8 Most Popular Attractions in Siem Reap
Siem Reap is the city of the Siem Reap Province situated in the Northwestern Cambodia. This town has some of the amazing resorts and many local attractions to enjoy while on holiday.
The Chinese approach architecture of the old French market and around old market is one of the many things that the city is famous for. The numerous other things that Siem Reap is famous for are her temples, museums, handicraft industry, silk farms, the view of the countryside and many more. There is also great and unique history associated with this place.
The main business of this place is tourism. More than 50% of the economy runs on tourism, there are many hotels, resorts, restaurants and pubs for people of different culture and race. A major population is employed in the tourism industry as well. With such a major part of the economy being tourism one can yield that it is a must visit place.
Let’s have a look at 8 most popular attractions in Siem Reap;
1. Angkor Wat
The Angkor Wat is famous for her outstanding history with the Khmer civilization. It is built with a great architectural competence. It has five impressive towers and the central tower is a piece that can not miss your eye. It also symbolizes the mythical Mount Meru. The walls have some intricate carvings which tell us about the Hindu mythology. It is truly eye arresting and a MUST visit place in Siem Reap
2. Angkor Thom Complex
Angkor Thom is the magnificently built city by the end of the 12th Century. It has the famous temples like Bayon (the temple of many faces) and some amazing other sites like Baphuon, Phimeanakas or Vimeanakas, Terrace of the Elephants, the Terrace of Leper Kings, etc. If you have a camera with good photography tricks, some amazing pictures can be clicked here.
3. Local Markets
The local market often known Psah; old market, which is Psah Chas, caters to the day-to-day needs of the locals in the area, with food produces and day-to-day items and some city souvenirs for the tourists. However, for the tourists mainly night markets like the central market and the upper market or Psar Leu, located in different locations of the city are more useful. The most amazing part about these markets is that, they are all made in Cambodia, exclusively Cambodian products. They also hold events and shows in the markets, which is located in the King’s road.
One of the most important things is to remember that you cannot be conservative about bargaining if you want to get a fair price at the night markets. There are many bars and party places In between the night markets, which you shouldn’t miss.
4. Artisans Angkor
Artisans Angkor was a company formed in 1992 to support the art and handicrafts of the local artisans of the city. For the tourists it is an attractive place to know more about silk farming and weaving. Located on Stung Thmey Street about 12 minutes away by Tuk Tuk from VRSR-Vacation Rental Siem Reap.
5. West Baray Lake
West Baray was earlier used as a water reservoir in the Angkor period, but now is used as one of the best tourist and local attraction destinations for Siem Reap. The tourists can enjoy the food by the lake (man-made) and also take a dip in the water if they feel like. However, the locals there are a little conservative in nature, because of which you should make sure that you dip in to the lake with appropriate clothes. There are boats that you can rest and use to look around the place. The food and drinks are a little expensive, so it is not a bad idea to stock up your requirements to make the visit a little pocket friendly.
6. The Floating Village
When you go to the Siem Reap there are three floating villages that are famous there - Kampong Khleang (most authentic of all), Kampong Phluk, Chong Kneas. There are different places to go to on boats, but the pocket pinch to go to the floating village is really high.
7. BOX VILLE - Siem Reap
Siem Reap might be the city of temples, but the upcoming BOX VILLE-Siem Reap is the latest talk of the town. BOX VILLE is spread over a huge area on National Road 6A neighbor to the most popular Cambodian Cultural Village that is divided in several zones and has something for people of all groups and age. Consisting of many restaurants, pubs, cafes, park & playground and different shopping centers for both day and night. This is to open and functional from late December 2017. So if you are planning to visit Siem Reap, this is a place you should not miss.
If you are an art lover and want to experience something different than usual, you should definitely visit the ArtBox in Siem Reap. It is a place where 2D Art meet 3D visualization in terms of mesmerizing eyes catching illusion. The Art there is breathtaking and a must visit in Siem Reap.
The city may be full of restaurants, nightclubs and hotels, but the richest part of the Siem Reap is the culture full of ancient temples. Visiting these temples during the sunrise and the sunset can be the best to feel the energy and vibe of the place around you. The dressing of both men and women have to be conservative and be sure to not touch the monks.
The main mode of transport for the city is Tuk Tuk, the drivers can also be booked before hand via local websites. If you are a tourist who has conservative approach towards exploring new places, this is good thing for you.
The city is famous for the rich heritage and culture around it, which has led to the opening of a lot of hotels, restaurants, and tourist places in and around the city. If there is a particular restaurant in your to – do list, consider making an advance booking for the place as sometimes it might be too difficult to get in.
Siem Reap is full of energy and positive vibes, the people are always happy and smiling. They are culturally strong and always very helpful. If you are going to Siem Reap you should be prepared for a day full of fun and fulfilment.