Hi! Im from Philippines. And yes, im very facinated about SE Asia. I've been to Thailand, Singapore, Malaysia, Indonesia and Laos. And of course, different places here in the Philippines. So maybe, I can help you if you need one. And I can say, yes I love my country and SE Asia!
For the meantime, I need your help. Im going to Vietnam this September with my husband and baby daughter (10 months old that time). And since we we're already there, I suggested to my husband that we visit Cambodia. And so, we're planning to do a one day visit to Siem Reap to see Angkor Wat. Thinking of flying there instead of riding a bus cuz we have limited time and we have our baby with us.
Hope you can help us to make our one day travel worth remembering.
The first hotel that I searched online was Allson Angkor Hotel and thier rate starts at $60. Then I came to this website and was facinated by your advises on where to stay and where to go.
Can you give us advise on where to stay? A baby friendly hotel and not so expensive. So we can save money to bring back "pasalubong" to our family and friends back in Manila.
I've been wanting to go to Cambodia but I read and heard lots of scary stories about them that sad to say, im still thinking as of this time.
And a reputable people/persons that can give us a tour on Angkor Wat? English speaking of course. If they know Tagalog, it will be better! :-)
Where's the best place to dine out in Siem Reap (pls no exotic food - I already had my share in Laos!) And whats worth taking back to the Philippines? (I really like Beer Lao and Laos coffee, I bring it back home)
Thank you in advance. Everything will be appreciated!
#1 prettytrisha07 has been a member since 15/6/2008. Posts: 3
Been to Siem Reap twice ... I suggest you do some reading up on www.talesofasia.com, www.andybrouwer.co.uk (see Cambodia blogspot), and www.canbypublications - these will answer most, if not all the questions you have.
Personally, you dont really need a hotel costing US$60 ... very decent hotels can be had for US$25. Personally recommend Two Dragons and www.Yaklom.com (tho these two are not smack in the midst of the "action" if you want Pub Street for the colour and activity) or Molly Malones if you want to be in the thick of things to do have a wider choice in shopping/eating etc.
Please dont get ripped off by tuk-tuk drivers and guides, tho most of them do work hard to earn their keep. There are a few bad apples - just a caution as you're going to have only one day. I think www.andybrouwer.co.uk has recommended one guide named Kim Rieng, whom whose services we've used and found him to be very knowledgeable and pleasant, email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Oh, another website with a wealth of info www.canbypublications.com - some invaluable tips there too!
#2 larilari has been a member since 20/6/2008. Posts: 1
Great that you are going to Siem Reap even if it is for a day. I don't know what kind of scary stories you have been hearing but I fell in love with the people. So much so that I now spend some of my time from where I live raising money and helping some people out there.
Canbypublications.com has great info and I personally found the downloadable guide here from Travelfish to be very handy.
I have recently made a site with lots of links to good info that helped me. The site I also made to try and help out the great guy who was my tuk tuk driver when I was there. After six days together I became close to him and his family, even spending some time hanging out and sharing meals in his very very humble but friendly and open home. Check it out if you want: www.angkortuktuk.org.
This guy is a tuk tuk driver, which is not a guide. The drivers can't accompany you inside the temples unless they also happen to be licensed guide.
Have a great great time!
thanks for the recommendations. We will now stay for 2 days in Siem Reap.
#4 prettytrisha07 has been a member since 15/6/2008. Posts: 3
Hi! any recommendation on cheap flights from Saigon to Siem reap? We really preffered travelling by air since we have limited time, we have our daughter with us and I'll be four months pregnant by that time.
I read about Vietnam Pacific Airways but can't find thier website.
#5 prettytrisha07 has been a member since 15/6/2008. Posts: 3