Thumbs up to Angkor Wat, Cambodia

Trip Start Jan 11, 2009
Trip End Apr 12, 2009

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Monday, February 23, 2009

Wow, we are so glad we spent the money and went to Angkor Wat in Cambodia (Siem Reap is the closest city).  We didn't want to deal with the road border crossing into Cambodia since its supposed to be hellish; so we spent a fortune on flights, visas ($20 USD each), Angkor Wat entry ($40 USD each), a daily driver from temple to temple ($16 USD per day), airport transport ($8 each way), airport exit fee ($25 USD each), food and hotel...  this equals an expensive three day side trip. Beaucoup dollares senor but mucho grande sehr gut was the trip!

The Angkor Wat area is an enormous area of temples, all built from about 900-1300 AD.  The site is simply magnificent.  We were very impressed, charmed and in total awe here.  We visited the main two temple complexes on the first day (Angkor Wat and Angkor Thom), and then did a longer tour the next day of many smaller temples.  So, all in all, we saw about 10 temple complexes here, all different and beautiful in their own unique way.  Some were in better shape than others, some under construction, others in total rubble and some totally taken over by giant jungle trees.  Hopefully the photos will do the site justice. You can go anywhere you like, climb to the top of most temples, circle the grounds, and spend as much time as you need.

We used points and stayed at a Starwood Resort called Le Meridien, just on the outskirts of the city of Siem Riap.  Our favorite part was the pool, where we took an evening swim every night after a hot steamy day of walking around in 38 deg C heat and 99% humidity.  We were constantly sweating - it was pretty brutal.  We spent two days at the temples and a half day in the city of Siem Reap;  if we could do it again, we'd spend an extra day doing a tour in the country side - there is a village on stilts and other temple complexes strewn all around the area.  The countryside looked really sweet and not overrun with never ending shops as in Thailand.  We would like to return to Cambodia one day for a longer tour.
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Andres - from Le Meridien Angkor Team on

Thank you very much for sharing your experience and beautiful photos of Angkor with the world! We are very happy to hear you enjoyed your time in Cambodia and your stay at Le Meridien Angkor. We look forward to welcoming you back to Siem Reap!

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