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“A visit to the Ancient Khmer City” 3 of 5 stars
Review of Siem Reap

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“A visit to the Ancient Khmer City”
3 of 5 stars Reviewed February 19, 2008

Our trip to Siem Reap was short for 3 days from Jan 3 till 5, 2008. Although short, it was worthwhile as we cover the most essential part of the visit.

We made reservations 5 months before our trip through getting advice and reviews from tripadvisor.com and finally went ahead with staying with The Villa Siem Reap. They practically arranged everything for us from transfer to guide, accomodation and pack lunches. Mostly the deal is really pretty decent and I highly recommend anyone to use them if budget is a factor to consider in your trip.

We had 3 adults and a baby traveling. The Villa was really nice to offer us a superior room with an extra bedding. It was really spacious and luxurious even for their class of accomodation. We are glad to make that choice.

Siem Reap is a really small ancient city. It is really touristic and have many choices of hotels. I really recommend to visit the old market where you can get some real bargains of souveniers to bring home. Besides that if you have time visit the Artisan Stone and handicraft centre. You will learn much of how the handicrafts were made.

We bought a day pass and it cost USD20 per person. It also comes in a choice of 3 days or 7 days pass. Of course prices varies. In a day pass if you purchase the ticket at 5pm at the entrance, you are allowed to pay a visit in the evening into Angkor Wat. We took that opportunity to visit Phnom Bakheng to see sunset. You have an option to hike 15 minutes up the hill or pay for an elephant ride to the top. Hiking the hill is the easy part, climbing up the top of the temple was the difficult part. The steps were narrow and steep, also you are constantly battling with the other tourists climbing up to see sunset from this temple. Bring a bottle a wine and some cheese to enjoy the view. Be sure you have a flashlight as it gets dark walking downhill.

Be prepared to spend the whole day at the ancient ruins. There are many temples to see but I recommend these few places a must see spot during your visit. That includes Angkor Wat, Ta Phrom (where the movie Lara Croft was filmed), Angkor Thom, Bayon, Terrace of the Leper King, Elephant Terrace. If you have more time, do visit Preah Khan to see temple of the sacred sword, Ta Som and Banteay Kdei. Be prepared of the dust as you ride on the open cover "tuk tuk". Quite a splendid experience!

After all the hard walk, I recommend to indulge yourself to a nice relaxation Khmer Massage. Very reasonable price, pay only USD7 for 1.5 hours. You will never regret it.

Siem Reap is a place you want to include in your life time travel. Enjoy!

More travel pictures can be seen at kmforshee.blogspot.com

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New Braunfels Texas
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“Gateway to Angkor Wat”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 19, 2008

For a tourist town, this one does OK. If you speak English, you can probably navigate around the city without too much difficulty (compared to other smaller venues in SEA). The ruins are incredible and a must see...but don't miss vists to Tonle Sap Lake, the Killing Fields Memorial Temple, or the local market. You will get a feel for Camodia post-Kmer Rouge, if you want to get a better feel for Khmer life and culture.

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Perth, Australia
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“Amazing temple visits”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 5, 2008

Siem Reap, Angkor Wat , we had been thinking about Siem Reap for a few years and was worth the visit we stayed at Hotel De La Paix which is in the centre of town within easy walking distance of restaurants, markets etc and a short drive to main temple area. Temples are worth seeing early morning or late in the afternoon for best photo options when shadows change the appearance of this spectacular although in some parts damaged treasure of the world ( damaged I mean "bandits" have tried to cash in on some of the treasures by trying to remove heads from carvings ) weather was great not to hot and was a good time of year to visit. Plenty of construction going on in town to cater for ever increasing tourist demand but for now the local population is handling well with only the TUKTUK drivers hassling a little but a polite no was enough to dicourage which is a welcome relief from other cities visited around the region. So yes a must visit.

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Australia
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“Excellent Tour Guide/ Taxi Driver in Siem Reap”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 21, 2007

We went to Siem Reap for 3 days in early Dec. 2007. It was an awesome experience. Firstly we had great weather, it was dry and not too hot to be walking around the many temples. The crowds were manageable, though if you went in the opposite flow to the standard tourist, you missed out on even more of the tourist horde.

We flew to Siem Reap from Singapore via Jetstar Airways. The flight was very comfortable and got us into Cambodia by early morning, so the day was not wasted.

We were very lucky with the taxi driver who picked us up at the airport with his profeciency of the English Language and his charming demeanour. We decided that he would be our guide/ chauffeur/ 'man-about-town' for our 3 day tour. This man did not let us down and I very highly recommend him.

His name is MR. SOPHEAP (nickname is "TEE") and for approx. $30US per day, he will pick you up in his taxi, drive you to where you want to go, use his local knowledge to help you get the best out of your stay, and because of his excellent English, you can get an insight of what it is like to be a Cambodian living with a young family in 2007.
TEE's contact details are : [--]

Our itinerary included 3 temples (that was enough), a tour of the floating village (which I heartily recommend), a $10US Massage that was superb and some excellent Cambodian food from restaurants that TEE recommended to us.

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Hong Kong
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“Great place to see”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 18, 2007

Siem Reap is a great place to visit if you are tired of Bangkok, Taipei or Tokyo. See one of the world famous heritages Angkor Wat, and it is only 2 hours away from HK.

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