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Questions on Angkor

Posted by DannyJ on 22/3/2006 at 19:18

Hi everybody! i plan on seeing Angkor around December/January in the coming year, i know it is the 'cold' season and temps will be around 25-35 degrees but does anyone have any personal experiences of what the weather is like around this time, i'm hoping the foliage will be still be quite green as it's after the wet season, is this realistic?
Also i'm an avid photographer, just for fun, and plan on catching as much of Angkor on film/memory card as poss, early morning, mid-day and evening at various locations, as well as just taking the time to 'experience' Ankgor without my camera. Time wise i was hoping to spend maybe a few days shooting and then a few days checking it out, or vice-versa. I'm quite a fit lad and was hoping to maybe explore the ruins on foot (not the whole place!) or by cycle. Also i'm undecieded about getting a guide or not? i've been reading a few books about Angkor and feel that if i have a good enough guide i could learn the 'meaning' of the place using this. Would anyone agree/disagree with ths above, or/plus have any recommendations.
Wow, sorry that was longer then i meant it to be! Thanks for getting to the end and if anyone has comments i'd love to hear them. Peace and love, DannyJ

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Posted by DannyJ on 22/3/2006 at 20:33

sorry the above should read 'i've been reading a few books about Angkor and feel that if i have a good enough guide BOOK i could learn the 'meaning' of the place using this.' Peace and love, DannyJ

#2 DannyJ has been a member since 5/10/2005. Posts: 36


Posted by exacto on 22/3/2006 at 22:02

Danny,

The website "talesofasia" has an FAQ section on Angkor that should answer most of your questions. I learned about this website from the all-knowing Somtam.

I visited Angkor in late November, and the area was still nicely green at that time that year. It was still hot, and I remember sweating through my shirt more than once while out in the ruins. Back then, we weren't allowed to bicycle through the ruins by ourselves, we had to use a motodop or taxi for transportation. But I think you can go by bicycle now if you want. What I did was have my moto guy drop me off in one place and then pick me up in another, which made for some relatively short but still wonderful walks between the ruins.

As for a guide or not? It sounds like you'll be there for more than the standard 3 days, so why not do both. Maybe having a guide one day early in the trip will help set the tone for you, then you can discover the place on your own later.

By the way, my favorite time to be out in the ruins was around noon time. The buses typically cleared out to avoid the hottest part of the day, and there were times when I had entire temples to myself.

I hope this helps. Have a great trip.

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