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Flying in to SGN want to see Angkor Wat--Doable?

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1. Posted by amigo (Budding Member 9 posts) 11y

amigo has indicated that this thread is about Cambodia

We are flying in and out of Ho Chi Minh at the end of March...only have one week. Is it possible to see Angkor Wat? Best way to get there and back? 3 adults and 2 kids traveling....not wealthy.

2. Posted by TylerJames (Respected Member 333 posts) 11y

that will be very hard to do to see all of angkor takes 2 or 3 days min and it would take you travling by land at least 2 days if your luckey to get their your only option is to fly if you really want to enjoy angkor

3. Posted by wainmark (Budding Member 9 posts) 11y

That is not much time, it can take you 1 day going flat out to get to Siem Reap (Angkor Wat) by overland. Two days is good to see most of it.
Fly if you can.

4. Posted by ghoshps (Budding Member 12 posts) 11y


In case you have only 7 days in hand in Ho Chi Minh City (HCMC), it's better to see Vietnam only. Angkar Wat is one of many temples in Angkar Archeological Park. If you go to Siem Reap, it's preferrable to visit all major temples. This takes around three days. Apart from this, you may like to see other places like Tonle Sap lake. So you need 4 days plus travel time. In case you fly, it will take 50 minute to Siem Reap. There is no cheap airline which fly to Siem Reap from HCMC, only Vietnam Airlines flies.

Alternatively, if you remain in Vietnam, you can go to Hue, Da Nang (Hue and Da Nang are closeby and around 964 km from HCMC and Halong Bay (near Hanoi)-764 km from Da Nang. You can travel by train or bus.

5. Posted by Laura_B (Respected Member 352 posts) 11y

You can buy a day ticket to see the highlights of the temples of Angkor. Depending on how interested you are in the history etc. you should take longer. It is very, very exhausting though, as you do lots of walking, climbing & the weather is extremely hot. I spent a day there yesterday & that was plenty for me. Considering you are going end of March with children, you may find it is too hot for you.

You can get a coach from Saigon to Phnom Penh, which takes about 6-7hours (including a border stop), spend a day in the capital then another coach to Siem Reap, this also takes about 6-7 hours. That is the cheapest way to travel, although not the most comfortable or quickest way.

Good luck!