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evecyanide
25-08-2006, 04:09 PM
Anyone can recommend me a nice, cosy hotel to stay in Siem Reap? Planning to go there sometime next year. Not too expensive one lah, maybe around RM140 - RM180 per room per nite?

Someone recommended me Shinta Mani http://www.shintamani.com/ but a little out of my budget lah. Beautiful hotel, though.

lady-o-leisure
25-08-2006, 06:50 PM
I stayed at City River hotel short distance from the town area for all the watering holes and great food. try www.CityRiverHotel.com
My fave tuktuk driver,... Mr Luck +85592813416 ... was our personal driver thruout our stay.. no matter what time.
I want to go back there again some day soon.. :)

evecyanide
26-08-2006, 12:25 PM
Thanks LOL. Will check out the website :) oh, and thanks for Luck's number too. Am sure it'll come in handy when we're there

evelynlim
28-08-2006, 11:16 AM
I was at Siem Reap in June'06 and stay at Sydney Angkor Hotel. Although it claims to be a 3 star in the website but it's more like an Hotel Inn like our PJ De In here. Is clean and comfortable if you are not so particular about the rating of the hotel. It cost us USD15 per room per night although it was published at USD30 in the website depending on peak/non peak seasons.
Their email add : info@sydeyangkor.com , Mr Phil

For tour we go for World Express Tours & Travel, email: wetrep@camintel.com , Ms Sopheak . We are satisfied with their service.

We didn't pay in advance for the above, all is confirmed through email communication.

Enjoy your stay in Siem Reap and we really enjoy ourselves there but the only setback was having stomach upset. Be careful with the drinking water.

evecyanide
29-08-2006, 07:25 PM
evelyn. Thanks for the info. As for the drinking water part, I should be fine as my stomach lining is made of metal... lol. Been to many place where people get tummy ache from the drinking water but thank goodness, I have never had any of these problems. India, pakistan, jeddah... hehe... all ok :D

aRwEn
29-08-2006, 07:31 PM
wahhh... eve, have a gud trip ya.... angkor wat/siem reap iz a kewl place 2 visit... wuz there a couple of yrz ago.... but we backpackd so stayed at sum backpacker guesthsez.... costz oni ard rm6-12 per nite per room.... incl attachd bathroom wit hot shower.... ;)

evecyanide
29-08-2006, 07:55 PM
arwen. Thanks, I'm sure we will have a great time. But now only planning lah. Most prolly going early next year... now kan cheong do survey first :p

aRwEn
29-08-2006, 10:01 PM
u may find diz map useful.... juz click on d spot u wanna explore...

map (http://www.canbypublications.com/maps/templemap.htm)

:)

evecyanide
29-08-2006, 10:49 PM
Arwen. The map's very helpful. Thanks sweetie.

aRwEn
16-09-2006, 01:11 AM
u r welcome, eve.... ;)

sharontansw
16-09-2006, 02:57 AM
suppose to fly there next sunday 24/09 but looks like i have to cancel the trip :( booked mandalay villa which just opened yesterday 15/09.. room price USD20 per nite with a/c, fan, cable tv, hot shower, refrigerator, breakfast & with airport transfer.. maybe u can write & check with them.. http://www.mandalayinn.com/ :)

nb:
mandalay inn = OLD
mandalay villa = NEW

evecyanide
11-03-2007, 10:04 PM
sharon. Did you managed to go for the trip?

My plan of going to SR early year didn't happen, so now I'm hoping I will get to go perhaps in July. Is 1 day enough to explore some of the famous temples or should I get a 3 day pass instead?

I read some of the travel forums. Tuk-tuks can be hired for USD10 a day? How's the makan in SR? Cheap or expensive?

vivienp
12-03-2007, 05:28 PM
Hi Eve, my friends went in Dec last year, and they recommended Golden Banana Boutique Hotel, http://www.golden-banana.com/. Its about USD 25 per room per nite. It is also one of the author's recommended hotels in Lonely Planet. I am goin to visit SR in July... hehe... cant wait :) As for the angkor wat entry pass, it all depends on whether you like to explore that kind of architecture or not? and whether you like to see the sunset and sunrise. Coz they have different angle to see the sunrise, so you can go to diff place to watch the sunrise if you have 3 day pass... hehe.

evecyanide
13-03-2007, 01:07 PM
Vivien. I am planning to go early July. Maybe I'll bump into you there :) The new Banana Boutique with the swimming pool looks quite delightful. I might just book myself into that place. Thanks for the info.

I was wondering if a 3 day pass would be too much? But then again, they only either have a one day or a 3 day pass, and nuthin in between. I doubt that we'd be able to see enough temples in 1 day.

vivienp
13-03-2007, 03:43 PM
Hey eve, im goin in early July too =) We are staying at Golden Banana B&B. My frens said, the stalls just beside the entrance of the hotel is a must-try, especially the beef satay on the left and the BBQ beef on the right when you walk out of the hotel, hehe. And they goes well with the local beers ;p

kokomo
14-03-2007, 01:46 AM
Is it really that nice to go angkor wat? Seems a bit more costly than going to Bali. Sigh! Haven't got the chance yet. :(

Eve, do bring back a lot of pics and show it to me over private yum cha session ok? Vivienp, you too! Food pics is a must take pic in it. Don't just makan and tell us bout it. I saw very few part of the architecture buildings .. look more or less like in Thailand only. :confused: :rolleyes:

sharontansw
14-03-2007, 03:11 AM
sharon. Did you managed to go for the trip?

My plan of going to SR early year didn't happen, so now I'm hoping I will get to go perhaps in July. Is 1 day enough to explore some of the famous temples or should I get a 3 day pass instead?

I read some of the travel forums. Tuk-tuks can be hired for USD10 a day? How's the makan in SR? Cheap or expensive?



Nope.. i didn't make it.. but will visit again some other time since AA tix is so cheap that everyone can fly ;)

As for me 1 day is enough to visit the temples.. i only visit the selected & famous temples.. i recommend - MUST SEE : Angkor Wat, Angkor Thom, Bayon, Ta Prohm, Banteay Srei, Phnom Bakheng. Perhaps this link will help u the history of the temples to enable u to choose which u like to visit http://canbypublications.com/siemreap/srtemples.htm.

Yes.. tuk-tuk charges around USD10 per day.. depends on where u wanna go & your negotiation with them.

Local food is not that expensive but kinda dusty. I remembered my 1st visit, i have my breakfast in Angkor Watt for USD5 i.e. USD3 for fried rice + USD2 for a coke. Drinks selling inside the temple compound is rather expensive.. a can of soft drinks around USD1.5. The local food there more or less like thai food. Me recommend u have dinner at Deadfish (Restaurant / Guesthouse) at the market & if u like to see Aspara performance then u should have buffet dinner at Kulien Tonle Sap Restaurant for USD12/pax, get the tuk-tuk to send & pick u, can arrange with the hotel/guesthouse u stay.

If u want, PM me, i can let u have my semi backpacker expenses breakdown & itineraries for 4D/3N budget plan which i've work out with my friend.

evecyanide
14-03-2007, 07:52 PM
Vivien. I might opt for Angkor Holiday Hotel http://www.angkorholidayhotel.com/rr.html since I've read some good reviews about it on the net. Dunno yet lah, have to decide soon. I want to book myself on the RM30 AA flight.

Sharon. USD5 for breakfast and USD2 for a coke quite expensive wor. Imagine, RM7.60 for a coke... wah liao. I kena skip lunch and budget some money for dinner lah :p We're planning to go for a 6D/5N trip. Spend 3 days touring and the other 2 days relaxing and lounging by the pool ;)

What's the beer price there at the clubs? The happening place is pub street?

sharontansw
14-03-2007, 10:15 PM
Vivien. I might opt for Angkor Holiday Hotel http://www.angkorholidayhotel.com/rr.html since I've read some good reviews about it on the net. Dunno yet lah, have to decide soon. I want to book myself on the RM30 AA flight.

Sharon. USD5 for breakfast and USD2 for a coke quite expensive wor. Imagine, RM7.60 for a coke... wah liao. I kena skip lunch and budget some money for dinner lah :p We're planning to go for a 6D/5N trip. Spend 3 days touring and the other 2 days relaxing and lounging by the pool ;)

What's the beer price there at the clubs? The happening place is pub street?


6D/5N u can take your sweetime lo & visit more places

hmm.. that was my most expensive breakfast over there for my 1st morning in siem reap.. my 2nd & 3rd day i have breakfast in the guesthouse i stayed.. most of the guesthouse do provide or have restaurant/kitchen where they will at least served bread which really taste good but once i saw how those nice bunnie selling by the roadside, uncover & on the floor, nicely exposed to the 'ajinoMOTOR' (dust/sand) i swear i never eat that anymore unless it is confirmed gardenia bread.. so u better go for hot-cooked meal.. eg. rice/noodle.. as for drinks.. when i was in the temples don't carry extra water with me (heavy la) so been buying a lot of water.. 1 drink USD1.5.. can drink, bottle mineral water or fresh coconut juice.. oh.. average food start from USD1.5.

beer is reasonable.. can't remember the price but not expensive.. try their local brand beer.. as for happening place.. there is a place i call 'siem reap-bangsar somewhere near the market.. can't recall the place name.. u can hop from one to another if u don't like.. lotsa mat salleh tho

http://img368.imageshack.us/img368/8421/deadfishlocalfoodmb4.jpg

http://img368.imageshack.us/img368/4503/angkorbeercy6.jpg

http://img368.imageshack.us/img368/7792/pubsgp6.jpg

kokomo
15-03-2007, 01:02 AM
Wahhh ... just too much! Go take pic and post in here somemore. :mad: Now I got attacted to it also. Sigh! This is soooo sinful.

Btw, how's the beer like? Good? Cheap? Easily drunk or not? Me not good drinker scared being taken advantage after taking it. :o :D

evecyanide
15-03-2007, 01:16 AM
Kokomo. Join us in July. We go drinking together. I promise I won't take advantage of you when you are drunk :p

kokomo
15-03-2007, 01:25 AM
Sad sad! Drunk also no one wanna take advantage of me. (I don't want guys to do the job). Siam Reap, I cannot just say I wanna go means pack my bags and go like that. I have to plan on my budget also, do bits of saving (hopefully strike lottery'lah) but the beer really look tempting .. like calling me to go there and try them. hahahah .... .

sherrygin
15-03-2007, 09:27 AM
It's cheaper to drink beer than coke or mineral water. You can get a can of beer for 50c or a mug for as low as 60c but a bottle of mineral water is $1. I sure didn't complain about the cheaper booze!

And yes, Deadfish is an awesome place. We had "amok" (the must-have dish when you are in Cambodia) for every single meal and Deadfish serves the BEST amok.

I feel one-day pass is sufficient. Please get the pass the day before around 5pm coz the pass can be used from 5pm on the day of purchase until the next day. That way, you can catch sunset AND sunrise at Angkor Wat.

vivienp
15-03-2007, 12:05 PM
haha, this thread is getting more and more interesting :D cant wait for my trip! but I heard siem reap will be extremely hot in July :(

eve, dont forget to take two passport size pixs, they need it for the angkor wat tix.

thanks for the tip, sherrygin, Im going to try amok in deadfish, hehe. How about blue pumpkin? issit nice?

btw, our company host a dinner at Tamarind Springs (http://www.tamarindrestaurants.com/tamarindsprings/tamarindsprings.php) in ampang, which served Indochina food. I didnt go, but my colleagues said the environment is super romantic, but the food is so-so only.

evecyanide
16-03-2007, 01:14 AM
Ok, then beer it is for me haha. That is if I'm able to book my ticket. Have been trying to book it since 5pm but the system keeps on showing me an error message! I checked with AA and they said that since it's promo period, the website is congested... sigh...

Been looking thru the hotels in siem reap. Everytime I see a new place, I tend to change my mind about the hotel I wanna stay in. Cannot decide :( Help anyone? I cannot decide between angkor holiday, angkor star (a bit far?), city river hotel or Bopha angkor. Has to be within walking distance of where the happening place is lah. Oh, and got to have a swimming pool too pls... :)

kokomo
16-03-2007, 01:25 AM
Sherry, that's real dirt cheap!!!!!!
Sigh .. too bad I won't have the time and $$$ to go there as yet. :( Maybe will just go to our neighbouring country for a short holiday. Bangkok! :rolleyes: That also if am lucky enough.

Siam Reap not all year round hot? If its hot then wear something that's reveals your shoulder n get it burned o tanned! Hehee .... better still, like those backpackers 'kwai po' go bikini. :D

Good luck to you ya!

sharontansw
16-03-2007, 03:53 AM
kokomo.. go kokomo gogogo.. with airasia everyone can fly ma.. thai now dangerous so opt for cambodia la.. eh.. frm KUL to SR flight, transport, accommodation, meals plus souvenirs not forget drink drank drunk as well, all can be done in RM1k (sharing budget for 4 pax) for 3D/2N if u are lucky to get cheap-cheap flight fare, then can see the kwai po wear bikini & the korean putting up makeup wearing dress & heals climbing up to witness the sunset :D

sherrygin.. err.. amok.. i cant remember.. issit Khmer steam otak-otak? Oh the pix of food i posted earlier was my dinner at Deadfish Tower.. look simple but yummy.. btw did u try happy pizza?? we missed that.. a friend who tried said he really can feel happy high after he finished the pizza :p

vivien & evecyanide.. weather not only hot, dry yet terribly dusty.. u will be masked up with dust in the end of the day after the tuk-tuk ride.. u need to drink lotsa water.. my previous trip was in november.. tho there are rain on & off but still kanot tahan la.. throughtout my trip i only wear shorts, singlet & sandal.. can have nice suntan :cool:

evecyanide
17-03-2007, 09:51 PM
Hot better than rain. Rain cannot go out wor. Hot, still can go see places. I'd have to dig out all my halter necks so that my shoulders get an even tan :p

I finally managed to buy out tickets. Departing 30th June. 6 glorious days in SR. I want to book us into a nice, cosy hotel with a nice pool. Still doing research. Anyway, June is still many months to come. Can decide slowly which hotel to book.

Went to matta fair yesterday. Most packages they have is sumthin like a full 2 1/2 tour. Mahal pulak tu. Better I rent a tuk-tuk and go tour by ourselves, hor?

vivienp
19-03-2007, 05:02 PM
Eve, we would be on the same flight then, keke :cool: cool.....

kokomo
21-03-2007, 01:42 AM
kokomo.. go kokomo gogogo.. with airasia everyone can fly ma.. thai now dangerous so opt for cambodia la.. eh.. frm KUL to SR flight, transport, accommodation, meals plus souvenirs not forget drink drank drunk as well, all can be done in RM1k (sharing budget for 4 pax) for 3D/2N if u are lucky to get cheap-cheap flight fare, then can see the kwai po wear bikini & the korean putting up makeup wearing dress & heals climbing up to witness the sunset :D

sherrygin.. err.. amok.. i cant remember.. issit Khmer steam otak-otak? Oh the pix of food i posted earlier was my dinner at Deadfish Tower.. look simple but yummy.. btw did u try happy pizza?? we missed that.. a friend who tried said he really can feel happy high after he finished the pizza :p

vivien & evecyanide.. weather not only hot, dry yet terribly dusty.. u will be masked up with dust in the end of the day after the tuk-tuk ride.. u need to drink lotsa water.. my previous trip was in november.. tho there are rain on & off but still kanot tahan la.. throughtout my trip i only wear shorts, singlet & sandal.. can have nice suntan :cool:

Sharon, don't tempt me no more. Beh tahan only read the posting in here imagining myself there already so far. Although is consider cheap RM1k and summore shared by 4pax but then sigh ... wrong timing for me. Confirm can't make it this year already. But if I do can make it.

Eve and Vivien .. either one, flight number please and time as well. HEhe ... I book same flight then at least I won't be so bored. Can be accompanied by 2 ladies and at least you all have bodyguard.

sherrygin
21-03-2007, 09:22 AM
kwai po wear bikini & the korean putting up makeup wearing dress & heals climbing up to witness the sunset :D


Yeah, that's freakin' hilarious... Heels and FULL make up!



sherrygin.. err.. amok.. i cant remember.. issit Khmer steam otak-otak? Oh the pix of food i posted earlier was my dinner at Deadfish Tower.. look simple but yummy.. btw did u try happy pizza?? we missed that.. a friend who tried said he really can feel happy high after he finished the pizza :p


Errr... Sorta like otak-otak. It does taste quite different at some restaurants, like Khmer Kitchen (where Mick Jagger supposedly dined). It's more soupy than other places.

Happy Pizza, we were VERY tempted to try and I regret that we did not. It's located just a hop, skip and a jump from Deadfish, if I remember correctly.

Eve, Viv - try to go to Tonle Sap. It's pretty interesting, you can check out the floating village there (there's even a floating church there!). The guide will probably take you to the only restaurant in the floating village where they rare crocs. Baby crocs. And the owner even has a pet python.

But the journey to Tonle Sap takes about 45 mins - bumpy road, dusty and HOT.

LLMS
21-03-2007, 03:41 PM
Hey there,

I've recently visited Siem Reap, to be exact last month Feb 2007. Stayed in the Khemara Angkor Hotel (4 star) and it was satisfactory. It was clean and the people were very courteous. Large spread of buffet breakfast. Paid approximately RM 570 for return flight with air asia and 4 days, 3 night accomodation. So, I would highly recommend this hotel.

annice
21-03-2007, 04:15 PM
I went last year ... and was staying in Angkor Hotel

Hotel : USD 45 x 3.75 = RM 169/night (Twin Sharing )
Total for 3 night is RM 169x3 = RM 507
So, cost for one person for hotel is around RM 507/2 = RM 253
Remark : Price inclusive of breakfast and airport pick up

evecyanide
23-03-2007, 10:06 PM
Vivien. Same flight on 20th June? Cool, we paint the plane red k? :p

Kokomo. Want to join or not? Come lah.... Only one flight per day in and out of SR.

Sherry. How much is the tonle sap boat ride ar? Do I need to take a tour? What's there to makan at the lake? Croc steak ar? :p

LLMS. Khemara is a nice hotel but it's a little far from the old market, right?

evecyanide
25-03-2007, 04:17 PM
I've been soing some research on Siem Reap/Angkor Wat. They were a lot of mention on the dangers of the never-ending kids begging for money or peddlars trying to sell you stuff. How can we survive this? Ignore them and walk right on?

What about the self-appointed guides/children that happily show you around the temples? How much should we tip them?

Is Beng Melea safe? I've read that there are still active landmines. How to avoid these? Worth it to pay extra and go all the way there?

kokomo
26-03-2007, 01:33 AM
Eve, I wanna join but then schedule for me still very unstable. :(

If there are landmines around, don't walk there .. your guide surely will tell you bout it. ;) Good luck and be safe! Come back in a piece not pieces ya. :)

Places like this will surely have kids beggars and peddlars around. Give one then you have to give to all of them.

vivienp
26-03-2007, 09:19 PM
Hi eve, 20th June? I tot you said 30th previously?? Anyway, my flight is on 30th June =) My frens did went to Beng Mealea in december last year. They went with a guide and didnt mentioned thats its dangerous, so I think should be okay. They also brought sweets from here, and distributed to the kids there :)

evecyanide
28-03-2007, 06:27 PM
Vivien.. umm... typo... it's 30th June.. heh heh. So I guess I'll see you on flight eh? How many in your group? Oh and the sweets thingy, great idea! :) Anyway, hubby and myself, we will be staying at the Steung Hotel, very near the old market. Have a look http://www.steungsiemreaphotel.com/

Kokomo. Too bad lor, it'd be great if you can join us. Got one guy fren want to join too but no teman to share room hehehe...

kokomo
29-03-2007, 01:12 AM
Urrmmm .. your guy friend?!?!? Hahah .. then I guess I really had to pass on that. Sigh! Got guy friend wanna go only kept asking me to join u guys. Why not girls friend going? :p Now you making me feel so gay.

Anyway, 30th June is still far far away. Can still do last minute reservation right?

evecyanide
29-03-2007, 08:12 AM
Girlfriend means cannot share room with you lah... haha... you wish wor... :p

Can make last minute reservation. No problem, cept your ticket might be a tad bit expensive lor.

lady-o-leisure
29-03-2007, 10:37 AM
I heard about the little beggars before going and all but there arent many, in fact. In Siem Reap, it isnt too bad. I encountered maybe 3 at most.

vivienp
29-03-2007, 08:07 PM
Vivien.. umm... typo... it's 30th June.. heh heh. So I guess I'll see you on flight eh? How many in your group? Oh and the sweets thingy, great idea! :) Anyway, hubby and myself, we will be staying at the Steung Hotel, very near the old market. Have a look http://www.steungsiemreaphotel.com/

Kokomo. Too bad lor, it'd be great if you can join us. Got one guy fren want to join too but no teman to share room hehehe...

30th june... good... sure will see you on the flight ;) Four of us going. We will share one car, already booked the driver (the one my frens engaged his service last time they went) Remember ya, you must come to the shop nearby golden banana for the best beef satay!!!

kokomo
29-03-2007, 08:49 PM
Girlfriend means cannot share room with you lah... haha... you wish wor... :p

Can make last minute reservation. No problem, cept your ticket might be a tad bit expensive lor.

Haha ... Eve, like that means I won't be going and won't be able to as well. Do hope you and Joe and Vivien and friends will have tons and lots of fun there. Remember to bring along your camera if not phone camera also jadi. As long as there is nice pics to show me.

Most likely that time I'll be going to Cherating, Pahang for a short holiday trip. ;) That is all the time I can spent.

evecyanide
30-03-2007, 09:56 PM
Vivien. We're only taking a tuk-tuk since there's only 2 of us. Tak payah take car lah though the ac and iced cold drinks the driver gives their customers sounds pretty tempting (especially in hot siem reap weather).

Beef satay? Where? Wgich kedai ar?

Kokomo. When are you going to Cherating?

kokomo
31-03-2007, 09:21 PM
Eve, am not sure yet when I wanna go there. Maybe within this coming 2 months I might just decide to go if I have the time. Hehe .. you wanna join'ka? You sure know where the right fun is eh ... :)

evecyanide
31-03-2007, 09:41 PM
Me ar? As long as get to cuti-cuti, I'm always willing :D Fun or not depends on who we're with lah and where we are lah.. but for me ok one, I make the most out of the situation :p

kokomo
01-04-2007, 08:06 PM
Me ar? As long as get to cuti-cuti, I'm always willing :D Fun or not depends on who we're with lah and where we are lah.. but for me ok one, I make the most out of the situation :p

Indeed you do.

Hey, don't forget to try take the hot air balloon when you're there. My friends told it, you can get a very nice view from the top. A bit costly tho but then again, you can never get it back here. :cool:

AllUrban
03-04-2007, 01:44 PM
maybe I consider 2 go with you as I have 3 weeks off in june.

Going to Bali for 1 week, thinking of SE Asia (but so hot) or Aussie (but so expensive) for the other vacation....

still want to see KK and Brunei, Hanoi and this lake that was discussed, Siem Reap, and a few other places...before....they get tooooooo lost....

Cheers, m

kokomo
03-04-2007, 06:57 PM
Ladies, do pray hard that AllUrban can go join you. A hunk cum bodyguard cum food lover. ;)

Seems like that period of time a lot of people are taking leaves and going for trips all around eh ..... :rolleyes:

evecyanide
05-04-2007, 08:01 AM
I know it's only April now... but I'm getting all excited already... hehehe...

AllUrban. We'll see you there! ;)

kokomo
06-04-2007, 12:08 AM
I know it's only April now... but I'm getting all excited already... hehehe...

AllUrban. We'll see you there! ;)

Eve, relax and cool down. Take a deep breathe and just dream of it when you go to bed until the day comes ok? Heheh ... :p

evecyanide
08-04-2007, 05:32 PM
Yeah.. I'm dreamin', I'm dreamin... and I'm lovin' it :p

Brownsugar
30-05-2007, 05:46 PM
hey.. guys...
i am also going to SR.. but in Sep.. get one way free ticket from AA and another way with min amt...
will be going to hubby & my parents & sisters...
so after u guys come back from SR, keep me update ya...
then i can get a bit of advice...
thanks...

evelynlim
31-05-2007, 09:46 AM
I think June is a good time to go to SR. I remember the tour guide was telling me that after August can be flooded. So September could be a rainy season & might be flooded as well, better to check with the local tour agent.
Anyway, I really enjoy my holidays to SR last year June'06 and the tour guide is really good. He will explain most of the things to us & even accompany one of our gf to climb up the Angkor Wat as the rest of us don't have the courage to climb up :p The GAP T Shirt/single/blouse is really cheap & nice, only USD 1 per piece and the normal SR/Angkor Wat T/S with thicker quality is only USD 1.50. All the branded(imitation) T/S is very cheap... about USD2 ,quality is good too.Should have buy more...

Brownsugar
31-05-2007, 05:36 PM
when i booked the ticket, forgot to check abt the weather... anyway, ticket has been bought... :rolleyes:

just start searching for the travel guide since yesterday, only get to know it is raining season in sep. ;) so perhaps the

does anyone know how much will be charged for a 4 days 3 nite hotel c/w ground travel? For a small group of 7? Thinking of getting a tour guide as a group of 7 is not so easy to travel around.

evelynlim
31-05-2007, 05:49 PM
when i booked the ticket, forgot to check abt the weather... anyway, so perhaps the

does anyone know how much will be charged for a 4 days 3 nite hotel c/w ground travel? For a small group of 7? Thinking of getting a tour guide as a group of 7 is not so easy to travel around.

I always like to communicate with the tour agent in another country rather than using our local agent. You may write to World Express Tours & Travel in Siam Reap at wetrep@camintel.com attention to Ms Sopheak & mentioned Evelyn from Malaysia recommended you. You may need to wait for a few days for her reply. The boss is a Chinese and they are very friendly and you don't have to pay any advance deposit. Pay when you have arrived. Their charges is reasonable. I actually engaged them only for the airport transfer, tour, guide & driver and I book the hotel separately. You may request them to book the hotel for you as well just mentioned the class of the hotel you wish to stay. Since it's a rainy season, you will be able to bargain as it's a low season as well.
We were 8 of us & is just nice in a van. Happy Holidays. Is so "shoik" to shopping there :p

Brownsugar
02-06-2007, 12:59 AM
I always like to communicate with the tour agent in another country rather than using our local agent. You may write to World Express Tours & Travel in Siam Reap at wetrep@camintel.com attention to Ms Sopheak & mentioned Evelyn from Malaysia recommended you. You may need to wait for a few days for her reply. ....

....Is so "shoik" to shopping there :p

thanks for your help. ;) Umm.. shopping... wat is nice there? :rolleyes:

evelynlim
04-06-2007, 11:16 AM
thanks for your help. ;) Umm.. shopping... wat is nice there? :rolleyes:

Shopping...Like I mentioned earlier, the branded (imitation) stuff like shirt/T-shirt/Cap etc, traditional clothings/bags/shoes etc. I felt that is much cheaper, fun & easy to bargain in SR than in Chiangmai. The sellers in SR are more desperate. The food is not bad too :p But beware of your drinking water.

sherrygin
06-06-2007, 04:13 PM
Eve

I liked the restaurant "In Touch" - the first restaurant on the pub street (you can't miss it). Don't worry about drinking water or suchlike - coz beer is cheaper!

On the same street, check out this pub/restaurant called Temple Bar/Cafe (I can't remember which one) but there are two and they belong to the same owner. One of them has 3 pool tables and it's FOC. You and Joe can play till kingdom comes (well, that's what I did).

Have a rockin' good time there babe!

kokomo
07-06-2007, 12:36 PM
I think this thread has been over a year or two already since your last trip. And yet I'm still here haven't got the chance to go and explore SP with all exciting and so called paradise. Must start looking for kaki to go there already.

evecyanide
20-06-2007, 10:55 PM
Woo hoo.... finally, flying off to SR next Saturday! :D

Sherry. You mentioned the beer is only 50 cents. Is that only during happy hour or all day long? I can already taste the beer... haha... Thanks also for the tip on the restaurant with the FOC pool table.

Is USD100 enough for 2 people makan for a 6D/5N trip?

kokomo
20-06-2007, 10:59 PM
Gosh! USD100 for 6D5N, I think that should be enough if not there is always ATM around or there is a new gadget in world that most of us are using - credit card! Hehehe .... :D really hope you will have a good time and enjoy your stay there. Don't forget as usual bring back lotsa pics. ;)

evecyanide
21-06-2007, 12:56 AM
Kokomo, you forgot liao meh... I no longer use credit cards. Everything is cash for me now. A bit mafan lah but ok lah... not too bad... if got money, can buy.. no money.. no buy, that's it. No such thing as 'emergency' or 'have to buy'....

Will take loads of pics ;)

sherrygin
21-06-2007, 09:37 AM
Hi Eve,

I really am not sure if USD 100 is enough for makan... (I can't remember how much I spent). Do you mean for makan only or for all expenses? Coz the day ticket to Angkor Wat costs USD 20/pax. And transportation, a chartered van costs about USD 20-30/day. Beer - price varies from 50c to USD 1.50 depending where you go. At a regular restaurant, I think most items on the menu costs like USD 3-6. But for breakfast, you can get a bowl of noodles for USD 1.50 (if you bargain, you can get it for USD 1 :) )

And Kokomo darling, there are hardly any places that accepts plastic in SR. Unless you choose to dine at hotels only. Even in Europe, there are many restaurants which do not accept credit cards. Cash RULES!

Have a wonderful time in SR, Eve!

kokomo
21-06-2007, 10:10 AM
Wow! Cash rules eh ... didn't even know that for a breakfast we to do bargain. Something really cool. Usually most places, makan stuff all where get to bargain one.

Eve, I think USD100 of each person should be enuff to survive in SR. :)

ignatio103
21-06-2007, 01:42 PM
Wow! Cash rules eh ... didn't even know that for a breakfast we to do bargain. Something really cool. Usually most places, makan stuff all where get to bargain one.

Eve, I think USD100 of each person should be enuff to survive in SR. :)
me thinks it is definitely not enuff....as kokomo mentions the usual cost..earlier.
me brought 150usd n had to pinjam xtra 100usd.in siem reap last nov`06
i say u need 200usd to be safe.

kokomo
21-06-2007, 02:06 PM
Have never step into SR before so I won't know how is it like and cost of living but then again I think most of the sellers all deals in USD. USD meaning is costly also ... at least for me.

evecyanide
22-06-2007, 11:30 PM
USD150 - USD200 per person for makan je? Wow, very mahal wor... Not yet plus my other expenses.

Sherry, I meant for meals only. My hotel provides breakfast, so we save on one meal liao.

kokomo
23-06-2007, 12:25 AM
Eve, I don't think they meant only for makan there only. Its the expenses in general that you need to use that much. Well, prepare more better than less in any case of emergency shortage. Btw, I thought you have already left for your SR trip and enjoying yourself already, how come still in here posting?

evecyanide
23-06-2007, 01:57 PM
Kokomo. My flight leaves next saturday lah. 30th June remember? :rolleyes:

Yeah, I guess better to bring extra cash lah. We don't have to worry about the hotel though, cos has been paid for.

kokomo
23-06-2007, 04:23 PM
If you're bringin' only and only cash there then better becareful with your passports and money where you place them. I think that place there also have pickpoket experts around. I actually can't remember when you're suppose to leave. Too busy, sorry for that'lah. :o

evecyanide
24-06-2007, 10:48 PM
Kokomo. We will be carefull, thanks. ;)

evecyanide
26-06-2007, 11:56 PM
One more question. For those ladies having their mensus, no problems visiting the temples right? I was told they're no longer used for worshipping.

kokomo
27-06-2007, 12:07 AM
When I was in Bali eventho those places are no longer a worship ground still they pay respect to these places as it was a holy ground before. Anyway, you keep quiet about it, no one will know bout it. And if you do have mensus and feel better not to enter then is your decision. But then again, how often you get to visit this kind of places? hehehe ....

evecyanide
27-06-2007, 12:20 AM
A friend once told me that she saw with her owns eyes, a mat salleh lady who was 'chased' out of a hindu temple. It turns out the lady had her mensus but was not aware of the 'no-visiting-while-you-are-having-your-mensus' rule. Scary....

kokomo
27-06-2007, 09:14 AM
Then before entering any temple there, look out for such signs around otherwise you might be "chased" out of the temple or chinese rulings is "cham chu long". :D

evecyanide
27-06-2007, 06:36 PM
But if the temple no longer in use, then should be ok kua... they're mostly ruins... :)

kokomo
27-06-2007, 08:38 PM
All I know is, you keep quiet bout it and act normal then it should be ok. Just enter the place, see the views around and take some pics then off you leave the place'lah.

evecyanide
07-07-2007, 05:53 PM
We're back!!! :D

Had a fantabulous time in SR. Though inhaling too much of the dust atop the tuk2 gave me a really bad sore throat till now!

Stayed at the Steung Siem Reap Hotel. Really nice hotel. We got upgraded to a corner deluxe room. Cosy, spacious room with bathtub, minibar, in-room safe, and all the other amenities. The pool was great too, but we were not really used to a saltwater pool.

Visited many of the temples including Angkor Wat, Ta Phrom, Bayon etc (The steps are really steep at some parts!) Took a boat ride on the Tonle Sap... very interesting to see everything floating!

What else did we do? Oh, besides spending lots on shopping, we went on an elephant ride, a balloon ride and had a not-too-good body massage (They didn't even use a single drop of oil!)

Food in SR, uummmm.... not so nice lor. Cambodian food got one kind of taste. Had amok fish but not in deadfish lah... had pizza at Happy pizza though, not bad.

Joe ate fried grasshopper... ewww....!

Can I post the pics here? Takut nanti take a lot of bandwith space. Or should I just attach it.

evecyanide
08-07-2007, 03:40 PM
Oh well, a few pics wouldn't hurt rite? :p

Sunrise at Angkor Wat
http://i110.photobucket.com/albums/n110/summerseve_06/AngkorWat.jpg

Ta Phrom
http://i110.photobucket.com/albums/n110/summerseve_06/TaPhrom.jpg

Grasshopper! Joe ate two!
http://i110.photobucket.com/albums/n110/summerseve_06/Grasshopper.jpg

kokomo
09-07-2007, 12:12 AM
Joe had the fried grasshopper? Really had to salute that to him man. I won't even wanna loook at those stuff nor even think of trying it. So how does it taste like? SO he had that did you try those roaches or not? Fried ones? Bbq ones? Hehehhe .... :D Glad you enjoyed your trip there. ;)

evelynlim
10-07-2007, 04:11 PM
Eve, seems that you went to Angkor Wat during the sunrise,you must have wake up very early in the morning. Did you go back again in the late afternoon? I think the best time to see it is about 5 p.m. the colour of the whole Angkor Wat is bright Gold colour(provided not rainy day), very beautiful. We were there about 3 p.m. and my colleagues went there about 5 pm.(before sunset) & she shown me her photos, it's really beautiful !

kokomo
10-07-2007, 06:57 PM
Go anywhere, anytime also will be nice as long as is not regarding work but holiday and having fun. Haiz .. me still stuck in my cubicle reading it and seeing people enjoying their holiday. How nice ... if I get to go too. :rolleyes:

evecyanide
11-07-2007, 09:13 AM
Kokomo. Joe said they tasted like crispy fried chicken wor... you know, the extremely crispy part. Me? Hah... at first I thought they were roaches so I stayed my distance. Turned out to be grasshoppers and crickets. Next time you see him, ask him to show you the video... haha.

Evelyn. We were only in Angkor wat for sunrise and a few hours after that. We did not go back in the evening cos our schedule was quite tight. So many temples to visit. We only bought a one day pass so had to cram all the temples in one day! Luckily we got a cekap tuk2 driver who whisked us here and there. :-)

I liked Bayon very much. The stone faces were really fascinating.