Siem Reap Guide
Siem reap is the gate way to the largest religious monument in the world, and it is one of the tourists destination in Cambodia. Because of its rich history and the former Capital city of Cambodia, Siem Reap becomes an attractive site for tourism and gains millions of tourists every year which
is the way to change Siem Reap to become a second modern city comparing to Phnom Penh. There are number of hotels, guest houses, restaurants and souvenir shops are being built to meet the needs of all kind of visitors who wish to visit Siem Reap, Cambodia. These factors provide most jobs to the Cambodian such as tour guides, drivers, hotel staffs airport staffs, workers especially for those who provide service related to the tourism industry.
You decide to visit Cambodia is like you are helping our people especially the Royal government Cambodia to reduce poverty of the Cambodian people and build them up their capacities to develop the country. Angkor Guide Online is willing to share our experience and knowledge with you to provide our people jobs, and it is not your travel agent company. It has been prepared with the needs of all travelers in mind. I try to provide exciting and amazing tours for independent adventurers. We are awaiting for you.
Contrary to common belief, Angkor is not only one, but hundreds of temples built between the 9th and 14th century AD Siem Reap Province. This region served as the capital city of the Kher Empire. Angkor Wat is the largest religious monument built by King Suryavarman Im I in the 12th century, dedicated to the Hindu God Vishnu and was the mausoleum of the King Suryavarman II and it formerlyoriented to the west side, conformed the symbolism between sunset and the death. Angkor Wat is a miniature replica of the universe in stone and represents an earthly
model of the cosmic world. It has five towers and there are four in the corner, Its central tower measuring 65 meter high correspond tothepeaks of Mountain- Meru. The outer wall correspond to the mountain at theedge of the world and the surrounding moat symbolized the cosmic oceans. It is one of the world wonders and the first well known point in mind of all visitors who travel to Siem Reap.To get the most out of the visit, it is best to read up in advance so you can better appreciate the relevance to its intricately carved in the surrounding wall and structures. To make the most of your visit to Angkor Wat, many people find it useful to have a local guide who will explain the intricacies of the temples. A good guide book can also be handy as you can bring one from home or purchase one at one of the local markets or just outside the temple gates.
An entry pass at the entrance fee amounting to US$20 for one day, US$40 for 3 days and US$60 for 7 days. For more information, please also see our Angkor special package page or contact us directly for a tour to see the spectacular Angkor Wat and the magnificent temples of Angkor complex.
Apsara Cultural Dancing Show
Apsaras, according to Hindu mythology and legends, are celestial dancers. Their figurines can be found in many Angkorian temples. The traditional Apsara Dances have been adapted to represent Apsaras and are a slow yet graceful form of art. These can be seen at many restaurants in Siem Reap. You can enquire about these performances with your local guide.
Culture and Traditional Crafts
The presence of Angkor Wat has helped Siem Reap become the cultural centre of Cambodia. The Old Market has on offer a variety of souvenirs and handicrafts, including beautiful traditional silverwork. Traditional silks, baskets, carvings and musical instruments are also part of Cambodian handicrafts.
Shadow Puppets: The House of Peace
The House of Peace is located 3 kilometres from the town towards the airport. This is a workshop which trains artisans to produce the traditional Khmer shadow puppets, which are made from leather. Shadow puppetry is an art form which is found across South-east Asia and Cambodia. La Noria Restaurant and Bayon Restaurant organise regular shows of shadow puppetry. See these restaurants listed in Siem Reap Restaurants.
Angkor Silk Farm
Silk weaving was introduced to Cambodia back in the 13th century. Today this is practiced by women in rural villages who still use traditional looms set up below their stilted houses.
At the Angkor Silk Farm, you can see the production of hand woven silks, created using the traditional method. Here visitors can see the entire process of producing silk, right from the growing of mulberry leaves, its harvesting and breeding of silk worms. The spinning of silk from cocoons and the dyeing process are also very interesting to watch. The silk farm is located 15 kilometres west of Siem Reap. You can indulge in some silk shopping too at the farm.
Les Artisans d'Angkor - Chantiers Ecoles
The art of stone carving started during the glorious period of the Khmer Empire. Its monumental carvings gave rise to the Angkor temples. Today, akin to the work of the craftsmen of the past, stone carving is done on sandstone. Artisans de Angkor also uses sandstone from Siem Reap province. The school welcomes visitors to take a free tour of the campus to observe students at work, incorporating traditional techniques of wood and stone carving. You can also buy the finished products made here.
Boat Tours of the Tonle Sap
The Tonle Sap or the Great Lake is also South East Asia is largest lake. Located 30 minutes south of Siem Reap, the lake is alive with a variety of bird species and other wildlife. It has also been designated by UNESCO as an ecological hotspot or a biosphere. A number of fishing communities literally float on it.
During the monsoon season, the Tonle Sap river which connects the lake with the Mekong river reverses its flow. Water is pushed up from the Mekong into the lake, increasing its area and its depth. This leads to the flooding of nearby fields and forests. The floodplain then becomes a perfect breeding ground for fish, making Tonle Sap one of the most productive inland fisheries in the world. You can explore Tonle Sap on the various boat tours that last from two to three hours to tours that include an overnight stay on the lake.
Pagodas & Shrines
Siem Reap has many pagodas or wats where the Buddhists go to offer prayers. Amongst them, Wat Bo, a Hindu temple originally, is very popular. It is one of the town oldest temples and was built in the 18th century. The walls have beautiful and detailed paintings from the Hindu mythology Ramayana, which is known as Reamker in Cambodia. You also find many striking Buddhist statues here. The visiting hours are from 6 in the morning to 6 in the evening.
Try an interesting mode of transportation in Siem Reap, where there are elephants waiting to ferry customers near Bayon or at the South Gate of Angkor Thom. A 20min ride costs $15. In the evening, the elephants move to Phnom Bakheng and are ready to take passengers up the hill at $20 for a view of the sunset and for a ride down at $15.
Land Mine Museum
Cambodia has to deal with a serious issue due to the successive wars it has had to face at that of land mines. Even today this poses a challenge to the people here. One person who is trying to create awareness about this problem is Aki Ra, a former soldier who subsequently worked as a deminer. He has opened a museum, which highlights the problems created by landmines.
Hotel Reservation In Siem Reap
Services, charm, food, location, friendliness or a place that do something special and really cares for their guests, the Siem Reap hotel information listed below are made by visitors who have actually stayed in these places. So, you can rest assured that you will get first-hand information about hotels and guesthouses in SIem Reap. For information to help you choose the perfect place to stay in Siem Reap, please click on Hotel Reservation in Siem Reap.