Siem Reap, Cambodia

Angkor Wat sunrise
Sunrise over the gorgeous Angkor Wat

Have you ever heard about Siep Reap? Have you ever heard about Angkor Wat? But when i said Tomb Raider, i think you all already know the game and the movie starred by Angelina Jolie. And Yess, Siem Reap is the home of The Tomb Raider.

Information:

– Angkor Wat is the world heritage site. It is the most popular tourism site in Cambodia. Angkor Wat also becomes the icon of Cambodia. The temple complex is very large  with the beautiful lotus pond at the front of the main gate. Tourists always come to Angkor Wat at the dawn to catch the sunrise. It’s very exotic. So, don’t miss it.

– There is a very very very old temple named Ta Phrom. This temple is known as Tomb Raider. The trees are growing out on the the temple and it’s giant roots grip the temple as if it raid the tomb/temple. This moss covered ancient temple is used as a location in the Angelina Jolie’s film of Tomb Raider.

– Not far from Angkor Wat, there lies another ancient temple complex called Angkor Thom/Bayon. I think this complex is larger than Angkor Wat. The temples are decorated with many face reliefs. You can see a lot of face relief from the gate to the main tower. I think Mount Rushmore is inspired by Angkor Thom LoL…

– Just like the name, there are many pubs and restaurant in Pub Street. Another  attraction around this Pub Street is Angkor Night Market. You can buy marchandises, relax yourself with fish spa, or getting some traditional massage.

– Apsara Dance is the most popular traditional dance in Cambodia. Formerly, only the king who can watch this dance.

– The missing part of the temples can be seen in Angkor National Museum. This museum reveals the Angkor history. It explains very detail.

– Another tourist attractions are silk farm, Cambodian Cultural Village, Cambodian traditional market/old market, etc.

– I think most of all Cambodian in Siem Reap and Phnom Penh can speak English. When i was there, i didn’t get any difficulties speaking with the locals.

– Cambodian use Riel (the local currency) and US Dollar for the transaction. So don’t be worry about your USD money, unless there’s nothing left on your pocket.

– One of the most popular motor vehicle in Southeast Asia is auto rickshaw or three-wheeler called Tuk-tuk. You can find it in Cambodia as well.

Location:

Siem Reap is located in Cambodia, Southeast Asia. You can go there using these following alternatives:

1. From Kuala Lumpur straight to Siem Reap (C) by an airplane.

2. From Ho Chi Minh (A), you can take a bus to Siem Reap (C) via Pnom Penh (B) for about 12 hours. (cost US$21)

3. From Pnom Penh (B) to Siem Reap (C), you can take a bus for about 7 hours. (Costs US$9).

4. From Bangkok (D) to Siem Reap (C) can be reach by bus or by plane.

Siem Reap Map.
Siem Reap Map. A. Ho Chi Minh, B. Phnom Penh, C. Siem Reap, D. Bangkok

How To Get There:

– To reach Angkor Wat, you can rent Tuk-tuk from the hotel cost US$13/day.  The tuk-tuk will carry you all day long around Angkor Wat/Angkor Thom/Ta Phrom. If you need some tour guide, just ask the hotel. Entrance fee to the temple complex is US$20/person/day.

– If you want to go to Angkor National Museum, Silk Farm, Cambodian Cultural Village, you can rent Tuk-tuk cost US$10/day.

Accomodation:

There are many hostels and hotels in Siem Reap. I stayed at Palm Garden Lodge when i was there. Generally, this hostels offer free Tuk-tuk pick up from hostel to bus terminal/airport/Old Market/Pub Street and vice versa. However, there’s is no free Tuk-tuk to Angkor Wat, Silk Farm, and other tourism objects 😀 .

Gallery:

– Angkor Wat

Angkor Wat
i look so tiny compared to the temple

– Angkor Thom/Bayon

Bayon/Angkor Thom/
Bayon/Angkor Thom, Thousand faces temple

– Ta Phrom/Tomb Raider

Ta Phrom
Ta Phrom, where Tomb Raider movie took place

– Silk Farm

Silk farm in Siem Reap
Silk farm in Siem Reap

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