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Guidebook for Krong Siem Reap

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Guidebook for Krong Siem Reap

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The Green, history, culture....!
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Angkor Wat
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The Green, history, culture....!
Ta Prohm, famously known as ‘Tomb Raider Temple’ was built under the Khmer King Jayavarman VII around 1186 AD. During its heyday, it served as a Mahayana Buddhist monastery as well as university and was dedicated to the king’s mother. Today, the towers, courtyards and narrow corridors are in ruins with massive trees holding parts of the buildings together. Only minimal restoration work has been carried out to stabilise the temple complex. This creates a unique atmosphere that attracts both locals and international travellers alike.
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Ta Prohm
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Ta Prohm, famously known as ‘Tomb Raider Temple’ was built under the Khmer King Jayavarman VII around 1186 AD. During its heyday, it served as a Mahayana Buddhist monastery as well as university and was dedicated to the king’s mother. Today, the towers, courtyards and narrow corridors are in ruins with massive trees holding parts of the buildings together. Only minimal restoration work has been carried out to stabilise the temple complex. This creates a unique atmosphere that attracts both locals and international travellers alike.
Attraction Activities
The silk farm is located about 16 Km from the town. This place is really special and unique where the whole process uses the traditional manual method to produce, including sericulture, spinning, dyeing and weaving. Traditional dyeing process uses the natural dye. The silkworm breeding and silk center has the English, Chinese, Japanese, Korean, Spanish guides to guide visitors to visit the farm. There are café and store, various silk cloth and general cargo are available here.
Angkor Silk Farm
The silk farm is located about 16 Km from the town. This place is really special and unique where the whole process uses the traditional manual method to produce, including sericulture, spinning, dyeing and weaving. Traditional dyeing process uses the natural dye. The silkworm breeding and silk center has the English, Chinese, Japanese, Korean, Spanish guides to guide visitors to visit the farm. There are café and store, various silk cloth and general cargo are available here.
It is situated on the way to Banteay Srei Temple, Siem Reap. It was founded by a veteran using most of his saving. He used to do the landmine removal work, so he has collected around 5000 removal landmines and wartime weapons displayed in the museum. There are also pictures and stories of victims and introduction about landmine removal work in the museum. Every Monday, Tuesday, Thursday and Friday, from 9:00 to 15:00, there are English, Japanese tour guides to let everyone understand more about the history of that period.
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Cambodia Landmine Museum
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It is situated on the way to Banteay Srei Temple, Siem Reap. It was founded by a veteran using most of his saving. He used to do the landmine removal work, so he has collected around 5000 removal landmines and wartime weapons displayed in the museum. There are also pictures and stories of victims and introduction about landmine removal work in the museum. Every Monday, Tuesday, Thursday and Friday, from 9:00 to 15:00, there are English, Japanese tour guides to let everyone understand more about the history of that period.
It is situated 1km west of Angkor Wat, Siem Reap. Opening time is from 6:00 to 17:00. It is a hydrogen balloon anchored by crude steel, around 70m from the ground to sky, straight up and straight down, around 10 minutes for one time. Although it is not the real fight in the sky, but it is able to view Angkor Wat, Baken Mountain, endless plain, farmland and village, and the scenery is very good.
Angkor Balloon
It is situated 1km west of Angkor Wat, Siem Reap. Opening time is from 6:00 to 17:00. It is a hydrogen balloon anchored by crude steel, around 70m from the ground to sky, straight up and straight down, around 10 minutes for one time. Although it is not the real fight in the sky, but it is able to view Angkor Wat, Baken Mountain, endless plain, farmland and village, and the scenery is very good.
A visit to Wat Thmey is recommended to all travellers who are interested in learning about the tragic destiny of millions of Cambodians who vanished under the Khmer Rouge. Wat Thmey is also known as Siem Reap’s Killing Fields with a pagoda and a memorial stupa reminding of the events between 1975 and 1979. Under Pol Pot’s regime, the pagoda served as a prison. Many innocent people were kept and tortured here until they confessed a crime they did not commit. They were then killed and buried nearby. Some of the remains of these victims have been exhumed and placed in the memorial stupa near the pagoda. Together with photos, they share bone-chilling insights into the atrocities committed by the Khmer Rouge. While the memorial is significantly smaller in scale compared to the memorial in the Tuol Sleng (S21) Prison and Choeung Ek killing fields in Cambodia’s capital, it still serves as an important reminder for all local Cambodian’s living in the area. Opening Hours: 6.00am - 6.00pm Address: Sivatha Rd, Siem Reap Admission: Free
Killing Fields Siem Reap
A visit to Wat Thmey is recommended to all travellers who are interested in learning about the tragic destiny of millions of Cambodians who vanished under the Khmer Rouge. Wat Thmey is also known as Siem Reap’s Killing Fields with a pagoda and a memorial stupa reminding of the events between 1975 and 1979. Under Pol Pot’s regime, the pagoda served as a prison. Many innocent people were kept and tortured here until they confessed a crime they did not commit. They were then killed and buried nearby. Some of the remains of these victims have been exhumed and placed in the memorial stupa near the pagoda. Together with photos, they share bone-chilling insights into the atrocities committed by the Khmer Rouge. While the memorial is significantly smaller in scale compared to the memorial in the Tuol Sleng (S21) Prison and Choeung Ek killing fields in Cambodia’s capital, it still serves as an important reminder for all local Cambodian’s living in the area. Opening Hours: 6.00am - 6.00pm Address: Sivatha Rd, Siem Reap Admission: Free
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Siem Reap’s beautiful countryside with sprawling paddy fields and quaint villages is best to be explored on the back of a horse. Equine fans should go to the Happy Ranch Horse Farm which offers guided tours. Lasting between one and four hours, these countryside trail rides can be personalized to suit each rider’s needs. Whether visitors are an amateur or experienced rider, the Happy Ranch Horse Farm has a horse that suits everyone. Founded by the Cambodian national Mr. Sary Pann in 2002 upon his return from the United States, the farm accommodates more than 50 horses in several stables.
The Happy Ranch Horse Farm
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Siem Reap’s beautiful countryside with sprawling paddy fields and quaint villages is best to be explored on the back of a horse. Equine fans should go to the Happy Ranch Horse Farm which offers guided tours. Lasting between one and four hours, these countryside trail rides can be personalized to suit each rider’s needs. Whether visitors are an amateur or experienced rider, the Happy Ranch Horse Farm has a horse that suits everyone. Founded by the Cambodian national Mr. Sary Pann in 2002 upon his return from the United States, the farm accommodates more than 50 horses in several stables.
After visiting the temples of the Angkor Archaeological Park on the ground, an adrenalin-pumping experience awaits all adventurers in the trees– Cambodia’s world-class Angkor Zipline. This Zipline eco-adventure is the only zipline inside the Angkor Park and it guarantees fun for everyone. Soaring through Cambodia’s rainforest, adrenalin junkies can experience the exhilaration of flying through the treetops over Angkor. Whether visitors choose the half or the full course, they will be guided by experienced, professional staff, known as ‘sky rangers’.
Angkor Zipline
After visiting the temples of the Angkor Archaeological Park on the ground, an adrenalin-pumping experience awaits all adventurers in the trees– Cambodia’s world-class Angkor Zipline. This Zipline eco-adventure is the only zipline inside the Angkor Park and it guarantees fun for everyone. Soaring through Cambodia’s rainforest, adrenalin junkies can experience the exhilaration of flying through the treetops over Angkor. Whether visitors choose the half or the full course, they will be guided by experienced, professional staff, known as ‘sky rangers’.
Shopping
Located between Pub Street and the Western side of the Siem Reap River is Psah Chas which translates into ‘old market’. A hive of activity, the open-air market is the oldest Khmer market in the province. Itis open every day between 7:00 am to 8:00 pm. With its never-ending sounds of chatting, haggling and laughter, coupled with the constant flow of shoppers, Psah Chas offers a glimpse of the real Cambodia. The stalls on the outer part of the market mainly sell Cambodian souvenirs like silk, t-shirts, silverware and wood carvings. It’s best to bargain as the prices for most of these items have been increased by 50-75% for tourists. There is also an array of fresh vegetables, meats, poultry and seafood stalls that caters to the daily needs of the locals.
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Old Market
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Located between Pub Street and the Western side of the Siem Reap River is Psah Chas which translates into ‘old market’. A hive of activity, the open-air market is the oldest Khmer market in the province. Itis open every day between 7:00 am to 8:00 pm. With its never-ending sounds of chatting, haggling and laughter, coupled with the constant flow of shoppers, Psah Chas offers a glimpse of the real Cambodia. The stalls on the outer part of the market mainly sell Cambodian souvenirs like silk, t-shirts, silverware and wood carvings. It’s best to bargain as the prices for most of these items have been increased by 50-75% for tourists. There is also an array of fresh vegetables, meats, poultry and seafood stalls that caters to the daily needs of the locals.
Senteurs d’Angkor is a gift and specialty store that sells body scrubs, lotions, soaps, creams, jams, syrups, freshly made spices and coffee. The small shop was founded in 1999 and is located just opposite the old market in downtown Siem Reap. All products, including its packaging are handmade using 100% natural and organic ingredients all sourced solely from Cambodia. With its wide selection, it is the perfect place for buying special gifts for family and friends.
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Senteurs d'Angkor
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Senteurs d’Angkor is a gift and specialty store that sells body scrubs, lotions, soaps, creams, jams, syrups, freshly made spices and coffee. The small shop was founded in 1999 and is located just opposite the old market in downtown Siem Reap. All products, including its packaging are handmade using 100% natural and organic ingredients all sourced solely from Cambodia. With its wide selection, it is the perfect place for buying special gifts for family and friends.

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Around Siem Reap
The reason most people come to Siem Reap is to visit the Angkor Archaeological Park. The town is worth strolling about for itself and there are a number of means to go about enjoying the city. Along the streets, there are many shops offering services and goods ranging from the basic necessities to fine silk; chic galleries with beautiful display of local art pieces and lots of souvenirs. For food, there are whole streets catering for the traveler tastes, with tasty Khmer fares such as Amok and ‘Khmer curry’, and other international cuisines.
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Currency
The official currency in Cambodia, the Cambodian riel, trades at around 4,000 riel to the US dollar. But there’s 90 percent level of dollarization in the country. What this means is that you don’t need to be concerned about getting riel when you arrive in Cambodia. Most tourist-oriented businesses quote prices in dollars. Small stores may quote prices in riel, but they will all accept dollars as payment. Your US dollars will be rejected if they are ripped, torn, or otherwise overly abused (although you can expect to see filthy riel in circulation)
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Language
Khmer is the official language of Cambodia. While tourists may wish to learn a few spoken phrases before or when visiting Cambodia, English is widely spoken and understood. French and Mandarin are also spoken frequently in the country; most elderly Cambodians speak French and many people in the Khmer-Chinese population speak Mandarin. However, it is a different story and you will undoubtedly have an easier and more enjoyable experience if you spend some time reading a bit up on the Cambodian language - Khmer.
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Food
Cambodian food is perhaps the most overlooked of all Asian cuisines. The most important part of every meal is rice. At lunch and dinner in Cambodian homes each person is served a large bowl of rice. Then at least three or four other dishes, usually including a soup, are served family-style. For those who aren’t convinced that they will like Cambodian food, there are hundreds of restaurants serving all types of international food in Cambodia. American, British, French, Italian, Korean, Chinese and Japanese expats have all set up restaurants serving their country’s specialties
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Security
Given that close to six million tourists a year now go to Cambodia, and many of those single or solo female travelers, it is a very safe destination indeed. Many have visited Cambodia from all across the globe at all times of the year and have only gone back with pleasant memories of the Kingdom. In fact, most travelers would go so far as to say that it is one of the safest countries in Asia to visit. Many visitors agree that Cambodia is a safe place to live and to travel. In fact, many would say that it’s safer than the big cities back home. Yet it’s still essential to be cautious
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Tuk Tuk
The remork-moto (tuk tuk) is a large trailer hitched to a motorcycle and pretty much operates as a low-tech local bus with oh-so-natural air-conditioning. They are used throughout rural Cambodia to transport people and goods, and are often seen on the edge of towns ready to ferry farmers back to the countryside. Often referred to as tuk tuks by foreigners travelling in Cambodia, they’re a great way to explore temples, as you get the breeze of the bike but some protection from the elements.
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Spa and Massage
After a long day of exploring the endless wonders in Siem Reap, the many spas and massages in Siem Reap are the perfect way to relax and replenish new energy. Across the city there are many locations offering excellent massages and treatments across all price ranges. From traditional herbal treatments and Khmer and oil massages to foot massages, body wraps and facials, the friendly well-trained therapists can turn every exhausted guest into a relaxed and happy customer.