Siem Reap

Things to do

  • Angkor Wat
    Angkor Wat
    Siem Reap’s biggest draw is, of course, the Angkor temple complex. One-day tickets and three-day tickets are available. The three absolute must-see temples, for those on a tight itinerary, are Angkor Wat with its iconic five-towered silhouette; Bayon, with its gently smiling stone faces; and the vine-covered Ta Prohm of Tomb Raider fame. Those with a three-day ticket should investigate lesser-known temples, which do not suffer from the overwhelming crowds of the main temples. Smaller temples include Banteay Srei or “Ladies’ Temple” which is carved in pink sandstone; Preah Khan, which was once a large Buddhist university; and Ta Som with its beautiful bas-reliefs.
    Get There
    The best way to get around the temples is to hire a tuk-tuk driver for the day. Tuk-tuks are never hard to find; they congregate on street corners or can be flagged down in the street. Budget for around $25 for a day.

    Image Source: Juan Antonio Segal

  • Phnom Kulen
    Phnom Kulen
    Phnom Kulen Mountain is a former Khmer Rouge stronghold and nowadays a popular spot with Cambodian tourists. There are two waterfalls where people swim, and the pools have a natural population of “pedicure fish”. At the peak of the mountain is a temple that houses a gigantic statue of the recling Buddha reaching Nirvana. A short hike away is Kbal Spean, or the Valley of a Thousand Lingas, which consists of a series of intricate carvings in the rock of the riverbed. This was thought to bless the water to make the whole Angkor area fertile.
    Get There
    Phnom Kulen is too steep to be accessed by tuk-tuk, so it’s necessary to book a tour by car or mini-van. Tours can often be arranged by your hostel or guesthouse; there are also plenty of travel agents in town.

    Image Source: ND Strupler

  • Cambodia Landmine Museum
    Cambodia Landmine Museum
    Millions of landmines were placed in Cambodia during the war in the 1970s and 1980s. Sadly, these landmines continue to claim lives today; it is estimated that as many as 5 million are still in the ground. The Museum’s mission is to educate visitors about the dangers of landmines and the importance of clearing them. The Museum also provides a Relief Centre to educate and support vulnerable local children.
    Get There
    The Landmine Museum is located about 30km north of Siem Reap, and 7km south of Banteay Srei. It can be reached by car or tuk-tuk in under an hour. Book a tour at your hostel or travel agent, or simply flag down a tuk-tuk in the street and negotiate a price.

    Image Source: Ronald Woan

    Added by Margaux
    Last updated on the 5 March 2018
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