Siem Reap - the city in Cambodia which is the gateway to Angkor Archaeological Park, home of the magnificent ruins of ancient Khmer civilization. Angkor Wat and other surrounding temples are part of this world heritage site, which is the largest religious complex in the world.
Siem Reap Attractions
Most of tourist attractions in Siem Reap are part of Angkor Archaeological Park that can be visited independently or with a private/group tour.
Angkor Wat is the most important tourist attraction not only in Siem Reap but also in all Cambodia. This temple complex is one of the largest religious monuments in the world. Angkor Wat originally was constructed as a Hindu temple that was later transformed into a Buddhist temple. The temple is the most impressive piece of the Khmer Empire’s architecture.
Angkor Thom is the remains of the last capital city of the Khmer empire. It was established in the late 12th century and built in the Bayon style. The highlight of Angkor Thom is its impressive face-towers.
23 meters high face-towers can also be seen at each of the entrances to Angkor Thom.
Another important structure of the walled city of Angkor Thom is the Terrace of the Elephants. The 350 meters-long terrace was used by Angkor's king as a huge reviewing stand for public ceremonies. The terrace is named for the carvings of elephants found on its eastern end.
Ta Prohm is another temple complex near Siem Reap. Unlike most of temples in Angkor, Ta Prohm is left in almost the same condition as it was found. The photogenic trees growing out of the ruins and the surrounding jungle made Ta Phrom one of the most visited complexes in Angkor.
As some of the buildings at Ta Prohm were completely destroyed, some of them such as this gallery were reconstructed from the scratch.
Banteay Kdei is a Buddhist temple complex in Angkor. The temple is also built in the Bayon style but is less complex and smaller than Ta Prohm. Banteay Kdei is located southeast of Ta Prohm and east of Angkor Thom and is normally visited together with these two major Angkor temple complexes.
Banteay Kdei gates are quite well preserved.
Srah Srang or the Royal Bathing Pool is a pond that was reserved for use by the king and his wives. This pond is located next to Banteay Kdei temple complex. Steps leading to the water edge of Srah Srang are flanked by a number ancient stone statues.
Siem Reap Transportation
From Thailand you can get to Siem Reap by plane or by land.
Flights to Siem Reap
Direct flights connect Siem Reap - Angkor International Airport (REP) with Bangkok. Bangkok Airways had a monopoly on direct flights between Bangkok and Siem Reap for a long time, but now this route is also covered by Thai Smile and AirAsia, helping to lower flight prices significantly. Flight deals for this route can be found here:
Bus to Siem Reap
From Bangkok in Thailand to Siem Reap in Cambodia you can take a direct bus. The journey normally takes about 9 hours. Bus schedule can be found and tickets can be booked here:
International buses from Bangkok to Siem Reap also depart from Ekkamai Bus Terminal.
On the way from Bangkok to Siem Reap the buses pass the busiest Cambodian border crossing - Aranyaprathet / Poipet. Cambodian Visa on Arrival is issued there but you should double check with bus company if they will be waiting for you to get your visa on arrival.
The most popular domestic route to/from Siem Reap is from the capital city Phnom Penh. There are many buses and minivans covering this route and plenty of them you can find here:
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