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Best Places to Visit in Siem Reap Province of 2017

  • 01 Neak Pean

    Neak Pean
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    The etymology goes back to Sanskrit word for Naga meaning serpent as Neak Pean brings forth the artistic and cultural derivations exited during the reign of King Jayavarman VII. Nean Peak at Angkor is an artificial island with a Buddhist temple. The pools in which the nagas are present seems to be the pure water from the Himalayas that cures illness and the ancient people in the region used to believe that a dip in the pools would cure all the diseases. Also, as per the Hindu beliefs, the pools are representing the four elements such as water, earth, fire and wind. The temple in the middle is dedicated to one of the forms of bodhisattva Avalokiteshvara.

    Location: Krong Siem Reap, Cambodia

    Price: $20 for a day


  • 02 Banteay Kdei

    Banteay Kdei
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    "A Citadel of Chambers" is the meaning of the word, Banteay Kdei, a Buddhist Temple in Angkor. It was built during the reign of Jayavarman VII in the 13th century AD. Bayon architectural style extends the temple the pride glory of ancient times. It has resemblances to the intriguing structures of Ta Prohm and Preah Khan but less complex and smaller. The temple is encircled by two walls and monks were always there until 1960s. Sprawled across the Angkor archeological area of 400 sq.km. The compound walls enclosing the temple are made of laterite stones. The complex showcases a variety of architectural nuances and sculptors which were dating back to the old Buddhist traditions.

    Location: Krong Siem Reap, Cambodia

    Price: Free


  • 03 Angkor Silk Farm

    Angkor Silk Farm
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    Have you always wondered how silk is made from silkworms? The Angkor Silk Farm in one of the best places in the world to teach you this craft.



    Highlights – This is the place where you get to know about the end to end process of sericulture through lots of workshops on silk farming. When you come here, you will be introduced to new processes like mulberry cultivation, cocoon formation, application of natural dyes to silk worms and all the process of silk cultivation. Here you will also get to know about the ancient weaving technology of Ikat weaving.

    Location – Puok district, about 20minutes away from Siem Reap Centre.

     Timings – The Angkor Siolk Farm is open from 8AM to 5PM on all days of the week.

     Price – Free guided tours are available and entrance is also free of cost.


  • 04 Srah Srang

    Srah Srang
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    One of the most famous spots in Siem Reap, Srah Srang or the Royal Bath is a reservoir which has water always in it.

     

    Highlights
    – Constructed during the 12th century by King Jayavarman II, Srah Srang is a massive lake (700x300m). The major highlight of this reservoir is that it contains water all the time and has a canopy of greenery surrounding it always. The Angkor Archaeological Park is clearly visible from the courtyard of this lake. Laterite and sandstone were used in abundance for constructing this lake. The platform which leads into this lake is flanked by two lions at the entrance. Sculptures of a Garuda and serpents are also found near the lake. Come here during sunrise/sunset for best views.

    Location –
    Angkor, Siem Reap.

    Timings –
    Sunrise to sunset.

    Price –
    Part of Angkor Archaeological Park. So entrance fee of USD20 (1-day), USD40 (2-day) and USD60 (7-day) applies here as well.


  • 05 Ta prohm

    Ta prohm
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    Built in traditional Khmer style, Ta Prohm is one of the most scenic temples in Angkor region in Cambodia as it has a canopy of trees and jungles around it. This became one of the Buddhist monasteries in Cambodia, thanks to the efforts of King Jayavarman VII.



    Highlights
    – One of the features that attracts viewers about Ta Prohm is that it is found in the same way as it was constructed during the 12th century, whereas most of the other temples in its vicinity have been reduced to mere architectural ruins today. During 1992, this temple was declared as a UNESCO World Heritage Site.

    Location
    – The temple can be found at just about 1km from Angkor Thom on the southern part of East Baray.

    Timings
    – 5AM to 6PM every day.

    Price
    - All the temples in this area charge USD20, USD40 and USD60 for one-day, three-day and 7-day packages respectively. 


  • 06 Angkor Archaeological Park

    Angkor Archaeological Park
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    This is a must visit place in Cambodia for architecture and history lover. This park contains the architectural remnants of some of the most beautiful structures and temples in Cambodia that were constructed between the 9th and 15th centuries.



    Highlights – This is one of the most important architectural hubs in South East Asia. Though there are many temples here, the most famous ones are Angkor Wat, Bayon Temple and at Angkor Thom. Built in traditional Khmer style of architecture, these temples attract millions of foreign tourists all through the year. The park is set across 400 sq. km. and it was declared as a UNESCO World Heritage Site during 1992. Angkor Wat Temple is considered to be the oldest temple in the world.

    Location
    – North Cambodia.

    Timings
    - Most of the temples in this area are open from 5AM to 6PM.

    Price
    – One day, 2-day and 7-day passes are available for USD20, USD40 and USD60 respectively.


  • 07 Krol Ko

    Krol Ko
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    A small temple built in the 12th century which has much importance in the traditional aspects of Cambodia is Krol Ko. Park of the Oxen is the description given to the temple that is located very close to Neam Pean. A tower and a ‘library’ are the main structures included in the temple and as the history says, King Jayavarman VII was the one who erected this temple as well. Every other main Khmer temples in the region, Krol Ko also has a deep influence of the Khmer reign and the particular architectural technique of that period. But what attracts the visitors mostly is the pediments on the ground along with the triangular pediments of Avalokiteshvara standing on a lotus and of Krishna who lifts the Mount Govardhan.

    Location: Sangkat Nokor Thum, Siem Reap, Cambodia Price Free


  • 08 Bayon temple

    Bayon temple
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    Part of the Angkor Archaeological Park, the Bayon temple was built during the 12th century CE, during the rule of Buddhist King Jayavarman VII. Today what we see is a perfect blend of Theravada Buddhist and Hindu styles of architecture patterns, as this temple was modified by various kings later on.



    Highlights
    – If you are an architecture lover, you will truly love Bayon temple, where the main deity is Lord Buddha. Built in traditional and historic Khmer style of architecture, this temple contains numerous towers. All these towers have wonderfuls stone faces carved on them. The other highlight here is a couple of bas reliefs found here, representing various mythological values.

    Location – Situated in King Jayavarman’s capital city of Angkor Thom.

    Timings
    – 5AM to 6PM.

    Entry fee
    – One day, three-day and seven-day passes cost USD20, USD40 and USD60 respectively.


  • 09 War museum Cambodia

    War museum Cambodia
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    If you have a passion for history, you must visit the War Museum in Cambodia. This is the place where you will be transported back into a world which introduces you to the historical reigns, struggles, successes and wars of Cambodia in the most comprehensive manner possible.



    Highlights
    – Soldiers who served in the war previously act as tourist guides here. How better can it get than this? It is also one of the first kinds of museum in Cambodia and takes guests through the last 30 years of Cambodian war history with an exotic and impressive collection of jet fighter planes, helicopters, artillery guns and other war machines of various models.

    Location
    – Siem Reap.

    Timings
    – 8AM to 5.30PM on all days of the week.

    Price
    – USD1 for Cambodian tourists and USD5 for foreign tourists. Entrance fee includes tourist guide, parking, photography and filming.


  • 10 Angkor What? Bar

    Angkor What? Bar
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    Siem Reap, Cambodia’s architectural hub which houses the famous Angkor Wat temple complex, is also home to lots of night clubs. The nightlife here is so vivacious that you have to see it to believe its class.



    Highlights –
    Brunch, dinner and impressive variety of cocktails and drinks are served here to attract international and local tourists to a great extent. This bar was constructed in 1998 and has the distinction of being the first ever bar on Pub Street. With excellent drinks, reasonable prices, pool tables, loud music, great ambience and a lively atmosphere, Angkor What? Bar is a perfect hang-out spot for tourists after a tiring visit to the 1000 year architectural ruins.

    Location –
    Pub Street.

    Price –
    Angkor Beer-USD1.5, Long

    Island Pitcher –
    USD10.

    Timings –
    5PM until late night.


  • 11 Prek Toal Bird Sanctuary

    Prek Toal Bird Sanctuary
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    Siem Reap is not just a place for adventure enthusiasts, but it is also a place for nature lovers and ornithologists. Prek Toal Bird Sanctuary is one such place.

     

    Highlights –
    Set up over 42000 hectares, the Prek Toal Bird Sanctuary is located in the Battambang Province. A popular eco-tourist destination, Prek Toal Bird Sanctuary is the abode of rare species of water birds that come here from different parts of the world during the migratory period. The sanctuary is located within the Tonle Sap Biospere Reserve. Some of the birds that you can spot here are Black headed Ibis, Painted Storks, Milky Storks, Spot-billed pelicans, Fish Eagle, Greater Adjuncts, Lesser Adjuncts and many more.

    Location –
    Battambang Province, Siem Reap.

    Timings
    – Come to the park during the dry season between December and March to witness lots of birds.

    Price – USD25per person towards entry into the park. Boat tours are available here.


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  • 12 The Terrace of the Elephants

    The Terrace of the Elephants
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    It is the architectural ruins of Angkor that tourist unearth some historic marvels. Terrace of Elephats is one of them, found in the massive Angkor Thom ruins.

    Highlights – Part of the well-protected temple complex of Angkor Thom, the Terrace of Elephants was the platform which King Jayavarman II used to witness his successful army returning. All through the 300m long structure, one can find stunning and rare bas-reliefs covered with small figurines and statues of elephants, dancers, lions, horses, soldiers and more. The entire terrace is about 2.5m tall. Of the three main platforms here, the carvings on the north platform are the most gorgeous. As you walk past the life-size sculptures of elephants, you cannot help but get awestruck at the skill of the local artisans.



    Location
    – Angkor Thom complex, Siem Reap.

    Timings – 5AM to 6PM.

    Price – USD20, USD40 and USD60 for 1-day, 2-day and 7-day pass respectively. If tickets are bought for Angkor Thom, you need not pay again for Terrace of Elephants.




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  • 13 Beng Mealea

    Beng Mealea
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    Being the most mysterious temple in the Siem Reap region, Beng Mealea offers a splendid view to the visitors always. An enclosure measuring 1.2 KM by 900 meter is the major attraction of the temple. It was covered by thick forests in earlier years and many trees have been cut during the last some years. People can mend their ways to enter the temple through the trails with perfectly chiseled sand stone blocks and then through long dark chambers and hanging vines. Rock climbing and hopping can be done near the site and that is how the temple has got much influence among the number of tourists visiting Siem Reap every year. The basic concept behind the temple is Hindu mythology but some Buddist relics are also portrayed in the architectural nuances. The timing of visit is from 07:00 AM to 05:30 PM.

    Location: Angkor Archaeological Park, Cambodia

    Price: $5 per person


  • 14 Angkor National Museum

    Angkor National Museum
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    If there is one place where you can witness Khmer majesty in full form, it is the Angkor National Museum.

     

    Highlights –
    This museum is the best place to witness Angkor and Khmer civilisation representations under one roof. The museum contains various displays denoting the various religions and royalty witnessed by Khmer dynasty. Also some of the collections like inscriptions, carvings and details about great Khmer rulers, denote to the glory of this place during the pre-Angkorian era. One look around the place is enough to take you through the impressive history and evolution of Angkor over the years.

    Location –
    Siem Reap.

    Timings –
    8.30AM to 6PM from April to September and 8.30AM to 6.30PM from October to March.

    Price –
    USD12 per person for adults and USD6 per person for kids below 1.2m of height. Guided audio tours are available for USD3 per person. 


  • 15 Angkor Thom

    Angkor Thom
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    There are many places in Siem Reap that capture the attention of history and archaeological lovers. Angkor Thom is one of them.

    Highlights – Set up during the 12th century by King Jayavarman II, Angkor Thom was the last and most reputed capital of the Khmer Kingdom. Built in pure Bayon style, this site was constructed using a large amount of laterite and massive naga-carrying figures on its 5 towers, each 23m tall. The gates opening to this site has massive representations of “Churning of the Ocean” episode from Hindu mythology. The gate on the south is often used by tourists who come from Angkor Wat to Angkor Thom. Traditionally, the Khmers addressed this as Prasat Angkor Thom. By 1609, many parts of Angkor Thom started getting damaged and what is left today are just the colossal remnants.



    Location
    – Siem Reap.

    Timings- 5AM to 6PM.

    Price – Part of Angkor Archaeological Park; therefore prices are USD20 (one day pass), USD40 (2-day pass) and USD70 (7-day pass).




  • 16 Preah Khan

    Preah Khan
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    Located towards the northeast of Angkor Archaeological Park, Preah Khan (meaning, Royal Sword), is a temple which was constructed by King Jayavarman VII. It is also quite closely situated to Ta Prohm temple, which makes this a good tourist spot.



    Highlights
    – Lots of plants and trees grow around the Preah Khan temple, which makes it look lovelier than ever before. Lord Buddha, in the name of Avalokiteshwara, is the main deity of this temple. The temple complex is quite huge and there are two gates leading into the temple. Prior to becoming a temple, this complex was used as the residence of the royal clan who ruled over this place, which gives a majestic look to this place.

    Location
    – Towards the western side of the Jataka Baray and north east of Angkor Thom, this temple is situated in close proximity to the Ta Prohm Temple.

    Timings
    – 5AM to 6PM every day.

    Price
    – Temple entry pass of USD20 (one day), USD20 (3 days) and USD60 (7 days).


  • 17 Baphuon temple

    Baphuon temple
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    This is yet another brilliant piece of Khmer style of architecture in Angkor, Cambodia. Baphuon Temple was constructed around the 11th century by King Udayadityavarman II. The temple served as the royal temple then.



    Highlights
    – Baphuon temple is a three-layered beautiful mountain temple and was part of the royal palace during the years of monarchical rule in Cambodia. Around 20th century, the temple started to get dilapidated and it was only during 2011 that the restoration of the temple was completed successfully after a whopping 51 years of dedicated effort. Lord Shiva is the main deity in this temple.

    Location
    – Angkor Thom, towards the north western side of Bayon.

    Timings
    – 5AM to 6PM.

    Price
    – Since this temple is part of the Angkor Archaeological Park, entrance fee is same as other temples – USD20 (one day), USD40 (three day pass) and USD60 (seven day pass). 3-day pass should be used within one week of issuance and 7-day pass should be used within one month of issuance.


  • 18 Me Chrey

    Me Chrey
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    Situated in close proximity to the famous Angkor temples, Me Chrey is a beautiful floating village which offers guests various opportunities to feel entertained. Living with locals and bird watching are few of them.

     

    Highlights –
    When you visit the floating village of Me Chrey on Tonle Sap Lake, you should mandatorily get to know about the lifestyle of the locals living here. Planting rice plants and fishing are the main occupations of the locals. Come here during the early hours to witness live action of fishing. You can take boats or tuk-tuks from Siem Reap to reach Me Chrey. Location – Bank of Tonle Sap Lake, about 9km from Siem Reap.

    Timings –
    Can be visited all through the year; however visiting this place during sunrise is considered ideal.

    Price –
    While the boat ride costs just about USD20 per person, eco-tourism packages cost around USD70 per person.


  • 19 Banteay Srei Butterfly Centre

    Banteay Srei Butterfly Centre
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    Do you love the harmless and colourful, winged-creatures called butterflies? How about spotting hundreds of butterflies at one location? Exciting, isn’t it? You have to come to Banteay Srei Butterfly Centre to witness this.

     

    Highlights –
    One of the newer tourist spots in Cambodia’s Siem Reap Province, Banteay Srei Butterfly Centre, shortly known as BBC, consists of thousands of butterflies in one single place. It is the biggest butterfly exhibit centre in South East Asia and is definitely worth a visit for nature lovers. When you visit BBC, you can get introduced to butterfly farming, life cycle of butterflies, butterfly conservation and other ecological details. The amount collected by tourists goes towards the welfare of the local people. There are expert guides to take you through the farm.

    Location –
    Siem Reap.  

    Timings - 
    9AM to 5PM on all days of the week.

    Price –
    USD4 per adult and USD2 per kid.


  • 20 Bakong Temple

    Bakong Temple
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    As Bakong Temple is the first mountain temple sandstone in Cambodia, it has a special space in the culture and tradition of the country deeply. Located near modern Siem Reap, the temple was constructed by the rulers of Khmer Empire. It has the shape of a stepped pyramid which intricately exposes the Khmer architectural styles. It was also the official state temple of King Indravarman I in the final decades of the 09th century AD. Ed inside is Lord Shiva. The primary deity placThere are three concentric enclosures and they are separated by different moats. Elephant statues as guardians at the corners of three lower levels of the pyramid and statues of lions remain as the guardian at the stairs.

    Location: Hariharalaya, Roluos, Cambodia

    Price: Free


  • 21 Lotus Farm

    Lotus Farm
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    If you love lotus flowers and if you have been craving to see thousands of flowers at one single place, the Lotus Farm at Battambang, Cambodia, is the place you have to be.

    Highlights – Apart from witnessing the flowers, you can get first-hand experience of how lotus plants are cultivated, how they are converted into various purposes. Do not miss to see the lotus fabric production when you come here. This is a process where selected lotus stems are cleaned thoroughly and then cut open to bring out the fibres. These fibres are then spun nicely into a thread by the weaving experts found here. Thee threads are very fine and resemble silk and the added advantage of these lotus threads is that no worms or other living beings are disturbed in this process.



    Location
    – Kamping Poy, Battambang.

    Timings – Open all through the day.

    Price – Entrance is free of cost here.




  • 22 Cambodia Landmine museum

    Cambodia Landmine museum
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    This is one of the must visit places in Cambodia for environment lovers all over the world.



    Highlights
    – This is probably one of the very few places in the world, where you will know about landmines, their dangers and risks, how it impacts kids, how it kills people and ways to disarm these landmines. There is a farm right behind the museum, where kids who are saved from landmines are put in relief camps and cared for. The museum is a repository of excellent tools, guns, weapons and other equipment that were used for mining in those days.

    Location
    – Situated at about 25km distance from Siem Reap, this museum is located in close proximity to Banteay Srei.

    Timings
    – 7.30AM to 5.30PM every day. Professional guided tours are available in English and Japanese on Mondays, Tuesdays, Thursdays and Fridays from 9AM to 5PM.

    Price
    – Foreign adults – USD5. Cambodian citizens and kids below 10 years of age – free of cost.


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