After a thorough research, we decided to go with Mr. Son Day Tours. The 3.5-day itinerary was reasonable at US$270 including US$90 for 2 x US$40 3-day Angkor Pass and 2 x US$5 Beng Melea Entrance Fee, and airport transfers. More information can be found at http://www.tripadvisor.com.sg/Attraction_Review-g297390-d2182242-Reviews-Mr_Son_Day_Tours-Siem_Reap_Siem_Reap_Province.html
This morning we were a little pressed for time, hence we decided to order in-room breakfast (bacons, scrambled eggs, poached eggs, smoked salmon, Danish pastries, fruits, hot chocolate and cereal) at the balcony. I could wake up to this any day!
First stop at Angkor Thom’s Southern Gate. Elephant “lovers”, again, you can pay US$15-20 for an elephant ride into Angkor Thom.
Then we went over to one of the key attractions – The Bayon. One of my favourite temples. Do wake up early to beat the crowd and noise that came with it.
A great example of the intermittent showers in Siem Reap. One moment it is all sunny and hot, the next moment passing showers. It can get pretty muddy around the temples, do bring an umbrella and wear proper footwear.
Back into the 4WD, we drove about 5 minutes before stopping at the entrance of a forest short-cut towards Preah Khan.
Apsara in the Hall of Dancers
A library apparently.
After Preah Khan, the next stop was Baphuon. Both a must-see and must-climb (to climb, LADIES do be mindful of your attire as the authorities require tops that cover shoulders and pants/skirts that at least cover your knees) temple with amazing view at the top!
At the back of Baphuon, an unfinished reclining Buddha built with fallen stones from other parts of the temple.
A short 5-10 minutes walk to the Terrace of the Elephants before breaking for lunch nearby. Lunch within the park can cost around US$15-20 per pax but the both of us ordered 5 dishes to share and two huge coconuts.
To be continued…