1. TEMPLE RUN ⛪
Temple Hopping is more fun in Cambodia. Yeah!! You read it right, plus it showcases one of the most impressive and intricate works of human in history. First, Don’t forget to secure your Angkor Pass, a comfortable shoes and clothes, gallon of water and food, a sunscreen and glasses, a map, a camera and ob course get ready for your perfect pose. Welcome to the Kingdom of Cambodia.
An Angkor Pass serves as admission when visiting any of the temples within the Angkor Archeological Park (with exemption to Beng Mealea and Phnom Kulen which have a separate admission fee). Passes for several durations are available – 1 day at US$ 37 ; 3 days at US$ 62; or 7 days at US$ 72 (Latest price by January 2017 which increased by 17, 22 and 12 US Dollars respectively). Entry will remain free for Cambodians and all children under 12. Meanwhile, Temples are a far from each other so better to hire a tuktuk (car and motodup are the other options).
The Main Attraction of Cambodia is the Angkor Wat – the “World’s Largest Religious Monument”. One will definitely mesmerize on its huge size; plus the gigantic walls and detailed carvings. Sunrise is the best time to visit the complex and dress code is being followed so better wear an appropriate one. Foot-walks are better than other ruined temples – so exploring the area is much easier. Bring water and snack (actually applicable for all temple visit) coz walking in the entire complex might take long from two to more hours. Bakan (The principal sanctuary and located at the center of Angkor Wat Temple) is a must visit. Again, don’t forget to bring a full charged camera because every angle is a photograph material.
Apart from the fact that the Movie Tomb Raider of Angelina Jolie made an additional impact for the tourists, the temple of Ta Prohm and its gigantic trees are amazing already. Foot-walks are available so tourist doesn’t need much effort while exploring. Restoration is still on going.
ANGKOR THOM COMPLEX AND THE BAYON TEMPLE
Angkor Thom was the last and most enduring capital city of the Khmer empire. Face-Tower Entrances serve as Welcome Arch when entering the Angkor Thom Complex. Baphuon, Phimeanakas, Elephants Terrace and Leper King Terrece are situated inside the complex. Angkor Thom and the famous Angkor Wat are both located in the Angkor Thom District (Don’t get confused with Angkor Thom Complex and Angkor Thom District).
Another well-known tourist attraction in the Kingdom of Cambodia is temple with many faces which is also located inside the Angkor Thom – “The Bayon”. Exploring the area is quite shorter compared to the other temples. Tourists and Travelers are permitted to go upstairs and get closer to the Bayon Stone-Made Faces (Nose to Nose Picture is optional).
BANTEAY SREI TEMPLE
With its intricate wall and column carvings the “Jewel of Khmer Art” is undeniably awarded to this temple. What makes it more elegant is the color of the temple which is made of red sandstone. Banteay Srei / Srey is located in Banteay Srey District and quite far from the Siem Reap Proper. Tuk-tuk Tour (One of Cambodia’s Mode of Transportations) is one and i think the best option to get there. Take Note: Don’t forget or misplace your Angkor Pass coz this temple is a far from the Tourism Center to pay another one.
Though it is a great fulfillment to explore all of the Temples, Yes! It is really true that if to choose the easiest way to experience the Angkor Archaeological Park the Formula is
Angkor Wat + Bayon Temple = Total Angkor Archaeological Park Experience
OTHER SITES YOU SHOULDN’T MISSED ASIDE FROM TEMPLES:
- Banteay Srey Butterfly Centre
- Cambodia Landmine Museum and Relief Facility
- Phnom Kulen
Apsara Authority Latest Website: http://www.angkor.com.kh/
2. LOOK FOR LOCAL & EXOTIC FOODS 🍜 AND ITEMS and
3. DRINK A DRAFT ANGKOR BEER WHILE PARTYING 🍻💃
If you are searching for a Cambodian Dining and Drinking Experience – Pub Street is the perfect place for you. If you are looking for a souvenir stores – Pub Street has it all. If you are love to Party all night in Siem Reap Style – Pub Street is the best place to go to. “Saumosvakom Mokkan Khettasiemrab Ban Troemotrauv – Welcome to the Siem Reap City Proper.”
PS. Don’t miss to take photo with Tarantula and Scorpio. If you are brave enough to eat, then have it a try.
4. WITNESS THE CAMBODIAN TALENTS AND ARTISTRY 🎨 🎭
Artisans D’ Angkor Silk Farm is located in the Puok District of Siem Reap Province, a 20-minute drive from the Siem Reap District (Proper). The tourguide and shuttle (back and forth) are 100% free; just a reservation for your seat. The entire tour is amazing as well as the finished products which can be bought for a reasonable price. Snack Store is present for craving tummy.
Another attractions that must be witnessed by the tourist are the Phare – The Cambodian Circus (For Prices please see https://pharecircus.org/schedule-rates/) and the Apsara Dance Performance. It’s time for you to know and see why.
5. RIDE A TUKTUK 🚕
Siem Reap will not be completed if you will not experience to ride a 4-seater Cambodian version of Tuktuk (Quite Larger than which is in Bangkok, Thailand that normally accommodate 2 passenger). Tuktuk can be one of the options for Temple Tour.
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