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HCM to Siem Reap

Posted by kptn82 on 17/1/2011 at 08:57


We're a family of 3, us and little girl 18 months looking to travel from HCM to Siem Reap , mainly Angkor Wat in March. Just wondering if the following itinerary is do-able and if we're allowing too little time

- HCM City to Siem Reap by Mekong Express bus.
- eat shop etc.. at night

- Angkor temples + villages etc...

- Siem Reap to HCM

My questions are

1. How hot will it be duing this period, i've had a look at the interactive weather map of Cambodia and temperature is from 25-35C, if anyone been here around this time of the year, is it ok for a child. We're ok with the heat but not sure about the little one.

2. Tickets for Mekong express, where do I get them from? in HCM City?
I've had a look at this website, it shows all the time/schedule but I can't find the location of the bus office in HCM because that's where we will be coming from or an online booking

3.Cambodia Visa
- I can get this at VN/Cambodia's border? (We're Australian). Travelfish mentioned you need a photo? Is this correct?

4. Most importantly - What should I plan for Angkor's temples? as in temple schedules, where to go first etc..? Or should I find a good guide from here and let him decide.

5. Places to stay.
- Two Dragons or Rosy Guesthouse?
- Is this high season?

Thanks for your help, if I'm missing something please let me know. I think I have covered the essential.

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Posted by kptn82 on 19/1/2011 at 11:13

I have digged around the web and found a few answers

Although could I please get some input to this cambodia itinerary? Is this packing in too much? Do you think I need a guide for both days (temple) or 1 days is enough.

Day 1
- South Gate of Angkor T hom
- Central Angkor Thom (Bayon, Phimenakas, Terrace of the Elephants,)

- Ta Prohm
- Angkor Wat
- Phnom Bakhen for sunset

Day 2
- Angkor Wat for Sunrise
- Pre Rup
- Banteay Srey
- Thommanon

- Rolous Group (bakong, Preah Ko & Lolei)
- Artisan d' Angkor (silk farm)

Day 3
- Floating villages at chong Khneas

Thanks a million

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Posted by eastwest on 24/1/2011 at 21:41

Nice plug from Jimmy but there are heaps of companies to choose from.

I think you should have a good think about that plan. 12 - 14 hours on the bus with a 18 month year old..... If you still want to do it I'd advise to buy 4 seats for the 3 of you so you have a little more space and the little one can lie down.

1. weather wil be ok. It's the end of the cool period. If unlucky it might be humid but I think you'll be fine.

2. Most (if not all) guesthouses/hotels will be able to sell tickets. It could be that they try to sell you from their "own" company. If you stay in the Pham Ngu Lao area their (Mekong) office is on Pham Ngu Lao street. If you can't find it, there are numerous travel agencies (also on that street) who can sell you a ticket. Perhaps it might cost you a dollar more per ticket but you'll easily spend that on a moto bike in search of the office

3. Yes to all questions

4. Pick up a free guide from Canby "Siem Reap" at your hotel or in a restaurant. They have good sample itineraries and valuations (star-system) and descriptions for the temples. Take it from there. Probably also difficult to plan with the young one anyway.

5. can't help with the guesthouses. It will be the end of high season

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Posted by kptn82 on 28/1/2011 at 06:05

Thanks eastwest

Speaking of which, I want to take a few shot of angkor sunrise/sunset.

What lens did you guys bring/use when doing this?

I'll have the 24-70 but thinking of lugging 70-200. Is it worth it?

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Posted by eastwest on 31/1/2011 at 16:10

200mm is advisable if you want to shoot from Bakheng (the sunset hill). Without it Angkor Wat will be a tiny spot in your picture.

Consider bringing both objectives. Angkor is really a great opportunity to take great pictures. You might find yourself in situations where you kick yourself in the head for not bringing it. That depends of course on how serious you are about photography.....

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Posted by farflunglori on 4/2/2011 at 11:05

Posted from within Vietnam.

I took my son there a few years back. It is hot. We took it easy, seeing the sights when it wasn't the heat of the day. Spread it out comfortably with the 3 day pass. Lots to see, outlying areas are different and fun too, not just the central complexes.

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