For people who aren't easily awed by history and stuff, staring at rocks for three days might not be such a good idea. If you leave us in places like Angkor Wat, you might find us open mouthed and drooling. The Sanga and I would always wonder who walked those walls, where they slept, what they did for fun.. those sort of things.
- Angkor National Museum ($12 each for the entrance + $3 for audio guide)
I would suggest going here first before going to the temples. You won't need a tour guide once you've been here. They'll explain pretty much everything about the temples.
- War Museum ($5 each. Gave additional for donation)
The tour guide is actually a war veteran. He joined the army when he was 14. Lost more than his limbs. He lost friends and family in that war.
- Old Market, Pubstreet and Night Market
Just chilled out here at night. Exploration galore.
This day was dedicated to temple oggling.
- Small tour :: 5 temples tour (1Day tour option)
Cost breakdown :
- Tuktuk fare was $20 + tip.
- 1Day pass is $20 each
- Tour guide is $25 for the whole day (since we went to the museum, we didn't really need one)
Tuktuk $15 + tip. Airport fare $4
There are 'short tour' options. Just ask your concierge. For our short tour, the tuktuk rental was $15
- Silk farm (free entrance)
The silk farm was nothing new. It was cute though and it's for free so you might as well go there. We learned a thing or two.
- Cultural Village ($15 entrance per person)
I would suggest going here. It's a huge place and it's fun to poke your head into replicas of 'villages'.
There are also some shows you can watch while exploring the place. Shows start at 2:00pm and there's a billboard where you can plan around the shows you want to watch.
Things to remember and try out :
- Don't forget your umbrella and sunblock. Death by roasting.
- Most menu prices are around $5 per dish. But there are some restos that have food at $3 or lower.
- Tuktuk fare is just $2 per way. Some drivers would ask for $3. Don't give in. Parang plus 50php lang yan sa mga cab drivers naten dito.
- Try out Blue Pumpkin. Their food is awesome.
- Red Piano in PubStreet is owned by Angelina Jolie. Yep.
- Try out the Cambodian BBQ places. The meat is very tasty!
- Eat at those street carts that sell $1 Khmer noodles! (That's if you're not very picky) We got addicted to it. Hmmm.. Now my craving is killing me. FML. Gotta google how to make those things.
Over all, I love Cambodia. I love how laid back it is. The kind of laid back where you can actually fall asleep mid-chew at any restaurant. Oh, which reminds me, don't order soup. Face planting into a soup is painful. I love the feel of the place. The people. The food. The sights. The oggling. The wow factors.
I will be reposting Aisa's very detailed version of the trip here. He he he. 'Til next time!