Replies: 36 - Last Post: Nov 30, 2012 4:50 AM Last Post By: Herbie47
Nov 21, 2012 7:04 PM
Q2) What did you do about food if you spend the whole day there?
Q3) Where did you watch the sun rise? What time did you get there?
Q4) What's a reasonable price for a tuc tuc per day?
Q5) That tethered hot air balloon - is it worth it? Ie how much can you see of the temples?
Anything you wish you knew before you visited the area?
Edited by: Ria
Nov 21, 2012 7:49 PM
11) My favorite temples are actually not in Angkor Wat, I much prefer Koh Kher.
2) I go with a lunch box.
3) Sunrise in Angor Wat is a circus and best avoided, especially during high season.
4) Sorry, I have my own car.
5) I think it is noce, even though they seem to have shortened the time you actually stay up there.
Nov 21, 2012 9:08 PM
Nov 21, 2012 11:54 PM
3Ditto #s 1 & 2. The sunrise is a bloody zoo. You wil only be impressed by the hundreds of people that gather there all at the same time and take pictures using their flash...
I'd add Beng Mealea onto the 3rd day. It is all doable, but get up at the crack of daen and make an early start. Banteay Srie, the last time I was there in 2009, was an utter zoo when i arrived at 11:00am.
If you have the time, definitely hire a car and head out to Koh Ker. You will pretty much be by yourself the entire time. Only go if you are a culture vulture and really into temples, because after 3 days of the Angkor Wat complex you may have already had your fill...
Tuk-tuk drivers charge by time & distance. The small circuit might cost you as little as $10~$13, but you will pay more for the others, and considerably more for the outlying temples. Best to share with someone for the latter.
Nov 22, 2012 12:37 AM
4I have now read that it makes more sense to head to a different location for sunrise and sunset then the mainstream?
I have experiences something similar with the dunes in Sossusvlei, Namibia. First time I went on the large dunes to watch sunrise was 1997 - we were the only people there. In 2010 there were buses, so what we did is just went first to the place the tourist go after the dunes (death valley) and just did not climb up the dunes. Standing in the middle of nowhere is still athmospheric enough so I do not have to climb somewhere :)
Any suggestions maybe on where to go first and avoid the crowds would be greatly appreciated!
Nov 22, 2012 1:01 AM
Nov 22, 2012 1:19 AM
Nov 22, 2012 5:05 AM
7Didn't do the sunrise thing. I figured that it will probably rise the next day too, no matter where I am. So, I just avoided the circus and went at different times.
I just took a bottle of water and a few snack type things.
My favourite temples; the obvious Angkor Wat and Tom and Bayon and the one that is covered with trees.
I paid about $15-20 per day depending on the route and times
Nov 22, 2012 8:08 AM
8I did not really like AW, but Ta Prohm, A Thom and Bayon were good, go early before 9am to avoid the hordes and tour buses. You can eat in restaurants near the temples but not that cheap, we asked for a discount which they readily gave us but told tuktuk driver he was getting less comm. Tuk tuk are $10-$15 a day. No sunrise, cloudy every morning until about 9am in Nov. big circus anyway. Do Big cicuit and small circuit on different days, some of these overlap.
Edited by: Herbie47
Nov 23, 2012 1:22 AM
Nov 23, 2012 1:33 AM
10Bayon is very cool, but it is not a massive place. You will probably spend under an hour there, unless your're really into photography. Angkor Wat is amazing, plenty to see in the massive complex.
Nov 23, 2012 1:34 AM
11The food was OK but more expensive than in SR, a main course was about $3 and a coke is $1, think we paid $2 and $0.5 for drink. There are lots of food stalls set up near one of the temples. To be honest when we went there was more restaurants than customers.
Yes Bayon is good and before 9am hardly anyone there, Ta Prohm is alos excellent with trees growing out off the temple but can be hard work when tours are there as they just block the paths. Pity there have built walkways right next to the temple, not good for photographs.
Nov 23, 2012 3:05 AM
Nov 23, 2012 3:16 AM
13I would just go and do it, you will know when you see them which ones to see or not, we did most of them, some were being renovated. Some you have to walk through and the tuktuk will meet you at the other side, some of the small ones were really interesting and less people of course. There is a good book by Michael Freeman called Ancient Angkor which is well worth looking at.
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