Top 10 Things to Do in Siem Reap
Siem Reap is the capital city of Siem Reap Province in the Northwest of the Cambodia bordering to the North with Oddor Meanchey, to the East with Preah Vihear and Kampong Thom, to the West with Banteay Meanchey and to the South with the biggest sweet water reserve in Southeast Asia, the huge Tonle Sap Lake. It is the best place and a popular town to learn more about Khmer history and culture on the temples; and a gateway to the millennium-old ruins of the Khmer Empire of Angkor.
10/ Angkor Wat
Angkor Wat is a significant temple among the others because of its neat architecture and complex building. The complex building dedicated to Hindu religion during Angkor Empire. It emerges in the middle of forest surrounded by the irrigation system. From the gateway, in the early morning a around 5:30 p.m., visitors absolutely enjoy the sunrise in front of the Angkor Wat right next to a small lake. Visitors are allowed to walk around the hug site as well as climb up to the top of the temple to see nice view from the top. It was built by the Khmer King Suryavarman II in the early 12th century.
9/ Bayon temples
The Bayon is a well-known and richly decorated Khmer temple at Angkor in Cambodia. It was built in the late 12th or early 13th century by the King Jayavarman VII to dedicate to the Mahayana Buddhism. Bayon Temple represents the intersection of heaven and earth with its huge stone smiley faces of the bodhisattva Avalokiteshvara.
8/ Bakheng Mountain
The Bakheng temple is located up on the mountain where visitors can look around the Angkor area with wonderful view. It is well-known because of its unique sunset moment. The best time to visit is late afternoon at around 5:00 p.m. to see very beautiful sunset with the Angkor Wat temples complex. Visitors can climb up the mountain by taking elephant or walking across the forest. Bak-Keng lays all the world of mystery, the world of the Khmer, more mysterious ever under its cover of impenetrable verdure.
7/ Angkor Thom
Angkor Thom, located in present-day Cambodia, was the last and most enduring capital city of the Khmer empire. It was established in the late twelfth century by King Jayavarman VII. The temple contracted to indicate to Buddhism. To enter the city, one has to pass through one of the five huge entrance gates. There is a gate at each of the four points of the compass (north, east, south, and west), plus the so-called Victory Gate, which leads to the Royal Palace area.
6/ Ta Phrom
The amazing thing about Ta Phrom temple is the grown of big tree on the temples. It takes one km east of Angkor Thom to reach this temple. Ta Phrom is constructed by King Jayavarman VII in Mid 12th – Early 13th century to dedicate to Buddhism, and the style is as same as Bayon temple. The temple is very unique and excellent example of the monastic complex style temples, and is a must to be included in any visit to the temples.
5/ Koulen Montain
Koulen Montain is a famous place hiding in the forest with natural view of waterfall and temple. Kunlen mount is situated at north east of Angkor Complex about 50 Km, it takes approximately 2 hours drive up to the hill top with 487 meters height and plateau stretches 30 km long. There are 56 Angkorian temples made of bricks and volcanic stones, but most of them are badly in poor condition on the hilltop; and the last attractive spot is a waterfall, it splits in two spots. The first waterfall is four or five meters heights and 20 to 25 diameters in dry and raining seasons. The second waterfall is 15 to 20 meters heights and 10 to 15 diameters in dry and raining seasons.
4/ Pub Street
It is time to eat and relax after long distant travelling during the day. At night, visitors have choice to sleep or hang out for nightlife. The Pub Street is a popular place to eat and entertain with variety of western restaurant, bar, club and local Khmer food. Also, many massage places along the street. Foot, body and oil massage are available there.
3/ Night Market
Not far from Pub Street, there are many small night markets where visitors can buy many different type souvenirs ranging from fruit to gems. The market is very close to one another, which is very easy for visitors to explore. The best way to enjoy it is drinking (recommended fresh coconut) while exploring the market.
2/ Angkor Artisian
It is a local souvenir shop, which support poor community. Most of the staff there are from poor family or even people with disability. Visitors enjoy seeing cocoon plantation, silk making, weaving and sculpting. The shop orderly display the handmade process of making silk.
1/ Floating villages
Floating villages are located on the Tonle Sap Lake. The significant floating villages in Cambodia are Chong Kneas, Kompong Phlok and Prek Tuol- located in Battambang province. Things visitors can do while visiting the villages are seeing incredible variety of water birds, including Greater and Lesser Adjuncts, Black-headed ibis, Painted Stork, Milky Stork, Spot-billed Pelican, Grey-Headed Fish Eagle and many more species, in particular at Prek Toul whereas flooded forest surrounding the edge of the lake and many of bio-diversities, over 300 species of freshwater fishes, as well as snakes, crocodiles, tortoises, turtles and otters at Chong Kneas and Kompong Phlok.
It is really amazing to visit all our wonderful places about in Siem Reap, Cambodia. There are wonderful places to stay, eat, relax and explore. Note it on your travelling list.