It's just two months until I head to Singapore, Cambodia, and Hong Kong, so I thought I'd tell you all about my plans as things have just been firmed up a bit more! I only have eight days, so it's going to be a bit of a whirlwind tour, with most of my time being spent in Cambodia. Fingers crossed it all goes to plan and I don't miss any flights etc ;)
I'm actually starting my journey back in Perth, so I'm flying over to Perth from Sydney for a week before I go to Asia. My brother and his girlfriend are flying over from the UK to meet me in Perth, and we'll be staying at my aunty's house over Easter and my birthday. And then it's time for my Asia adventure! I've got all of the flights and hotels booked in, the only ones left are the flight from Siem Reap to Hong Kong, and the hotel in Hong Kong.
Saturday 22nd April - Fly to Singapore
I'm flying from Perth to Singapore on Saturday evening and landing around 11pm. I'm barely gonna be in the hotel as my flight to Phnom Penh is at 4pm on the Sunday, so I'll only really have the morning and lunchtime in the city, so I've just booked the Conrad. Conrad is part of Hilton and I'm a diamond Hilton Honors member, so I'll get free breaky, a free room upgrade etc.
Due to my lack of time in Singapore I've decided to forgo the foodie things and just visit the main sights. It's been nine years since I last went to Singapore, so I'm desperate to see the Gardens by the Bay (this is partly why I booked the Conrad - it's right next to the gardens!), and I'd love to just wander around Clarke Quay, Little India, Chinatown, and also see if I have time to visit the Tanglin Club as I'm a reciprocal member.
Sunday 23rd April - Fly to Phnom Penh
On the Sunday I'm flying to Phnom Penh in Cambodia where I'm meeting my FLEA! I am SO excited to see her again! For those of you who don't know, my flea is Clare, who is my old work bestie. For those of you who have ever had full time jobs, you'll understand just how important a work bestie is to your life. You spend 8 hours a day with your colleagues, and having a work bestie to go for lunch with, go for after-work drinks with, complain about your boss with, and send emails full of GIFs and random funny links to is one of my favourite things about working.
I guess work friendships are a bit like school ones. Over the years I've had a few work besties, and I'm still really close to all of them and regularly see them when I'm in London. Clare came to my London leaving party, and I'm so excited to explore Cambodia with her and have proper catch ups! She makes me laugh until my sides ache, and no doubt I'll leave Cambodia with plenty of stories for you all haha.
Also the story behind why we call each other 'Flea' - whenever we introduced ourselves to anyone new at work we would always say 'I'm Catherine'.,..'and I'm Clare', it was like a double act thing, and one day we realized we were basically like the fleas from Bugs Life, but way cuter. Then months later we discovered they weren't fleas but woodlice...but anyway, the 'Flea' thing had stuck.
So I've just realized I've told you nothing about Phnom Penh and I'm already four paragraphs in. Woops. Sorry. So, we're staying at the Intercontinental for two nights, and we only have one full day in Phnom Penh so we're hopefully going to do the Killing Fields on that day.
Tuesday 25th April - Fly to Siem Reap
We fly to Siem Reap Tuesday morning, and will be whisked off to the Belmond La Résidence d'Angkor for three nights. We are SO excited for this!!! The Belmond looks absolutely stunning, and it's super close to both Siem Reap and Angkor Wat. I've heard so many good things about this hotel and can't wait to share our stay with you all.
With two and a half days in Siem Reap, we're hoping to spend our first day there relaxing by the pool with a book, and then the following two days at Angkor Wat and some of the other jungle temples.
I have noooo idea what to pack though - any tips please let me know in the comments!
|Photo from Belmond|
Friday 28th April - Fly to Hong Kong
And then it's time to say farewell to my flea, and get on a plane to Hong Kong to meet up with my travelling buddy, Jasiminne! We still haven't booked our hotel, so any hotel tips for Hong Kong please let me know in the comments!
Jasiminne and I have both been to Hong Kong before, but I didn't have time to do the Buddha when I was last there, so that's top of my list! As well as the Buddha we're also hoping to get up to Victoria Peak, have cocktails at the top of the Ritz-Carlton (those vieeeews), and have afternoon tea at The Peninsula. Basically we're gonna just live the high life for my last two nights in Asia *snaps fingers all sassy*.
Sunday 30th April - Fly to Perth
Sunday afternoon I'm flying back to Perth (don't ask why I'm not flying straight to Sydney, it's a long story), and when I get to Perth airport I then have just two hours to check-in all over again and get on another flight to Sydney. That is gonna be one stressful transfer!
Monday 1st May - Fly to Sydney
My 2am flight to Sydney I am not looking forward to, and after landing at 8am I'm going straight into work...eeeek. Wish me luck!!
If you have any tips for Cambodia please let me know, it's a completely new country for me so any advice would be really appreciated :)
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