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Angkor Wat - Siem Reap

Touted as one of the most visited destinations in the world, the ruins of this ancient city is hugely popular owing to the magnanimous Angkor Wat and the mythical ruins of Ta Prohm temples. A paradise for architecture and history buffs, this huge ancient city complex is spread across the jungles in the outskirts of Siem Reap. Each and every stone of its structures signify the importance of these monuments to Cambodian that relates back from the ancient bygone era of the Cambodian kingdom to the more recent turmoil of the Khmer Rouge. Mesmerizing at dawn and dusk, with the sheer audacity of the huge structures to its minutest intricate details, this place commands the awe and admiration like the Pyramids of Giza or Machu Picchu.
Tamshuk

9 Followers, 5 Reviews


Cambodia’s fields are littered with landmines in it’s post civil war era but as a traveler and runner you can help raise funds for landmine victims by participating in the Angkor Wat International Half Marathon. Each December this half marathon is held in the Angkor Wat temple complex, world’s largest religious monument! For those needing more distance the Angkor Empire Marathon is a full 26.1 open for runners each August.
Mark-Anthony Villaflor

195 Followers, 20 Reviews


The largest Hindu and now Buddhist temple in the world, Angkor Wat is one of the most easily recognizable places and probably one of the major reasons why people even know about the existence of Cambodia. With its never-ending, complex structure and intricate carvings, it is an illustration of how our roots, our cultures are essentially the same. Watching the sun rise over the temple and the water below reflecting the spectacular religious center is a fascinating experience. If getting lost was ever pleasurable, Angkor Wat is the place for you to go astray and then find yourself.
Sumedha Bharpilania

1k+ Followers, 145 Reviews


Ta Prohm - Siem Reap

One of the most visited temple complexes in the Angkor region, Ta Prohm is better known as the 'Lara Croft: Tomb Raider Temple' because the Angelina Jolie starrer was shot here. With gigantic trees growing out of the ruins, the temple has this air of eeriness largely owing to the fact that it was abandoned for a long period of time. However, a great amount of restoration work has been going on courtesy the Archaelogical Survey of India. It must be noted that a three day Angkor Pass, which covers all temples is available for around 40 USD and can be collected at the main ticket sales booths on the road from Siem Reap to Angkor Wat.
Sumedha Bharpilania

1k+ Followers, 145 Reviews


This is one of the most flocked temples in the Angkor Archaeological Park mainly because it was the location of the movie Tomb Raider. But beyond Ta Prohm's fame lies a state of beauty amid the ruins. The complex has been untouched by archaeologists except for the clearing of a path for visitors and some structural strengthening to avoid future deterioration.
Kim Buenafe

401 Followers, 41 Reviews


Breathtaking, that's what it is. Many of the Hollywood movies have been shot here and indeed a very photogenic place.
Deepti Asthana

1k+ Followers, 29 Reviews


The Bayon - Siem Reap

If there is one example of stone faces looking as though they were animated, the Bayon is a perfect one. Built by the Buddhist King Jayavarman VII, the Bayon is another imposing structure at Angkor. The spellbinding carvings of the dancing apsaras (fairies) of Hindu mythology need to be seen in order to understand the capabilities of creative intelligence. A lot of walking is involved along with a tad bit of climbing while the sun can be harsh, therefore, water and sunglasses/hats are essential.
Sumedha Bharpilania

1k+ Followers, 145 Reviews


Bayon temple sits exactly at the center of Angkor Thom, representing the intersection of heaven and earth. Architecture in this temple is distinct, showcasing huge stone faces and curious smiling images dubbed by some as the 'Mona Lisa of Southeast Asia.'
Kim Buenafe

401 Followers, 41 Reviews


One of my favorite temples. Temples with number of faces. In fact all these temples require a separate blog and descriptions.
Deepti Asthana

1k+ Followers, 29 Reviews


Tonle Sap Lake - Siem Reap

This is Southeast Asia’s largest freshwater lake and is protected by UNESCO since 1997. It is a huge and magnificent lake in which a very abnormal phenomenon occurs during the rainy season where it continues its course towards the sea through the Mekong River and back up to the lake and enhances nearly 10 times its normal size. This strange phenomenon only happens here and in the Nile River in Egypt. The lake is near Siem Reap famous for the above temple Angkor Wat.
Melo Villareal

112 Followers, 10 Reviews


A visit to the calm waters of Tonle Sap lake and its luring boat ride are a must to-do in the Siem Reap province. As exciting and exhuberating is the local experience around the lake, you can find much interest in exploring the shifting boundaries of this great central lake. You can even enjoy a visit across the floating villages, fish sanctuary, bird sanctuary and the swampy forests in the region.
Theam Vuthy

122 Followers, 5 Reviews


Preah Khan - Siem Reap

Though this is one of the "big four" at Angkor, it remains the least preserved of the lot and intentionally so. There is plenty of overgrowth and roots growing out of structures. There are also entire parts of the complex that are in a state of disrepair -- adding to the aura of mystery. The complex itself it seemingly endless, with one gallery opening into another and so on. Go with plenty of fluids, this one can be a knee-crusher.
Arundhati Sridhar

1k+ Followers, 95 Reviews


The single most impressive "tree-in-temple" site in Angkor, with none of the crowds of similar site Ta Phrom.
Matthew Crompton

460 Followers, 37 Reviews


Angkor Thom - Siem Reap

The walled complex of Angkor Thom was built by the Jayavarman VII who is touted as the Buddhist architect of the empire and the one to bring in all the Buddhist influences on the architecture, culture and religion. The most famed of the temples in the Angor Thom is the Bayon temple which stands at the centre of Jayavarman’s capital.
Aprajita Virmani

177 Followers, 9 Reviews


The final and most illustrious capital of the Khmer Empire, Angkor Thom is a vast complex of terraces, temples and water bodies. Walk around the terrace of the leper king, wind through the central complex, risk a nose-bleed from the steep climb up the Phimeanakas temple, and witness Baphoun emerge in all its glory as you walk up the elevated pathway that leads to it. The bridges that lead across from the moat into the walls of this former capital are lined with sculptures of the famous Churning of the Ocean of Milk from Hindu mythology, an image that repeats itself over throughout Angkor.
Arundhati Sridhar

1k+ Followers, 95 Reviews


Banteay Srei - Siem Reap

The impressive Banteay Srei stands 30Km from Siem Reap and its modern name means the ‘citadel of beauty’ and correctly so. It is the most intricately carved structure of the time made of red sandstone. The best time to visit the temple is late afternoon when the sun’s rays fall at a slant giving this structure a pinkish-golden hue.
Aprajita Virmani

177 Followers, 9 Reviews


Situated about 30 minutes out of Siem Reap, Bantey Srei stands apart from the rest of the Angkor temples because of its diminutive frame. But what it lacks in size, it more than makes up for in intricacy. It is as if the sculptors were running out of stone -- every single piece of stone you see will be carved with incredible delicacy and beauty -- and what seems like a tiny complex turns into a labyrinth of beautiful yellow sandstone. Don't be surprised if you have several audible gasps as background music. Most might be coming from you. If you had to pick only one temple to go to at Angkor, make it this one.
Arundhati Sridhar

1k+ Followers, 95 Reviews


Artisans Angkor - Siem Reap

With so many temples and places to visit, Siem Reap extends to the second day with a visit to the Ta Prohm, Phrah Khan and Neak Pean temples. After that we head to Artisans D’Angkor and the local market created in 1999 to provide jobs to the rural workers and artisans as well as revive certain Khmer arts and crafts. This is a great place to understand the local culture through its handicrafts as well as pick a souvenir or two to take back home (and support young Khmer artists). After completing the last day in Seam Reap we leave for the capital- Phnom Penh
The-Wanderers

217 Followers, 10 Reviews


Sister Srey Café - Siem Reap

If you are there, make sure you try their BLT sandwich, its amazing!
Mike

146 Followers, 36 Reviews


Golden Temple Villa - Siem Reap

There are several hostels that offer cheap rates in Siem Reap, but I specifically chose Golden Temple Villa because apart from the usual room features and freebies, they have free bicycles exclusive for guests. The hotel has this quaint and charming vibe, and we were welcomed with refreshing drinks and a bowl of local peanuts. The complimentary breakfast was good and the staff willingly packed it for us so we can take it to our Angkor Wat tour.
Kim Buenafe

401 Followers, 41 Reviews


Butterflies Garden - Siem Reap

While not run by an NGO, many of the sophisticated restaurants had projects with the community or donation boxes and flyers to help. Others, like the Butterflies Garden Café had a little shop selling items from disadvantaged communities as well as a portion of their profits going into literacy and schooling programs.
Lydia C. Lee

165 Followers, 6 Reviews


Shadow of Angkor II - Siem Reap

Good budget lodging in a fine location in Siem Reap. Staff unfailingly helpful and super-friendly.
Matthew Crompton

460 Followers, 37 Reviews


New Leaf Book Cafe - Siem Reap

As a tourist, you spend a lot of money on food and entertainment, and in Siem Reap, it's very easy to spend that money in a way that helps make a difference to the greater community, whether it's buying a cup of coffee from Common Grounds or New Leaf Book Café, enjoying a fabulous modern Khmer meal or seeking out top class entertainment.
Lydia C. Lee

165 Followers, 6 Reviews


Angkor Palm - Siem Reap

A great place to check out the best of Khmer cuisine while you're taking in the temples from Siem Reap. Try the sampler for best results.
Matthew Crompton

460 Followers, 37 Reviews


Pub Street - Siem Reap

Perhaps the best way to cap off a night in Siem Reap is to explore hangout at Pub Street. We explored the area via bicycle while checking out what the place has to offer. Expats and tourists flock Pub Street for good food, cheap drinks, affordable massage and its laid-back atmosphere.
Kim Buenafe

401 Followers, 41 Reviews


Karavansara Retreat and Residences - Siem Reap

Tucked in a quiet lane just a few minutes from Pub Street in Siem Reap is the elegant Karavansara Retreat. With tastefully decorated apartments, cosy yet spacious rooms and the most amiable and helpful staff, this boutique hotel has something for every traveller. The Taberu Restaurant (located on the property itself) which offers Khmer fusion cuisine and a wonderful breakfast spread is a plus. Additionally, if in case you miss big names, a Hard Rock Cafe is located just down the street.
Sumedha Bharpilania

1k+ Followers, 145 Reviews


Belmiro's Pizza and Subs - Siem Reap

Located right in the centre of town, Belmiro's is a great little place for western cuisine. The host and waiters bring this place to life and you will be stuffed with any meal you decide to have from here! Truly worth a visit if you feel like having a slice of home away from home!
Shereen & Dylan

217 Followers, 5 Reviews


Blue Pumpkin - Siem Reap

COST | Blue Pumpkin dinner : USD 9.00
Allan Yasser Abdula

110 Followers, 2 Reviews


Wooden Angkor Hotel - Siem Reap

My hostel by the way was just amazing. It had all the amenities I needed- comfy bed, refrigerator, airconditioner, kettle, TV, wifi, and even a bathtub. Plus it's so safe. The staff was also so polite and helpful. COST | Wooden Angkor Hostel : USD 31.00/night
Allan Yasser Abdula

110 Followers, 2 Reviews


Neak Pean - Siem Reap

The most underwhelming of the lot to be honest. Not so much because of the structure itself (an island temple situated in the middle of an artificial lake) but because it has been cordoned off in such a way that you don't really get to appreciate any of the loveliness of the actual architecture. The only saving grace is the wooden bridge leading up to the temple through the marshes. Makes for a picturesque walk with bare trees creating beautiful symmetry in the water.
Arundhati Sridhar

1k+ Followers, 95 Reviews


Angkor Night Market - Siem Reap

The Angkor Night Markets has many stalls with products by local artisans, but also two laid back bars and many dining options, in a charming open air setting.
Lydia C. Lee

165 Followers, 6 Reviews


Kbal Spean - Siem Reap

Kbal Spean in Khmer means the “valley of thousand lingas”. Situated 10 KM from Banteay Srei, it is at the start of the Kulen mountain range and one has to trek up the hill to reach the site. This is not exactly a temple but a shrine of sorts carved on the mountain side itself with a waterfall flowing over it. The trek up the mountain is a good 45-60 min one and the sights along are as unusual as the site itself.
Aprajita Virmani

177 Followers, 9 Reviews


Angkor National Museum - Siem Reap

Visiting the museum will give you a great introduction into Angor's history, religious significance and cultural upbringing. Entry is $12.00 per person and is open until 18:00 hrs.
Shereen & Dylan

217 Followers, 5 Reviews


Phare - The Cambodian Circus Show - Siem Reap

The highlight of our time in Siem Reap for me, was the Cambodian Circus, Phare. Think a Cirque du Soleil style circus but with profits running an arts school for young people from the streets, orphanages and struggling families. The show is exceptional, and we left euphoric, with the music running in our heads. Just because it is charity run, doesn't mean you need to drop your standards.
Lydia C. Lee

165 Followers, 6 Reviews


Temple Club Restaurant and Bar - Siem Reap

For all those budget travellers out there, we really wanted to go see an Aspara dance and dinner show but couldn't afford some $40.00 pp price tag, so instead we found out Temple Club Restaurant and Bar offer free Aspara Shows in the evenings between 19:30 - 21:30 hrs as long as you ordered some food or drinks. We therefore, made this place our dinner location and if you do the same, please please order the Garlic Prawns for starter.... Out. Of. This. World.
Shereen & Dylan

217 Followers, 5 Reviews


Angkor What? - Siem Reap

The bar that started Siem Reap's party scene back in 1998 is still going strong. A great place to start, or end, the night.
Matthew Crompton

460 Followers, 37 Reviews


Hotel Sofitel - Siem Reap

When choosing restaurants, pick the ones with a community social mission. Even the fine dining restaurant at the Sofitel had a program with local farmers. Just because the restaurant has a social mission, doesn't mean the food is downmarket.
Lydia C. Lee

165 Followers, 6 Reviews


Banteay Kdei - Siem Reap

As our first stop and therefore our introduction to Angkor, we ended up spending an inordinate amount of time weaving through this "Citadel of Chambers". Charmed.
Arundhati Sridhar

1k+ Followers, 95 Reviews


Preah Khan Temple - Siem Reap

The temple complex resembles a large linear design in a dense jungle setting. Preah Khan is considered as one of the most significant buildings erected during the ancient Khmer empire.
Kim Buenafe

401 Followers, 41 Reviews


Prasat Ta Som - Siem Reap

The classic tree growing out of the entrance act is surprisingly more perfect here than at Ta Prohm. It makes for quite a sight, but there is not much to do besides. Quick stop.
Arundhati Sridhar

1k+ Followers, 95 Reviews


Phnom Kulen - Siem Reap

A day's visit to the Kulen mountain along with the lake side on it's periphery makes for a good travel day. We can head to a visit to one of the holiest sites too.Here, you can revere in the presence of a gigantic reclining Buddha on the very top of the mountain, whilst looking below onto a sacred waterfall and lake, that mystically stream into the stone floors, constituting the carvings of lingas and yonis.
Theam Vuthy

122 Followers, 5 Reviews


Banteay Srei Temple - Siem Reap

As we head 24 miles north-east of Siem Reap township, we'll land on the great site of Banteay Srei. It's significantly known to be the finest of all temples in the Siem Reap province. From the carvings and inscriptions on the walls, to the picturesque poses of the ruins, this half a day visit will be one of the highlights of your tour!
Theam Vuthy

122 Followers, 5 Reviews


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