Friday, 24 February 2017

My One-Week South East Asia Itinerary.

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 RĂ©sidence 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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  1. OMG I'm so excited to follow this trip! Unfortunately I don't have any tips for Cambodia, I've never been there either but I have lots of Singapore and Hong Kong!

  2. Thanks Angie! Would love any Hong Kong hotel recommendations? Where have you stayed there?

    C x

  3. Wow that looks like an amazing trip! I would love to visit Cambodia!

    - Sarah

  4. I really really recommend the Upper House We've stayed at the Intercontinental too which has a good location and lovely restaurants but its more generic.

  5. Can't wait to see all your photos/ blog posts! We're aiming for a few weeks in SE Asia next year so will look out for all your tips and tricks ;) xo

  6. What an amazing trip you have planned out for yourself! I always wanted to see Singapore and Hong Kong, the photos look absolutely beautiful. Hope you have an amazing trip.

  7. Can't wait to read about Cambodia - I am so wanting to get there this year.

  8. Love your itinerary! I've actually just published a post on 'How To Do The Sunrise At Angkor Wat' which will hopefully come in useful and also 5 great bars in to try in Hong Kong! The best hotels in Hong Kong are The Peninsula, Upper House and The Intercontinental. Also for Siem Reap make sure you wear something that's below the knees when you're visiting the temples. I roasted out there as it was 37C last month but I'm sure you're getting use to Australian temperatures ;) . Love Singapore favourite part is Gardens By The Bay and it's really stunning at night time when it's all lit up. I stayed at The Conrad a few years ago with work - it was really great service and very comfortable! You're going to have sooo much fun!! xx


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