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Touring Indo China in November 2013

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Waterford
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Touring Indo China in November 2013

My wife and I are in our mid fifties , are booked for Luang Prabang for four days ,Chiang Mai for six days with friends and have six further days to spare before we fly home to Ireland from Bangkok 22nd November .

We would like to do something different, possibly off the beaten track , guided by someone with local knowledge in a group or on our own . We are reasonably fit and walk up to three hours with short breaks on a regular basis . We are open to flying to recommended destinations .

Any suggestions ?

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1. Re: Touring Indo China in November 2013

Have you thought about visiting Cambodia to see the fantastic Temples of Angkor near Siem Reap?

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2. Re: Touring Indo China in November 2013

Thanks for your reply .

Yes we have considered Angkor Wat but wonder would we be risking "temple saturation " having been in Luang Prabang and Chiang Mai for ten days

. We re open to advise from folk who have been there

Thanks again .

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3. Re: Touring Indo China in November 2013

The ruins of Angkor Wat, while being temples, aren't really the same as what you will see in LP and CM. Many of the "name" temples in CM & LP are more recent and still functioning temples, Angkor Wat is ancient ruins on a vast scale. And since there are so many more things to see and do in LP & CM, that you could scale back your temple visits and save that for AW.

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Angkor Wat is the place for you, as the previous two posters have stated. As MrCycling notes, Angkor Wat is ancient and so will have little in common with the temples you will see in LP and CM. Angkor Wat is definitely one of the wonders of the world and should not be missed if you are in the vacinity. Siem Reap is not an unpleasant town to spend a couple of days in as well. I especially like MrC's idea of scaling back on the temples in CM and LP; there is where you will find a saturation point since at some point they all begin to look alike. Not the case with Angkor Wat.

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5. Re: Touring Indo China in November 2013

Many thanks to mrcycling and scappouse .

So re assuring to hear 1st hand non commercial advice .

Would you recommend any particular group tours ?

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6. Re: Touring Indo China in November 2013

I have been to all three, and the Temples of Angkor are nothing like what you'll se in LP or CM - if anything it's the temples in CM and LP that are quite similar in nature

check out www.canbypunlications.com for info on the Angkor Temples including sample itineraries - follow links to SR and then on the left to the Temples.

and there are plenty of 'non-temple' things to do in Siem Reap. Consider a 3 day pass and go alternate days - other days can include visits to the lake, floating villages, or some of the further afield temples (not covered by the pass) and see some of the countryside en-route

No need to join a 'tour' - your SR hotel can organise a driver (and guide if you want one) - going rates are tuk tuk $15/day (add more for sunrise/sunset) $25/day for car (add more for sunrise/sunset or for trips further afield) guide $25/day (per group)

you can also check out the top questions on the Cambodia forum - dot point 4 will take you to the respective drivers & guides pages - read between the lines - some of the glowing posts are thinly disguised touting posts.

cheers

helen

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