Angkor Watt (general research and tour itinerary)

I’ve been doing some preliminary research for a trip to Angkor Watt in Cambodia. The one warning that everyone gives is to stick to the paths because the area is heavily mined. I think it was Lonely Planet that said to releive yourself on the road instead of stepping off the road and into who knows what.

Another intersting thing is that you should bring passport photos because the visitor pass you need yo purchase will be a picture ID. Also tourists are supposed to have guides. Some sources say this is not enforced but that guides are good to have anyway since the temples are so spread out.

I did a search for tours; some backpackers hire teenagers to drive them around on scooters, but I’m not sure that’s my thing. Naturally the tours are a bit pricey, although one company (I’m guessing Cambodian) seems to have reasonable rates. For example, this tour seems reasonable at 327.00 with standard accommodations up to 724.00 for deluxe accommodations (based on 2 people):

Day 1: Arrival Siem Reap (B-X-X)

Arrival Siem Reap International Airport, welcome by warm our guide and vehicle private and transfer to check-in hotel, in the morning start to visit Angkor Thom: the center of Bayon with 200faces, Baphoun, Terrace of Leper King, Phimeanakas, and Terrace of Elephant, then visit the famous of the Angkor Watt and climb up to admire the sunset tour at the Phnom Bakheng. Overnight hotel.

Day 2: Siem Reap. (B-X-X)

In the morning, with guide professional and vehicle private to visit the Angkor-ian (9 century) of the group Rolous: Prasat Bakong, Preah Ko, and Lolei, come back to town, afternoon, visit small circuit: Takeo, Ta phrom, Chao saytevida, Thommanon, Banteay Kdei, etc…, overnight hotel.

Day 3: Siem Reap – Banteay Srey – Kbal Spean. (B-X-X)

Excursion with guide and air-con vehicle private 30km from siem Reap, visit Banteay Srei ” Citadel of women “, dating back to the 10th century, built of pink granite and dedicated to Shiva. Continue to visit Kobal Spean ” the river of one thousand lingas” and come back to visit to Banteay Samré temple and Prasat Kravan, overnight hotel.

Day 4: Siem Reap – Tonle Sap / Prek Toal (B-X-X)

Excursion with guide and air-con vehicle private to visit on the Tonle Sap Lake and discover floating village and fish-men (village Vietnamese) and floating village at the Prek Toal (October – February), change the boat around 2hours to visit in the Tonle Sap and visit Ibises, cormorants, pelicans and adjuncts “from January to June” and return to visit Siem Reap market and visit Bo pagoda,

Day 5: Siem Reap – Boeung Mealea – Phnom Kullen. (B-X-X)

Excursion to the Phnom Kullen (distance 40km from Siem Reap town) is every important of sacrifice for Cambodian people that situation on the top of the mountain, then continue to visit Beoung Mealea is the temple that surrounding by the forest and also very important as such as Angkor Watt,. Overnight hotel.

Day 6: Siem Reap – departure (B-X-X)

In the morning visit handicraft and then transfer to International Airport Siem Reap before 2hours the plan departure.

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  1. Paula says:

    I hope if you go you have a wonderful trip. I was raised abroad in Colombia, South America which is not a very safe place either. I suggest you follow the instructions and stay on the beaten paths and make good use of guides who know how to get you to where you need to go safely. Just make sure the guide company is reputable happy travelling….pounciekitten

  2. jeff says:

    I just happened to stumble on your blog. I’ve been to Cambodia and Angkor Wat a few times now. My 2 cents is to not pay for an organized tour. I’m not sure where you read that you are suppose to have a guide, but that is not true. All you really need is a ride from the town to the temples. Just step out of your hotel and you will have many options for a ride. You can do it much, much cheaper on your own. If you want to learn more about what you are seeing, there are always guides around each temple who will show you around for a small fee.

  3. Nate says:

    James – I stumbled onto this blog as well. I was in Angkor Wat in March. It is a fabulous place. I see that you have set aside 5 days for the trip, in my opinion that is too many. You can see alll the large temples in a day and all the temples in two. You can learn all the history from books (don’t waste your vacation time learning that there) The reason you spend more than 2 days is to really get into every little carving and deep into the history first hand. Some things you mentioned, passport photos (not needed), a guide (waste of money and boring), you mentioned prices of $327 & $724… what currency??? If that is US, euro, etc. you are spending way too much! I arrived in Siem Reap by bus from Phnom Phen and stayed in a nice guesthouse (hot showers, A/C, very clean, and television) for $20 US a night and we payed too much. Accommodations are very negotiable and readily available. I recomend the only reservation you make is your flights. Do the rest as you go.

    If you are in good shape the best way to see the temples is by bicycle. You can expect to ride 30 miles/45 kilometers in a day.

    Hopefully you will also visit Phnom Penh the capital of Cambodia. Go and see Toul Sleng, the killing fields, the markets, temples, and don’t waste too much time at the Royal Palace.

    Have fun, Cambodia is an amazing plaze!

  4. James Trotta says:

    Thank you for the comments; very informative. I hope to use this information at some point, but my colleague who I’ll be traveling with read some travel warnings on the US State Department web site that scared him. Now we’re thinking Hong Kong or Taipei… I’ll go to Angkor Watt and Phnom Penh eventually…

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