panda, i went with another galfriend.. althou SR is a small town and very safe, but i still dun think its a good idea for a gal to travel alone... guys there very cheeky.. be it local guys or caucasian tourists or immigration officer! i m sure they mean no harm but everytime u have to think of a very good excuse to reject them when they ask u go clubbing... ??
hi noxy, will you be able to comment if this schedule is good form phansy? Day1; pick up at siem reap airport to Hotel
- Visit South Gate of the Angkor Thom, Bayon Temple, Baphuon, Phimean Akah, Elephant terrace and Leperking terrace Lunch time
- After Noon Visit Angkor Wat and Sunset at Bakheng hill Dinner time
Day2: Prasat Kravan, Banteay Kdei temple, Srah Srang , Jungle temple of Ta Promh, Ta Koe, Tomanon and Chaosay Tevoda Lunch time
- After Noon: Visit Banteay srei temple , Banteay Samre sunset at Pre Rup Temple dinner time
Day3: Visit Tonle Sap lake ( khmer Flaoting Village by taking a boat trip) On the way Back Old Market to do some shopping lunch time
- afternoon: visit Neak Pean and Preah Khnan Temple dinner time
Around Town: USD 5 from airport to any hotel in town. If you have pre-arranged transport, pick up is free.
TUKTUK: Through travel forum recommendations, i have emailed this tuk tuk driver - SENG VANTHA. He had created a blog and email, and he checks twice a day. He gave a brief background of himself and best is that he serves as a guide to tell us the backgrounds of the temples before we step in. He cannot step in as he is not an official guide which cost USD 25 per day. 2 bottles of cold 330ml water per day and cold towels when we are out of temples. This is a darn luxury when the sun is scorching hot and you are sun burnt. Hey! The mineral water and cold towels is not offered from other tuktuk, Vantha is personalizing his services. We even went to his house for visit, to see the real local lives.
For tuk tuk experience, sunglassess is a must. Super dusty and very hot compared to camry car that brings you around. And have guts, cos tuk tuk are perceived as more dangerous. I was very assured with my tuk tuk driver, cos his driving is safer than me, always giving hand signals. His cost is USD12+USD13+USD20 for 3 day tour, cost varies as the location distance differs, and rates are reasonable given that gasoline prices are increasing, and he is with you from morning to evening...like 8hrs standby!
Bicycle: Reserved for old birds. We tried cycling on the 4th day, when we are mor familiar with the place. Great work out!
Hotel Review: We booked the trip through ZUGI. And the Tara Angkor was a pleasant experience, as the hotel is only 1 yr+old, all ammenities are new and service staff is always so helpful. Room was upgraded when they knew we are only honeymoon, and even place rose petals on the bed. No free internet, wifi and business centre available, from USD3 per hour. Go to the town if you need, 50cents usd per hour. Webby: http://www.taraangkorhotel.com/
Soup Dragon: At the corner of Pub Street, the 3-storey restaurant consist of vietnam-khmer food, and western of course. We went back twice for the deep fried spring rolls, don't try the prawn fondue aka steamboat cooked in vingear soup. Not suitable for the singapore palatte.
Red Piano: Tomb Raider is a let-down. Ingredients: Lime Juice + Gin Tonic. At USD 3.50, will not recommend. Unless the purpose of the visit is to see Angelina Jolie's year 2000 pic hang on the wall and which chair she put her butt on.
Banana Leaf: Opposite Soup Dragon, chill out for a drink and people watch. Try the sorbert, it comes with sparkles, quite 'choo pattern' one.
Dead Fish Tower: Rated as no. 1 restaurant by ang mo travel forum. Food so-so...they have live crocodiles to let customers feed. Inside is all higgledy piggledy with lots of different levels like a cool old warehouse feel. Maybe cheap beer la...
FCC: We didn't stay in this hotel due to budget. But insist to visit for lunch, ambience is great. Feels so colonial and service is fabulous too. Fish and chips can try, and all the juice shakes are nice. Webby: http://www.fcccambodia.com/angkor/
Blue Pumpkin: Semi closed for kitchen renovation. Great location for people watching. Expensive fruit juice at 2usd for 50ml of orange juice. Rip off....
Street Food: Fried mee mama at USD1, gutsy to try? Don't take ice cubes or shakes from street vendor, i saw them taking out the same ice to make drinks and chill the meat!
Restaurant around the temples: Cannot make it... we had beef loc lak and amok fish. Smelly and expensive. Around 4usd onwards and coconuts cost usd 2.
Beer Critic: We tried Bayon Beer, Angkr Beer, Beer Lao, Black Panther (means stout). Winner is Bayon beer!
TOD - Temple Over Dose: 3 days of visiting to Angkor wat, Angkor Thom, Bayon, Preah Khan, Neak Pean, Ta Som, Ta Prohm(the tomb raider movie shooting), Banteay Kdei, South Gate of ANgkor Thom, East Mebon, Pre Nup. Elephant Terrace, Terrace of the Leper King, Phimeanakas, Banteay Srei, Banteay Samre. And slowly, all start to look the same to me...no sunrise/sunset for us, super lazy. If you are going Banteay Srei, which is 37km from town, ask the driver to bring you to the Landmine Museum which is on the way, for 1usd to see the pictures of landmines victims and their stories. Buy some stuff to help the children and association.
MOD - Massage Over Dose: We went to a couple massage to try every day. Seeing Hands - Blind massuee for usd 5 per hour, Dr Feet - 6usd (sucks big time, they use a wooden stick to pok my feet, not the kneading types), Body Tune - 12usd for foot, 18usd for body (consider higher end), Korean massage near Tara Angkor - 5 usd.
Children: Bring lots lots lots of candies if you are not buying anything from them. They can really follow up till you leave the place. Every temples has the kiddo peddlers, they will absolutely melt your heart with their doe-eyes look and pleads. As much USD we have, we cannot possibly be buying from everyone. So candies will bring sparkles to their hard day work. We brought new pens and stationery too, which are gladly receive by them, to encourage and remind them to use in school.
Donations: Do consider donating your stuff to them (hotel) or directly to the children you see on the street, such as educational materials, hygiene stuff - toothbrush, toothpaste, soap, toys!!! Kids love toys, and you feel all worth it when they receive from you. Pre-warn: you have to lug over and maybe overweight during check in.
have been reading the postings on cambodia. planning to go SR n PP in dec -- probably like 3D SR, 2D PP -- with a gal fren or 2. anyone been to PP n has recommendations on driver, guide, accommodation?
feel sour when see kids sleeping on e streets at night..we are blessed to meet good tuk tuk drivers in sr and pp
those going pp...can find this tuk tuk guy
hes a honest family guy.wanting to earn a humble living feeding his 2 kids n wife..he has a small ricefield near the edgeof pp..but not earning much....very clean..no smoke n clean his red tuk tuk well..haaa dont know guy will like red..
he explains and show us various places esp at night else we 2gals dont dare to go out at nite..
his tagline....ok ...no..problem
he just let us give him any amt after he has tour us ard the city...we give him usd 4...though its not much..but can see hes very grateful...
you may wish to ride his tuktuk when you go pp.
he got website too
Hi girls. a definite hotel to stay in @ Angkor Wat is Victoria Angkor Resort & Spa. I stayed at this hotel for 3 nights with my HTB and my brother in Aug and all of us loved this hotel. Great colonial building and amazing pool!
hi panda_chua, tks for sharing the contact. Will try to contact the driver.
i'll b gg to PP for my pre wedding photoshoot nex mth. Need some advise fm those of you who hv been there before...on getting a local driver and moving ard the various locations to capture some nice scenery.
And, which would be a reasonably good hotel to stay in PP?
Hi jopp! You can try The Pavilion. You can google it and see if you like the place. It is basically an old colonial bungalow and the owners converted it into a hotel. Very quaint. I stayed for 2 nights with my hubby and brother.
No worries! The hotel is accessible enough, no worries about that. PP is not a big city so you don't exactly have to travel long distances from place to place. In addition, there usually are 2 or 3 tuk-tuks stationed outside the hotel, just make sure you bargain with them and u will do fine.
I got a room on the ground floor while my brother got a room on the 2nd floor. I like his better because his room has a small patio that overlooks the pool. Perhaps you can email the owner and request for this room(i think it is no. 4). In addition, you can google trip advisor +pp and read the comments posted by previous travellers to PP. U will find lotsa information there!
again, thanks PK! You have been a great help!
Yup, the variety of rooms offered by Pavilion looks interesting! Cos i'll be lugging my wedding gowns and stuff over, i certainly hope it's a safe enough hotel for us.
Yup, as u've suggested, think it's better that I contact the owner directly. By the way, i can only find the room reservations email on the web. Wud u happen to hv the owner's direct email addy?
Err...i think i'll be settling for a local driver to bring us around...cos i doubt i can handle my wedding gown and my already "made-up" face and hair in a tuk-tuk. LOL
yeah so u see...keke!
i'll find a way to convince him.
btw, i suppose the "room 4" u mentioned is one of these rooms described on their website -->
5 Double Rooms 50 USD net / night (including breakfast)
Private garden, double bed (180 x 200 cm with mosquito net), couch, desk, A/C, safe, TV, (small bathroom with shower).
I oso saw this -->
1 Garden Bungalow 40 USD net / night (including breakfast)
Wood/glass construction, double bed (180 x 200 cm with mosquito net), desk, A/C, safe, TV, (small bathroom with shower).
Any recollection of this 'bungalow' when u were there last year?
Not yet. Still deciding...hehe! cos i checked with Pavilion abt Room 4 and according to them, the US$50 ones (Standard) are all on the ground floor. So i think ur bro's room at that time was Superior/Deluxe. My oni concern with ground floor rooms are the crawling insects.
Plus Pavilion is quite firm...though occupancy is low, their policy is to offer the same rates to all our guests without discrimination. Hmm...
oh btw, i oso chanced upon another boutique hotel which is a sister hotel of Pavilion - it's called Blue Lime. Heard of it? From the website reviews and pics, it looks quite interesting too.
i see! To be honest, i will not recommend my room on the ground floor cos i felt that there are lotsa mosquitoes around!:-(i remember burning the mosquito coil and spraying insectide..hahaha! But i have to say that i am a magnet for mosquitoes!
Have u checked the reviews on Trip Advisror+Blue Lime? The reviewers are usually very honest about their feedback. I have not heard or read any comments on Blue Lime though..
hi! I just read through the reviews; think you can definitely try out Blue Lime! It seems that the owners retained the same theme of lush greenery and the pool area. And, the breakfast is the same too!
We have just returned from a 2-day trip to Siem Reap (our third visit) during which we were lucky enough to benefit from the services of Sun Same at the time of our visit.
Sun was our driver in Siem Reap for 2 days in the Spring of '09. He was very friendly and helpful. He made good suggestions for our itinerary and places to eat without being pushy. We especially enjoyed the boat trip to the floating villages on Tonle Sap Lake. The car was clean, comfortable, and believe me, you will appreciate the air conditioning! I highly recommend Sun as a friendly and reliable driver in Siem Reap and The temple of Angkor Wat is must see by everyone.