Siem Reap is predominantly known as the gateway to the Temples of Angkor. It’s a large city with a mix of colonial and Cambodian architecture as well as wild nightlife and western chains. Further out are quieter options with some lovely hotels set in the countryside.
Angkor National Museum
Useful to understand the Khmer empire before visiting the temple ruins.
Cambodia Landmine Museum
Proceeds go to mine-awareness campaigns.
Towards the end of the Khmer Rouge regime and in the two decades that followed, thousands of mines were laid across Cambodia. Today, many mines have been cleared but millions still remain with most in the rural north-west of the country, especially along the Thai border. The most effected are those working on the land in rural communities.
Near Banteay Srei (25km from Siem Reap)
Banteay Srei Butterfly Centre
Largest in Southeast Asia – aiming to provide sustainable living to locals.
7km before Banteay Srei temple.
VISITING THE TEMPLES OF ANGKOR
The Angkor complex is vast, stretching some 400 km2. In a day you can see the well known sites but you could spend days here.
FOOD & DRINK
Sample some of the fried creatures from scorpions to spiders.
A magnet for young backpackers looking for loud music and cheap drinks – think Khao San Road.
The international airport isn’t far from the city and will connect you to all the major Asian cities. Take domestic flights to Phnom Penh and Sihanoukville to avoid bus journeys.
Arrive daily from Bangkok and around Cambodia. Since new roads were built journeys between cities aren’t actually that long. You can also cross the boarder into Southern Laos.
Visited December 2016
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