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Siem reap and Angkor wat

Posted by southeast on October 16, 2009

share some for trip experience at siem reap Angkor wat

Reply by ExodusTravels on November 05, 2009

Both Siem Reap and Angor Wat are incredible places to visit, in fact Cambodia is in general. Exodus, who I work for, run a variety of trips to Cambodia and I would definetly recommend seeing Chinese-style architecture in the Old French Quarter in Siem Reap, the Apsara dance performances in the town and a visit to the bird sanctuary near the Tonle Sap Lake.

Check about more tips and trips at:

http://www.exodus.co.uk/countries/cambodia-holidays?FCSM-BG051109

jrhogan

Reply by jrhogan on November 28, 2009

Planning my next trip back to Angkor to fully capture the beauty on photographs, I recommend you spend a minimum 4-5 nights in Siem Reap. Angkor Thom Complex is a minimum 2 day visit. Tonle Sap is a half day trip if you leave in the am.

Alternatively you can visit my journals for Angkor Wat here: http://blog.malaysia-asia.my/search/label/Cambodia

Have a great trip!

Regards,
David
http://blog.malaysia-asia.my">Malaysia Asia</a>

jrhogan

Reply by jrhogan on November 28, 2009

Bah, the link broke above. My apologies for that. Below is one of the journals on Ta Prohm Temple in Angkor Wat.

http://blog.malaysia-asia.my/2009/07/ta-prohm-temple-in-siem-reap-cambodia.html

Reply by Mickeyaz on January 09, 2010

Siem Reap has changed so much in the last 10 years when we were first there. We were just there again this part November. I almost don't recognize the town.It is amazing all the building that has been going on.

The elephants are a nice addition to the temple area for people to be able to get around. The new stairs that cover some of the temple stairs sure make things much safer!

I don't understand why more work was being done on the temples 10 years ago. It looks like the French and the United Nations are no longer there. Does anyone know about that.

They have a new temple that was discovered 2 years a go in the jungle. It has some of the finest stone carving of them all.

Don't forget to go up and see the West Baray, the huge reservoir. It was hand dug in the Anchor period and archeologists can't figure out what it was used for. There are no out lets and the amount of labol needed for that project alone is mind blowing.

A tuk tuk driver can take you our to see the area and you will have to walk up the hill, not a bad walk we old timers did it. You can also get a boat ride up there too.

It was unbelievable who empty our lovely hotel was.

Be sure to have Dr Fish clean your feet at the market too.

Regards,

Mickey

Reply by Eyewitness on March 23, 2010

Siem Reap has changed drastically in the last five years. For better or for worse - that depends on how you look at it. The streets are better paved, there are more modern buildings around, there are now ATMs where once there were none, and all in all the city appears to be shedding its image of poverty and squalor and joining the modern world. People seem to be better fed and better dressed, and restaurants and shops are packed by not just tourists but locals as well, indicating there's more money around. Unfortunately there are still many beggars around, and the influx of tourists has created intense competitions among the once charming street vendors around the temples, subjecting the tourists to a constant barrage of "Buy some postcards!" "Buy my book!" Buy a beer!" etc.etc.etc. They have become quite aggressive in some places, becoming a nuisance to visitors. But petty crime - pickpockets, etc. - remains almost non-existent for foreigners in Siem Reap. Let's hope it remains that way!

runawaygourmet

Reply by runawaygourmet on August 02, 2010

True. There's no point of coming to Cambodia without visiting the Archaeological marvel - Angkor Wat. When you're on the circuits though, you may want to watch out for police officers who offer you some "quick tours" and ask a small amount of "donations" for the monks and incense. Just politely say "no thanks", smile and walk away. Scams and rip offs are fairly common in the complex so be wary. Refusing peddlers, though it could be difficult at times, is necessary to make your Siem Reap and Angkor visit more budget-friendly.

Visit http://siemreap.info/ for more information.

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