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Friday, July 19, 2013

SIEM REAP TRAVEL SUMMARY: $15 Day Tour of ANGKOR COMPLEX via Tuktuk


So here is the short summary of our day tour of Angkor Complex.

$15 was all that's needed to rent the tuktuk.I contacted the same driver who took us to our hotel the night before and sealed the deal.There were 5 of us all in all and believe it or not, we fitted in one (1) tuktuk.lol

HOW MUCH is the DAY TOUR?

$15/ tuktuk --regular price
$3 --extra for early departure (Sunrise at Angkor Wat)
$2 -- tip (optional)
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$20 TOTAL
/5 pax 
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$4 each

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 $15 Day Tour of ANGKOR COMPLEX via Tuktuk


INCLUSIVE: Tuktuk Ride Only
Bring your own food and drinks. Guides inside temples are optional for $2 per person.Perfect for groups.

WHO TO HIRE?
Tuktuks are everywhere so it's pretty easy.You can randomly call one and negotiate.As long as you don't go far from $20, that's ok. If you arrive at night (like we did) I would suggest you contact the tuktuk driver who will take you to your hotel.Especially if you are planning for an early departure for sunrise.

Our Driver was Mr. SARIN
and I can highly recommend him.He is nice and he will take care of you.
contact him: (855) 070 69 74 84 or 097 83 24 995
He has a website: www.siemreaptransport.com

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How much is the Entrance Fee?
Entrance fee for a single day pass is $20 per pax.
That includes all the temples in Angkor Complex. 1 to sawa!

Other options:
3 days visit (1 week validity) -- $40
7 days visit (1 month validity) --$60

Ticket Office opens as early as 5am. Don't feel like cheating coz photos are taken on site and they are very efficient with the id system.Instant ID with your photo in less than 3 minutes. How I wish we can have that efficiency here.
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ATTRACTIONS

1. Angkor Wat

Ah.Angkor Wat! At last.To say that it was one of our most anticipated part of the trip would be an understatement.I was holding back the excitement since landing in Vietnam and being here finally is indeed a dream come true.I never felt lucky being a citizen of Southeast Asia.This region is amazing, and Angkor Wat and the whole Angkor Complex is Shockingly Amazing!

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2. ANGKOR THOM: Bayon Temple


I really find Angkor Wat photogenic in every angle (especially because we were there in the early morning) not to mention that being inside it,you feel how strong the structure is. BAYON TEMPLEon the other hand has a different appeal.From afar,you would find it a bit hard to make sense of what it is except for the impression that it is a giant structure of piled rocks.As you get closer though, the more you appreciate the intricate design and mysticism of the place.

Bayon Temple is the most significant temple inside Angkor Thom which used to be the City with Angkor Complex.If Angkor Wat is where the Royalties live, it is in Angkor Thom where Royalties and ordinary people interact.Ito yung downtown kung baga. Angkor Thom actually means "Great City".


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3.ANGKOR THOM: Bapuon 

While the splendor of Bayon is difficult to match,Bapuon sits quietly proud in the same spot where it all started.This was the exact site that marked the center of the capital that existed (and apparently destroyed) before the construction of Angkor Thom.

The long elevated walkway leading to it and the large open space in front of the temple makes for a grand entrance that goes with an elated feeling of excitement.

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4.Ta Prohm

Temple Overload? I thought I have seen enough.But there was still one that we would like to visit before ending our day tour of Angkor Complex ----TA PROHM.

If it doesn't ring a bell. Ito lang naman yung temple na nasa Hollywood movie na "Tomb Raider" so people usually call it Tomb Raider Temple.Thanks to that movie starring Angelina Jolie, tourism arrival in Cambodia increased from 300 in 1999 to more than 2 Million in 2012.This is no secret of course.
Read the rest of the Story here >>>> http://www.pusangkalye.net/2013/07/its-human-structures-vs-nature-in-ta.html

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OUR BREAKFAST
When approached by restaurant barkers in Angkor Wat,pretend as if you don't know how to speak English and not engage with them in any way.They could really get annoyingly annoying!

OTHER THINGS THAT MIGHT BE OF HELP

WHERE TO STAY?

Golden Temple Villa
This is one small hotel with a big statement.It is a testament that small space is not a setback to accentuate a place.In front are so many plants that it feels like going through a small forest before getting to the building entrance and lobby.Inserted in the greens are Buddha statues and Khmer cultural symbols.The lobby is a pleasant space where you can feel that you are indeed in a different place----Welcome to Siem Reap!


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If it was mostly fish,fish ,fish in Phnom Penh, the food we had in Siem Reap were mostly meat.Pork,meat or chicken. I noticed that in this particular set that we ordered, there's a peculiar "coco-nutty" flavor. Not to mention the curry of course with its flavorful taste.

Basil was still the major concern of my wife so we had a hard time looking at the menu for food that doesn't have any spirit of basil.A hard feat.She ended up with Fried Meat with Sweet and Sour which is simply, sweet and sour.

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HOW TO GET THERE:
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Ho Chi Minh City to Siem Reap - 12hours by bus
Phnom Penh to Siem Reap --6hours by bus
Bangkok to Siem Reap -8 hours
Siem Reap to Thai Border -- 2 hours
Downtown Siem Reap to Angkor Complex--30 minutes via tuktuk

This is part of our Vietnam-Cambodia-Thailand 2013 Tour.
Please look for other blog posts on this label

Feel free to leave your comments or questions here if you have any.
Cheers!
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7 comments:

  1. elibs ako sa linis nung lugar muakng
    alagang alaga ee

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  2. Hi! been following your posts as they are the most recent i can find online about thailand and cambodia.

    going to the two countries next month and i hope to see your itinerary and budget, if possible, before i leave. it would really be a big help.

    salamat!

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  3. Hey!! It was a nice blog.. very helpful, I just got uncertainties in some parts..but it was really awesome.. I'm wondering if you can help me :) probably I missed some part, but i'll be having a SIEM REAP- BKK trip this March 1-6,. can you add some do's and don'ts? May bus at train ba na pang-gabi? It's gonna be my first time to travel without a tour guide or travel agency or a friend who's familiar with Cambodia and Thailand... please add na rin ung budget plan that a traveler must have to experience such thrill.. thanks so much

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  4. @ Marjorie --- I suggest you read my other post.http://www.pusangkalye.net/2013/07/crossing-thailand-cambodia-border-via_28.html
    Cheers!

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