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One day in Phnom Penh and One day + in Siem Reap

Posted by Playground on 22/9/2008 at 19:46

Hi all,
I need some suggestion for best way to max my holiday in Cambodia. Any places I should cover or visit?

I will travel from HCMC to Phnom Penh (PP) on 30 Sept. By time I reach PP is already 4PM? I need something on that evening then the activities for 1 Oct.

same for Siem reap, I will reach siem reap in late afternoon. I got another day in Siem reap day after that.

Any suggestion is much welcome.

30 Sept 4PM Arrive PP
2 Oct Morning depart to SR
4 Oct Morning depart back to Malaysia

#1 Playground has been a member since 22/9/2008. Posts: 8

Posted by idreamofdurian on 22/9/2008 at 20:12 TF writer

PP - Tuol Sleng prison, Russian Market, dinner by the PP Riverfront

Siam Reap - Angkor of course, Khmer cultural dance show

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Posted by jgcanfield on 24/9/2008 at 13:06

In Siem Reap I would rent a tuk-tuk or van to do the "small loop" which includes Angkor Wat, Angkor Thom and Ta Prohm. You'll want to leave your hotel no later than 5 AM to catch the sunrise. If possible try to get your ticket the night before, then you won't have to take the time in the AM. Tell the driver that you want to do Angkor Wat for the sunrise. As you round the bend to Angkor Wat (you'll see a small lake on your right), you'll be able to tell whether the sunrise will be visible or not. Sometimes you can't really see it at all because there are too many clouds. If you can't see any hint of the pink sunrise tell your driver to take you on to Angkor Thom instead. This way you'll have Angkor Thom relatively to yourself for the first hour while everyone else is at Angkor Wat. If it looks like you'll be able to see the sunrise though it's definitely worth stopping at Angkor Wat because it's AMAZING when you can see the sun coming up over the temples.

If you do Angkor Wat first then I'd go to Ta Prohm next, take a lunch break and then do Angkor Thom in the afternoon. Ta Prohm definitely gets more busy late in the morning and early afternoon so mid-morning seems to be the best time to go.

I'd plan on Angkor Wat for sunset whether you get to see the sunrise there or not. It's crowded but worth it. Even if the sunset is not visible because of cloud cover they set up lights inside and outside and it's really beautiful.

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Posted by Playground on 25/9/2008 at 01:15

hi jgcanfield, thank you.
btw, may I know where can we can the ticket night before in the city? Or should we go all way to the angkor entrance to get the ticket? or any travel agent should have the ticket?

Beside, any recommended van driver + guide in Siem reap for the Angkor trip?

#4 Playground has been a member since 22/9/2008. Posts: 8

Posted by pnx1207 on 29/9/2008 at 20:05

hi. can someone advise me on what to do in Seam Riep from 10 in the morning until late at night. that's the only time i have in that place in November 3.
what time can i leave the next day to Bangkok, how?
thanks so much

#5 pnx1207 has been a member since 29/9/2008. Posts: 1


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