Asian Escapades: Siem Reap (Cambodia)

SIEM REAP

ANGKOR WAT

Siem Reap’s most famous site is Angkor Wat. It is one of the world’s largest and breathtaking temple complexes and was established as a Hindu temple before its conversion to a Buddhist temple at the end of the 12th century. It is not only still a very important site for locals and visitors, but even became the national symbol for the country’s flag. It is truly stunning, and there are opportunities to see at sunrise before spending the morning exploring its sheer immensity. Something I would definitely recommend! Here are some snaps of the wonder.

Depending on where you decide to stay in Siem Reap, many hostels offer tuk-tuk tours to not only the famous site itself but also to the surrounding temples. As of 2018, the entrance fee for 1 day is $37. My hostel offered me a package which provided a full day of temple sightseeing. As far as I can remember, I visited 6-7 temples after Angkor Wat, which was amazing! They included: Ta Keo, Angkor Tom, Ta Prohm, Phnom Bakheng and Bayon Temple. Here are some snaps:

 

PUB STREET

The famous Pub Street becomes very lively at night and hosts you well when you decide to explore the numerous restaurants and bars on offer. During happy hour, you can get beer for 50 cents and cocktails for $2!

FLOATING VILLAGES

Siem Reap is also home to numerous floating villages. Towns entirely different to those on land, they also appeal to tourists visiting. A lot of the floating houses we passed either made crafts or fish paste to sell, and is a sight that I would never usually get to watch. We took a motorboat ride to them as part of a tour and even got to watch the sunset in the middle of a lake. It was simply beautiful!

LUB D HOSTEL

My stay at Lub D Hostel was so lovely, and I would recommend that anyone stays here. Whether you’re a group of friends or a solo traveller, you can find the hostel’s warm and welcoming atmosphere a real treat. It is the perfect mix of social and relaxed too, as there are intimate social areas and areas to relax by the pool when you want peace and quiet. They also have a stellar restaurant which serves you for breakfast, lunch and dinner if you don’t want to eat out. Their tour department is also excellent! They provided me with all these great opportunities without pushing any sales, which is a complaint that a lot of travellers have about numerous hostels.
Next stop… Vietnam!

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