Sunday, March 9, 2014

Travelogue: Travel Tips to Siem Reap, Cambodia (Angkor Wat Temple Complex)

Our trip to Siem Reap is one that I will remember for a long, long time.
I was very impressed with the place, the people and most specially the impressive ruins! 

And surprisingly very affordable for such a touristy place.  
An entire weekend there only cost us $500, inclusive of hotel, dining and food.  

Here are some tips to maximize a short 2-day weekend visit:
  • Apply for an e-visa prior to your travel or else, waste 2 hours at the airport to get one. 
  •  Book a private tour with Sam Pho.  Our driver is such a nice gentleman and our tour guide was so energetic and enthusiastic.  You can tell they really love their job and so proud to showcase their country!   One day of 14-hour tour in a private car with our own driver only cost us $100!
  •  Do wake up at 4:30 to camp early at Angkor Wat to see the sunrise.  It's quite a spectacular site! 
  • We were able to visit 4 ruins in a day, thanks to our very well planned tour from Sam Pho.  We were able to cover Angkor Wat, Angkor Thom, Banyan Temple, Ta Phrom and 3 other little temples in between! 
  • While Angkor Wat is the most impressive size-wise, and Ta Phrom is the most famous thanks to Hollywood's Tomb Raider, Angkor Thom is my favorite.   The identical 4-sided head carving in each and every single column of the structure is just impressive.   Knowing this is at least 1000 years old makes it even more impressive!
  • We managed to take photos as if there's hardly any crowd there!   Another reason to book with Sam Pho tours, they know the "secret" places to take the best shots!  A bonus for my hubby who is a photo junkie. 
  • Watch an Apsara dinner dance show.  It's a great way to end your visit! 

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  1. god those pictures are magnificent!
    I think I'd take a million pictures if I'm finally there haha...
    Which airline did you use btw, mandala air? Heard it's pretty nice and affordable

  2. hi sarah! thanks for your comment! we used Air Asia but will check with mandala air... :)



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