Angkor Wat, Things To Do, See In Siem Reap || Siem Reap Tourism
Hi guys, Its a fever pitch to me to share with you this exciting news: Angkor is one of the most important archaeological sites in South-East Asia. Stretching over some 400 km2, including forested area, Angkor Archaeological Park contains the magnificent remains of the different capitals of the Khmer Empire, from the 9th to the 15th century. They include the famous Temple of Angkor Wat and, at Angkor Thom, the Bayon Temple with its countless sculptural decorations. UNESCO has set up a wide-ranging programme to safeguard this symbolic site and its surroundings. Till now you didn’t visit this place then plan it soon to hold the architectural experience. The best things to see and do in a unique place. Keep on reading.
Go Temple-hopping around Angkor Wat:
Expect a few temples, you can visit any of the temples at any time in a day. But in few, one of the temples is Angkor Wat where you should visit early in the morning at the time of sunrise which is the most amazing view. Angkor Wat is the largest religious site on Earth and was recognized as the wonder of the world. Moreover, you go for a hilltop complex like Phnom Bakheng at dawn to avoid crowds (most people visit here at sunset). It’s best to do most of your exploring before the midday sun hits, although the ‘Tombraider Temple’, Ta Prohm, is a good one to go to in the afternoon, as it’s shaded (read: half-eaten) by tightly-knotted banyan trees.
Opening times: Daily, 5 am – 6 pm. Some temples close earlier (Kbal Spean closes at 3 pm).
Location: Angkor Archaeological Park.
Get some context at Angkor National Museum:
It is the Golden Era of the Khmer Kingdom, one of the ancient civilizations of this world was being created. It was the origin of Khmer art, culture, and architecture. These great inventions became one of the few wonders of the world that still amaze people throughout generations that still hold a great impact in present Cambodia society. It might be better to go before you visit the Angkor complex.
Opening times: Daily, 8.30am – 6 pm, (until 6.30pm 1 Oct to 30 Apr).
Location: 968 Charles de Gaulle Blvd.
Go off the track at Beng Mealea:
It is well known for its adventures, you can plan a one-hour trip outside of town to the mysterious twelfth-century temple, Beng Mealea. Found deep in the jungle, it has the same ‘unearthed’ feel as Ta Prohm, but without the tourists queuing up to do an Angelina Jolie pose in front of it. Scrambling around piles of crumbling bricks and roots wrapped around sandstone, you’ll feel like the true explorer of a lost empire.
Opening times: Daily, 7 am – 5.30pm.
Location: Angkor Archaeological Park, near Siem Reap.
Visit a floating village:
This is southeast Asian’s largest freshwater lake, but the real treat is seeing how the fisherman and their families live. you can make your journey from Siem Reap to Phnom Penh by express boat crossing the lake and dock at the village of Chong Khneas. It takes only six hours, but this trip we may recommend you during Monsoon season. In the dry season, the boat sometimes stuck in the mud because the water is low. There are several ways to see the culture and wildlife of the lake area depending on the amount of time you have and your interest.
Banteay Sam Re – Siem Reap:
Banteay Sam Relocated at Preah Dak commune, Bon Tiey Srey District by Charles De Gaulle Road via Angkor Wat in 16-kilometer distance from the provincial town of Siem Reap. The monument itself has its own story, related with particular relish by Mr. Baradat. It tells of the accession to the throne of a poor farmer of Samre origin named Pou, who specialized in the cultivation of sweet cucumbers – the seeds of which he had received in some supernatural manner. Moreover, The artwork is so delicate that it is said to have been made by women, hence the name ‘Banteay Srei’, meaning ‘Citadel of the Women’. Don’t forget your camera!
Opening times: Daily, 7.30am – 5.30pm.
Location: Angkor Archaeological Park.
Siem Reap Weather:
Siem Reap has just two seasons – The Wet and dry. The temples look more beautiful just after the rain and the water at ton le Sao is also full. However, it can rain at any time and hence carry wet gear with you. The dry season, however, can be very hot in the day and it is not possible to visit many temples – so it is advisable to plan your trip accordingly.
Siem Reap Airport:
The Siem Reap International Airport connects to all major cities in Asia and South East Asia. India does not have a direct flight as yet and I flew via Bangkok and crossed the border by land the second time. Taxis are available to take you to downtown or ask your hotel to arrange transfers. USD is the preferred currency.
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