Hi, Cambodian question

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11. Posted by masterblaster19 (Full Member 119 posts) 12y Star this if you like it!

Would it be doable with a 2 day pass and leave out some of the lesser temples?

12. Posted by rbyslipahs (Respected Member 349 posts) 12y Star this if you like it!

Yeah, it could be done. You just get a good feel for what you want to see on the first day, and then go back and hit the others the next. Make note of anything that you want to check out more back at the guest house/hotel, and take along a good guide book.

However, with only two days, I would do a tuk tuk on the second. Unless you're really on a tight budget, $12 probably won't hurt your wallet too much. Given three days, then I'd go for two days of biking, with the tuk tuk day in between. The only advantage to having a car would be if you have three or four people in your group, but even then, you'd be saving about $4, and I think the tuk tuks are more fun.

And then when you are done, go get a massage. :D

Those backpack water canteens are a lifesaver if you are on bike. I can't get over how great they were. :P

ETA: Sometimes a lesser temple has a neat little surprise, like a man sitting at the top selling trinkets, and he's more than willing to let you take one of the most amazing pictures of your trip.

[ Edit: Edited on Jan 9, 2007, at 12:28 AM by rbyslipahs ]

13. Posted by hamjunkie (Budding Member 62 posts) 12y Star this if you like it!

hi guys,

this post definately saved me having to ask?!
1 question that did come up - what are these back pack canteens you are on about - got any links?


14. Posted by vegasmike6 (Travel Guru 3580 posts) 12y Star this if you like it!

Quoting jennygro

Would it be doable with a 2 day pass and leave out some of the lesser temples?

They offered 1-3-7 day passes when I was there. One is not enough, 7 overkill. If they are now offering 2 day passes, then that might be an option for you. Perhaps someone who was there recently will chime in on this post, but I think you are going to spend $40 on seeing Angkor.

15. Posted by dbchase53 (Full Member 88 posts) 12y Star this if you like it!

Still only 1,3 and 7 day passes

Shame they don't do a 5 day pass. That would be perfect for most people.

I think cycling is an excellent way to see the temples but probably not for every day. My suggestion would be to go by remorque for a day or two with a really good guide then explore by bicycle for as many other days as you fancy, breakimg the trips to temples with some into the countryside (stay on the paths!) and Tonle Sap (lake).

Small tip: buy your multiday pass between 16:30 and 17:00 to start the following day and you can use it that same evening as a free bonus to go and see nice sunset somewhere. Phnom Bakheng is good fun but very crowded these days. Try Srah Srang or Pre-Rup.


16. Posted by Budai (Respected Member 506 posts) 12y Star this if you like it!

hello all,

just left siem reap hours ago. did the bike thing with a moto ride to beng mealea, bantaey srei (amazing) and kbal spean in between for a bit of rest. Phnom Bakheng is really a bit of a circus now - massive crowds so i gave it a miss - i heard pre rup / east mebin is pretty good, but kind of went back early cause i was not too sure of the roads and the safety - the hierachy of traffic in Cambodia seems the bigger the higher on the food chain of vehicles, so bicycles kinda get no respect at all.

grand circuit was knackering ~ 40 km from town, and it was hot - i definitely was grateful for the hydration pack. The temples were a bit rushed though - cos i think a lot of time is needed to savour preah khan and a few other major temples along the grand, so on hindsight doing it on tuk tuk would be a much better idea...

Those backpack water canteens are a lifesaver if you are on bike. I can't get over how great they were. :P

Just saw this - Amen. and you save money too not buying cold drinks at 2000 riel a pop.

17. Posted by rbyslipahs (Respected Member 349 posts) 12y Star this if you like it!

Jennygo, PM me and I'll e-mail you a couple of links to some different places you can get these backpacks. Basically, any store that sells camping or outdoor goods would be able to help you. They cost about $25 at the cheapest. That's the kind we have, and they worked great.

The great thing is that you can put some of them in the freezer overnight. Just put a bit of water in there (don't fill it all the way), and then fill the rest with water the next morning. Then, you have cold water on your back, which is great in 95 degree heat. To me, it was worth the 2000 riel for 1 L of ice-cold water to refill. Across from the Bayon, we ran into a stand that actually didn't approach us or holler anything out to us, so we went back there everyday. And, 2000 riel or not, it's better just to keep as hydrated as possible. We were there during the hottest part of the year (oh, my!).

We just got the three-day pass last year. Check out www.talesofasia.com for the latest info on getting in/out of Cambodia and around the temples, the latest scams, all that good jazz. Plus, it's a fun read. :P

As for the temples themselves, they are all crowded. Period. Just when you think the last busload of tourists has unloaded, another one comes out of nowhere. It takes patience and timing. Some temples are more crowded at different times of day. Phnom Bakheng is really crowded at sunset, and there's no way around it. You can either not go, or go and join the circus. I'm all for joining the circus! I even have pictures of the melee, Buddhist monks and all, with the hot air balloons in the background. If you can't beat them, join them. A good, recent guidebook will give you hints as to what time of day is better for certain temples. Some of them are just crowded all the time, like Ta Prohm. The temples are a bit less crowded around lunch time, for obvious reasons (it's hot, and folks are hungry). If you're American, you won't run into too many other Americans, but you'll run into just about every other nationality. :)

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