we are going to Siem Reap to visit the temples in November this year. We are deciding our itinerary, we have extensively read this forum but I need some help from people who have been there. This is our plan:
Day 1 (7th Nov): Visit Siem Reap: the Angkor National Museum, the landmine museum, the old market (Psar Chaa).
Buy ticket to the temples for 1 week ($60).
Day 2 (8th Nov):Petite Circuit Counter Clockwise (7am-6pm). Angkor Wat, Prasat Kravan , Banteay Kdei , Sras Srang, Ta Keo, Ta Nei, Lunch, Angkor Thom, Phnom Bakheng, do 1 hour Koh Khear gondola around Angkor Thom moat (US$12?)
Day 3 (9th Nov): Angkor Wat Sunrise & Grand Circuit Counter-Clockwise (5am-4pm), Angkor Wat Sunrise – 5am-6:30am, Ta Prohm, Pre-Rup, Banteay Samre, Banteay Srei , Lunch, East Mebon, Ta Som, Neak Pean, Preah Khan. Evening: night market
Day 4 (10 Nov): Roluos Group and villages. Roluos, Preah Ko, Stone carving workshop across from Preah Ko, Bakong, Lolei. Trip through Kompong Khleang (about 45 km - 50 km from Siem Reap. ) and Kompong Phluk: This is about 25 - 30 km from Siem Reap (Floating villages). At this location is what's called the flooded forest in addition to the stilted village. About $45 for the boats (2 adults) plus another $10-15 for the ride out and back, makes about $60.
Time for the static balloon tethered near Angkor, ( $15 for about 15 mins) (not sure it is worth it, should we book it? How?). Pickup for Aspara Show at Angkor Mondial restaurant (buffet and show is US$12). Show is 1 hour from 730-830pm: is it interesting?
Day 5 (11 Nov): Beng Melea – Koh Ker. Possible in 1 day? Cost for 2 people? What time should we leave Siem Reap?
Day 6 (12 Nov) Preah Vihear Temple (there is no entrance fee, a passport is needed to register at the base. Also it costs $25 to hire a 4WD from the base to the temple.) Day tour is- USD$82 per pax for a 4wheel drive over 3hrs and up the mountain to get to preah vihear temple.
Day 7 (13 Nov) Trip to trip to Kampung Thom and take a trip to Sambor pre Kuk temples (with guide). One day trip. Really possible? What time should we leave SR? How much will it cost?
Day 8 (14 Nov)
Relax at hotel, late check out.
Is our plan feasible?
Especially Day 7 to Sambor Pre Kuk, is it possible in 1 day?
I read we should dedicate a whole day to the trip to Koh Ker, but I would definetly like to see Beng Malea. Do you have suggestions on how to improve our plan?
Is the trip to Kompong Khleang and Kompong Phluk worth it? Should we visit only one village?
Money is not a big issue, I mean, we are not going to SR for a long time so we would like to see as much as possible in this trip. We are 40 yo and normally fit (not extremely fit!), please if you have any suggestions let me know!