Things to do
Angkor WatSiem 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.
Phnom KulenPhnom 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.
Cambodia Landmine Museum
Cambodia Landmine MuseumMillions 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.
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Last updated on the 5 March 2018
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