Wednesday, October 26, 2011

Angkor Archaeological Park Solo Day Tour

vietnam, cambodia and laos 11th solo backpacking tour
august 24 - september 1, 2011 wednesday to thursday

objective: to visit the best tourist spot that fits to my budget at limited amount of time.
additional tasks: lost half of my pocket-money in day 1... show must go on for the planned itinerary no matter how it takes

day 0: ho chi minh city arrival at night
day 1: ho chi minh to siem reap bus trip



The Angkor Archaeological Park is home to the magnificent Khmer temple ruins of Angkor, including the legendary Angkor Wat, Bayon and dozens of other ancient ruins of the Angkorian-era (9th-13th century) Khmer Empire. The Park encompasses more than 400 square kilometers just outside Siem Reap City in northwestern Cambodia and is a World Heritage Site.

angkor archaeological park day-tour route (in blue line)

from gate entrance to angkor wat

Siem Reap is the gateway to the Angkor Archaeological Park. There are no hotels within the Park grounds and most visitors stay in Siem Reap where almost all of the area's hotels and restaurants are located. Siem Reap is just south of the Angkor Archaeological Park with the Park entrance located only 3km north of town. With the exception of the Roluos Group of temples 13km east of Siem Reap, the most important temple ruin are within 6-25km north of town, the closest major temple being Angkor Wat.

inside angkor wat

inside angkor wat

inside angkor wat

on the way to phnom bakheng

Passes are sold in one-day ($20), three-day ($40) and seven-day ($60) blocks. The three day pass is valid for one week, i.e. 3 days to be used within the week, not necessarily consecutively. The seven day pass is valid for one month, i.e. 7 days to be used within the month, not necessarily consecutively. The temples are too far apart to make foot travel practical (though some hearty visitors are hiking it anyway). Transportation options include: two-person motorcycle trailers (‘moto-romauk’) average $10-$13; car taxis $20-$25/day; motorcycle taxi (‘motodup’) for $6-$9/day; bicycles for $2-$3/day. Transportation to the temples is usually hired by the day.

angkor archaeological park

angkor archaeological park

river beside the angkor thom south gate

bayon temple (angkor thom)

signboard where to head next inside angkor thom

moderate rain occured in the morning. i waited at least it becomes drizzle so that droplets won't be annoying in camera lense. left guesthouse at 0830H and arrived at ticketing office after 15mins. ticket booth is arange according to no. of days to tour. i lined-up in day-tour, paid $20, have my digital photoshoot. after less than 1min, i had my id ticket. i thought there will be a manual process as i brought a hard copy of my 2x2 photo, hahaha!

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