We intend to visit Angkor Wat next May after a few days in Bangkok. Are we better to book our flights in Australia before we leave or should we purchase them once in Bangkok - any price differences? Also any recommendations for accommodation that must have with air-conditioning for a 2 adults and an 11 year old? We would prefer not to all be in the same room but together Cheers Suzi
Hi, I can't advise on flights as we were there some years ago, but one word of advice: get a taxi to pick you up dead-early in the morning - like 4am - when it is cool and almost empty. By far the best time to explore the temples. We then returned for a late breakfast and headed out again late afternoon ... just as most people were returning to their hotels.
It is a phenomenal temple complex.
enjoy almost 8 years ago
There's plenty of accommodation in Angkor Wat, so I wouldn't worry about accommodation. I stayed at a hotel nearby the river, and it was only a short stroll to the markets and restaurants. There are larger hotels that are further out towards the airport, but I wouldn't recommend these as you don't have the luxury of walking to and from town.
Bangkok airways have a monopoly on flights from Bangkok to Siem Reap, so expect to pay between 4,500 to 5,000 baht one way! Remember to have USD for the visa entrance to Siem Reap - I think its about $20 USD. almost 8 years ago
You can fly from Kuala Lumpur or Singapore fairly cheaply (though not sure if that helps you) or though it can sometimes end up cheaper going via a major hub, ie:
Fenn. almost 8 years ago
Airasia fly from Bangkok and/or Kaula Lumpur to Phomn Penh and then you could transfer by car or by boat down the Mekong. Or they fly from KL to Siem Reap.
I did a Bangkok airways travel pass which worked out to be good value, but you have to fly three sectors with them - we did BKK - SR - BKK - Koh Samui - BKK and it cost around $150 a couple of years ago. We arranged our ticket on the ground in BKK through our hotel concierge, but for both websites, they have cheaper, advance bookings.
We stayed here http://www.bopha-angkor.com/ in Siem Reap and it was a great hotel. Walking distance to the restaurants, but out of the melay. The hotel was clean, comfortable, had AC and a pool.
We chose to relax in the morning around the pool and venture out in the afternoons to look at the temples. We had a local guide who was fantastic at Angkor Wat and then hired guides at other temples - but they are not always necessary.
I loved the temples and thought that Cambodia was an amazing country. almost 8 years ago