A much better hotel than my first visit to Siem Reap.
This is where I will stay next time too!
Ohm Dara, Manager
The desk staff was great!
|The Siem Reap Town Hotel is managed by Ohm Dara. You can
contact him at
firstname.lastname@example.org They have a website
We hit a slow period and with a reference we got 50% off the
advertised rate. (Ohm gave us singles, doubles & a triple at $20
a night). This included a decent breakfast of bacon & eggs,
scrambled eggs, a onion & potato omelet, or several kinds of
rice soup. All came with juice, fruit, coffee and French
It also included a free airport transfer on arrival &
Room included a small bottle of water free each day, Aircon
plus ceiling fan, hot water, & refrigerator. TV had lots of
English channels to include CNN, CNBC, BBC, STAR News, AXN, HBO,
CINEMAX, STAR Movies, Hollywood, National Geographic, Discovery,
Animal Planet, STAR Sports, ESPN & more sports.Even Cartoon
GETTING THERE FROM
BKK: From Bangkok the only available flights were on
Bangkok Air for a little over $250 round trip. If you have time
you could get a discount flight through PNP and then travel by air, bus or
boat to Siem Reap.
VISA on Arrival:
Lines go fast, cost $20 per person. You need 1 current photo about 2x2
for your visa. If you are traveling with a girl from the
Philippines or Malaysia they DO NOT need to get in the Visa line, they
go straight to Immigration. Thais and other ASEAN residents now are
required to get a visa on arrival.
The main currency is US Dollars. Take lots of small money ($1, $5, $10 &
$20) with you. Change less than $1 is paid in Riel's at about
The girls had a blast in the tuk-tuks
|On my first trip I planned for a car, but then I met SETH.
He explained to me how we should go out the first afternoon and
buy our park passes and see the sun set. We kept him the
entire first trip and on my second visit I took his picture
downtown and found some guys that knew him. On my second trip we
rented 3 tuk-tuks for the entire time and everyone had a blast!
First afternoon out to the park and do the sunset between Angkor
wat & the gates to Bayon is about $4. After that $10 a day
will cover a tuk-tuk.
Mr. P. Seth 012-519-450 out
of country (855)-12-519-450
2 of our drivers.
ANGKOR WAT PASS:
$20 for a one day pass, $40 for a three day pass, and $60
for a seven day pass. You need to give them a photo about 1x1.
You need 2 days to get a
feeling for the temples of Angkor. My first trip we did 3 full days.
On my second trip several people were somewhat physically challenged, but we
still saw a lot in two days.
near temples: On my first visit in 2003 we ate near
Angkor Wat when we were in the temple area. It was cheap but
marginal. This time the first day we ate at KHMAI VILLAGE on the
road between Ta Phrom and Pre Rup. It is located about 500
meters east of the intersection going to Banteay Kdei just
across from the lake. It is clean and reasonable. Owner is
married to an American that flies helicopters for a local
business. It was good enough we went back the next day.
Try the chicken curry!
|DINING OUT night time: Again we tried several
local restaurants. We did a dinner show with a buffet at Bayon
II (set up by our driver). Good big assorted food and decent show
for $10 per head.
Tell- Superb meal. Try the ribs! Best
meal I had in Cambodia.
The Red Piano comes recommended by lots of people and was
reportedly a favorite of the Tomb Raider's crew. We tried
it in 2003 and found it pricey and I left hungry.
I have visited the FCC on each trip and always had a great dinner. Meals
are served with fresh bread with pesto sauce. Dinner for 6
with meals like fish & chips, chicken burger, a cheeseburger (OK
for Cambodia), lemon chicken breast, and a chicken salad with
several draft beers was about $50. Decent pizza.
There is a branch of the PNH Happy Pizza in Siem Reap. I
haven't tried it in either place, but the one in PNH is pretty
popular. By mistake we went to Happy Angkor Pizza
and it was the best pizza of the trip.
Airport international departure fee is $25 in 2006.
||Several of the ladies with me just had to buy some of the
"gems" in the old market. We had them checked upon return to
Bangkok. They got some pretty colored glass with silver chains
dipped in gold. DO NOT BUY jewelry in Siem Reap!
Guide books (including ones like Lonely Planets) are generally available
around the temples for between $2 & $3 although the starting price at
places like the Bayon Gate are as high as $10. One of the best
places to buy t-shirts, bags, books, etc is the NEW Market on Sivatha
Blvd. The gas station across the street from the new market is a
good place to buy snacks, water, sodas, etc.