A visit to Siem Reap, Angkorwat temples complex and Ta Prohm

“Cambodia is one of the most magical places I have ever seen and the people there are so lovely and all those temples you can just get lost in for days”. (Leonardo di Caprio).

Cambodia is the last country I visited before moving from Asia to Europe. I was looking forward to this visit, as I had heard so many beautiful things about Siem Reap!

Siem Reap is a city that thrives on tourism, which is their main source of income. They are not so much into agriculture, although you will likely spot a few rice fields along the way. Among the biggest producers of rice in all of Asia are China and Thailand, making it difficult for Cambodia to compete with them. Also, not all of the fields in Cambodia are good for agriculture, since there are still some active landmines hidden under the ground.

Since I don’t like crowds and I like to wake up early, I got up and had a good breakfast on the first day. Our guide picked us up around 7:00 am, and we purchased tickets to enter a complex of different ancient temples, including Angkor Wat. There were no other people there! I purchased the tickets with USD, so you should know that it is okay to bring USD with you on your trip to Cambodia.

There are many ways you can enjoy Siem Reap, but I chose to go with a private guide. This person knew a lot about history and politics in the area. Plus, there was always a driver waiting for us after all of our visits. They always gave us bottles of cold water and towels to freshen up with.

There wasn’t much rain, except for one afternoon when we visited Ta Prohm temple. It was low season, which is why there weren’t a lot of other tourists around.

After an exciting day filled with visiting the temples, we stayed in our hotel and enjoyed the beautiful villa. We were happy to be treated with a fruit platter full of exotic fruits and a selection of alcoholic and non-alcoholic beverages!

If you are planning a trip to Siem Reap, here are some tips to abide by:

Transportation

If you are travelling to Siem Reap, I would recommend the Happy Angkor Wat Tour. Our tour guide Bunhak and driver Ang were super kind and professional!

Accommodation

The Metta residence & Spa is super beautiful and only 15 minutes away from the airport by taxi. There is a great restaurant and a nice pool to enjoy. Plus, you can visit the night market by “tuk-tuk”, free of charge.

Clothing

It’s important to know how to dress when visiting the temples. Be sure to wear something that will cover your shoulders, knees, arms, and legs. Don’t wear a mini dress. You should also wear a hat and sunglasses. Overall, keep it lightweight. It can get very hot at certain times!

Itinerary:

Plan your itinerary ahead of time and tell your guide which places you’d like to visit.

Take your time, enjoy the temples, and get lost in this place full of incredible history!

Siem Reap, Cambodia

Siem Reap, Cambodia

Siem Reap, Cambodia

Siem Reap, Cambodia

Siem Reap Cambodia

Siem Reap Cambodia

Siem Reap

Siem Reap

Accomodation in Siem Reap

Hotel Metta residence & Spa Siem Reap

 

angela

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