Quick Trip from Bangkok: Siem Reap & Angkor Wat, Cambodia

Angkor Wat, Siem Reap Cambodia

Siem Reap, Cambodia in only 213 air miles away from Bangkok, the flight takes 45 minutes. Angkor Wat and all surrounding wats and temples are located minutes from Siem Reap. There is no reason- or way- to describe the wats and temples, go visit.

There are four flights from BKK each day- take the early one, drop your bag at your hotel and head to Angkor Wat; if you take the 7:45 flight from BKK you can be at Angkor Wat by 10:00. It is possible to see the popular sights in two days (one night) if you take the late flight back to BKK or on to your next destination on the second day.

Hire a driver at the airport or your hotel, it will cost around $30 per day. Your driver will take you to each wat and wait for you while you tour. The wats and temples are spread out, some are more than 5 kilometers apart, you will want a driver to avoid having to haggle for rides to each wat.

Some tips:

1.  The US Dollar is the common currency, take small bills with you

2.  Visa on arrival is available, you must take 2 photographs with you for the visa, the cost is $20

3.  The exit tax is $25, paid after you check in for your flight; don’t spend all your money before your departure, this must be paid in cash (US$).

4. Wear comfortable clothes and shoes, it will be hot, dusty and you will be walking up and down stairs and on uneven stones all day.

5. Be prepared for the children selling books and souvenirs each time you arrive/exit a wat.

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Additional pictures: http://www.tumblr.com/blog/faranginbangkok For more updates about Bangkok, Thailand and other thoughts: www.twitter.com/lilrichardb I began working in Bangkok during 2008- a time that featured a great deal of political unrest in Thailand and particularly Bangkok. I had lived in San Francisco for 15 years and was working on a project in Thailand. Generally I spent 2 weeks in Bangkok and then 3-4 weeks in San Francisco. Did Bangkok begin to feel like home? Yes, and No. Bangkok and the Thai culture forced me to feel many things, the change in culture and environment was so dramatic it forced the decision- embrace or ignore. I embraced and made Bangkok my home and base in 2009. I have enjoyed living in Bangkok, experiencing Thailand and the entire ASEAN region.
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