Inquiry Submission By Rudeyna Q
We just returned from our 11 day trip to Cambodia. A bit about us ? there were 4 in our group ? my husband and I, and my mom and dad. We are generally not budget travelers, are somewhat of history buffs and we like good food and good wine. We like to travel at a slow pace, an ideal day for us is half day spent sightseeing and the evening spent in long leisurely drinks and dinner.
We spent 3 nights in Phnom Penh, 3 in Koh Rong and 5 nights in Siem Reap before returning to Phnom Penh to head back home.
We LOVED Cambodia, especially its people. Everywhere we went, the people were friendly and extremely helpful. We found Cambodia to be cleaner than expected. Except Sihanoukville, which is a complete dump. Some of the restrooms at various sites were also of decent quality. The restaurants we ate at were mostly excellent, with some unbelievably cheap drinks prices.
We spent time in Killing Fields, S-21 in Phnom Penh and in the Landmine museum in Siem Reap ? all heartbreaking and sobering, but it was essential to get a feel for what the country has been through. We spent few hours every day in Siem Reap to visit the Angkor sites. My personal favorites were Bayon, Banteay Srei and Beng Mealea. Heat was a factor in Siem Reap, and a couple of days we cut short our sightseeing as my dad was visibly wilting.
We stayed at Palace Gate in Phnom Penh, Royal Sands in Koh Rong and Viroth?s Villa in Siem Reap. We were pleased with all three hotels, but our favorite was Viroth?s Villa. Their staff is amazing.
We had hired a van and guide for our 4 days in Siem Reap. While having the guide helped make the days go smoother, I feel that we probably would have been able to manage with a good guide book on our own. The S-21 and Killing Fields we visited with excellent audio guides.
I will provide a day to day breakdown of our activities as well, in the hopes it will help future travelers to Cambodia.