Siem Reap attractions, what to see
In addition to the temples "Archaeological Park of Angkor", which are discussed separately (see guide to Angkor), in Siem reap and next to it there are several interesting places to visit. Among them are the national Museum of Angkor, a floating village on the Tonle SAP lake, crocodile farm, many small temples in the city of Siem reap.
Entertainment directly in the city in the daytime not very much. Except that you can walk around the Royal Park (Royal Gardens), shopping centre, Lucky Mall, wander through the many markets, sit in one of the cafes. Shopping in Siem reap is not too much, even despite the presence of Lucky Mall shopping centre. The Mall, though large, look there is nothing special, and the prices are affordable as you can get. Well, if you have time in Siem reap to spare, you can take courses of cooking (Coocking classes), ceramics (Ceramics Classes) and even a Golf course.
In the evening, when the tourists return from trips to the temples, on the streets starts a real holiday. Streets in the center, near the night market and Pub Street, zapolnyaetsya tourists. On the street the Pub Street bars literally no place where to sit in the markets is a brisk trade in Souvenirs. Massage parlours beckoning passers-by traditional massage and massage fish. In General, the evening in Siem reap is quite interesting and fun.
The national Museum of Angkor (Angkor National Museum)
The Museum tells about the history of Khmer culture and civilization, shows the history of the temples of Angkor. It is very modern and interactive, equipped with the latest technology. The Museum is huge and consists of eight galleries, each dedicated to a separate topic: the Khmer civilisation; religion; the great Khmer kings; Angkor; Angkor Thom; the story of a stone; vintage suits; hall of a thousand Buddhas. If you're not familiar with the history and culture of the Khmer Empire of the Angkor period, then skip this Museum is in any case impossible.
Entrance fee: $ 12. When booking tickets on the Museum website http://www.angkornationalmuseum.com/ you can get a discount.
Hours: daily from 8:30 to 18:00.
How to get there: the national Museum is located on Boulevard Charles De Gaulle, 968. The national Museum on a map of Siem Reap.
The Museum of landmines (Landmine Museum)
This Museum was founded by a former soldier from among the Khmer Rouge named Aki Ra, who later became a sapper. With exhibits that are cleared of bombs and mines, and the Museum tells about the problem and the great danger of anti-personnel mines in large numbers remained in the lands of Cambodia after the civil war. You can also watch a short film about the life of Aki Ra.
May not be worth it to go this far (the Museum is located 31 km from Siem Reap) only for the Museum, but if you pass by (on the way to the complex of temples Banteay Srei and Phnom Kulen), why not stop by and donate to help the victims of landmines couple of dollars.
Entrance fee: entrance is free. Donations, which you can leave in the Museum, will go to help the victims of landmines.
Hours: Daily from 7:30 to 17:30.
How to get there: in 2007, the Museum moved to a new place, and now is 31 km from Siem Reap. Museum of anti-personnel mines on the map of Siem Reap.
The Tonle SAP lake and floating village
The Tonle SAP lake (Tonle Sap) is the largest lake in Cambodia and the largest freshwater lake in Southeast Asia. Due to the large amount of silt the water in the lake always has a yellow-brown color. The lake is home to a huge number of fish. Here is constantly full of life: the fishermen catch the fish, and on floating platforms in straw houses live whole villages.
Floating villages, local residents began to create from what because of the constant change of water level in the lake throughout the year (rainy season and dry season) the coastline changes significantly. To be always near the water and not to move their homes, and had the idea to move the village right on the water.
Interesting that the Tonle SAP river into the lake, twice a year changes the direction of flow.
From Siem Reap to the lake are boat trips or boats, but you can arrange a tour for yourself and by yourself, once you arrive by tuk tuk or taxi to the Marina and hire a boat there. During the tours is to visit one of the floating villages, the most popular of which is Chong Khneas. Do not think that the people of this village live the nineteenth century. And they have electricity (generators), TV, school, police said. In General, as in any other village on the land. In the village of Chong Khneas there is even something like a mini-Museum, Gecko Environment Centre, which tells about the local flora and fauna, of life around and on the lake.
There are two opinions about visiting the lake and the floating village: the first visit is not necessary, because here not interesting, it's just poverty and divorce tourists for money; the second that worth to visit and see the real life of Cambodians outside of town. Indeed, we have cases of the cunning fraud with the money, including the use of children, and the price of organized tours from Siem Reap unreasonably high. But still, the place is quite interesting and exotic, and our opinion is that it is better to organize your itinerary by yourself hiring a boat, and try not to accept all offers "captain" to visit a particular place, and to sail a lot more like himself. Besides, it will be much cheaper than buying an excursion at a travel Agency.
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Entrance fee: depending on how you will organize your trip to the lake, cost $ 19 to $ 60. The cheapest way is to join a group tour, arriving on their own (by taxi or tuk-tuk) to the pier of the lake, the so-called port of Chong Khneas. To hire a boat for $ 5 after bargaining.
How to get there:the Situation of the village Chong Khneas on the Tonle SAP lake.
Crocodile farm (Crocodile Farm)
At the crocodile farm, Siem Reap is home to over 1000 crocodiles. Any show with crocodiles on the type of Thai you will not see here, but if you've never seen live crocodiles, it is worth a visit. Here you can purchase products made from crocodile skin, cow and other animals at prices lower than in Thailand.
Entrance fee: $ 3.
Working time: from 7:00 to 19:00.
How to get there: the farm is on the road to the Tonle SAP lake.
Park Phnom Kulen (Phnom Kulen)
This place is also called the mountain and the waterfall of Phnom kulen. But this is actually a huge national Park where there is a mountain from which flows the river on which is situated a 30-meter waterfall of Phnom kulen.
The mountain has historic significance: here, in 802, king Jayavarman II announced the independence of the country, marking the beginning of modern-day Cambodia. The river is called "River of a thousand lingas". Lingams is a phallic symbols carved on the bottom of the river. In the river you can swim.
Alternatively, there is a temple with an 8-meter long reclining Buddha, gazebos, restaurant, retail shops. This place is very popular among Cambodians, who come here on weekends and holidays to relax or to pay tribute to the sacred place. Among tourists this place is not really popular.
Given the relatively high cost per visit Phnom kulen and its remoteness may not be worth it to include it in your itinerary.
Entrance fee: admission to the Park Phnom kulen for foreigners – $ 20. The cost of an organized tour from Siem Reap will be about $ 50 per person. Pass to Angkor do not apply here.
Working time: When you visit be aware that the road to Phnom kulen runs before lunch in a direction there and back after lunch. So going to the Park should be in the morning and return just after lunch.
How to get there: Phnom kulen is located 50 kilometers from Siem Reap. See Phnom kulen on the map.
Military Museum (Siem Reap War Museum)
On the road from Siem Reap to the airport is a military Museum. Under the open sky exposed by major military equipment involved in actual combat, and inside of the Museum contains many small exhibits. In the collection of large equipment, there are helicopters, planes and tanks, including Soviet production, but, unfortunately, all in very poor condition. Part of the equipment, apparently, brought directly from the battle fields after they were hit. Some of the exhibits are overgrown with grass. Overall impression of the Museum is that it was abandoned and no one cares.
The Museum is quite interesting to visit. But if you are a fan of military equipment and history, you will probably be disappointed after a visit.
Entrance fee: $ 3.
How to get there: the Museum is located a few kilometers from Siem Reap on the way to the airport. The Museum on the map.
Cultural village of Cambodia (Cambodia Cultural Village)
In this thematic Park-Museum you can get acquainted with the life and culture of numerous peoples of Cambodia. Over a relatively large area of the Park really is as many as 11 unique villages, different cultures residing in the territory of the Kingdom. In each of the villages, besides the exhibits, you can watch traditional shows and performances, including: wedding ceremonies, acrobatic and circus performances, games, dance show, elephant show and more. Here you can see the traditional dance Apsara (Apsara dance). There is even a wax Museum, telling about historical events and outstanding personalities from ancient times to the present. Of course, on the territory of the village there is a traditional restaurant.
This place is definitely worth a visit. Only one is bad - all here to see, you need at least half a day, and time in Siem reap is never enough.
Working time: from 9:00 to 21:00. Information about start time of the show and performances can be seen on the official website of the village http://www.cambodianculturalvillage.com
Entrance fee: entrance fee for a standard ticket – $ 11. Children free of charge. Information about additional services (VIP visits, tour guide, taxi), see the Park's website - http://www.cambodianculturalvillage.com
How to get there: the Village is located 3 kilometers from downtown and can get here if you wish, you can walk. The position of the Cultural village on the map of Siem Reap.
Center Street Pub Street
This is the most merry and tourist street of Siem Reap. Along the street are plenty of bars and restaurants, and in the evening all the tourists flock here. Often, the street is so filled that is even difficult to find space at the bar. But it does not matter: if you not found, can find a place to sit on a nearby street.
How to get there: the Street is Pub Street is the center of the city, although geographically it is the southern part of the city position street Pub Street Siem Reap on the map. It can be reached by foot or for $ 1-2 tuk-tuk ride from the outlying hotels in the city.
Night market (Night Market)Actually, in Siem reap with the coming of darkness (usually 18-19 hours) starts to work a huge number of markets. Their range of products mainly designed for tourists who came under the impression after walking around the Angkor temples, or a trip to the Tonle SAP lake. Mostly cheap Souvenirs of the Chinese manufacture in Angarskoi symbols, the crafts of local craftsmen and artists (paintings, woodwork, utensils), bags, silk products, jewelry and jewelry, and a lot more interesting things. Prices usually initially called very high, need to bargain. Price actually shoot down 2-3 times.
How to get: Night markets and rynecki can be found everywhere, especially in the center around street Pub Street. One of the most interesting metal-clad switchgear and night markets on the map.
The Siem Reap art centre (Art Center)
If you go out of the town centre by a pedestrian bridge to the other side of the river, you can get into the so-called cultural centre of Siem Reap. In fact, it is the market or shopping center under the open sky consisting of many shops-boutiques. The range differs little from the range night market.
How to get there:Cultural centre of Siem Reap on the map.
Park "gärten" (Royal Gardes)
This is a small Park in the centre of Siem Reap. To say that this is an extremely beautiful place in here will be a pleasant stroll in the day, but it's one of the few places in the heart of Siem reap, where you can walk. The Park has a fountain, a small temple and Avenue with trees, in the branches which live bats or something like them.
How to get there:Park on the map.
HMAR Wat Bo
This is one of the oldest (founded in the 18th century) and the very famous temples of the city. Interesting that the main viharn of the temple is painted with unique paintings that reflect daily life of local residents. Behind the main Buddha statue is a large collection of statues of the Buddha.
How to get there:Wat Bo on the map.
Wat Preah Prom Rath
This large and beautiful temple is located almost in the heart of the city.
How to get there:Wat Preah Prom Rath on the map.
Apsara theatre is a show of traditional dances with dinner. It takes place in a specially constructed for this purpose stylish and comfortable. Entrance, including the cost of the dinner is $ 50. Show takes place from 20:00 to 21:30 and it is advisable to book tickets in advance.
It is worth saying that for the price of $ 50, you get a rather modest dinner and not so fabulous shows. So if this amount is not small for you, from visiting this place and abandon, but instead to attend a free show in the hotel's Temple Balcony on pub street.
How to get there: the Theatre Apsara show at Angkor Village near the centre on the opposite Bank of the river , the Apsara Theatre on the map.