Wednesday, January 25, 2012

Angkor Wat in Cambodia

One week to go! I've just purchased a guide to aid me in my Southeast Asia studies called Southeast Asia on a Shoestring by Lonely Planet. It comes highly recommended by friends Sonia and Felix in San Sebastian, Spain.

On the back cover it reads: "For 35 years Lonely Planet's Southeast Asia on a Shoestring has been the backpacker's bible. Discover Cambodia's ancient temples, Thailand's island paradises and the best pho in Vietnam. We help you stay longer and spend less." Although the amount of money I have won't dictate how long I will stay, I am keen to get as much value for my money as possible, so that's one aspect of the book that definitely jives with me. I plan to provide you with a review of this book as we go along. 

Some of the book's content has already attracted my attention, such as Cambodia's Angkor Wat. These temples are not only visually stunning, but have been in virtually continuous use since they were built in the 1100s. According to my guidebook, Angkor Wat is the largest religious structure in the world. It also says that wild monkeys hang out near the temples, but you shouldn't get too close because they can scratch or bite you. 

The closest city to Angkor Wat is Siem Reap. JetStar has a direct flight from Singapore to Siem Reap for around £160 or $245 with a flying time of 2 hours and 10 minutes. I must say I thought the airfare would be a bit cheaper, but with other airlines the price was about double that. I haven't even looked at lodging yet. So much for Southeast Asia on a Shoestring. Nevertheless, Angkor Wat is a must see, so it's definitely going on the to do list!  

The temples of Angkor in Cambodia


  1. According to a friend from the Imperial College Surf club, monkeys are also trained to steal stuff from you: food, cameras, wallets, money, glasses, purses,... if you want your goods back you will have to bribe the monkey trainers. The best way to prevent monkeys from stalking you is to grab a long stick and point at them as if you were holding a riffle. They will back off immediately.

  2. Hey Kelly (and Julius)! Hope you have been well! I just happened across your blog and can highly highly highly recommend the Angkor temples. We were there last April and had a great time. We spent three days in the temple complex. We hired a tuk tuk the first day and then rented bikes the other two days. I definitely recommend the bike option if you have the time (I think it was $1 per day). Also, if you are looking for somewhere to stay, we found the Prohm Roth Guesthouse to be fantastic (for our budget). They were super friendly and helpful and not at all sketchy. We spent $13 USD a night for a private room with our own bathroom. It was a pretty basic place, but not somewhere that you will find any luxury. Ryan and I spent four months traveling through that part of the world, so if you'd like any recommendations, let us know! -Lindsey Peters

    1. Hey Lindsey! Thanks for the tips. I am currently looking into health insurance and vaccines. Did you get any special vaccines before going on your trip? We're not planning to do any backpacking or camping, so that should put us less at risk for mosquito-transmitted diseases.