Bangkok Siem Reap, will probably connect most travelers right now with Angkor Wat. But the city, which is about 10 kilometers from Southeast Asia’s largest lake, siem reap Tonle Sap, has much more to offer. Many tourists flock to Siem Reap and the city’s main source of income is tourism. You notice that clearly, especially with the mass of Tuk Tuk drivers. Nevertheless, we can only recommend a visit to Siem Reap travel guide.
Siem Reap – the gateway to the Angkor Wat temples
A visit to Angkor Wat is in Siem Reap with almost all visitors
highly in the course and we wanted to see the temples necessarily. Find out
what else to do in the city outside of Angkor Wat in the following tips for
Siem Reap Flight
Outside the city of Siem Reap is the international airport,
which is served by many Asian countries. However, from Europe, you have to make
a stopover in e.g. Bangkok or Singapore to fly to Siem Reap. For more info on
times, prices, etc., see Skyscanner or Momondo.
Other options to get to Siem Reap would be the boat, e.g.
from Phnom Penh and of course the bus. There are many connections within
Cambodia as well as to Thailand. What options are open to you, you can look at (https://12go.asia/en)
Best Hotels In Siem Reap
In the center of Bangkok Siem Reap, near Pub Street,
it can get very noisy and hectic in the evening. This is not necessarily
everyone’s taste. Near the tranquil Wat Preah Prom Rath is the great hotel
Ananda’s Siem Reap. The rooms are large and stylish, the owner Ananda takes
great care of his guests. The 10-minute walk to Pub Street does not bother us,
so you finally have your peace and still be able to go out at night if you
Siem Reap Pub Street
In the evening, life in Bangkok Siem Reap takes
place in and around Pub Street. You should stop by there. Countless restaurants
and bars line up here, in many restaurants, there is beer for $ 0.50 or
cocktails for $ 1.50. There is a lot of Western food offered, but you can also
find Khmer food on most cards.
The later the evening, the more going on the streets.
Starting at 10 pm, mobile cocktail bars will be set up along Pub Street. Some
guests move on to clubs like the Temple Club or the Yolo Bar, but you can
also try some treats like pancakes or fancy things like insects at the street
Angkor Wat Tours
Of course, the number one visitor to Siem Reap, first
mentioned here, is Angkor Wat or the Angkor Archaeological Park. The
park extends over 400 km² and has been a UNESCO World Heritage Site since 1992.
In the park, you can not only visit Angkor Wat but also many other temples like
Bayon or Ta Phrom, which are located in the Angkor Thom complex. Or
there are Banteay Kdei, Prasat Kravan and many more. The selection is huge and
almost all Tempe is impressive.
For the Angkor Wat Park, however, you have to buy a ticket
that currently costs $ 37 for a day. Discounts are available if you buy a
ticket for several days. We had e.g. a 3-day ticket for $ 62. The price is
high, but it’s worth it. You can explore Angkor Wat on your own with a bicycle
or scooter, or with organized tours or tuk-tuks. Find out more about the Angkor
Wat Archaeological Park soon in a detailed article, including information on tuk-tuk
rental, to buy the tickets, etc.
Let’s get to the first tip-off Angkor – maybe no insider
tip, but still very little visited. The Phnom Krom mountain with the Prasat Phnom
Kraom temple on the top is located 12 kilometers southwest of Siem Reap but
still belongs to the Angkor Wat Park.
In other words, to get on the mountain, you’ll also need a
ticket to the Angkor Wat Archaeological Park. With a tuk-tuk for about 10-15 $,
depending on the negotiating skills, you will be brought to the foot of the
mountain and also driven back to Bangkok Siem Reap. After initially
climbing stairs, a road leads up the hill. On the way, you’ll get great views
of Tonle Sap Lake and some floating villages. At the temple, you have to
cross it and then find the ruins of Prasat Phnom Krom directly behind.
We made two small group tours on-site but were alone most
of the time. It is especially worthwhile to visit Phnom Krom at sunset, even if
the locals come to the mountain to watch the setting sun. A destination where
you still meet a few visitors.
The Preah Ang Chek – Preah Ang Chorm shrine is not
necessarily a tourist attraction, but it is very important to the Cambodians. Dedicated
to the two Buddhas, Preah Ang Chek, and Preah Ang Chorm, the shrine is now
visited by newlywed couples as they visit brings them luck. Also, the statues
protect the city of Siem Reap. According to a Cambodian legend, the Khmer Rouge
wanted to throw the statues on the Siem Reap River as they tried to wipe out Buddhism
in Cambodia. However, when the troops wanted to raise the statues, the
weight of them increased so that they could not be moved.
Since 1982, this shrine is now located next to the Royal
Gardens and is a great destination for locals. You can also get the blessing of
monks here. A short visit is certainly interesting. You will not find many
tourists here, but you will get a little insight into the Cambodian
culture of Siem Reap.