The floating market, Siem Reap
Hi guys! I need your inputs and opinions on my siem reap trip.
7:50am – arrival in Siam Reap; Angkor Wat, Angkor Thom (South gate, Bayon
(avoid afternoon), Elephants terrace, Palalay Dead gate), Phnom
Bakheng stay till sunset
Evening – dinner at siem reap, central market or old market?
Feb 23 (Wednesday)
sunrise at Angkor Wat, go back to hotel for breakfast or just eat around Angkor temples, Prah Khan, Banteay Samre,> Banteay Srei(avoid afternoon), Pre Rup
PM –dinner at siem reap, watch free Apsara show somewhere if we have the chance
Feb 24 (Thursday) – CAMBODIA (Angkor Temples)
Ta Promh (middle of d day), local market, floating village stay till sunset.
Feb 25 (Friday)
??6:00 am – leave hostel (pay for transpo!)
7:00am – check in at airport
8:35am – flight of Siam Reap to Kuala Lumpur
1) For sunset, what if I go to Angkor Wat instead ‘cuz fewer people? Or it’s not as nice as the one in Phnom Bakheng?
2) For sunrise, what if I go to Bayon instead? Same scenery or scene is nicer at Angkor Wat?
3) I’m planning to go to Beng Mealea (since there are a lot of good reviews on this place). Also, someone mentioned that Beng Mealea and Ko Ker can be done in 1 day. So on Day 3, I’m thinking of doing Beng MEalea + Ko Ker. The question is, can I add Ta Prohm in Day 2?
You might want to consider skipping the floating village. We were in Siem Reap in the first week of March last year and were told that because it was dry season, it really was not worth visiting the "sitting on mud" village, rather than the floating village.
Ta Prohm is one of the larger complexes (one we really enjoyed). I would not rush through it. I'm not sure what the CAMBODIA (Angkor Temples) is in your question is about.
Angkor Wat = fewer people??? It is the most popular temple there. I'm not sure where the fewer people idea comes from. Don't forget that the reason people go to the temples for sunrise and sunset is dependent on the location fo the temple with respect to the sunrise / set. While we did not bother with either the sunrise or sunset (partially due to jetlag), it was raining hard on the day we had considered doing so (yes, it can rain, even in dry season). I don't think the position of the Bayon would give a particularly impressive view, but could be wrong.
The other thing to consider is the temperature. You would be there about 1-1/2 weeks before we were, and it was extraordinarily hot (40 degrees C in the shade) in the early afternoon, so it was tough going some days...
Anyhow, a short video on some of the places you are planning to visit, from our 2009 visit are at: http://members.virtualtourist.com/m/vb/125955/123dc5/
The sunrise and sunset photo opportunities can be very disappointing and totally depend on the weather. We were there for a week and visited almost all the temples, but our outright favourite was Beng Mealea. Have to say we were disappointed with Angkor Wat temple. Masses of visitors and not many great photo shots without getting tourists on the photo. The journey to Beng Mealea is also interesting - driving through the countryside and seeing the villagers going about their lives. Ta Prohm and the Bayon were special highlights. Recommend an airconditioned car and guide (the heat is exhausting) rather than tuk-tuk, and purchasing "Ancient Angkor" by Freeman & Jacques which is an astonishingly detailed illustrated guide to all the temples.
thanks so much for the help!
You already have a long first day, but I would substitute Ta Prohm for Phnom Bakheng and its crowd of people at sunset. I would have dinner at one of the Khmer Kitchen sites near the Old Market. The one on Street 11 is quite close to Ei8ht Rooms. For dinner the next evening, I would recommend BBQ Suki and Seafood. It is near the Angkor National Museum, so you would probably want to take a tuk tuk to get there and back. I think sunrise at Angkor Wat would be better than the Bayon. It is a huge place and you can find a view out by the moat or inside the first gate that is away from most of the crowds.
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