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6 days in siem reap

Posted by xhai on 4/6/2009 at 22:12

HI everyone i will be heading to SR for 6 days in early september, the plan now is to spend 3 nights in SR, travel to phnom penh, stay a night and back to SR for one night before headed home.

i understand that the travel btw SR and PP takes a long time, at the moment trying to change my return flight to depart from PP instead.

Any advices on what else i should see in SR besides Angkor and Tonle Sap? Thank you!

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Posted by brucemoon on 5/6/2009 at 05:26


Siem Reap IS Angkor!!

The bus between Sien Reap & Phnom Penh takes about 5 hours.

As for passes into the Angkorian Temples, a post here recently indicates you either buy a 1 day pass each day, or a 3 day pass (which is now a case of any 3 days over 7 days).

Unless 'decoded' the Angkorian Temples are merely a pile of rocks. These rocks need to be 'decoded' to understand their historical, architectural and cultural merit.

If you can, try and read up before hand on the significance of each, and (pre)determine a list of which temples (ruins) you want to see and in what order. I used a timeline approach, as suggested by Lonely Planet. Others use different approaches.


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Posted by askmetotravel on 5/6/2009 at 14:40

certainly check out kompong phluk the flooded forrest.if you like fishing than its even better the trip by bus from pp to sr is about 6 hours unless it breaks down lol

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Posted by xhai on 8/6/2009 at 12:04

hi everyone thanks - yeah i have heard that the bus ride takes almost forever between SR to PP, so unless i am able to get my return flight from PP i might reconsider visiting PP at all.

how far off is kompong phluk, is there an entrance fee i would have to pay?

btw is there a quicker way to purchase the 3 day pass to angkor (like online or something) rather than buying it there itself? can anyone also suggest some good hotels for SR, i am looking about USD 25-30 a night, with a/c and good breakfast, and if possible a pool.

thanks again!

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Posted by BruceMoon on 9/6/2009 at 05:35


2 of your 3...

The 3 day pass takes just 1 to 2 minutes to purchase. You must go through the check-station to purchase, and every day thereafter to get the pass stamped. No big deal to await till there.

As for hotel, I used Agoda and booked into the Angkorian. I suggest you go and have a look as it would meet your criteria. It's close-ish to the temple area, and about US1 tuk-tuk to the market eatery area (US1 only if you stand firm on that - else they'll charge anything).

As an aside, to beat the heat and avoid crowds, I left the hotel at 6am each day (a very wise move unless you like crowds). I doubt if any hotel will have breakfast at 5:30ish. If you do this (early start) you may need to arrange something with the hotel.


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Posted by xhai on 11/6/2009 at 18:23

thanks for your note brucemoon. i managed to get my flight changed to depart from PP (so only one way on a painful bus ride), so the plan will be 3 nights SR and 2 nights in PP. I heard the weather is quite rainy in september, is it very different between SR and PP?

also have read that golden temple villa is recommended for stay in SR. has anyone stayed there before, any advice? thanks!

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