You'll need a pass to get into the ruins; they are checked at the main entry to the ruins (where you buy it) and at each individual site. There are 3 choices; $20 (US dollars) for a day, $40 for 3 days, and $60 for 7 days. This may seem expensive, but there are a *lot* of ruins...
You'll need a photo for a multi-day pass; they can take one when you buy, but it'll speed things up if you have a spare passport photo with you. I'd guess that most people will go for the $40 dollar pass - you can see pretty much all you'd need to in 3 days. The $20 one-dayer is fine if it's just Angkor Wat, the Bayon and Ta Prohm you're interested in.
As a bonus they seem to stop checking the tickets after 4pm so you should be able to get in for a sunset for free if you come late on your 1st day.
Hi Metta! GOod to see you here!! So have u decided where to go, Vietnam or Cambodia?
OK, my story goes like this, I joined a HK tour group at abt HKD4,000+ (SGD800) per pax for just 4D3N in SR and PP. That covered: Return Int'l Airfare, Domestic airfare from SR-PP, 3meal/day, 2-3* hotels, minibus, tour guide were inclusive in both SR and PP. I extended 2 more nights in PP on my own.
We took a chartered flight on Air Cambodge, that's why it was cheaper. Our Angkor Wat pass was a Group Pass that allowed our minibus to drive into the ancient city Angkor itself. The city is so huge that you need someone to take you from point to point, walk briskly or rent a bike to cycle from Wat (temple) to Wat. Our tour started at dawn (5am) when we watched sunrise at the main Angkor Wat pagoda [the sun rises exactly from behind the vertex of the tallest pagoda], and ended at 7pm at Bakheng Phnom (hill) where we enjoyed a panaromic view of the whole city on the hilltop. Within our humanly possible stamina, we finished only the 7 most popular sites in total. All of us were so shagged at night. We had a sumptuous Khmer cuisine while watching a Khmer dance performance.
No, no one will have a language problem in Cambodia. So many F&E tourists went and left there. It is ok to go with a group of girls only. I only wore normal running shoes. You need to have a good grip on the steep stairs and undulating terrains as you scale those muddy treks with protruding gigantic roots. At some pagodas, we literally had to climb on all fours like a monkey! Your back must face outwards to descend. So a good pair of shoes is impt.
ive just got back from cambodia..my hubby and i stayed there for 6 days..which i felt was a tad bit too long.. coz we didn't really venture into the off-beaten tracks like battambang or sihanoukville.. i think 3-4 days at siem reap should be enuff..maybe throw in 1 more day if you are visiting phnom penh..
we requested for pick-up at the airport to our guesthouse, home sweet home, and the touk touk driver, sombath was really sweet. He drove us around and gave us a brief history on some of the places we had visited. I think if there are only 2 wats you plan to visit, they have to be Angkor Wat and Bayon. In my opinion, they are definitely Angkor's two most spectacular architectural creations..Ta Phrom is also a great place to visit. It's this temple where massive fig and silk cotton trees grow from the towers and corridors..these 3 wats had definitely provided loads of shutter-happy moments for us..
we then hit the (very bumpy) road on this (old bone-shaker) bus for 6 hours to Phnom Penh.. hmm..i couldn't say i've enjoyed my stay at the capital as much.. this is especially so after visiting toul sleng genocide museum.. it was a high school turned torture prison during the Pol Pot's regime.. the building was left pretty much in the same state when the Khmer rouge abandoned it in 1979..mugshots of the victims can be seen all over.. even their belongings are kept intact in a glass cupboard at the museum.. toul sleng had definitely brought mist to my eyes..i thought it was a really haunting place..
hmm..but on the whole, i must say my stay at cambodia had been a really fulfilling one.. im very humbled by what ive seen.. the people there are really a hospitable bunch and a happy lot.. despite living on the edge of poverty, they are always so cheerful and willing to help..
i thought cambodia's really one of southeast asia's hidden treasures..
I just spent 12 days in Cambodia but only went to Phnom Penh and siem Reap mainly. I didnt know how cambodia was and was taken back by the warm response we received during our trip. My hubby and I throughly enjoyed our vacation and was amazed at their pace of development that seems to match thailand.
I spent 4 nights in Penh and visit their palace, the national museum where carvings of angkor period were 'rescued' from auction sites and waiting to be re-homed in Siem Reap sometime this year. I was appalled when we visited cheong Ek killing fields and Tuol Sleung where the khmers went through the Pol pot regimes. It was painstaking to imagine that this happen only 28 years ago. While walking ard Cheong Ek we saw bones and bit of cloths still stuck in the soil we were trampling on. We can only imagine that pain and will never understand that. One of the the guides at Tuol Sleung also mentioned that at least 1 family memeber in each household died due to starvation, hardship or execution style.
In Phnom Penh we also went to Russia market where stockist of clothing manufacturers were abundant. You can get A & F, DKNY sports, Old Navy etcs clothings at $1-$4 per pcs. All new and some might be rejects but if you are lucky most are in really good condition. Shopping galour for both guys and girls alike!
We took a bus 'mekong express' to Siem Reap where we trot the angkors with gustos on a 3 days pass. I feel bantrey Srei is a must go as well because the carving was one of the most intact. Rested the tired feet and for a day break to go swim and idle shop and continue On the 5th day we went to Mount Kulen to see the repute thousands lingas where carving was made on the river bed. That was a sight to behold. Imagine the carvers sitting on the river bed honing their crafts back then! The Waterfall was majestic and for someone like me who never see a natural waterfall, I was in awe. The driver we hired prepared a BBQ for us by the riverside which was magical! I really appreciate their hospitality which seems to come from their heart! On the way back we went to the mine museum started by Mr Aki Ra which again reminded us of the sad fact the country is facing one of the worst mine problem in the world.
One of the most best holiday I had for a while. If you asked me.. one of the most under rated country in southeast asia. I have friends telling me that place is dirty and too raw for them to visit. My experience with their toilets were better than what I get at China and some places in Malaysia. If we can live through those.. Cambodia is no problem.
I have contacts for driver and guide in Siem Reap and Penh. So if anyone need help to navigate in Cambodia. I will be happy to help!
Yes, I took free and easy which give us more time to enjoy the holiday I reckon. Cambodia is easy to navigate so you dont really need to go with a tour group. However a guide to the angkor and driver is a must. It make the carvings speak to you when the guide explain. A whole different experience. I stayed near market street and pub street but far enough to not be plagued by noise. Excellent hotel made our trip all the more comfortable esp after treking angkor.
In Penh, You can actually navigate ard with a tuk tuk if you are interested in anycase a car and van rental shouldnt go beyond US$22 and US$25 respectively. Tuk tuk rental for a day can be less than US$10 to up to US$12. All boils down to your neg. skills but we had a really nice tuk tuk driver that we couldnt resist giving him a big tip in the end. However to far out place like Cheong Ek, I would recommend a car/van because of the road condition...
Are you asking about the driver and guide in angkor wat? You can contact Phansy at the following email address. [email protected]
Frankly from Phnom Penh I will just get a Tuk tuk driver from the hotel.. I think is more worth it that way. Everything is central in Siem Reap and Phnom Penh. I dont have the driver's number at hand now. I will advise later.
I stayed at Royal Crown Hotel in Siem Reap. The hotel is a 2 star on the asia room site BUT I think it was more like 4-5 stars in my books! The location is good as only 5 minutes walking distance to pub street and the old market. I search for hotels for a while and find this is one of the besthotel in terms of comfort, location and value. Alternatively you can try Casa Angkor Hotel. Both were my choices until I choose the Royal Crown eventually. I paid ard SGD$50 for 1 nigth stay.
Room was absolutely clean and modern and they have a nice pool for you to soak off the fatigue from Angkor treking! The hotel is probably 4 years old which explains the hotel for being in such immaculate shape.
Hi, does anyone know what is the most time-efficient method to get from Ho Chi Minh to Siem Reap other than by air, and how long the route will take? Is it a must to stopover or change bus/boat at Phnom Penh?
I'm staying at viroth hotel... nice hotel deco.. n is also v centralised.. somewhere near steung siam reap also...but the hotelroom r taken up v fast cuz there is only a few guestrooms....so u have to book fast...
Hi All, if u're heading for Angkor Wat, a good pair of walking shoes is a must, preferably covered as basically the ground can b quite sandy n if u wanna climb up the temple. I regret jus wearing a pair of sandals, becos of safety reasons i din climb.
Here's something which i feel it's quite necessary to bring:
- good pair of walking shoes
- hankie or tissues (it's really hot)
- hand held mini fan or manual fan
- good camera & extra battery (u jus can't help snapping & snapping)
- shades & caps
(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.
(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.
one of the guide i'm liaising with (John Teng who's recommended in tripadvisor) suggested seeing sunset at Phnom Bakheng. anyone been there?
is it better to see sunset/sunrise @ Angkor Wat or Phnom Bakheng? read that it gets rather crowded and getting abit worried
noxy, what did u buy back? think i'll do little shopping there so i can save some money to go another trip
the hotel your staying looks good. but got to check with my HB he prefers which one
you guys balloting for TB flat?
how much is the price range for the flat huh?
I bought like 10 handbags (abt midsize ones with alot of sequins), scarfs many many, Sarong (wrap skirt), magnets ah, keychains for colleagues, bf bought books on the war, alot of rubbish in fact. kekekekekeke, basically 100 USD (or less) settled all my shopping. Don't get your expectation too high, the shopping is for more simple things. From what I heard, bkk shopping is better but more ex.
Just be prepared for more handicraft goods. There's a Vincci which is like same price here so you can give it a total miss.
Is there a ballot now? For 3 rm Tiong Bahru? Just checked the website, it says 130k liddat for 3 rm.
Sunny, think my costs are as follows (still quite fresh in my memory)
(1) Airfare on Silkair: 267 SGD inc taxes per pax
(2) Hotels: 250 SGD for 4 nights stay at Angkorland (Total cost for 2 pax)
(3) Guide: 20 USD per day x 3 days (total split by 3 of us who went there)
(4) Car: 20 USD per day x 3 days (total split by 3 of us)
(5) Angkor pass: 40 USD for a 3 day pass per pax
(6) Paid extra about 20 USD to go to Mount Kuleh per pax (abt 10 USD for extra distance and another 12 USD for another entrance ticket to Mount Kuleh)
(7) Airport Transfer
- from airport to hotel FOC as we engaged their tour service
- from hotel to airport had to pay, can't remember how much.
heh, so basically, i pre-paid about 400 SGD for hotel (hotel cost 250/2) and flight. (5D4N)
Then brought a total of 300 USD to spend
100 USD on guide, cars, entrance fees
100 USD on good food, drinks, desserts and massaage
100 USD (I didn't exactly finish spending til the last cent ) on shopping and not forgetting airport tax from Siem Reap Airport.
I didn't make any Visa at all. Dun need leh.
Siem Reap is nice, very laid back. Nice architecture, nice pple and VERY safe.
My grp were amazed that every single corner we turn to, we see a police officer.
You can walk around in groups of gals at night oso no problem one.
hahaha...mine also free n easy 4days 3 nites.. so how's cambodeia food? more like thai food? most of the time u eat in their restaurant? ex or not? n where is this red piano pasta restaurant situated at?
Hehehehe, got map of the food places. Can see Red Piano, Blue Pumpkin, Angkor What on the map.
Local Cambodia Food like Amok (got fish, got chicken, got pork), or u can try some of the grilled beef (found within Angkor Area)
Basically I went to all restaurants for all my meals (unless I'm in Angkor Area). Just wanted to play safe with the food. The price range was about 10 USD for drinks and food per meal.
Restaurants I went: Dead Fish, Red Piano (twice..cos the place is nice, the prawn appetiser there oso nice), Khmer Kitchen (traditional khmer food - very affordable, located in a super small alley just one street behind the street that you can find Red Piano), Amok Restaurant (traditional khmer food - the most expensive of all the places I went)
Most of the food places are near the old market area.
I didn't go and watch any cultural shows. Didn't bother leh. Every night after we return from Angkor, so hot, sweaty and tired. We just return to hotel wash up, nuah for a few minutes, then we go out for a good dinner and some drinks. (beer is only 0.70 cents (USD) )
I find Red Piano nice bcos I went there with no expectation. Or should I say, I didn't expect much standard on the food in Cambodia. But overall, if I were to go back SR (which I really think I will) I will still go back there and eat the pasta. Sounds weird but true, the best pasta I had was in Cambodia! Ha! Better than the pasta I had in Italy.
By the way, the central market closes very early, about 6pm. So ladies, maybe you should set aside a day to go there and shop. If not, by the time you come back from Angkor, the shops there all close liao.
The Central Market and Old Market's stuff are similar. At night, there is an Angkor night market, but super cannot make it one. Stuff are pretty expensive and nett price.
Oh ya, another itinerary that I went, the floating village, costs USD 12.
Worth going, but very pitiful sight. that's where you see kids selling banana for 1 USD.
i also plan to make it a laid back trip and take it ez...don't think i'm going to the floating village cos I'm not really keen in those..more interested in the temples and planning to take some nice pics there if possibe =)
i'm taking the 6pm+ flight back to SG. so I'll most probably spend my last day at the Central Market area..but thanks for the tips..hope i don't burn a hole in my pocket..kekeke
I managed to book Viroths thru Asiarooms..only booked it last night near midnight and just gotten the confirmation..so happy..thanks for the good recommendation...do share the review on the hotel when you're back =)
i'm getting excited as well..haha...trying to decide to just get a driver or driver + guide
think i'll also just eat restaurants if the prices are affordable since don't want to spoil my vacation with a tummyache or food poisoning
yup..we decided on it to try our luck...since 7 rooms only mah..if get, then fated, if not, then get Steung Siem Reap lor..that's how we decided..heehee
actually their rooms are the same one or different?
i see some people's pics on tripadvisor, the room got jacuzzi?