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Siem Reap,  Cambodia - flag Cambodia -  Si«m Réab
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Siem Reap & Angkor

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Siem Reap is a great little town that you stay in when you want to visit Angkor (a group of temples built around the 11th century). It's got a ton of hostels to choose from, restaurants to try and pubs/clubs to explore.

Favourite spots:
Sitting at the top of any of the temples, reading, writing or watching people as they come and go. It feels like you've been transported back in time and are seeing something that no one else ever has.

What's really great:
I loved the kids who wait at each of the temple entrances to take you on a tour (for only a dollar or two). They know so much about the temples that you end up seeing places that you wouldn't have found otherwise. It's a great way to see something that most tourists won't find.

Sights:
Angkor Wat. You can buy passes for one day (US$20), three days (US$40) or 7 days (US$60). What I would recommend is that whatever day you get into Siem Reap, go buy your ticket that evening at 4 p.m. They'll let you into the park then, and it doesn't take any of your days away. For example, if you get to Siem Reap on a Wednesday, buy a three day ticket at 4 p.m. and go in. Then you still get to go all day Thursday, Friday and Saturday.

Accommodations:
Check out Lonely Planet for a list of hostels. They are all pretty much the same, and all have good facilities and usually an attached restaurant of sorts.

Other recommendations:
I actually only went into Angkor on a one day pass. It was a long day, and very hectic, but I think I would have gotten burned out had I tried to spread it over more days. Still, if you have the time it's definitely worth trying to see the outer temples.

To get to the monuments you can hire a motorbike for US$6 per day. They will take you on either the small or large circuit (or both) but outer temples cost you a bit more. Make sure to agree on a price before you head out anywhere.

Published on Thursday January 23th, 2003


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Thu, Aug 25 2005 - 07:58 AM rating by gloriajames

thanks for your reports on cambodia. am planning a visit in late oct.

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