We left Melbourne on a cold Winters morning in June 5 degrees to be exact and arrived in Bangkok at about 5pm to a sultry 32 degrees Celsius after a long flight we are happy to be there and loving the warm weather. We are only staying for 2 nights before we head to Siem Reap.
We catch an Air Asian flight which was on time and very good to Siem Reap and arrive to even hotter weather. We line up at immigration pay for our visas $65 for 2 adults and 2 kids although our oldest who is 12 is now considered an adult all throughout Asia.
We catch a taxi to our hotel La Niche D'Angkor and check in for 6 nights. The hotel is a beautiful boutique hotel located about 10 mts walk to Pub Street. It has a beautiful pool huge really and we have connecting rooms so the kids love the fact that they have their own TV. Free wi fi is available too. Breakfast is nice and simple we didn't eat at the hotel as there was so much choice outside the hotel.
The weather there was very hot a lot hotter than Thailand, the humidity very high. Coming from a cold Winter it takes us a few days to acclimatise, especially my youngest. Lets just say we spent a lot of time in the pool!!
During our 6 days we saw ALOT of things. When we go on holidays we tend to go hard and l always book somewhere at the end for about 5 days to recover haha. So our holiday consisted of 2 nts Bangkok, 12 nts Cambodia and 6 nts Chiang Mai. I knew by the end of Cambodia we would need a rest. We hired a tuk tuk driver for 3 days and visited the main temples as it was so hot we only went out from about 8-2 and then went home for a swim. They really are amazing to see my husband loved Angkor Wat the best, l liked Ta Prohm. They are all breathtaking but you do get templed out so if you can choose a 3 day pass or longer so you can spread it out especially if you are travelling with kids.
I did notice alot of people asking what to wear when you go and honestly it was so hot when we went l wore shorts and a tshirt and good walking sandals. You will seriously sweat alot so bring lots of water.
In between visiting the temples we visited the War Museum which was fascinating and the Artisan's Angkor where we did a tour through the centre and they showed us how they make everything. We really enjoyed this visit alot. We also walked around alot as this gives you an idea of where things are. We found this to be a strange concept to the Cambodians and really to most of the South East Asians we came across. No body walks, everyone is on a tuk tuk or on a bike etc but Australians walk alot and everywhere so its very normal for us. Although not an easy thing to do in Cambodia because of the lack of footpaths. However people are very accommodating there and we had no trouble walking anywhere in Cambodia and its not that busy there yet not like Bangkok or Ho Chi Minh which is crazy busy!! We loved visiting the markets and there are lots of them and of course chilling out in Pub Street which has alot of great places to eat, also check out the streets around it too. We found the food to be surprisingly good and there is so much choice. There are some great Mexican places if you get sick of Cambodian food however do try the fish amok and a Cambodian curry-delicious.
We had a great stay in Siem Reap the people are very friendly but very poor. The poverty in fact is overwhelming. There are lots of small children selling things around the temples which we bought things from is this the right thing to do? does it discourage them from going to school? who knows? l think their parents are more concerned about having food on the table than anything else. Make your own decision. Would we return? I think so there is still so much to see and its changing as foreign investment comes knocking- Hard Rock Angkor opened when we were there. A badge cost $30 to buy and a tuk tuk $15 to hire for the day. Go figure!!
Next stop Battambang now just getting the bus there was an experience in itself...