Flying out of Bangkok and looking out over the rice paddies and the Gulf of Thailand.
This was our first time flying Bangkok Airways and I thought it was a good experience. My biggest "plus" for Bangkok Airways would be the free checked luggage policy. We checked three bags (yes, we tend to overpack!) and didn't pay a cent. Compare that to Air Asia which nickles and dimes you for every bag, every kilogram your bag weighs, every breath you take, etc.
Even though the food was a bit of a mystery, there was a (free) meal served. Not that we ate it.
The airport in Siem Reap was very small and we had no trouble getting through customs and immigration. We used our diplomatic passports and had gotten visas at the Cambodian Embassy before leaving Thailand. I should note that English is spoken very well by almost everyone in Siem Reap and the U.S. dollar is the preferred currency (good news for my mathematically challenged brain).
At the airport in Siem Reap, it is very easy and inexpensive ($7.00 USD) to hire a taxi for the drive to town. If you provide your flight and arrival information to your hotel, most will arrange to have a driver waiting to transport you to the hotel. Several hotels had been recommended to me and we stayed at the Royal Crown Hotel and Spa. I chose this hotel primarily for its great location - just across the Siem Reap River from the French Quarter and Old Market area. It was very easy for us to walk to restaurants, "Pub Street" and the night markets. The Royal Crown was also convenient to the airport (15 minutes) and provided very easy access to tour the temples. While the hotel was not luxurious, it was clean, well maintained and the staff was friendly and helpful. We stayed in a penthouse suite which sounds much more impressive than it actually was. We had a very large room with one king bed and two twin beds (in an alcove) as well as large sitting area and a large bathroom (shower and separate bathtub). Breakfast (more than adequate but not as good as that provided in the larger hotels) and wireless were included in our rate.
Cambodia is bordered by Thailand to the North and West, Laos also to the North and Vietnam to the East. Siem Reap is (approximately) in the area of the black circle on the map below and is the capital city of the province with the same name. The large lake below Siem Reap is called Tonle Sap Lake and it is the largest lake in Southeast Asia. The current population of Siem Reap is just over 900,000 (compared to the total population of Cambodia which is almost 15 million).
Have a great Monday!