Siem Reap, Cambodia

What to See

Angkor National Museum

Museum Visit Might Be Angkor Overkill
by Hacked By of youtube.com/fırlamaadam about 5 years ago
Museum Visit Might Be Angkor Overkill

At $12 a ticket (more if you opt for audio), a visit to the national museum is probably better reserved for history buffs and those truly passionate about Khmer culture. A lot of money and thought obviously went into the construction of the museum, which opened in 2007. There are 8 galleries on 2 floors dedicated to Khmer civilization, beliefs, dress, Khmer kings, Buddha images, stone inscriptions, Angkor Wat and Angkor Thom. Captions are in English. For more info about the museum, including promotional discounts, visit http://www.angkornationalmuseum.com.

Angkor Wat

Angkor Wat
by Spudlou about 4 years ago

I'd recommend renting a tuk tuk for the day to see Angkor Wat, unless it's not too hot in which case I'm sure bikes would be fun. I thought it was completely worth it to get up to see the main temple at sunrise, as long as the sky is quite clear, it's magical. The temples are of course stunning but we felt we were done after one day, while the guide books recommended 3 full days. There is so much to see but once you've seen a few you've seen them all. This is just my personal view, I'm sure real history/archaeology buffs could spend days looking at them.

Don't Waste Your Sunset Freebie On Phnom Bakheng
by Hacked By of youtube.com/fırlamaadam about 5 years ago
Don't Waste Your Sunset Freebie On Phnom Bakheng

On the day before your full-day visit to the Angkor temples, you'll be able to visit the park after 5pm free of charge. However, sunset is a bit disappointing as the park is mostly flat and the temples are so far apart. If you're keen on seeing the sun set over the countryside with a few hundred of your closest friends, head to popular Phnom Bakheng. Otherwise, use that time to see Bayon, Ta Prohm, or any other temple favorites while everyone else is busy sunsetting.

Strategies for the best Angkor Wat experience
by Drdang about 5 years ago
Strategies for the best Angkor Wat experience

1. Sunrise at the main Angkor Wat temple - Do it! Angkor Wat opens at 5am. You can get breakfast at any of the food stands near the entrance of the temple. Ask, and the vendors will tell you where the best spots are for sunrise photos. Just make sure you grab a place to sit with as little dirt as possible between you and the lake, otherwise someone will plop right in front of you to take that perfect photo. 2. Ta Prohm (where "Tomb Raider" was filmed) - Immediately after you take that sunrise photo, do not go into Angkor Wat. Get on that tuk-tuk and go immediately to Ta Prohm. This was my favorite temple! The huge tree roots growing into the temple is absolutely mystifying. However, my experience would have been so much better if there weren't a million tourists milling around the temple. Beat the crowd! 3. Bayon - The massive stone faces are so cool. We went here immediately after sunrise and had the whole temple to ourselves. I would go here second, after Tomb Raider.

What to Eat

Other

A great local ice cream shop
by Drdang about 5 years ago
A great local ice cream shop

Check out The Phsar Leu Bakery for great homemade ice cream. They have unique flavors like Vanilla and Brownies, Baileys, and your classics like mint chocolate. 1 scoop of ice cream on a cone is $1.25, which is $0.25 cheaper than their competitor Blue Pumpkin. There are 3 locations in Siem Reap, all within walking distance from Pub Street and Night Market. They also have free wi-fi and air conditioning. http://phsarleubakery.com/

Responsible Tourism

Volunteer

Volunteering in Cambodia
by Spudlou about 6 years ago
Volunteering in Cambodia

If you want to really experience the wonderful people of Cambodia, teach English for the Build Your Future Today project. It focuses on educating and guiding children in poorer areas. It is based in Siem Reap, so in your free time you can visit the Angkor Wat temples. It's in a more rugged part of town, near a stunning temple, with bustling markets and children playing in the street. The volunteering involves teaching English to the lovely children who already speak it pretty well. You'll have to plan your own lessons and use your own initiative, this can be a great personal learning experience. It's not intimidating, the other staff are sweet and supportive and speak English. You can lodge with a family next door for $5 a night with your own kitchen, or stay in a hostel in the tourist centre nearby. You can volunteer for any amount of time. Visit http://www.center-bft.org/ for more details and email the founder and organiser, Sedtha, on lsedtha@center-bft.org if you are interested.