I have been traveling South East Asia for years, and have finally settled down in Siem Reap, Cambodia to run a guesthouse. I love all things travel, let me know if you need any information on Siem Reap or the temples of Angkor!
Siem Reap Province, Cambodia
The best temples to see are Angkor Wat ( of course ), Bayon, Ta Phromn, Banteay Srei and Beng Mealea. If you only wanted to purchase a one day pass, you could see Banteay Srei ( start there because it is about 40km outside of the complex) and then do what's called the mini circuit and in that you will see Angkor Wat, Bayon, Ta Phromn and a few others. If you wanted to see Beng Mealea, it is 70km out of town ( about 1.5 hrs by tuk tuk, it's a lovely drive through the countryside) and you do not need the temple pass to see this, just a $5 entrance fee. You could combine this with a visit to the floating village that is close to Beng Mealea called Kompong Khleng ( it is the least touristy of all the floating villages) over 8 years ago
Hi Escarraga82, Hostelworld is the best place to find decent and cheap accommodation. There are lot's of options from really cheap $2 rooms (yuk) to $20 rooms with A/C ( and higher of course). Are you planning on purchasing a 1 day pass ($20) or a 3 day pass ($40)? If you are only purchasing a 1 day pass you can do what's called the Mini circuit that takes you to all the famous temples- Angkor Wat, Bayon, Ta Phrom and Angkor Thom. then on your second day you could see the jungle temple of Beng Mealea ( you do not need a pass for this it's $5 to get in), Beng Mealea is one of my fav's, and then you could go out to a floating village ( Kompong Khleang is the one I would recommend) and take a boat out onto the Tonle Sap. If you are purchasing a 3 day pass you could see most of the temples in the Angkor Complex and some temples that are further out like Banteay Srei and the Roulous group. It really just depends on how may temples you want to see. over 8 years ago
Hi Escarraga82, The best way to see the temples and get to further sites are by tuk-tuk. You can go to the Angkor complex by bicycle, but I would not recommend it if your not a serious cyclist. The ride to the main entrance is 8km from town and the Angkor complex is about 45km around, so my advice if you want to really enjoy the temples-do it by tuk-tuk. You can get a tuk-tuk from your hotel or on the street. A tuk-tuk ride for the Mini Circuit should cost you around $12 US, you can get cheaper but you won't get a driver that speaks English very well, or knows the routes that well either.Beng Mealea is about 1.5-2 hours outside of Siem Reap, it's a lovely ride and that will cost you around $30 US. If you ant to go to Phnom Penh, there are standard buses that take about 6hrs and an express bus that takes about 4.5hrs. If you need anymore information, just let me know! over 8 years ago