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For 4 to 7 days visit, you will be able to see most of the main Temples of Angkor and some of the more remote sights. Most visitors are surprised at the size and complexity of these huge monuments. The whole of the ancient city of Angkor covered well over 100 sq kms, with more than 100 sites. Those who stay only three days, often wish they had allowed more time!
You can get a 3 or 7 day Temple Pass to all the major sites and a few of the outlying ones. A 7day pass leaves plenty of scope for relaxation in the afternoons when the light can too harsh for the best photography.
The temple pass prices are $20 1 day, $40 3 day and $60 7 days. The pass allows unlimited access to all temples on the Angkor Park during opening hours (sunrise to 5 or 6pm) plus several outside e.g. Banteay Srey and Kbal Spean.
There are many guides in Cambodia; but very few with the experience that Ta has for leading photographers. Ta is a good photographer as well as being expert in the architecture, Khmer history and culture. Ta will enhance your visit and bring the stones of Angkor to life!
I use tuk tuk, car, van or bus as required. We have good, safe drivers with long time experience of working with photographers. We are good team workers and our drivers won't mind the photo stops that may happen at any time.
Siem Reap has a broad range of Accommodation from Budget to 5 star luxury. Mid range hotels in the $30 to $60 range represent best value; some even have swimming pools. We can assist with getting accommodation within any budget.
Cambodia has a tropical monsoon climate with two distinct seasons. The dry season starts from November to April. Hardly any rain falls and skies are usually clear. Humidity is much lower, evenings are pleasant and in December and January early mornings sometimes feel a little chilly. It is still very hot during the day with temperatures averaging 28-30o Celsius or mid 80s Fahrenheit. By February and certainly March; temperatures can rise to the mid 30s Celsius 95oF.
The Rainy Season: May to November can bring many rewards. Although the weather is humid; the temples and countryside look quite stunning. The rains usually occur in the afternoons and evenings and take the form of intense thunderstorms The temperatures are a little lower 28 —32 o C but the humidity can make it. feel much hotter.
The riel must be the only currency named after a fish! The almost worthless riel is caught by the million and used for Prahok (fish paste) and cattle feed. Take ample amounts of US Dollars. They are the most widely used currency in Cambodia. It really isn’t worth changing local currency when you arrive, as riels are just used for small change. There are no coins; just low value notes; 100r = $0.025. Virtually all businesses convert riels at the following rate $1=4000r, For example when changing dollars and are expecting $1.25 in change you would get $1+1000r(25c)
Credit cards are becoming more accepted here; usually in large shops International Hotels. Although they are not supposed to, many charge up to 5% per transaction.
The Voltage: is 220v AC with two pin Euro or Asian style sockets. There are no common standards; but universal adaptors will con with most plugs .
The reliability of supply in the main cities can be erratic; but power cuts are not usually common, In rural areas. mains electricity is non-existent,; some small towns and villages have generator power; but only between dusk and 9 or 10pm .