BEST PLACES TO VISIT IN SIEM REAP, CAMBODIA

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Angkor Thom in Siem Reap

Siem Reap is seen as a gateway to an ancient world. When tourists come to this place, it’s a great time for them to explore the temples as well as plenty to do in and around the city. There are the best places to visit in Siem Reap, which are highly recommended by other visitors.

1. Landmine Museum

If you love to explore Cambodia’ history as well as the legacy left by the totalitarian Khmer Rouge in the 1970s, visiting Landmine Museum is a fabulous chance for you to understand deeply. Founded by a former Khmer Rouge conscripted child soldier Aki Ra, who works as a museum keeper. He has dedicated his life to removing landmines in Cambodia and to caring for young landmine victims

  • Opening times: Daily, 7:30 AM – 5:30 PM.
  • Location: 7km south of the Banteay Srey Temple complex in Angkor National Park. Click for location map.
  • Admission: Free.
Landmine Museum in Siem Reap

Landmine Museum in Siem Reap – Source: thirdkulturekidparis.wordpress.com

2. Angkor Wat

This is the most famous temple complex in Cambodia and one of the largest religious monuments in the world as well. Angkor Wat combines two basic plans of Khmer temple architecture including the temple mountain and the later galleried temple. The temple symbols Cambodia’ power and is a source of national pride that has eliminated between Cambodia’s diplomatic relations and France, the United States and its neighbor Thailand. For these things, it was recognized as an important cultural site by UNESCO in 1992.

  • Opening times: 5 AM – 5:30 PM. Some temples close earlier (Kbal Spean closes at 3 pm).
  • Address: Angkor Thom, Angkor Archeological Park, Siem Reap 17000, Cambodia. Click for location map.
  • Admission
    Entry for 1 day: 37 USD/person
    Entry for 3 days: 62 USD/person
    Entry for 7 days: 72 USD/person
Angkor Wat in Siem Reap

Angkor Wat in Siem Reap. Source: Wikipedia

3. Angkor National Museum

Angkor National Museum is an archaeological museum which is prior to display the collection, preservation of Angkorian artifacts and to supply knowledge related to art and culture of Khmer people, with major collections existed from Khmer Empire’s Angkor period circa 9th to 14th-century. Because this museum gives an overview, rather than detailed explanations of the early Khmer royals and their grand schemes, it had better go before you visit the Angkor complex.

  • Opening times: 8:30 AM – 6:30 PM
  • Address: Charles De Gaulle, Krong Siem Reap, Cambodia. Click for location map.
  • Admission: Adults: 9 USD
    Children under 1.2m: 12 USD
Angkor National Museum in Siem Reap

Angkor National Museum in Siem Reap. Source: Lonelyplanet

4. The Great Lake Tonlé Sap

The Lake provides the largest freshwater source in South East Asia. Its dimension changes relying on the monsoon and dry season. Tonlé Sap is also an important commercial resource, supplying more than half of the fish consumed in Cambodia. Visit the lake to see the floating villages, towering stilt houses, huge fish traps, and an economy and way of life deeply. Located about 15 km south of Siem Reap town; you make a trip from Siem Reap to Phnom Penh by a boat crossing the lake and come in the village of Chong Khneas. It takes about six hours to get there, but we highly recommend you should enjoy your trip during Monsoon season. In the dry season, the boats are sometimes stuck in the mud because the water level is quite low. There are several ways to see locals’ life and wildlife of the lake area relying on the amount of time you spent and your interest.

The Great Lake Tonlé Sap in Siem Reap

The Great Lake Tonlé Sap in Siem Reap. Source: @Mycolahuba/shutterstock

5. Night Market

The Angkor Night Market gets crowed after the sun sets with small shops selling Khmer Artwork and local handicrafts where tourist can explore obviously local culture. It is really a wonderful place to enjoy food in which relish local delicacies like lol-lak and barbecued pork are severed! Experience night lifestyle of local at the various restaurants and bars here. That is the best place to visit in Siem Reap for shopping that impresses everyone at first sight.

  • Opening time: 5:30 PM – 12:00 AM
  • Address: Angkor Night Market St, Stung Thmey Village, Sangkat Svay Dangkum, Siem Reap Town, Cambodia. Click for location map.
  • Admission: Free
The Night Market in Siem Reap

The Night Market in Siem Reap. Source: homeiswhereyourbagis.com

6. Angkor Thom

Angkor Thom means “large city”. It’s located on the west bank of the Siem Reap River. King Jayavarman VII founded the city in the 12th century. It was the last and also the most enduring capital of the Khmer empire. The road leading to Angkor Thom gate is impressive. Visitors will see the sculpted Hindu deities holding a 7-head snake. There are 5 ways to enter the city in which the center is Bayon temple. The top of each gate (called Gopuras) is 4 giant faces carved into stone. The South Gate is one of the most famous symbols of Angkor.

  • Opening time: 7:30 AM – 5:30 PM
  • Address: Angkor Archaeological Park, Siem Reap 17000, Cambodia. Click for location map.
  • Admission
    Entry for 1 day: 37 USD/person
    Entry for 3 days: 62 USD/person
    Entry for 7 days: 72 USD/person
Angkor Thom in Siem Reap

Angkor Thom in Siem Reap. Source: traveller.com

7. Terrace of the Elephants & Terrace of the Leper King

The Terrace of the Elephants on the South and the Terrace of the Leper King on the North form the Eastern border of the Royal Palace. The Elephants terrace consists of the inner and outer sections. The inner one was built first and unfortunately buried partially while the outer section was constructed. The preserved inner walls contain numerous carvings of Apsaras, warriors, and animals like multi-headed horses. The end of the outer walls contains carved images of sports, such as Polo games, wrestlers and chariot racing. The Central part of the terrace includes carvings of Garudas, Kinnarees, and elephants engaged in a hunt and description of the Buddha as well. While The Leper King terrace is thought to be built as a representation of Mount Meru, the center of the universe in Buddhist and Hindu cosmology. The terrace consists of inside and outside walls. The inside part was built prior and became buried under the soil when the outside walls were constructed. The inside walls contain well-preserved sculptings of headed Naga serpents, demons, princes and princesses. There are some carvings like a Palace scene with a sword swallower and Shiva holding a trident in the outer walls.

  • Opening hours: 7:30 AM – 5:30 PM
  • Address: Angkor Archaeological Park, Siem Reap 17000, Cambodia. Click for location map
  • Admission:
    Entry for 1 day: 37 USD/person
    Entry for 3 days: 62 USD/person
    Entry for 7 days: 72 USD/person

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