What to see in Siem Reap | Cruise Mekong River

What to see in Siem Reap

Visit the Angkor temples

Your visit to Siem Reap cannot complete without visiting the Angkor Wat, but you should not ignore the other parts of this beautiful town, which play an important role in bringing the charm of this historical area to all of tourists. Travel Indochina Cambodia

Apart from the famous temples, from jungle adventures to vibrant culture to legendary nightlife, Siem Reap’s experiences are worth exploring.

Visit the Angkor temples

Angkor temples are the reason for almost every tourists coming here. Whether you are the most active and enthusiastic amateur photographer or you only wish to watch the temples at their best, going on a photography tour, you will make sure to catch the hidden highlights.

Visit the Angkor temples

Visit the Angkor temples

Come there in April to see the sun surpass the horizon right behind the principal dome of the shrine and to maximize your chances of a haze-free day, sunrise is believed as the best time for photos.

If sweating does not matter you, with US$2 daily rental fee helping to support local NGOs, you can rent a White Bicycle at any of the stands in town and spend all day long admiring the main temple circular line — Angkor Wat, Angkor Thom and Ta Prohm – at your own pace. You will certainly have plenty of time to see the big three, any smaller temples that catch your eye, and still head to Phnom Bakeng for the most spectacular sunset views. Go early to catch a spot, and make sure to accomplish it before getting access to the top of the temple viewing area clsosing at 5:30 p.m. Cambodia travel packages

Visit the other temples

Beside Angkor Wat, Siem Reap also has the other temples attracting tourists. For those who are fancy as a Cambodian Indiana Jones, paying a visit to the Beng Mealea, where they can see what the temples would look like if left to nature is not a bad idea.

Bayon temple

Bayon temple

Typically full-day tours combining with a trip to Koh Ker, a beautiful ancient capital city or stop at Banteay Srey 2, a not-popular-for-tourists temple and working monastery where hearing monks hymning is possible are offered.

If you are not really interested in visiting these temples, register for a tour of the charming Tonle Sap fishing villages, where you can see special authentic stilt architecture, unique floating green rice paddies and have conversations with local fishermen who are willing to invite you to his house for a very delicious freshly caught lunch is advisable.

Watch a traditional Apsara dance

If your liking in nightlife is a little bit more intellectual than the manic antics of the Pub Street, take a look at more traditional culture of Cambodia with a Khmer dance show known as the “paradise dancers” highlighting the Angkor temples.

Apsara dance

Apsara dance

A dinner together with enjoying performance available at many local hotels and restaurants is popular with almost tourists coming to Cambodia, but you should search more information for a reasonable price because of a wide variety of cost and quality. Apsara Terrace at the Raffles Grand Hotel D’Angkor and Angkor Village Hotel’s Apsara Theater are the two most famous places for their impressive classical dance and martial arts performances in Cambodia.

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