East Gate entrance to Angkor Thom - George Mann Photo - September of 2014
Angkor Road Photo Expeditions - private tours for small groupsFull Service - Private Photo Tours & Workshops in the Angkor temples - (throughout Cambodia, Thailand & Laos)
On the Road - Traveling to Angkor Wat
Bangkok to Siem Reap - by plane, train, bus, taxi, and by boat, are the choices. Although taking this trip by land can be a test of your patience and your love for all mankind, you will eventually get there. The flight out of Bangkok and arrival in Siem Reap is expensive, short, smooth and uneventful.
Phnom Penh to Siem Reap - this trip also has a choice of plane, bus, taxi and boats. The bus is cramped and uncomfortable but it only lasts six hours and is very inexpensive, so it is a popular choice. The boat is either a fairly uncomfortable and crowded water taxi or one of the luxury tour boats, which are probably pretty nice but very expensive. Would love to take one of those luxury boats sometime, so I can write a story about it (if someone from one of the boat companies is reading this, please contact me). The best choice is probably a private taxi if you want to stop and go at your own pace. Share taxis can be worse than taking the bus, I actually had a market vendor with a tub full of fermented fish get on a share taxi with me once.
Koh Kong to Siem Reap - (you could also consider this trip as being from Ko Chang, Thailand), I have done this trip a number of times over the years. It is best to plan a stop in Phnom Penh (and Sihanoukville if you want to go to the beach) on the way, actually not sure if you can go direct. This actually a very interesting trip and if you can afford it, the best way to do it is to hire a van or 4WD with a few other people, so you can make unscheduled stops along the way.
Kuala Lumpur to Siem Reap - cheaper to fly out of here to Siem Reap than Bangkok, so if you are traveling to Malaysia you might want to consider it.
Singapore to Siem Reap - for this distance it obviously makes sense to fly and Singapore has a great airport to fly from and low airfares available. For the adventurous it is of course possible to make a multi-day journey by a combination of trains, buses and even boats. It has been a long time since I traveled through Malaysia by bus, but it was an experience I always enjoyed, even when the bus would break down in some small jungle town.
Seoul, South Korea to Siem Reap - I have only done Seoul to Phnom Penh and it was of course very smooth sailing. I love Inchon Airport so I will take any opportunity to stop their for a few hours, Phnom Penh Airport is not so great, Siem Reap Airport is small but very nice.
Saigon to Siem Reap - this is a multi-day journey with many interesting stops if you are going by land or water. The flight is fairly short so it is the only way to go if you are in a hurry. If you are not in a hurry this is the other end of the luxury boat trip to Siem Reap, would love to do it some day.
Where to Eat - Siem Reap Restaurants & Cafes
Blue Pumpkin - Restaurant, Ice Cream and Bakery. Multiple locations, very popular.
Guru Mother Cafe - Exceptional meals prepared by the Japanese Owner/Chef
Le Tigre de Papier - Great pizzas, pastas, hamburgers, steaks, and Cambodian food.
Maharajah - The most authentic Indian food I have had in Siem Reap so far.
Red Piano - Very popular with tourists, great location on corner of Pub Street.
Soria Moria - Fusion Kitchen - Wat Bo Road. close to the Old market area.
Soup Dragon - The best place in town for Vietnamese food. See you there for the breakfast Pho.
Viva Mexican Cafe - Mexican food and great Frozen Margaritas makes this a favorite destination in Siem Reap.
Where to Stay - Siem Reap - Phnom Penh - Battambang - Bangkok
Siem Reap Hotels & Resorts
FCC Angkor Hotel - great riverside location, elegant but affordable Raffles Grand Hotel d'Angkor - stay in a piece of history, truly a grand hotel Steung Siem Reap - in the best Old market location at an amazingly low price Victoria Angkor Resort & Spa - colonial splendor in a quiet but central location Amansara - Once the guest villa of King Norodom Sinhanouk, set in private gardens ten minutes from the city's renowned ruins.