Siem Reap province is one among the oldest and believed to be the sacred place in Cambodia. During Angkor era, the king settled down in this land and reigned the kingdom into the powerful era in history. Siem Reap is located in the northwest part of the country. The name of this provincial capital is also Siem Reap which means the defeat of Siem or Thai people under Cambodia during 17th century. Siem Reap is being the major tourist destination as it is the central point the tourists could access to many magnificent temples and of course the complex-architecture Angkor temple. This cultural heritage is the center for culture, education as well as for research. Due to the peak of success of Angkor era, Angkor Wat becomes the soul of all Cambodian people.
Welcome to Siem Reap Angkor
Once the tourists hear about Siem Reap, the first thing comes up to their mind would be Angkor temple. Siem Reap is one of the modern towns in Cambodia where there is a good security and stability for the tourists to enjoy. Once you are there you will feel like you are in a very developed peaceful town during Angkor period because you will see people smiling everywhere and even the temple would also give a warm smile to you. Most of the area surrounding the temples is kept conservative to make everything look original.
Because Cambodia has been enjoying peace and stability within the country, tourism industry has been largely developed. Many infrastructures has been built and transformed into a very modernized country. The tourists can access to Siem Reap province through national road number 6 along 312 kilometer long from Phnom Penh city. There are many private companies which you can choose for transportation. You can enjoy the comfortable luxurious 4-wheel transit or mini bus which the price ranges between 7 up to 10 dollar per person, or you can also take the VIP bus as well. You may choose your preferred bus or mini-bus through this website. Nowadays, there are also many airlines which can be the fastest mean for travelling there. See the airline schedule here.
For accommodation, there are abundant of hotels as well as guesthouse where you can stay in Siem Reap province. As it is one of the biggest tourist destinations in Cambodia, you can almost find local hotels and guesthouses almost everywhere in the town. It doesn’t matter whether you need the 5-star hotels or the cheaper guesthouses for staying you can find them easily. However, it is recommended for you to choose the accommodation close to pub street and night market as they are the most enjoyable place in town at night. This website will provide you the list of hotels ranging from normal guest house to 5-star luxurious hotels.
Tourist Attractions and Activities
If you visit Angkor wat temple during Khmer New Year festival, it will be the most amazing experience of all as we will celebrate the annual Sangkran. People enjoy traditional dancing, playing traditional games and other shows related to our traditional culture. You will also see the world-record biggest Onsom which is Cambodian traditional food. However, if you are visiting randomly, you still can visit various attractions including the cultural heritage site, the cultural town and as well as the natural site of waterfall.
No one would miss visiting the Angkor temple, the soul of the Cambodians. It is the cultural legacy from Angkor era. If you visit here, don’t forget to bring a guide along as there are so much curious information of our ancient culture during Angkor era scripted on the walls. Moreover, the magnificent architecture would take your breath away, and the temple would turn golden when the sun sets. Besides Angkor temple, there are many more such as Bayon, Taprom, Neak Poun etc. You might realize that threes days would not be sufficient for you to visit all of the temples in Siem Reap province.
Pub Street and Night Life
Night life in Siem Reap is the best experience among all of the provinces in Cambodia. There are concentration of all nationalities from all over the world in Pub street or night market in Siem Reap. The tourists could roam around eating, chilling and dancing inside the bar all night long. Chilling in the pub at night drinking cocktail and listening to the music while at the same time enjoy chatting with your friends! What a beautiful night! Moreover, others might go around the market looking for the best Khmer products such as clothes, hand-crafted souvenir and other stuffs. Fish massage and hand massage are what you should not miss. Have fun all night long with your friends.
Kulen mount is the most sacred place where normally people would go to ask for happiness. It is known as the sacred place because local people believe that there are spirits of gods inhabiting on the mountains. Many famous kings including Jaya Voraman 7 during Angkor era used such land for his meditation. The waterfall is cool and fresh. The tourists would feel relieved once they shower themselves with this known-to-be-sacred water.
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