GOASIAPLUS: SPECIAL - Sihanoukville, Cambodia

GOASIAPLUS SPECIAL is a travel radio show on aforadio in collaboration with GOASIAPLUS magazine and AirAsia where we share smart travel tips as well as stories on Travel and Lifestyle to parts unknown around Asia. This special is hosted by the charming Jeremy Teo. Tune in to our 2 episodes special on 1st June 2018 (3pm - 4pm) and 8th June 2018 (3pm - 4pm).

Jeremy Teo

Over the years, Jeremy Teo has been known to be a few things – radio announcer, TV host, event emcee and voice-over talent.

However, the original plan was supposed to be a whole lot simpler.

Fresh out of university with a degree in Psychology, he would take up a job as a part-time radio announcer to earn money for travel and video games.

Little did he realize how quickly plans would change.

Dynamic and versatile, he found himself at home on the Malaysian radio landscape, notably as an announcer on RedFM with stints on the morning and evening rush-hour timeslots.

Jeremy then moved into hosting on television with shows on RTM and 8TV, where he took on a variety of projects that ranged from travel documentaries to music chart shows.

As a voice-over talent, he has also voiced TV and radio commercials for a variety of brands that have included Petronas, DiGi and even the Disney Channel.

Jeremy is also an accomplished events emcee. He has hosted a variety of events that include launches, annual dinners and parties for a range of clients from various industries.

When he’s not working, you can find Jeremy playing video games, vlogging on his YouTube channel and trying to get his dogs to listen to him.

Episode 2 - Things to Do in Sihanoukville Town

Our recent trip with AirAsia to Sihanoukville, Cambodia together with our team and Jeremy Teo was a great one, so..we're letting everyone know what you can check out if you're ever in the town! Final stop, is in Sihanoukville itself.. or also known as "Kampong Som", a coastal/seaside town in Cambodia which is a capital city under the Sihanoukville Province. How to get to Sihanoukville, Cambodia? AirAsia has a direct flight from Kuala Lumpur - Sihanoukville, 4 times weekly, if you wanna find out more visit airasia.com!Source: tourismcambodia.orgGetting AroundOnce you have reached Sihanouk International Airport, getting around town is quite convenient with tuk-tuks, bike taxis and buses available starting from US$1. If you're traveling in a larger group, you can book a van in advance from travel and tour agencies online starting from US$80 per day to for private tours.In addition, you can also rent scooters to ride around town starting from US$4 and petrol can be bought from roadside stores.Other than that, if you're into exploring islands out of town you can head to Serendipity Pier and grab a speed ferry to Koh Rong or Koh Rong Samloem. Check out Episode 1 - Koh Rong Island for more information.Golden Lions MonumentMost recognisable landmark in Sihanoukville smacked right in the middle of a roundaboutConsists of a male and a female lionConstructed in 1996, has many different meanings as mentioned by the locals but nobody is quite sure what it officially meantSome locals said, they recalled the violence that beset the country through the years and shaping them as a nationThe view at Independence Square located at the intersection of Ekareach Street and Cambodia/Soviet Friendship StreetIndependence SquareConstructed in 1985Consists of an open meeting hall on Ekareach StreetAcross the street is a small park containing a small shrine to signify Cambodia's independence from from foreign rulingSome official ceremonies are held in the park including other national holiday celebrationsAbove: L-R (Hawaii Beach and Ochheuteal Beach), Bottom: L-R (Otres Beach and Independence Beach)BeachesSihanoukville is well-known for their beaches Ochheuteal Beach, Serendipity Beach, Otres Beach, Hawaii Beach and moreMost of them are lined with white sands, beach huts, grass umbrellas and chairs for rentalsBeach bars and restaurants are also one of the favourite chill-out spots for backpackers and touristsSome stretch of beaches has hotels, resorts as well as bungalows Kbal Chhay Waterfall40 mins from downtown Sihanoukville3 - 5 metres highBest Visiting Season: July - October (Wet Season)Hawker stalls available at the entrance Hammocks/picnic areas are also available for day rentalsSok Sabay Resort @ Otres BeachAccommodationsVarious ranges are available from guesthouses, resorts and high-end casino hotelsStrategically located at all areas based on your preferencesCasinosDubbed as the next 'Macau' or casino-port cityMore than 50+ casinos in Sihanoukville as of now and more to comeSome are attached to resorts, hotels and restaurantsBets can start from as low as US$1Some of the local produce and goods sold at Phsar Leu MarketBuying fresh seafood and getting them cooked are one of the things you should definitely try out when visiting Phsar Leu Market at Sihanoukville, Cambodia!Phsar Leu MarketLargest, oldest as well as busiest main market in town where usually the locals go to for their groceriesJewelry, fresh seafood, clothes, fruits, vegetables and more are sold hereLocal snacks or delicacies are easier to be discovered NightlifeOne of the places we would recommend for late-night snacks and drinks is Otres Beach. The streets are filled with little bars suitable for barhoppers. Beer can start from as low as 50 cents during happy hour and about US$1 for non-happy hours but you be sure to find exciting all-day long deals too in some places. Cocktail drinks start from US$2 and they taste absolutely delicious.Don't forget to tune in to our radio show this week hosted by Jeremy Teo with guest host K'Sha, Episode 2 - Sihanoukville (8th June 2018, 3pm - 4pm) on www.aforadio.com! Check out our adventures in Sihanoukville Town below:-

Episode 1 - Things to Do in Koh Rong Island

Our recent trip with AirAsia to Sihanoukville, Cambodia together with our team and Jeremy Teo was a great one, so..we're letting everyone know what you can check out when you're there! First stop, Koh Rong an island about 45 mins away from Sihanoukville's main town by speed ferry boat. Koh Rong is a beautiful paradise which is with white sand, clear sea water and a tropical jungle feels.But first, how do even get to Sihanoukville, Cambodia? AirAsia has a direct flight from Kuala Lumpur - Sihanoukville, 4 times weekly so they definitely got you covered.. visit airasia.com for more information!Once you have reached Sihanouk International Airport, get a taxi or you can book a van in advance if you're traveling in a group to Serendipity Pier (1 hour) where you can get a speed ferry ride to Koh Rong. There are a few speed ferry companies you can look out for, some companies offer advance online  ticket booking or even buying tickets at the counter on the pier. Timing for speed ferry rides may vary. Journey from pier to Koh Rong - 45 minsTaxi - Serendipity Pier = USD $45 (per taxi)Van - Serendipity Pier = USD $30 (per van)Speed Ferry Boat Return Ride (Koh Rong) = USD $22 (per person)Our host, Jeremy Teo at Serendipity Pier before departing to Koh RongKoh Rong Community PierKoh RongSecond largest island in CambodiaThere are more than 23 over beaches on this very islandKoh Touch/Police Beach/Long Set Beach/White Beach/Coconut Beach etc.Best time to visit: Mid November - Early MaySambath Sakseth Bungalow @ Koh Rong AccommodationsKoh Touch (main tourist area) has some of the cheapest placesWide range of options are available based on your budget (guesthouses, hostels and even bungalows)From $10 per night (and some even includes AC as well as en-suite bathroom)(L): Jeremy Teo & Agnes Wang getting ready for their adventure at High Point Adventure Park | (R): Jeremy having fun at the Beginner's Course in High Point Adventure ParkJeremy Teo & Agnes Wang after completing their course with the team behind High Point Adventure Park (Psst.. they have a really friendly and helpful guide who brings you around the course.. so there are more reasons you should go to Koh Rong and try out the course yourself!)High Point Adventure ParkCambodia's first world-class rope course parkPlatforms/cables/trees are all connectedVarious stages (suspension bridges/walking wires/ropewalkers/flying surfs/zip lines)$30 per personAverage time for whole course: 2 hoursNightlife (Food & Drinks)Loads of bars/pubs are available along the stretch of Koh Rong's main tourist area (Koh Touch)Cheap and affordable drinks starting from $1 (beer and cocktails included)Restaurants - mostly serve local Khmer dishes and Western cuisines (starting from $3)Full-moon party tickets are available on the main pier itself where they bring you over to Police BeachBoat Parties are also available (including sunset watching and bbq dinner)There are convenient stores around the island but it's definitely best to bring essential items (mosquito repellent, sunblock, etc.)Glowing PlanktonsCatching a glimpse of glowing planktons are something you should not miss outBest viewing time: (7pm onwards) Only visible on non-full moon nights with minimum amount of lightBook a boat tour from the main pier on Koh Rong - $5 per personDon't forget to tune in to our radio show this week hosted by Jeremy Teo with guest host K'Sha, Episode 1 - Koh Rong Island (1st June 2018, 3pm - 4pm) on www.aforadio.com! Check out our adventures in Koh Rong Island below:-