Inquiry Submission By DKCairns
8 nights in early October, didn?t spend much time in town except for the National Museum, some shopping at Artisan?s d?Angkor and Made in Cambodia, most of our time was spent in the park, relaxing reading books in the shade or eating out.
Already had our eVisa?s so got straight through ? arrived 0930 and were out of the airport with our baggage by 1000.
TRANSPORT / ANGKOR
Arranged with a driver/guide to pick us up at the airport in his SUV and take us back again at the end, and in between time to take us on a pre-prepared itinerary around Angkor. We planned to go much further out but as the saying goes ?the well laid plans of mice and men???. I tore a calf muscle before we left for Cambodia so with my R leg cramping and my already tricky knees being a bit of a liability our driver/guide totally rearranged our itinerary into a chronological visit to 21 temples in the park inc Banteay Srei plus Beng Mealea. He did a very good job of steering us to quiet places, back entrances etc, etc. Though many appear to be of the same or similar design, each have their own significant features, topography, etc. We enjoyed a fabulous week on our journey through the Angkor Era
WEATHER AND TIMING
Early October, the rain had almost ceased and it was very hot by midday. Even though we live in the tropics the heat made us melt by midday. We went out 0730 and were back to our guesthouse by 1200 to set out again late afternoon. Many have claimed the breeze of the tuk tuk is refreshing, however, believe me the aircon of our SUV was very welcome by midday.
Stayed at Maison 557. A very friendly home away from home, kind and helpful staff, in a quiet area away from the madding crowd, a large room with ensuite, fan & aircon in a courtyard with a central pool, included breakfast.
We tried several up-market places and every-time ended up back near our guesthouse, where a lady who was previously well known for her street food stall, had set up a small caf. Excellent food and quite inexpensive. Her Fish Amok beat every other place we tried.
$US is King. Despite what we had read about bringing pristine $US notes we often ended up with some very sad looking $US notes as change and had no difficulty passing them on.
We really enjoyed the Phare Circus and the Apsara Theatre around the corner from our guesthouse (the lead lady dancer was brilliant)