Can’t face another monotonous night shift at the local factory? Had enough of the 2 hour commute to and from work? Do you want to ignite your life, do something you enjoy that you are passionate about, and get paid for it while living in paradise?

Why not come to Thailand and become a PADI Dive Instructor and change your life!

The PADI Instructor Development Course is the scuba diving industry’s number one Instructor course and your gateway to a Lifestyle change you will not regret!

Here are 7 cool facts about completing your PADI Dive Instructor Course in Thailand.

1. The Weather

The tropical climate enjoyed in Thailand almost year round provides a great backdrop for anyone enthusiastic about completing some serious scuba diving training, spending time in the country and indulging the Thai experience.

Crystal clear warm waters, illuminated by strikingly colourful coral reefs and an abundance of marine life provides a comfortable and relaxed environment in which you can train to become a PADI Dive Instructor in Thailand.

2. The training Facilities

the PADI Dive Instructor Course in Thailand

Outdoor, specifically designed training pools, AC classrooms and easy and quick access to ideal IDC scuba training sites via dedicated IDC dive boats, makes the logistics and organisation of conducting an IDC in Thailand straight forward.

This enhances the learning experience and creates an atmosphere conducive to learning. And all of this, located in the middle of a popular and hugely successful dive centre such as IDC Koh Tao, provides the perfect surroundings to benefit the early career of any budding PADI Dive Instructor.

3. Thai Food

the PADI Dive Instructor Course in Thailand

The tantalizing tastes, exotic flavours and fragrances of the curries, noodle dishes, papaya salads, stir fries, soups and rice dishes has turned Thai food into a popular cuisine around the world.

Known for being spicy, Thai food mixes sweet and sour, salty, bitter and spicy with a subtle blend of all 5 on main dishes. A cuisine to suit all moods at all times of day a superb addition to an already cool list of reasons why you should become a PADI Dive Instructor in Thailand

4. The Quality of training

Home to the world’s most experienced and successful PADI Course Directors you will find yourself in safe hands with regards to the level of education and training you receive during your PADI Dive Instructor course in Thailand.

A highly competitive market, you are spoilt for choice when it comes to the high standard offered on the Instructor training programs in Thailand.

5. Diving industry

the PADI Dive Instructor Course in Thailand

The most popular scuba diving training destination in the world for non-divers and divers alike to train.

Thailand’s diving businesses are vibrant and at the forefront of the world scuba diving industry for training, education, business and customer service.

Thailand boasts some of the world’s most successful dive operations as well as some of diving’s most popular dive spots and is not just a one visit destination, as many divers return to continue their education.

This is testament to the high quality of training and service Thailand’s scuba diving industry provides.

Submerging yourself into this environment during your PADI Dive instructor course in Thailand is invaluable experience for candidates serious about the career and lifestyle change becoming a PADI Dive Instructor can provide.

6. The Prospects 

Jobs, jobs, jobs! With 25 million tourists from all over the world visiting the Kingdom of Thailand annually there is plenty of potential and growth yet to come in the Thailand diving industry with new opportunities arising all the time.

Training to become a Dive Instructor in Thailand gives you a head start, offering you network opportunities before you become an Instructor that may prove important when looking for employment after the course.

7. The Personal Development 

The culture, the people, the training, the relationships. Completing your PADI Dive Instructor Course in Thailand, in a multi-national training environment, working alongside colleagues from all over the world.

There are many opportunities to meet new people, learn to manage cultural differences and build personal relationships with people from all over the world.

The comradeship that divers share is unique. Submerse yourself in the scuba lifestyle and reap the unique rewards it brings. The experience you gain and personal development you achieve is invaluable.

 

A Pilgrimage to Anuradhapura- Sri Lanka

When we are in Sri Lanka we always love to arrange pilgrimages with family members. As a country with lot of sacred cities, temples and historical sites, Sri Lanka offers many reasons for us to plan pilgrimages each year. It can be a pilgrimage to see temples and ruins of ancient city Polonnaruwa or it can be a pilgrimage to see Anuradhapura attractions, we always find these tours as a way to bond with family members while spending time in religious activities. Our trips to Kandy are also pilgrimages most of the times as temples are the main attractions, not only for visiting but also to spend time with religious and spiritual activities.

So, here is a travelogue of one of our recent pilgrimages to Anuradhapura which is one of the sacred cities in Sri Lanka.

A Pilgrimage to Anuradhapura- Sri Lanka
A Pilgrimage to Anuradhapura- Sri Lanka

It was last June that we were in another holiday in Sri Lanka. During this period, we spent time to visit Anuradhapura which is one of the sacred cities in Sri Lanka. I’ve visited Anuradhapura Buddhist attractions many time, but I still plan to visit the same places again simply due to the Buddhist beliefs and to spend time in spiritual activities.

A Pilgrimage to Anuradhapura- Sri Lanka
Stopping at a fruit stall is a great way to have a break.

As of most pilgrimages, we left our home early in the morning with the hope of reaching Anuradhapura in the noon. On the way to Anuradhapura, we stopped in few places for breakfast and for short breaks. As there are fruit stalls along the road to Anuradhapura, it is always enjoyable to taste different fruits which are also fresh.

A Pilgrimage to Anuradhapura- Sri Lanka
Travelling with a kid,we always like to have short breaks during road trips.

Finally, we reached Anuradhapura. After having lunch, our first visit was to the ‘Sri Maha Bodhi Tree’ which is one of the sacred places for Buddhists in Sri Lanka.

A Pilgrimage to Anuradhapura- Sri Lanka
Sri Maha Bodhi tree

It is believed that ‘Sri Maha Bodhi tree’ is a sapling of Bodhi tree that Buddha was sitting during his enlightenment.

A Pilgrimage to Anuradhapura- Sri Lanka
Offerings at the Sri Maha Bodhi Tree

As usual we always like to visit Ruwanwalisaya in the evening to avoid the sun. During the day time, it can be really hot and it is not easy to go around the stupa and do the offerings with proper concentration.

A Pilgrimage to Anuradhapura- Sri Lanka
Ruwanwalisaya Stupa

In Thuparamaya, we also could see and  join another Buddhist offering which is called ‘Kap ruk Poojawa’.After visiting both Thuparamaya and Ruwanwelisaya which are must visit attractions in Anuradhapura, we reached our accommodation.

A Pilgrimage to Anuradhapura- Sri Lanka
Kap Ruk poojawa at Thuparamaya

It was the day before June Full moon day which is also called ‘Poson Poya’.In Sri Lanka, full moon day is a holiday and it is a day for Buddhist activities. As a Majaor poya day,Pososn Poya is a crowded day for Anuradhapura and temples were full of devotees.

A Pilgrimage to Anuradhapura- Sri Lanka
Thuparamaya Stupa after Kap ruk poojawa

We also spent time having meals and drinks from ‘Dan sal’.Dan Sal are the places that people offer food and drinks for anyone without any charge. It is completely free to drink or eat from a ‘Dansala’ and these events are mostly organized during the major full moon days.

A Pilgrimage to Anuradhapura- Sri Lanka
Dan Sala (It was a Biscuit Dan sala organized by a major Biscuit brand of Sri Lanka which travellers to Anuradhapura received biscuits free. 🙂

As the city was fully crowded, we also experienced huge traffic jam. However we could visit the major attractions including Abhayagiriya and Jethwanaramaya.

A Pilgrimage to Anuradhapura- Sri Lanka
Mirisawetiya stupa

We had great two days in Anuradhapura spending in spiritual activities. It was a pilgrimage that we like to remind again and again.

A Pilgrimage to Anuradhapura- Sri Lanka
It is easy to buy flowers and other necessary things for offerings at the entrance of each Buddhist places.
Useful tips for planning a pilgrimage to Anuradhapura

Leave early and reach Anuradhapura early morning to save time. So, you can visit more attractions during the few days of stay.

Follow the rules when you enter into the sacred city and the temples. Check this post on how to behave in a Buddhist temple if you are not sure.

Avoid bathing in lakes if you don’t know the designated places to have a bath or to enjoy water activities. Always read the sign boards and warnings before you go to the water/lakes.

Hiring a van from a car rental service is always our preferred way to reach Anuradhapura when we plan pilgrimages. This is a stress free way to reach Anuradhapura.

Accommodation in Anuradhapura

Book your accommodation before you reach Anuradhapura. During the crowded days, it is not easy to find proper accommodation.

We booked Creston Park Accomodation through Agoda which is a decent budget hotel that is great for family holidays. The good thing about Creston Park Accomodation is that their food is really delicious. Also staff is friendly.The location is strategic and near to sacred city of Anuradhapura. (Accomodation Near Anuradhapura Pooja Nagaraya)

If you look for booking a complete house for your group, then check AirBnb for such accommodation .Most of the houses offered are affordable in rates. Use this link to book and save up to $50 SGD travel credit.

A Pilgrimage to Anuradhapura- Sri Lanka

Have you been to Anuradhapura? Do you like pilgrimages? If so, do you plan such trips with family members and friends? Please share your thoughts below.

 

Reasons Why Maldives Should be on Your Travel Bucket List

With crystal clear seawater, luxury family resorts and magical sunset views over the beach Maldives is one of the wonderful destinations in Asia that any tourist dream for. It is same with us too. While planning our dreamy holiday in Maldives after the year-end holiday in Sri Lanka, I want to share why Maldives deserves to be on top of any travel bucket list right now.

After you read these reasons, I am sure you will add this amazing and romantic destination to your bucket list without thinking more. Truly Maldives is a paradise on the earth that you should not miss!

Reasons Why Maldives Should be on Your Travel Bucket List1.Turquoise Waters

If you say it turquoise waters or blue waters, Maldives is a fantastic destination for a dreamy vacation. Be it a romantic holiday or honeymoon getaway, you will find the best views around you. Crystal clear seawater and ocean views will create you magical experiences in Maldives making it a memorable holiday for the entire lifetime!

Reasons Why Maldives Should be on Your Travel Bucket List

2. Amazing Marine Life

You will sure have seen marine life photos of Maldives before. Aren’t these made you wanting to visit Maldives in anytime you can? If you look for a magical Snorkeling destination on this earth, Maldives is currently on top. Any trip to Maldives would not be complete if you don’t add marine life experiences for your travel plan.

3. Luxury Resorts

Popular as a destination for a romantic getaway, Maldives is full of luxury resorts in each island. Can you just imagine spending your time in a white sandy beach surrounded by beautiful sea views while dining at your favourite restaurant! Swaying palm trees and windy atmosphere will make you feel relaxing making it a luxury holiday at any of the beautiful resorts in Maldives!

Reasons Why Maldives Should be on Your Travel Bucket List

4. It’s easy to plan your holiday

Planning a tour to any new destination require lot of time and experience. From booking your flights, accommodation and planning your activities in your destination need some expertise to enjoy a relaxing holiday. Other than flights and hotels you also need to plan your airport transfer. However if you plan your next holiday to Maldives, trip planning will not be stressful. There are many Maldives Tour Packages available which provides all inclusive packages that suit for your budget. You only need to select your preferred tour package to Maldives before you book. You even don’t have to worry about your itinerary when you book your tour package!

5. You don’t need visa

Well, although some citizens enjoy visa free travel for many destinations around the world, there are many other countries that need to check visa requirements before planning any trip. I know how painful this is as we miss many last minute holiday opportunities simply because of time required for visa pre-approval process. But, you don’t need pre-approval of visa to enter into this beautiful destination on earth. At present, all nationalities will get 30 days free visa on arrival to enter Maldives!

Now you know the reasons why you should add Maldives to your travel bucket list right now. Planning your Maldives tour is painless and you will experience the luxury of a relaxing holiday. There are many activities to do without getting bored. It’s a truly amazing destination!

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Places that you should not miss when visit Bangkok

Bangkok city is one of the most top of mind of tourist destination. Steeped ever, culturally liberal and astounding in term of modernism, Bangkok stands apart from all of those other world.

The city greets you on arrival using a countless of attractions and sights, the following are best three recommend tour outside and inside Bangkok:

The Grand Palace

Places that you should not miss when visit Bangkok

The Grand Palace: Perhaps the best historical invests Bangkok Day Tours, this area is a perfect instance of architectural brilliance and historical legacy. It features a cluster of several beguiling buildings, which can be associated with royal categories of Thailand. The sheer size, exuberant atmosphere and stunning assortment of artifacts in Grand Palace will truly delight your senses.

The Grand Palace could be the city’s most well-known landmark and a trip to Bangkok Day Tour will not be complete without clicking here.

The Bangkok Grand Palace had been built in 1782 and has been the house of the King, the Royal court along with the administrative seat of presidency for 150 years. The intricate details and exquisite architecture will continue to draw tourist and admire it. Today, the Grand Palace still may serve as spiritual center of Thailand because,

Inside of Royal complex lies the Wat Phra Kaew or perhaps the Temple from the Emerald Buddha, which needless to say has the revered Emerald Buddha. Thai Kings stopped surviving in the palace round the 1900’s but all ceremonies are still performed here.

** Note that the Grand Palace close till 31 Oct 2017 , due to the king funeral

Damnern saduak Floating Market

Places that you should not miss when visit Bangkok

During Bangkok Day Tours the largest with the floating markets you’d be noticing is Damnoen Saduak, which pulls a huge number of tourists, as well as locals buying food, every day. The many traders here gives the site a chaotic feel, because they make an effort to maneuver their boats for the best positions near to the side of the canal and shout towards the shoppers to get their attention.

In addition to food, the Damnoen Saduak floating market is a good location to buy souvenirs, as most of the traders look after the tourist market and provide the sort of trinkets you’d probably only find in Thailand. But do not are taken in by how the traders work, since they are all skilled negotiators – as you will discover by trying to haggle for the purchase.

The most common one of the floating markets is the Damnoen Saduak, noted for being large and classy. On the other hand, smaller markets, including Ampawa and Tha Kha, gives travelers a peek at the area flavors of this beautiful city.

Historical Park and Capital of Siam – Ayutthaya

Places that you should not miss when visit Bangkok

Founded in the valley of the Chao Phraya River, by King Ramathibodi I in 1350, the old – Ayutthaya took over as second Siamese capital after Sukhothai. Day Trip from Bangkok to this particular ancient site will point the large reliquary towers in the massive monasteries giving a touch in the history grandeur from the city. In the 1700s, the Burmese took a couple of years to capture the town, simply 2 days to eliminate it. Consequently, Ayutthaya collapsed. But, right after, town of Ayutthaya was re-founded ten or twenty yards away. Town and Park of Ayutthaya were made a UNESCO World Heritage Site in 1991.

So these are the three places that I highly recommend to visit and hope you can have a good time there.

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Phnom Penh first impressions

Phnom Penh, the capital of Cambodia is with lot of unique views and attractions. It is not a completely clean city where you will not see any dirt. Instead this city shows signs of similar Asian countries which are not developed. However we had exciting 3 nights stay in Phnom Penh without many worries experiencing the difference in culture, views and attractions.

Well, our trip to Cambodia is well planned though we didn’t visit the most popular Siem Reap attractions. We decided to visit only Phnom Penh simply because we had 3 days for the holiday. Still we have plans to visit Siem Reap in near future.

Cambodia : My First Impressions of Phnom Penh
View from a busy street of Phnom Penh

As another Asian country, I absolutely like our stay at Phnom Penh though there are strange experiences and views than we expected. Below are some experiences and impressions I want to note down here which I found as unique to this simple city of Cambodia. Anyway I don’t have any intention to make this as a fun post or to laugh at people of Cambodia. Instead these are the moments that made me feel like I am in another destination which made me exciting!

The Visa process

Cambodia offers visa on arrival facility for some selected countries. As Sri Lankans we require visa to enter into Cambodia, Phnom Penh. Though we can use the facility of Visa on arrival, we applied for our Cambodia visa before we travel. I think we were lucky. As I noticed it was crowded for visa on arrival service. We saw people waiting at the immigration area for their visa.

It is true that anyone wants to reach the hotel or destination when they are in a new city than waiting in a long queue. In such, if you require visa for Cambodia, plan it before arrival or get ready for a long line.

Airport transfer

Once we are in Phnom Penh airport, it was really easier to hire a taxi to the hotel we stayed. For a car the rate is around $9 within the city area. The car driver was friendly and helpful. He talked with us and was helpful for planning our tour schedule giving us some ideas about the attractions.

Phnom Penh first impressions

Something I noticed while we were in the car was that in Cambodia they use cars which steering wheel is on the left side of the car. It is new for me as I am familiar with the car drives with right side steering wheels.

Phnom Penh City views

Phnom Penh is not one of the most cleaned cities I’ve seen. There is garbage along the roads and it can be too hot during the day time. Other than this I noticed their overhead cables. Those are so massive and lots of overhead cables are exposed along the road.

Phnom Penh first impressions
I can’t forget these overhead cables along the streets. 🙂

Narrow streets are so packed with vendors and shops. Other than that sometimes there is no space to walk. If you plan to bring your stroller with the kid, I must say that Phnom Penh streets are not stroller friendly. But, you can use strollers in some attractions such as Royal palace garden or for your river sidewalk.

Transport and getting around the city
Phnom Penh first impressions
You will see beautiful decorated Tuk Tuks in Cambodia,Phnom penh.

While there are different transport options are available in Phnom Penh, Tuk Tuks are much popular. I really like these tuk tuk rides while watching the streets, city views and people of Cambodia. These tuk tuks are beautiful decorated and some are well maintained. We saw many tuk tuks along the streets parked till a customer request a ride.

Phnom Penh first impressions
These scooter rides with more than two people or without safety helmets are common sights in Phnom Penh

Other than tuk tuk rides, it seems motor bikes are one of the popular ways to travel for the people in Phnom Penh. There are lots of scooters around the city. In the evening traffic jam was so much higher and we saw lot of scooters which is an unusual compared to the cities we have travelled before.

People

We can’t forget the friendly people from Phnom Penh. They are extremely polite. They smile easily. We had the feeling of staying in a long time familiar country though we stayed just 3 nights there.

Cambodia : My First Impressions of Phnom Penh
I had opportunity to talk with this local vendor while tasting a young coconut at the Central Market of Phnom Penh.

In the streets you will also notice street vendors who sell different stuff including the street foods. Local markets are so much popular and these places are the best to experience the culture and lifestyle of Phnom Penh. Other than local markets, we also visited Buddhist temples. We also can’t forget the Opportunity to talk with Buddhist monks in Phnom Penh.

My first impressions of Phnom Penh are different from other cities we have visited before. Phnom Penh is a city with friendly people, both rich and poor. City views are with both clean and dirt. But it is a fantastic city. Country is rich with heritage cities, historical attractions and culture. If you plan a visit to Cambodia or Phnom Penh, don’t think twice. As a traveler you will really enjoy the different experiences there!

Have you been to Cambodia or Phnom Penh before? Or how do you experience your first visit to any city?Please share your thoughts below.

 

 

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Why Bali is a great Travel and Leisure Destination

Bali is an island and a province of Indonesia, often referred as the island of the Gods. It is a popular tourist destination which has seen a significant rise in numbers of visitors’ since1980s. So if you are pondering what’s so special about this Asian island or planning on visiting someday, the answers are not far fetched that’s why tourism-related business makes up to 80% of its economy.

Biodiversity

Why Bali is a great Travel and Leisure Destination

Bali is one the world’s top tourist destination due to her mesmerizing sites and archeological monuments. The island is home to numerous wildlife, lakes, forests, waterfalls, paddy fields, temples, retreats and beautiful ancient villages. Bali is part of the Coral Triangle, i.e. the areas with the highest biodiversity of marine species. In this area alone, over 500 reef building coral species can be found. For comparison, this is about seven times as many as in the entire Caribbean. The island numerous rain forests support the existence of various species of animals. The island biodiversity was better preserved with the establishment of the West Bali National Park a natural conservation with pure ecosystem managed by the zone system for multiple research purpose involving education, tourism and recreation.

Cultural Heritage

Bali has a rich cultural heritage which has been preserved for centuries, with beautiful architectural Hindu temples serving as spiritual, cultural and historical significance center for many. The Indonesian International Film Festival is held every year in Bali. Bali is also renowned for its diverse and sophisticated art forms, such as painting, sculpture, woodcarving, handcrafts, and performing arts. Local and international cuisine is available at resorts, restaurants or local diners, be rest assured you will be delighted.

Beautiful Beaches

Bali is a great travel destination because of its attractive surroundings (both mountain and coastal areas), diverse tourist attractions, excellent international and local hotels, and the friendliness of the local people. According to BBC Travel released in 2011, Bali is one of the World’s Best Islands, ranking second after Santorini in Greece. Kuta Beach, Pandawa Beach is a few of the famous tourist locations in the northern part of Bali, which own beautiful calm sea water, blackish chromatic sand and the sea with its dolphins. One of the favorites is the Lovina Beach, famous for dolphin watching.

Interesting Sites

Bali has several significant holy sites dating back to the 14th century. The Ubud Monkey Forest, iconic Uluwatu Temple, Besakih Temple (Mother Temple), Ubud Art Market, Bali Safari and Marine Park, Kintamani and Mount Batur are few of its enthralling wonders.

Also, the Banjar hot water spring is a natural hot wellspring from the ground and it is believed it heals diseases it is opened to the public. The Bali Safari and Marine Park is the island’s largest animal theme park and home to over 60 species of animals. Bali’s volcanic mountains have contributed to its exceptional fertility and its tall mountain ranges provide the high rainfall that supports the vastly productive agricultural sector. South of the mountains is a broad, steadily descending area where most of Bali’s largest rice crop is grown

Whether is a trip for research, leisure or spiritual divination,Bali is waiting, go explore her wonders and hospitality you will be elated.

Best Tours in Pattaya

Are you planning a trip to Bangkok? Bangkok, the most popular tourist hotspot in Southeast Asia offers many reasons for travellers to visit there. Be it popular Bangkok attractions, shopping in Bangkok streets or experiencing Bangkok nightlife, you will sure have fantastic time in this bustling city.

However just imagine your time spending with the locals!

Dining, talking or even visiting attractions with locals! Isn’t this the best way to spend time in any city? In such, here are five things to do in Bangkok that you do not want to miss. Bonus tip: Doing my research I spotted a company called Withlocals. They seem perfect to combine all the ingredients for an authentic local experience

1. Visit a Floating Market

things to do in bangkok with locals

Floating markets are one of the unique attractions in Bangkok which almost every visitor wants to experience. This can be the best Bangkok experience which you can have if you plan it properly. You will need to arrange a boat tour to visit floating markets. Also having a local guide will be helpful for you to visit the floating markets without much hustle.

Do you know that there are almost 5 floating markets around the Bangkok city with different timing and different days? So, instead of planning your floating market tour alone, get the help of locals in Bangkok and let them plan your trip. That will help you to save both time and money. Check this  Floating Market & Boat Tour which is ideal to visit the floating markets. Other than the visit to the floating market, you will also experience boat riding and local Thai food. Don’t forget to experience the public transport like a local!

2. Experience Thai food with locals

Unique Things to do in Bangkok with Locals

Yes, Thailand is so much popular for their delicious food including street foods. You may think that it is nothing to plan and you only have to visit restaurants along the way to experience the Thai food. But how about dining with a family who are actually locals of Bangkok? This will be a really interesting experience as you will get the opportunity to spend time with locals in Bangkok while learning their food culture. Such friendly and warm home dining experience will be remarkable and that will add you lifetime memories! Check this list of  Withlocals experiences in Bangkok and select what are the favourite things to do in your next holiday!

 3. Spend a night in a local Thai home

Other than dining with locals, you can also spend a night with locals to experience a glimpse of their lifestyle. There are homestay facilities around Bangkok which you can rent a whole house or stay in a private room in a local Thai home. Such experience will definitely add you fantastic and unique memories!

4. Visit Hidden Gems

When you search for things to do in Bangkok, I am sure you will find lot of lists which highlight shopping in Bangkok or nightlife experiences in Bangkok. However have you heard of hidden gems which are not much popular among the tourists to Bangkok? A traditional silk farm day trip, visiting traditional Thai artists or visit to a Thai village can be exciting and will allow you to spend quality time with locals while experiencing their culture.

5. Visit Buddhist Temples

Things You Must Do In Bangkok

Thailand, being a Buddhist country, you will find lot of Buddhist temples around the neighborhood of Bangkok. Don’t forget to visit at least one Buddhist temple in your trip to Bangkok. You can even chat with a Buddhist monk and experience the Buddhist way of living.

However you need to know how to behave in a Buddhist temple and how properly dress when you visit a temple. When you know such things, your experience will be memorable!

There are many other attractions and things to do in Bangkok. However with above unique attractions you will never find a dull moment in Bangkok. Plan your Bangkok trip before you reach the country. That will save you both time and energy which in return give you remarkable memories and experiences too!

 

 

Safety and security in Phnom Penh Cambodia

If you are planning a trip to Phnom Penh, then you also need to know some safety tips same as your concern to the attractions and things to do in Phnom Penh. Recently we visited Phnom Penh, however we had really safe and memorable trip there without any single issue. Although we spent our evenings along the riverside and inside the restaurants, we also prepared with travel safety tips specially for Phnom Penh. As we travelled with a kid and as a family, we always considered safety tips and also received some advice from the hotel staff we stayed.

Here are some possible risks in Phnom Penh, Cambodia and how you can prevent those by preparing for such situations. These all are as we heard from the hotel staff and some of the tuk tuk drivers we talked. Hope these tips will be helpful for you to enjoy a pleasant holiday among all the things to do in Phnom Penh!

Prepare for Bag snatching

Bag snatching is common in city area and as we heard these things can be happened by a passing by motorcycle. In Phnom Penh, you will find lot of motor cycles. Sometimes it is unbelievable when we saw traffic by motor bikes. To keep your things safe, never wear your bag on back. Keep your bag inside when you travel by a tuk tuk. Also keep the valuable items locked in the safe in your hotel room when you visit out.

When you walk for a little distance or if you enjoy a walking city tour, wear your bag, camera and other accessories on the shoulder which is not on the traffic side.

Keep your smart phones inside

We also used our normal digital camera for photographing the street views and we did not want to take our smart phones out.

Hire tuk tuks with safe

Phnom Penh safety

Always try to hire tuk tuks with the help of your hotel staff. We usually hired tuk tuks which are parked in front of the hotel we stayed. Also keep some idea on taxi rates. Usually tuk tuk rates are $2- $4 for short trips across the city.(in February 2017) When you have some idea on the rates, you don’t have to worry about paying higher rates for the tuk tuk drivers. It is possible that tuk tuk drivers will ask you some higher amount or they will also ask more money when you complete your ride. Before you get into the tuk tuk, remember to agree the rate. Also if they ask more money when you complete the ride and if it is an amount of few dollars, better to pay than arguing. Bargaining is common in Phnom Penh. If your tuk tuk driver asks for $4, you can bargain with them for a $3 ride. Anyway after all it is all about $1-$2 discount and better not to argue with them much. 🙂

We had tuk tuk rides around the city of Phnom Penh during our Phnom Penh itinerary and we didn’t face any problem.These are some tips to keep in your mind to spend a safe holiday in Phnom Penh.

Hire taxis for night time

If you want to enjoy night life or if you plan travelling at night, always taxis are better than tuk tuks and motos. There are taxi companies which you can contact or you can always seek the help from the hotel staff. When you alight from your taxi, always be aware of the surrounding for your safe.

Safety Tips to Visit Phnom Penh - Cambodia
Street views from Phnom Penh – Cambodia
Learn about travel safety before you travel

Read more about travel safety and be equipped with tips and ideas to prevent security issues in Phnom Penh. You can also check online travel safety training course and learn more about how to behave in a situation if you become a victim. It is better to know more about accommodation safety, about facing the challenges in a new place and how to face for natural disasters before you travel. This will be helpful to you not only to travel Phnom Penh but to travel anywhere in the world.

Don’t buy things from the kids or don’t give money to them

We also found kids selling items in front of Royal Palace. It is a really pity thing to see. However we found lot of advices which asks not to buy from kids. Behind these kids, there are adults who do the business using the kids to get attention.

Also there are campaigns in Phnom Penh which raise awareness about orphanages. ‘Don’t create more Orphans’ is one of the slogan I came across. Think twice before you donate to orphanages. Check properly and decide. Work with reputed institutions if you plan for donations during your stay in Phnom Penh.

It is advised to support families not for orphanages. It seems some orphanages recruit kids to attract donations. Although I am not so sure of such kind of activities in Phnom Penh, I came across articles and banners which spread the message of ‘don’t create more Orphans’

Buy Traveller’s insurance

In Cambodia, there are international hospitals. However medical facilities are not up to international standards everywhere. As I found the medical facilities are limited and evacuation cost can be extremely high. So, in order to cover your costs in an emergency it is always a better idea to buy traveller’s insurance which can cover at least the basic emergency situations which can happen.

Above are some of the travel safety tips and possible scams which you will face in Phnom Penh. However, if you know how to behave and if you have some idea of possible incidents, you are always safe. We had really safe and enjoyable trip in Phnom Penh and we would love to visit Phnom Penh and other parts of Cambodia again!

 

 

 

Frangipani Royal Palace Hotel
Frangipani Royal Palace Hotel -Phnom Penh

Accommodation plays a major part in any trip. With comfortable accommodation, you will sure enjoy your holiday. It was same for us when we were in Phnom Penh few weeks ago. We were lucky to spend 3 comfortable nights at Frangipani Royal Palace Hotel Phnom Penh with our 3 years old son. Why I mentioned about the kid? Parents who travel with kids know why your accommodation should be kids friendly when you travel with kids. When the kid enjoys the place, parents automatically get the comfortable and relaxing holiday experience. I guess I am correct!

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From the flower arrangements of Frangipani Royal Palace Hotel

Well.it was another holiday and we planned to visit Cambodia. As mentioned in our Phnom Penh itinerary, we spent 3 nights in Phnom Penh visiting the major attractions. As Frangipani Royal Palace Hotel is strategically located near most of the major attractions in Phnom Penh, we could easily visit those places daily without getting much tired or without wanting to travel much distance.

Where to stay in Phnom Penh?

Where to stay in Phnom Penh?This was our one of the first concerns at the time we were planning our Phnom Penh holiday.Among the many hotels in Phnom Penh Cambodia,finally we decided to book Frangipani Royal Palace hotel based on the reviews and views of the rooms we found over the web.Our decision was not wrong.It is one of the best hotels phnom penh cambodia which is comfortable and cozy!

Our Stay in Delux Double Room of Frangipani Royal Palace Hotel
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Frangipani Royal Palace Hotel Lobby Area

We booked our Phnom Penh accommodation through Agoda. However, as always we were in doubt until we saw the actual location. The day we entered into this hotel in Phnom Penh, I was truly amazed with the beautiful interior. That is my concern always. I always look for calm and relaxing spacious places to stay during any of our holidays. Then for my husband, it was the location and services. Yes, I check for such things too.

When we entered into the hotel, the staff greeted us and welcomed with a drink. That was really helpful to satisfy our thirst after few hours flying and travelling. Then the room! That’s the exciting part for any holiday!

The Room
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Delux Double Room of Frangipani Royal Palace Hotel

The room! Yes, it looked like Royal! The blend of red and white colours created the room a Royal appearance.it looked romantic and it looked energetic. At first sight I was attracted to it. And for our kid, it was a spacious room to run around.

Cleanliness was up to satisfied level. The bathroom in our room was clean, tidy and with pleasant look. The view from our room is just fantastic as it was faced to Wat Ounalom. I could watch sunrise early in the morning and beautiful city view with lights at the night time.

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Food

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Our room rates came with breakfast. So we enjoyed breakfast from the hotel each day. The staff is really helpful and friendly. As my kid is talkative, he started talking with staff during these breakfast sessions making our trip memorable. 🙂

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Local Delights from Cambodia

Breakfast Buffet was with different food choices including local food from Phnom Penh and other choices. Overall we are satisfied with our experience in Phnom Penh in Frangipani Royal Palace Hotel!

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We were spoiled with different food choices! 🙂

During our last night, we had dinner from the hotel restaurant. The restaurant at the roof top is excellent for having dinner with views of riverfront.

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Dinner at Roof top restaurant is an ideal way to enjoy the city view!
Location

If you visit Phnom Penh, this hotel is ideal to spend the night as it is located in walking distance to major attractions of Phnom Penh. The national Museum of Phnom Penh is less than 5 minutes’ walk. The Royal Palace is also in around 6-7 minutes walking distance. Other nearby attractions include the Riverfront area and Wat Ounalom which is less than 10 minutes walking distance.

Other than these attractions, there are souvenir shops and other temples around the hotel area. We could hire Tuk Tuks easily whenever we visited the other attractions such as Wat Phnom. The cost for Tuk Tuk to other city areas was around $4 from this hotel.

Other facilities and services
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Roof top pool area

Frangipani Royal Palace Hotel is equipped with basic amenities which you look for in any comfortable hotel room. Other than that, this hotel is with a pool on roof top and also a spa.

We want to highlight the friendly staff. They were absolutely friendly and we were greeted with their best smile and service. This was our first time in Cambodia. So, this friendly staff gave us a hint of hospitality and friendliness of local Cambodian people. You will sure have memorable time there while talking with the staff during your stay if you visit Phnom Penh!

How to book Frangipani Royal Palace Hotel?

We booked our hotel room through Agoda.

You can also check Hoteltopia for the current rates.Check current rates of Frangipani Royal Palace Hotel.

This hotel is also available on AirBnb. Use this link to book and save up to $50 SGD travel credit.

Disclosure: We stayed at this hotel and we booked the room via Agoda.This review is based on our actual experiences and thoughts.Also this post contains affiliate links.

 

Wat Ounalom-Phnom Penh-Cambodia

Located facing the riverfront area along the Sisowath Quay, Wat Ounalom is one of the Buddhist temples that you must visit in your trip to Cambodia, Phnom Penh. As one of the major attractions suggested for things to see in Phnom Penh, this Buddhist temple attracts majority of the visitors to Phnom Penh as a place for learning about the Buddhist culture.So, it was same for us. During our recent Phnom Penh trip, we didn’t forget to visit the Wat Ounalom in an afternoon.

Wat Ounalom – Why is it popular as Eyebrow Temple?
Wat Ounolam Pagoda/Stupa
Wat Ounolam Pagoda/Stupa

This temple is also popular as eyebrow temple.Named as King Ponhea Yat in Khmer, the language of Cambodia  which means ‘Eyebrow Temple’ ,this Buddhist temple has a historical value.As per records,Wat Ounalom was built in 1443.The stupa of the temple contains an eyebrow hair (ounalom) of Lord Buddha which makes this temple a sacred place.

Our visit to Wat Ounalom and interesting things to see

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The day we visited Wat Ounalom was a bit sunny afternoon. The temple was not so crowded. So we could spend time watching the beautiful sculptures and statues. The temple building is with beautiful architectural features and decorations with highlights of the golden temples.

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This temple is a home for the Buddhist patriarch and serves as one of the major Buddhist center of the country. It is also known as the oldest Buddhist foundation in the city of Phnom Penh.
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Buddha Statues at the temple grounds

We visited the temple and we could meet and talk with some Buddhist monks too. That was a great opportunity for us as we could talk about Buddhism and close religious relationships between Sri Lanka and Cambodia.

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Inside the shrine room

If you visit Phnom Penh city,don’t forget to visit this beautiful temple.It also provides beautiful views of riverfront when you are in the top level of the Buddhist temple.

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View of riverfront from the top level of Wat Ounalom,Phnom Penh
Helpful tips to Visit Wat Ounalom
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Cyclos at the entrance of the Wat Ounalom

Location: Samdech Sothearos Blvd Central Phnom Penh

Entrance fee: Free attraction. No entrance fee. However, you can donate money for the temple if you like.

Opening Hours: 06:00-18:00

Please wear appropriate clothes when you visit this temple.(Shoulder covered, long dress at least upto the knee).Please read this post on how to visit a Buddhist Temple.

It is Located at the riverfront area which you can easily walk in the same trip to riverfront.

At the gate of the temple, there are people who ride cyclos. After visiting the temple, you can hire a cyclo for a city visit if you like such a ride.

There are tour guides available who also owns tuk tuks. If you like to visit other attractions, you can easily find a tour guide who is also a tuk tuk driver.

 

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