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We only had a few days, so we only got to visit the temples close to Siem Reap and the town of Kompong Phluk that sits on the shores of, near the shore of, or in the Tonle Sap, depending on the time of year. Kompong Phluk was one of the "Floating Villages".
How we got there:
- Vietnam Airlines. We were lucky and got roundtrip tickets that only cost about $215 each. Friends of ours got tickets that were $400 each for the same flights. Book early if you're thinking about going so you can take advantage of deals.
- Taxi. It was insane how easy it was to get a taxi. You pay in advance $7 at a stand for a taxi driver. Nothing like the mess of arguing with Taxi stand operators trying to hussle you at Noi Bai in Hanoi. Our driver spoke brilliant English and offered his services as a driver over the next couple days. We didn't take him up on it, but the experience was a great way to start the trip.
- Tuk Tuk. The hotel organized a driver to take us pretty much everywhere we wanted to go - sunrise at the temple, sunset, the floating village, and even the airport.
Where we stayed:
Golden Banana, Superior. Great hotel. $40/night. The breakfasts were great, the outside sitting areas were beautifully kept, repleat with pools and lounge chairs. The rooms were clean and well designed. The staff was super friendly and the meals we had were excellent. I can't recommend the hotel enough.
What we did:
- Visited Angkor Wat and near-by temples. A two-day pass cost us $40. A five-day pass is $60. So if you're going to be there for a while, it definitely is worthwhile to get the five-day pass.
- Balloon Ride. OK, not really a ride, but rather a straight up trip that lasted about 5 minutes and gave us an aerial view of the main Angkor Wat temple and the surrounding farms. The ride cost about $12/person.
- Ran the 10k/3k. $60 registration fee for the 10k, $30 for the 3k.
- Went to Kompong Pluk. The trip out there cost $15. The boat ride tickets costs $20/person and the ride lasted about 3hrs. The boat captain, a young boy, dropped us off at what appeared to be his family's restaurant where we could have lunch and refreshments. They were not happy we didn't eat there.
- Ate in Town. I don't remember any of the restaurants we ate at because they were street food places. The food was solid and reasonably priced.