I am Terry, male from India. I have booked my tickets to Siem Reap landing there on July 21st morning and leaving back on July 26th morning. My main interests are buddhist temples and so Angor wat is my ultimate destination. As per this itinerary I have a clear 5 days and 5 nights in Cambodia and originally I had plans to visit only Siem Reap. But on second thoughts, I am wondering if I could visit Pnom Penh too. Has some one here been on to these places? I understand there are night buses leaving Siem Reap and reaching Pnom Penh in the morning which will save the day. May be on the return I can come back by early morning bus that leaves at 7.30 am and reaches back at Siem Reap around 1.30 pm. Let me give below my present itinerary:
21st July Land in Siem Reap around 7.50am. After catching up lost sleep, may be I will take a three day admission ticket for $40 and have a free evening entrace to the Angor Wat temple for the sunset view.
22nd July begin my temple tour - spend the whole day visiting Angor wat and other temples
23rd July visit the temples for the second day what ever left to see and then by night take the bus to Pnom Penh
24th July visit the most important sights during the day - wants to see killing fields, and may be later in the evening walk around the city. stay back for the night in guest house or budget hotel.( any suggestions?)
25th July Leave Pnom Penh by 7.30am bus and reach Siem Reap by 1.30pm and may be spend the rest of the afternoon at the Temple for a final visit to the important left out sights. Spend the evening in siem reap town for last minute souvenir shopping.
26th July morning leave siem reap back home
This is my rough plan. Any one has any better suggestions? How many days is actually required in Siem Reap? Or is Pnom Pen visit is worth the trouble travelling 6 hours one side? Since my return ticket is from Siem Reap I have to come back there.
Thank you all in advance for the help....I am a single traveler who had been to Thailand twice, Malaysia many times, Singapore three times, and Indonesia twice...so I consider myself quite well versed with these similar countries though Cambodia is no comparison to these countries in terms of travel facilities.So I would appreciate inputs from some one who had been to Cambodia before.
I agree with your plan. I had enough of trudging around the rocks at Angkor in 2 days. 3 is overkill IMO. Many companies run between SR & PP. Here is a list. If you go with Mekong Express, you are down by the river. Plenty of decent GHs to choose from from close by. Here are a few to look at. Or ride with Capitol GH and stay with them. Cheap rooms and they run tours everyday to: Killing Fields, Palace, shooting range, etc. Ride the bus back to SR with them as well. One thing I would add on your last day. Landmine Museum and Banteay Srei. Good luck.
Thanks for your valuable advise and suggestions. I guess with your input I will stick to my plan of 3 days in SR and one day in PP. I find Capitol GH is an ideal place for me and with their in house tour company, I think that will suit me the best. Thanks a lot
I have heaps of Angkor and PP photos in my gallery. It has been years since I was there, but they may help with your decisions on what to see/do. Click on my photo gallery, choose 'Cambodia' and take a look.You might consider a few hours on the Tonle Sap if you have time. You might be able to do that your first day if you are not too jet lagged. Or on your last day and forget Banteay Srei. Do not book anything until you are there. Good luck.
I had preliminary view of your albums and it gave me a clear indication that you are a seasoned traveler and good photographer too...both my favourite interests. I will go through your Cambodia in details and I am sure It will help me to short list my spots.
Any way I will need more of your help especially since I am planning to go to Vietnam and Laos in October 2012. You seems to the best travel adviser in the entire Indo China region.
Siem Reap (Khmer: ក្រុងសៀមរាប) is the capital city of Siem Reap Province in northwestern Cambodia, and is the gateway to Angkor region.
Siem Reap has colonial and Chinese-style architecture in the Old French Quarter, and around the Old Market. In the city, there are traditional Apsara dance performances, craft shops, silk farms, rice-paddy countryside, fishing villages and a bird sanctuary near the Tonle Sap Lake.
Siem Reap today, being a popular tourist destination, has a large number of hotels and restaurants. Most smaller establishments are concentrated around the Old Market area, while more expensive hotels are located between Siem Reap-Angkor International Airport and the town along National Road 6. There are a variety of mid-range hotels and restaurants along Sivatha boulevard, and mid budget to mid-range hotels in the Phsar Leu area.
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