Siem Reap is best recognized as the entrance to Angkor Wat & the rest of Angkor ruins, a UNESCO World Heritage site. The UNESCO site encompasses not only the shrines but also hydraulic structures, reservoirs and canals that collectively make up close 400 square kilometers in what’s arguably one of the most noteworthy archeological sites in Southeast Asia. If you are not so sure regarding what to add into your Siem Reap tour packages
, then please keep reading this article.
Go shrine hopping around Angkor Wat:
There is no right or wrong way to discover Angkor Archaeological Park, but you can be tactful about it. Start with official 'Wonder of the World' & the largest spiritual site on Earth, Angkor Wat but get up early to witness it at sunrise as there will be a lot of tourists with the same idea. Get yourself the 3-day temple pass ($62) if you are here for anything longer than a week break, as it is worth taking time to discover the smaller of-road shrines such as Preah Pithu, in and around the main city of Angkor Thom.
Take an exciting hot air balloon ride:
Probably the most enthralling experience you can discover in Southeast Asia, taking a flight over the famous Angkor complex at sunset or sunrise is just incredible. Compared to the helicopter ride, the hot air balloon ride is slower, more tranquil and quieter. Don’t forget to take your camera as there will be lots of photos to be taken from the air.
Explore the old market:
Also identified as Psah Chas (pronounced “psa cha”), the old market is right in the heart of town & was the original market prior to the countless others cropped up. This market has everything & is a must visit as it will give you a glimpse of the real Cambodia, the country that lies outside of the well visited Siem Reap.
Phnom Penh, Cambodia’s busy capital, sits at the junction of the Mekong & Tonlé Sap rivers. It was a hub for both the Khmer Empire & French colonialists. On its walkable riverfront, lined with parks, eateries and bars, are the ornate Royal Palace, Silver Pagoda & the National Museum, demonstrating artifacts from around the nation.
Battambang is the main hub of the Northwest connecting the entire region with Phnom Penh and Thailand, and as such it’s a vital link for Cambodia. Battambang city is a peaceful and pleasant place these days. It is a nice, picturesque setting. As with much of Cambodia, the French architecture is an attractive bonus of the city.