We intend to visit Angkor Wat next May after a few days in Bangkok. Are we better to book our flights in Australia before we leave or should we purchase them once in Bangkok - any price differences? Also any recommendations for accommodation that must have with air-conditioning for a 2 adults and an 11 year old? We would prefer not to all be in the same room but together Cheers Suzi
Hi, I can't advise on flights as we were there some years ago, but one word of advice: get a taxi to pick you up dead-early in the morning - like 4am - when it is cool and almost empty. By far the best time to explore the temples. We then returned for a late breakfast and headed out again late afternoon ... just as most people were returning to their hotels.
It is a phenomenal temple complex.
enjoy almost 10 years ago
There's plenty of accommodation in Angkor Wat, so I wouldn't worry about accommodation. I stayed at a hotel nearby the river, and it was only a short stroll to the markets and restaurants. There are larger hotels that are further out towards the airport, but I wouldn't recommend these as you don't have the luxury of walking to and from town.
Bangkok airways have a monopoly on flights from Bangkok to Siem Reap, so expect to pay between 4,500 to 5,000 baht one way! Remember to have USD for the visa entrance to Siem Reap - I think its about $20 USD. almost 10 years ago
You can fly from Kuala Lumpur or Singapore fairly cheaply (though not sure if that helps you) or though it can sometimes end up cheaper going via a major hub, ie:
Fenn. almost 10 years ago
Airasia fly from Bangkok and/or Kaula Lumpur to Phomn Penh and then you could transfer by car or by boat down the Mekong. Or they fly from KL to Siem Reap.
I did a Bangkok airways travel pass which worked out to be good value, but you have to fly three sectors with them - we did BKK - SR - BKK - Koh Samui - BKK and it cost around $150 a couple of years ago. We arranged our ticket on the ground in BKK through our hotel concierge, but for both websites, they have cheaper, advance bookings.
We stayed here http://www.bopha-angkor.com/ in Siem Reap and it was a great hotel. Walking distance to the restaurants, but out of the melay. The hotel was clean, comfortable, had AC and a pool.
We chose to relax in the morning around the pool and venture out in the afternoons to look at the temples. We had a local guide who was fantastic at Angkor Wat and then hired guides at other temples - but they are not always necessary.
I loved the temples and thought that Cambodia was an amazing country. almost 10 years ago