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1. Posted by SRUSSELL (Budding Member 16 posts) 11y

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I'm planning on getting the 7 day pass for Angkor (I may not use the full 7 days). I know I'll be able to get info on site, but I was wondering if any Angkor vets would help me with the itinerary. I was planning on various modes of transportation depending on what the day demanded (bikes, hired motos, rental mopeds if available). I was planning on seeing the following sites:

Angkor Wat
Bayon
Phnom Bankeng
Angkor Thom
Preah Khan
Neak Pean
Ta Prohm
Ta Som
Banteay Srei
Kbal Spean

Any others you recommend? Hidden gems? Secret spots or cool things to do? Balloon ride? Elephants?

2. Posted by aitor (Full Member 102 posts) 11y

Hi,

We did it in 3 days, and I think we could visit all places in that time.

For move, no doubt, hire a motorbike, but without driver, ride yourselves. It is very easy to move inside Angkor, you are not getting lost.

Regards,

Aitor

3. Posted by vegasmike6 (Travel Guru 3562 posts) 11y

SRUSSELL:
Get the 3 day pass. 7 days is just more rock than anybody short of an archaeologist can handle. If you go after 4:00pm to the entrance station, they will give you the 3 days plus let you in for that afternoon. You can bump around a few hours and hike up to watch the sunset. Worth doing, more than once IMHO. I would get the motorcycle with a guide. It is only a few more dollars to have him along and can save a lot of grief. Let your guide take the risk of theft or damage to the bike. I paid $8/day a few years ago, can't be much different now. A rented bike has to to $5-6/day, why bother for $2? Good luck.

4. Posted by SRUSSELL (Budding Member 16 posts) 11y

Thanks, Vegasmike. I'll consider the 3 day pass. You may be right, although I'll be there in late March so the afternoons may be a bit warm. I don't know if I would use 7 days, but I could use 4 or 5. I just don't like to feel rushed on sites of this magnitude.

I found this incredible Angkor website:

http://www.theangkorguide.com/

WOW!!!

5. Posted by robertson (Full Member 53 posts) 11y

I only did 1 day and it definitely wasn't enough... but it was SO hot when I went that I couldn't even be outside from noon to 4 pm. I think 3 days would be sufficient for your purposes, esp since Angkor Wat and Angkor Thom/Bayon are close to each other.

When I was there a year and a half ago, there was a ban on tourists driving their own motorbikes so I think you're forced to get a tuk-tuk or motor taxi. I think a taxi is better anyhow, but they will charge you extra for the further temples (Bantay Srei).

Also, if you have the extra cash, it's definitely worth it to get a guide, at least for a day for the big 3 temples. AND bring money to buy some postcards from the kids selling them - once you buy a set of postcards they will generally leave you alone.

Enjoy!

6. Posted by Marty 6 (Full Member 45 posts) 11y

So would you definately go with the motorbike (with guide) over a taxi?

Where do you pick up these guides?

I arrive in Siam Reap on the 12th March and should be there for about 5 days in all.

Martin

7. Posted by vegasmike6 (Travel Guru 3562 posts) 11y

Quoting marvinadam

So would you definately go with the motorbike (with guide) over a taxi?

Where do you pick up these guides?

I arrive in Siam Reap on the 12th March and should be there for about 5 days in all.

Martin

It will be hot, but it is just a better experience to be on the back of a motorbike. Get a good hat and tie it on. Every GH in SR will have moto/guides. Was $8/day. Check their English skills, go with one you feel compatible with. If you are travelling up from PP, most GHs in PP have an affiliate in SR. They will pick you up at the boat and take you to a GH. Good luck.