We booked our tickets on the Mekong Express bus for 13$. I highly recommend this bus service about which there are glowing reviews everywhere online too. They provide a minivan pick-up from the hotel to the bus station and the buses themselves are super comfortable with plush seating, toilets, air-conditioning and most importantly, curtains to keep out the harsh sun. The Cambodian countryside is soothing to the eyes and after a while most people on the bus dozed off for a bit. We arrived at Siem Reap at 1:30 p.m. having left Phnom Penh at 8:30 a.m. and there were tuk-tuk drivers jostling for customers at the bus-station to take us to our hotel. Another Air BnB find, our hotel was very strategically located...just walking distance away from the hustle and bustle of Pub street but tucked away into a quiet lane right beside one of the exits to the Arts Market. At 4500 INR for three nights, we thought it was a steal.Our hotel reception, as I am guessing will be the case with all hotels, was a treasure trove of useful information about day tours to Angkor sites and other interesting sights around Siem Reap. It was from here that we booked tickets to the Angkor National Museum for 12$ each it saved us the expense of hiring a private tour guide to be with us on the two days that we planned to devote to Angkor temple sites. It was a smart move as it not only saved us nearly 60$. The hotel also helped us with hiring a tuk-tuk, who at 12$ a day was going to take us on a half day tour of all the major and minor sites.
Sure, a walk in the city of Athens is a walk through time and beautiful ruins echo the story of the dynasties that once ruled here. It might be tough to search a place that can beat Athens, but Angkor Wat comes very close it. Angkor Wat is the ultimate expression of Khmer genius – an awe-inspiring temple that is stunning for both its grand scale and incredible detail.Air Tickets: Approx INR 20,000 on Skyscanner.Stay: INR 1400 per night on Airbnb
In Siem Reap you can visit the Angkor Wat temple complex, the largest religious monument in the world - which is really worth the visit.You can purchase a single day pass or a 3-day-pass, depending on how you plan to spend your time there. There is lots of companies that offer a day trip to the temples, with a air-con van and water included. I really recommend these packages, because the weather is really hot.At night you can go to Pub Street, filled with backpackers from around the world. I would say it's a smaller version of Khao San Rd, in Bangkok.
Siem Reap happens to be a city that is stuck in a time warp. It is wedged between a rapidly growing hospitality sector and a bequest left behind by its former colonial masters. The province essentially serves as a bridge that travellers take in order to explore the fascinating temples and ruins of Angkor, possibly the most popular UNESCO World Heritage Site on this planet. The city on the other hand is a constant party considering its fancy restaurants and bars and an open-air discotheque of sorts in the form of the massively popular Pub Street.
Siem Reap is one of those cities that is stuck in a time warp, trapped between a rapidly growing hospitality sector and a legacy left by its former colonial masters. The province majorly serves as a bridge that travellers take in order to explore the magnificent ruins and temples of Angkor, possibly the most popular UNESCO world heritage site and tuk tuks are available in almost every part of the city in order to transport you there. The rest of the place is best explored on foot, especially Pub Street at night which is very much akin to the Walking Street in Pattaya, Thailand, except that this place is slightly more family friendly. There are a multitude of restaurants, bars and pubs and the music emanating collectively from these turns the street into an open-air discotheque of sorts. The mornings however are relatively quieter when Pub Street turns into a massive farmers market with the freshest of produce available.
Siem Reap is not exactly a shopping destination but the Angkor Night Market is great for handicrafts. Lucky Mall and the Angkor Trade Centre are the two malls with supermarkets and dining options like The Pizza Company and Swensen's Ice Cream. All in all, the place has a little bit of everything for everyone.
Breakfast at the hotel. Then perhaps a last visit to Angkor. On the way back, visit Artisans D'Angkor, a center for traditional Cambodian handicrafts where you can watch the artisans at work. Return to your hotel. Check out and proceed to the airport.