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Opened in 2007, the museum houses many archeological treasures and cultural relics from the Angkorian and pre-Angkorian periods. The tour of the eight galleries begins with a short orientation presentation. The galleries include 1,000 Buddha Images, Pre-Angkor, Religion and Beliefs, The Great Khmer Kings, Angkor Wat, Angkor Thom, Story from Stones, and Ancient Costume. Tour guides and audio tour guides in various languages are available.  Read More...

  • Opening Hours: 09:00 to 20:00.
  • Location: 968 Charles de Gaulle Road.
  • Tel: +855 (0)63 966 601.
  • Price Range: Entrance fees are USD$3.00 for Cambodian nationals, and USD$12.00 for non-Cambodians.
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Angkor Silk Farm

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The silk farm was established by Artisans d’Angkor for the revival and perpetuation of traditional sericulture in Cambodia. They provide training in silk production, and produce the silk they use in their products. The guided tour includes all aspects of silk farming and production, from the raising of the silk worms, to dying the silk, to weaving the final product. A very interesting and informative tour. A free shuttle bus leaves at 08:30 and 13:30 from Artisans d’Angkor in Siem Reap. The entire tour takes about 2 hours.

  • Location: Artisans d’Angkor Silk Farm, Hwy. No, 6, Puok District.
  • Tel: +855 (0) 63 767 018, +855 (0)12 222 404.
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Angkor Wat is the most famous ancient temple site in Cambodia, and visiting the ancient Angkorian temples is the reason most visitors come to Cambodia, and to Siem Reap. With its five lotus-like towers rising 65 meters into the sky, it is truly a monumental, and awe inspiring sight. This UNESCO World Heritage site was at one time the largest pre-industrial city in the world, and is considered one of the ancient wonders of the world. Angkor Wat is the crown jewel of any visit to the temples of Angkor. Read More...

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Angkor Wat in Miniature

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Constructed in 1994 and 1995 by Dy Proeung, you can see that a lot of time and effort went into creating the miniature of Angkor Wat, Baneay Srey and other ancient temples. Unfortunately in recent years they have not been well cared for, and sadly the place is in a state of disrepair. The person in charge doesn’t speak much English. The entrance fee is $1.50.

  • Opening Hours: 07:00 to 18:00.
  • Tel: +855 (0)12 776 264 (Khmer only).
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Several restaurants and hotels in Siem Reap present Apsara Dance Shows, and Apsara Dance Dinner Shows are included in many tours.

Most shows include the four genre of traditional Khmer dance: Apsara Dance, Masked Dance, Shadow Theatre, and Folk Dance. These are abbreviated dances for tourists, and unfortunately there is usually little, or no explanation as to the origin and meaning of the dances. But they are still interesting and worthwhile to see.

Below are a few of the venues offering Apsara Dance. Read More...

  • Opening Hours: Everyday at 19:30.
    Duration: 2 hours
  • Location: Pub Street
  • Type: Traditional Khmer Dance
  • Remarks: Seating inside
    Dinner type: A La Carte
  • Tel: +855 (0)15 999 909
  • Price Range: Free
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The largest site in the Angkor Archaeological Park, the name Angkor Thom means Big Angkor. It is a huge walled city with a moat, and was the last great capital of the Angkorian Empire. When Jayavarman VII defeated the Cham invaders in 1181, and recaptured the Angkorian capital, he instituted a massive building program throughout the empire. He constructed Angkor Thom as the new capital city, and encompassed the already existing temples of Baphuon and Phimeanakas. At its zenith, it is estimated that the city had a population of almost one million. Read More...

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Banteay Chhamar is far from Siem Reap, it is very lightly touristed. It was built under the reign of King Jayavarman VII during his monumental building program, and is dedicated to his son who died in battle fighting the Cham. Khmer and Cham battle scenes are shown in the many bas-reliefs. Read More...

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Built in the distinctive Angkor Wat-style of construction and art, this is a large, relatively low-rise temple. It was built around the same time as Angkor Wat, and the influence can seen in the towers and railings which strongly resemble the towers of Angkor Wat, and it also resembles the ancient Khmer temple of Phimai in Thailand. and most of the bas-relief carvings are in very good condition. The temple has been extensively restored by archaeologists by completely taking it apart, and then reconstructing it. Read More...

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The name Banteay Srey translates from Khmer roughly as the ‘citadel of the women,’ but this is a recent name that most likely was applied because of the pink sandstone and the delicate carvings. This beautiful, 10th century temple is dedicated to the Hindu god, Shiva. It has some of the most exquisite carvings of any Khmer temple, and has almost a storybook ambiance. The detailed carving of the sculptures, lintels, and friezes, make it an aesthetically pleasing structure. The walls are covered with deep, intricate carvings, each one carved with superb detail. Read More...

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Banteay Srey Butterfly Centre (BBC) is one of the most visited tourist spots in the country, with the largest butterfly exhibition in the Southeast Asia. A visit to Banteay Srey Butterfly Centre is a great way to take a short break from the temple tours and spend some time in spectacular surroundings filled with rare and vivid butterflies. Situated about 25km from Siem Reap, it is a project with a difference, as the centre also contributes to the welfare of the community by training local people to rear butterflies for sale locally exhibits as well as abroad. Read More...

  • Tel: (+855) 0978 527 852
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Baphuon Temple just to the northwest of the Bayon. Its pyramid shape represents the mythical Hindu Mount Meru and marks the center of the city that was here before Angkor Thom. It's seriously big and only Angkor Wat itself is larger than Baphuon. A lot of it has collapsed in on itself because of hasty and over-ambitious planning and building a millennium ago but it still is a hugely impressive sight and not a little scary to see the crocodiles in the moat. Read More...

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One of the most remarkable aspects of Angkor are the huge Baray. They are immense ancient rectangular artificial reservoirs, and the two largest are on the east and west sides of Angkor Thom. The East Baray is 14 square km, and the West Baray is 16 square km.

There has long been debate about just what the actual purpose of the barays was, While it had been assumed that they were used for agriculture irrigation, however some scholars now say that the main purpose of the Barays was religious and ceremonial. There is a stone temple called a Mebon on an island in the middle of each lake. No matter Read More...

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Bayon, Jayavarman's temple is in the centre of the 'city'. It features many complicated and exquisite bas-reliefs with scenes depicting land and naval warfare, market scenes and others depicting the construction of the temple itself. Scholars agree that the uniform shape of the faces throughout the temple depict a likeness of the king himself.

This is one of Angkor's most popular locations and is rich in historical pickings. It's also quite strenuous as the tour involves lots of narrow corridors, steep flights of stairs and towers and we can't help thinking of Lara Croft in 'Tomb Raider' but luckily there is no huge six-armed Brahman guardian statue to fight off... Read More...

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Beng Melea is a jungle temple is more than one square kilometer in area, and is mostly overgrown by vegetation. It has been left the way it was discovered, similar to Ta Phrom Temple. With many trees growing out of broken-down towers and galleries, and vegetation covering ruined structures, it provides the opportunity for some great ‘lost temple’ photos.

However, because it has been left in this condition, in some places you have climb over ruined walls, and climb through windows in order to get around. There is a wooden walkway for the standard tour, and for those who don't want to scramble over stone blocks. Read More...

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Somewhere between 1120 and 1150AD, King Suryavarman II began building this smallish, graceful Hindu temple. It has a central sanctuary, two libraries and four gopuras which are at the four cardinal points on the compass. To the north is Thommanon Temple, which has a similar design and floor plan to Chau Say Tevoda. Centuries of wars, neglect, and the natural elements have taken their toll, and Chao Say Tevoda was in very bad shape. In 2000, restoration of the temple began, and was completed in 2009. The restoration included newly manufactured which are not of equal artistic quality to the original sections, but the visitor can still see the temple Read More...

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Cambodia Cultural Village first opened to public in late 2003. Covering a total area of 52 acres, this theme park showcases the traditional Cambodian way of life, and the local customs and practices of the various ethnic groups in the country. It is home to more than 10 villages, showing off the different cultures and characteristics of 19 Cambodian races. The shows include Apsara dances, traditional wedding ceremonies, circus acts and an elephant show. Read More...

  • Opening Hours: 09:00 to 21:00.
  • Tel: +855 (0)63 963 836.
  • Price Range: Entrance fee $12.00
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During Cambodia’s three-decade-long conflict, approximately six million landmines were planted in the nation, and the Landmine Museum represents an agonizing window into the realism of the country’s landmine situation. This museum was founded in 1997 by Aki Ra, with the prime objective to make the country safe through the removal of mines from wherever he could find them. Aki Ra was forced to work as a mine layer by the Khmer Rouge, planting landmines from an age as young as five. Read More...

  • Opening Hours: 07:30 - 17:30
  • Location: Located within the Angkor Wat Archeological Park, the Landmine Museum is five kilometers from Banteay Srey Temple, about a 30-minute drive from Siem Reap
  • Remarks: A donation US$1 per person is required to enter the museum
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This cello concert, as the name implies, is a unique show presented by Dr. Beat Richner – a Swiss national who is fondly referred to as Beatocello by Cambodians. Born in 1947 in Zurich, he received his medical degree in 1973 and worked as a pediatric specialist at the Zurich Children’s Hospital before he came to Cambodia in 1975 as per the request of the Red Cross to work at the Kantha Bopha Children’s Hospital. Though he was forced to return to Switzerland because of Khmer Rouge invasion, he came back to Cambodia in 1991 and founded the Kantha Bopha Foundation in 1992. Started with 68 local staff and 16 Read More...

  • Opening Hours: from 19:15 to 20:30 twice a week
  • Location: Located outside the city centre in Siem Reap, Jayavarman VII Hospital is easily accessible from the road to Angkor Wat.
  • Remarks: Entry is free though donations are encouraged
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Kbal Spean is the famous river of a 1,000 lingas at Phnom Kulen. These lingas (phallic symbols) were evidently carved into the bedrock of the river so they could ‘fertilize’ the waters flowing to the fields of Angkor. There are also carvings of Buddha and Buddhist images in the rocks that were carved at a later date than the lingas. It is a fairly easy 45-minute walk uphill though the woods to get to the river. Read More...

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From 928 AD to 944 AD, the capital of the Khmer Empire was moved from Angkor to Koh Ker. This was the only interruption in the almost 500 year history of the Khmer Capital at Angkor. About 20 years after the establishment of the capital at Angkor, there was a breakdown in the line succession for reasons that are unclear, and in 928 AD King Jayavarman IV, probably a usurper to the throne, created a new capital at Koh Ker.

Whatever the reasons for the move to Koh Ker, King Jayavarman IV created a large royal capital of Brahmanic temples, shrines, and prasats, which surrounded a huge Rahal (baray). King Read More...

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Movie Mall

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Usually when you go to the movies, you can escape and forget about the world outside, but not in this theatre. Here it is a bit different, and you come face-to-face with reality. They feature only three movies: “Pol Pot: The History of Genocide” a documentary chronicling the nightmare of the Khmer Rouge years, “Angkor Wat: History of the Jewel of the Jungle” a history of the Khmer Empire from the 9th century to the 15th century, and “From the Land Mine.” These movies will give you a better understanding of Cambodia as it is today. The theatre is air-conditioned. First showing is 16:00, and last showing is 23:00.

  • Location: Angkor Night Market.
  • Tel: +855 (0) 12 494 705.
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These rectangular, sandstone buildings are called ‘Khleangs’ which means ‘storeroom’ but it is not likely that they were actually used for that purpose. It is not known exactly what their function was, but carved inscriptions indicate that they may have been used for ceremonial purposes, or as accommodation for visiting dignitaries. Read More...

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Phimeanakas is a large, tiered pyramid of laterite and sandstone construction, it is the tallest climbable temple in Angkor Thom, and from the top, it offers a good view of the surrounding area. The stairway on the western, or back side of the temple, affords the easiest way to climb to the top. Unfortunately, there is an absence of carvings, and this may make it uninteresting for some, but it is still an impressive structure, and well worth exploring. Read More...

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Phnom Bakheng was constructed on the highest hill in the area, it was the first major temple to be built at Angkor after the capital was moved from Roluos in the 9th century. It was the state-temple of King Yasovarman I in the new capital city of Yasodharapura. The foundation of this temple mountain was carved from the existing rock. The hilltop location of Phnom Bakheng offers some spectacular views of the surrounding countryside. It is a very popular place for sunrise and sunset viewing, and is especially popular at dusk, and at times the temple can be crawling with tourists. It is quite a climb to get to the Read More...

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Preah Khan, which means 'sacred sword’ is a temple that has been left in a largely unreconstructed state. It is not as visually stunning as Ta Prohm, but it is a big, explorable temple complex, with large trees, moss, and dark stone corridors. It also has a wealth of carvings, and provides many photo opportunities.

There are networks of smaller passages, which open onto colonnades, courtyards, and rooms of all sizes. The central portion of the structure is fairly open, but exploring the outer passageways becomes increasingly difficult because of fallen stones, tree roots, and tiny openings which lead into almost completely dark interiors. Read More...

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Pre Rup is a large temple-mountain, it contains well-preserved carvings of fine detail. This architecturally and artistically excellent temple is located just south of the East Baray, and is similar in construction to the East Mebon which was built a few years earlier. The false doors on the upper level are of especially excellent quality. Read More...

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Some temples have been re-opened recently including the fabulous Preah Vihear Temple. Well over 100 km north-east of Angkor, on the Thai border, Preah Vihear Temple (or Prasat Phra Viharn) dates from the beginning of the 11th century. It dominates the plain from its prominent position in the Dangrek Mountains at an altitude of more than 700 m and was returned to Cambodia by a ruling of the International Court of Justice in The Hague in 1963 (it was previously occupied by the Thais). Read More...

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Sambor Prei Kuk is located in Kampong Thom Province, these 7th century temple ruins are the remains of Isanapura, the pre-Angkorian capital city of the Chenla Kingdom. King Isanavarman I is credited with building the city when the Chenla Kingdom was at its zenith, more than 150 years before Angkor.

The ruins at Sambor Prei Kuk are groups of striking brick prasats, in varying states of decay. The three main complexes are: Preah Sambor (North Group), Preah Tor (Central Group), and Preah Yeay Poun (South Group). Each is walled, and each contains a number of prasats. The carvings on some on the lintels, columns and pillars of the prasats are Read More...

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Siem Reap Crocodile Farm

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There is now only one commercial crocodile farm in Siem Reap open to the public. They have over 1,000 South China crocodiles, ranging in age from 1 year to 50 years old. They also have a store selling leather handbags, wallets, belts, etc. made from crocodile, sting ray, and snake skin.

  • Opening Hours: 07:00 to 19:00.
  • Location: South of Siem Reap on road to Tonle Sap Lake.
  • Tel: +855 (0)67 979 999, +855 (0)12 927 718.
  • Price Range: The entrance fee is USD$0.50 for Cambodian Nationals, and USD$3.00 for non-Cambodians.
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Siem Reap Shooting Range offers visitors the thrilling experience of shooting real firearms during their holiday in this historical town. Located outside downtown Siem Reap, this outdoor shooting range can accommodate up to 20 people at a time and features numerous paper target practices as far as 25 metres.

Visitors can choose from a wide range of rifles, machine guns, and handguns, including AK47, M16, M60, and Revolver 38. The price varies according to the assault weapon and number of bullets you’ve chosen - the most popular option is the AK470 which costs US$50 to fire a full clip of 30 bullets. The shooting range also offers a free pick Read More...

  • Opening Hours: Daily 09:00 – 17:00
  • Location: Road to Banteay Srei, Siem Reap
  • Tel: +855 97 6716161
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Srah Srang is a small Baray, but quite picturesque Baray, located to the east of Banteay Kdei. It was designed and constructed in the same manner as Pre Rup, and was remodeled in the 12th century by King Jayavarman VII as part of his building program. There are landings at different levels on the western part of the Baray, and they are decorated with nagas guardian lions. In the dry season when the water level is low, the remnants of a mebon can be seen in the middle of the reservoir just sticking out above the water. Srah Srang is used as an alternate sunrise viewing location, and is much Read More...

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Ta Keo is a large, temple-mountain style structure, constructed of huge sandstone blocks. It was built by three different kings: Jayavarman V, Jayaviravarman, and Suryavarman I. When Jayavarman V started the temple, it was his state-temple, but unlike other state temples, it was built outside of the main capital area. The temple is dedicated to the Hindu god, Shiva, and seems to have been topped with golden towers, as it was known in ancient times as the mountain with golden peaks. Read More...

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Ta Promh temple comes as a complete surprise because it's pretty much the only building in Angkor that has not been reclaimed from the jungle. As a result, it's like stepping back in time to when the first Western explorers 'discovered' Angkor. Huge silk cotton trees and strangler figs grow over and through the buildings, their roots like solidified lava and the effect is almost scary when we consider the power of Nature.

You can see just why this temple is one of the most popular of Angkor's many fabulous sights as it is eminently photogenic. Indeed, this was the only temple in 'Tomb Raider' that was faithfully replicated. I Read More...

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The Terrace of the Elephants is a striking 300 meter long, and two and a half-meters high, and is ornamented with carved elephants and garudas. The north part of the wall contains a number of especially fine sculptures which include a five headed horse, and dancers and warriors. The wall faces east so the best lighting for photography before noon. Read More...

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Terrace of the Leper King at the north end of the Terrace of Elephants, has carved nagas, demons and other mythical beings. The inner wall was built first, and the outer wall was added later covering the inner wall. Archaeologists excavated the inner wall in the late 1990s. Read More...

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The Ruluos Group of Temples located at the east of Siem Reap along National Highway No. 6, is the 9th century group of temples named for the nearby town of Roluos. This group of ancient structures are what remains of Hariharalaya, the first important capital of the Khmer Empire It was the Khmer capital for more than 70 years under four kings. Read More...

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Due to extensive restoration in the 1960's, today Thommanon is in good relatively excellent condition. It is a small, nice looking temple, constructed about the same time as Angkor Wat, and the Angkor Wat style of architecture is evident in the style of the towers and carvings. The many carvings of Thommanon are in very good condition, and in the rainy season, the wet color of the sandstone offers good photographic opportunities. Read More...

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The Tonlé Sap Lake is the largest freshwater lake in Southeast Asia. During the dry season the lake drains into the Tonle Sap River which flows into the Mekong River. But in the rainy season (June to October), the huge amount of water in the Mekong causes the Tonlé Sap River to reverse its flow.

The combination of water flowing into the lake, and the backup of the Tonle Sap River swells the lake to 5-times its size in the dry season. This increase in size floods the surrounding floodplain and forests, creating an incredibly diverse and rich eco-system.  Read More...

  • Location: Near Siem Reap
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War Museum Cambodia

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Outdoor displays of old, rusted and broken down military hardware taken from the battlefield are featured at this museum. Equipment on display includes old tanks, artillery guns, rocket launchers, anti-aircraft guns, small arms, mines and bombs. There is also an old Shenyang J-6 jet fighter, an XU-814 Mil Mi-8T helicopter, and other military hardware in various condition. The entrance fee is $5/person and includes: a free guide (e.g. learning the history, explaining about the different mines and weapons, personal war stories; holding small arms (m16, khalasnikov, rpg); and free photographing/filming.

  • Location: near National Highway No. 6, between the city of Siem Reap and the International Airport
  • Tel: 088 848 7351
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Wat Damnak Pagoda, set along Wat Bo Road, is the largest pagoda in downtown Siem Reap. It was originally a royal palace during the reign of King Sisowath (1904-1927) before it served as a Khmer Rouge military depot between 1975 and 1979. The monastery now houses a primary school, two charities, and a sewing academy for young local women within its verdant grounds.
 
Wat Damnak Pagoda is a great place to experience the daily life of its resident monks, who are also more than happy to show visitors around and educate them on Buddhism. Offering a tranquil retreat from the bustling town centre, it’s fitted with traditional Khmer architecture, Read More...

  • Opening Hours: Daily 08:00 – 17:30
  • Address: Wat Bo Road, Siem Reap
  • Tel: +855 063 964 385
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