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Siem Reap May 1st-2nd

Posted by mingtyhmaa on 30/1/2015 at 19:55

May 1st is Labor Day holiday in Cambodia.

There is a similar holiday in China and I was told to avoid travel in China on those days because it would be VERY busy.

Can anyone comment on Siem Reap on May 1st and 2nd and how busy it will be?
I am going for a photography tour.
Thank you!

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Posted by mingtyhmaa on 10/2/2015 at 18:06

As an addendum to this question, I was quoted a price of $217 for a 2 day tour, which includes.

Day 1- On 1/05/15-Morning Tour, Pick up at 4.15am, To watch sunrise at Angkor Wat reflection 5 towers in Lily pond that is a great classic sport for your postcard after our sunrise, We driving by Tuk Tuk to Preak Khan Temple following by the north gate with preah Palilay and we may see a small Temple near by if we still have a good time for photography.

Break/Hotel/ Lunch.

Afternoon- Pick up 2.30pm.

This afternoon, We driving by Tuk Tuk to the west gate of Angkor Thom with four faces without touristy afterward just a quick drive to the giant smiling faces of Bayon Temple with terrace of Elephant, Terrace of Leper King, Baporn temple and on the way back home stop by the south gate of Angkor Thom for sunset view.

Back Hotel.

Day 2- On 2/05/15- Morning Tour, Pick up 5.30am by Car, This morning we driving a Car to the small Temple of Banteay Srey known as the woman Temple and it is the most beautiful carving after Banteay Srey, We driving back to Banteay Samre, Pre Rup and stop by village taking some photo of people make sugar palm.

Break/Hotel/ Lunch.

Afternoon- Pick up 2.30pm.


This afternoon, We have 2 option, Option 1- We explore around Angkor Wat, Option 2, We walking around countryside taking some photo of children and sunset around rice field.

Back Hotel.

My reflex was it sounded kinda of pricy for what I've been reading about Cambodia. Anyone have any thoughts?

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Posted by MotHaiBa on 10/2/2015 at 19:41

By my reckoning based on visiting a couple years ago, its pricey. You can prob organise tuk-tuk, car for banteay srey, guide and park admission for under or around $150. Depends really on what your tour inclusions are...

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Posted by mingtyhmaa on 10/2/2015 at 19:56

Well it does NOT include entrance fees.
The guide is suppose to be a photographer like me, and the main purpose of my trip ideally would be for photography.
I do think it does matter whether the guide has an eye for good light or not, at least if he's a good photographer.

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Posted by MotHaiBa on 10/2/2015 at 20:09

Well you are paying a premium for your guide service and that is important for you. Admission for the two days will be $40.

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Posted by somuchtravel on 15/2/2015 at 06:05

Don't know how busy it will be then, but we were just there a few weeks ago and there were tons of tourists. It may be like that all the time by now. We stayed at a cheap decent place Mon Papa for $7 a night. Check out our blog about our trip for more info:
https://somuchtravel.wordpress.com/2015/02/08/lots-of-rocks-angkor-wat-siem-reap-cambodia/

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Posted by mingtyhmaa on 15/2/2015 at 09:44

Wow thanks for the reply. Looks like it's super crowded which is always a downer for photography.

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Posted by somuchtravel on 15/2/2015 at 10:18

Check out the blog for tips on getting good pics without people. Basically we avoided the sunrise and sunset locations and opted for other locations a little further away. For instance, we were at Bayon for sunrise and no one was there - it was amazing. We went to Angkor and were some of the last to leave, thus few people in the pics. Sunrise at the Tombraider temple too - same things, first ones there. Makes for a long day, but totally worth it.

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