Heya, I'm a female traveller off to Siem Reap for 2 weeks on my own. It's my first time travelling alone, so i would appreciate any help/info/advise/recommendations you may have.
Any advice on which hostel to stay at, where to go and for how long, and an average price for how much these tours will cost me (so i know when i'm getting ripped off).
No reason to sign up for any tours unless you don't have a guidebook or some other source of information about the temples. You can either hire a motorbike ($6-7 per day for the standard routes), or a tuk-tuk sort of 3-wheeled carriage (pulled by a moto) for slightly more money, or a car and driver for about $20 per day. A regular guide will cost you at least another $20 in addition to that, but most drivers have decent English ability and at least tell you the name of the temple they take you to. Buy a good guidebook with history and temple info, and allow at least 3 days to see Angkor. It's a huge park with more to see than just Angkor Wat itself.
Or a bicycle for 1-2 usd in Siem Reap and explore by yourself.
angkor Wat etc is easily accessible, whilst there are also short (17km) and long (28) circuits you can easily cycle around the rest of the complex, which is vast. Admittedly you miss out on some of the history etc which you would get if you had a guide, but many of the moto/tuk tuk etc riders you hire charge extra to show you around. Most will just take you there and wait whilst you look at the individual sights, as opposed to actually showing you around. Also try and spend a day or two around the rest of the area, as there is a chunk of otehr uinteresting stuff to see which isn't really associated with Angkor itself.
the motorbike and tuk tuk will come with a driver right?
for the bicycle, will it be easy to find my way around? As in, are the enough road signs etc? Or do i need to get a map?
Any suggestions as to which hostels/dorms to stay at?
Many thanks for your replies!
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hiya, anyone have suggestions for dorms/shared rooms in Phnom Penh? I'm travelling alone so don't feel safe in a room alone. Preferably around the lake area.
I've decided on the Earthwalkers Hostel in Siem reap. Any reviews on this place?
Cherylou; yes, the motorbike and tuk tuk both come with driver. In Siem Reap you can no longer rent a moto and drive yourself. But yes, bicycles are an option. But keep in mind, it's a good workout. The temples in the complex are spread out and some are located far away from Angkor Wat itself. Just the ride from town to the park is about 6 km. So, if you're not in good bike shape, these long rides might tire you out. And keep in mind the oppresive heat and humidity. Plus, rainy season is on the way! With that in mind, a tuk tuk or car will offer you more protection from the weather. As for signs, there are many posted at most temples, but it's a good idea to bring along a small map. In the Siem Reap guides that are distributed free in town, there is a good map in the middle of the book.
I would not stress about being in a room by yourself. Safer than a dorm IMHO. Once in SR, check with your guesthouse. Most have an affiliate in PP as well. They should be able to help with your room in PP.
You can take the bus/boat down to PP from SR. The boat is much more expensive than the bus($23 vs$5) but does offer more photo ops and is more fun. Capitol GH/Restaurant in PP has low priced rooms, $2/nite if you did not book something with an affiliate. PM me if you need details on Cam.
vegasmike6: thanks for your reply. sorry, but what do you mean by 'IMHO'?
Also, for phnom penh, i've shortlisted the following as i would like to be near the lake or river:
1) Grand View Guest house
2) Number 9 Guesthouse
3) Okay Guesthouse
4) Lakeside Guesthouse
Anyone been to these places?
but what do you mean by 'IMHO'?
IMHO - In My Honest Opinion
In PP i stayed at two different places. The Wolly Rhino (?) near the river was ok but nothing special, and not as cheap as some, but I wanted to be by the river on my second time through. The first time I stayed at the Lazy Fish by the lake. It's actually right on the lake, built on stilts over the edge. It's well set, cheap (1usd each) and quite pretty, but i got ravaged by mosquitoes.
Also, be aware that the Lake isn't the most central for the main sights - whilst it might be cheaper, you need to expect to pay 1usd each by moto taxi to/from the more central areas and river front, and a bit more at night.
You can bargain easily, but it can still add up to as much as/more than staying by the river.