fanfan, here's what you can do:
(1) Get a guide - USD 20 per guide per day (cost can be shared among the pple u are going with)
Contacts: [email protected]
(courtesy of Ling, another forumer in SGbrides)
(2) Book a car or a van - USD 20 to 25 per car per day (cost can be shared among the pple u are going with)
(3) Bring mosquito repellent - loads of mosquito there, try buying johnson and johnson baby mosquito lotion (the green bottle, abt $7)
(4) Bring sunblock - the last time i went in July was pretty hot and sunny
(5) Eat at the Red Piano (the best pasta I had, coconut cream with loads of chicken and bacon), eat dessert at Blue pumpkin, have drinks at angkor WHAT. Another place for dinner, can try Dead Fish, very interesting restaurant.
(6) For the places in angkor, the guide will plan for you, they will ask you to get the day passes into angkor, depending on how many days you will be in SR.
A few temples that they will bring you to in Angkor: see http://www.theangkorguide.com/text.htm
(b) Ta Prohm - Tomb Raider filmed here
(c) Banteay Srei
(d) Angkor Wat
And many many many more temples to visit. I spent 3 days in Angkor in total on a 3 day pass that cost USD 40.
(7) Try to set one day to go abit further our of angkor, you can try going to Mount Kulen or Kbal Spean
(8) btw, if you get a guide, ask them to buy bottled water for you. They will put it in a cooler box with ice and leave it in the boot of the car. If you buy a 500ml of water on your own, it costs USD 1, but if the guide prepares for you the water, it costs USD 1 for 12 bottles of 500ml water.
(9) There are Cambodians who understand other languages other than Khmer, so if you want to bitch or complain about the place, just be careful as they may understand you.
(10) If you want to buy those t-shirts, they will quote u USD 2 for each t-shirt. The lowest that we've managed to bargain is USD 1 for each t-shirt, so don't think it's a good bargain when they tell you the t-shirts costs only USD 2.
(11) I stayed in Angkorland. Nice hotel, walking distance to the old market. Affordable and nice rooms. Just don't get any hotels that face the Siem River (or something like that). The river murky murky and filthy, not much of river view at all.
(12) Cambodia is nice. You will definitely enjoy it there, food is good (eat at restaurants), shopping at old market is fun if you like to bargain. I went there with a 5 kg luggage and came back with an extra bag an additional 5kg of luggage..hehehehehe
(13) To set your expectations right, the shopping more for pasar malam pattern. Don't expect shopping centers or very quality goods. If you are into hand made bags, silver, handicraft, scarfs, souvenier t-shirts, then you will shop alot.