Siem Reap

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    Wat Preah Prom Rath is one of most beautiful pagodas in Siem Reap. It is located on the river side near the old Market. The monestry has many fine, colourful wall paintings and you will find many modern statues inside. The pagoda was establisched in 1915 and is therefore one of the youngest pagodas in Siem Reap.

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    Wat Bo Pagoda, close to the Siem Reap River on the east side, is one of the oldest in Siem Reap and a peaceful place to escape and take a break from touring the major temple sites of nearby Angkor.

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    Wat Athvea is a sacred site located five kilometres South of Siem Reap town in Northwest Cambodia. The Wat Athvea complex comprises a modern pagoda (Wat Athvea) built next to an ancient temple from the Angkorian period (Prasat Wat Athvea).

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    The Leper King terrace is named after the “Leper King” statue that was found here. The terrace was built by Jayavarman VII in the late 12th century, directly North of the Elephants terrace.

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    Terrace of the Elephants is an impressive, two and a half-meter tall, 300 meter long terrace wall adorned with carved elephants and garudas spanning the front of Baphuon, Phimeanakas and the Royal Palace area at the heart of Angkor Thom.

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    Ta Prohm is the undisputed capital of the kingdom of the Trees’. It has been left untouched by archaeologists except for the clearing of a path for visitors and structural strengthening to stave of further deterioration.

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    Srah Srang is a baray, or reservoir, that is located south of the East Baray and east of Banteay Kde. Srah Srang was created by excavation in the mid-900s and, while there are several theories, it’s not clear whether the significance of this reservoir was religious, agricultural or a little bit of both. However, Srah Srang is best known as an ideal location for viewing the sunrise.

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    Siem Reap Art Center is located on the east bank of the Siem Reap River, right opposite the Old Market (Phsar Chas). Since its opening in 2012, this Siem Reap Art Center offers a broad mixture of locally manufactured products like silk, handicrafts, crocodile leather, clothing and many other souvenirs.

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    The Angkor Royal Enclosure is a walled-off area slightly to the north and west of the centre of Angkor Thom and which housed the palace complex of the Angkor kings. The palace itself was constructed of wood so nothing remains except for said surrounding walls which were constructed out of laterite, the sandstone-clad entrance gopuras and some stone lined bathing pools.

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    Pre Rup is one of the most popular sunset spots around Angkor, as the view over the surrounding rice fields of the Eastern Baray is beautiful, although some lofty trees have rather obscured it these days. Visitors who make the steep climb to the top of the temple will be rewarded with views of Angkor Wat’s spires to the west on clear days.

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    Phnom Kulen National Park is a National park in Cambodia. It is located in the Phnom Kulen mountain massif in Siem Reap Province. During Angkorian era the relief was known as Mahendraparvata (the mountain of Great Indra) and was the place where Jayavarman II had himself declared chakravartin (King of Kings), an act which is considered the foundation of Khmer Empire.

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    Phnom Bakheng is in the southwest of Angkor – whereat Phnom means “little hill”. This hill is a favoured place to see the sunset. From there you have a fantastic view to the hinterland, the city Siem Reap, Angkor Wat in between of the jungle, the Tonle Sap sea and the Western Baray.

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    Phimeanakas Temple is a Hindu temple in the Khleang style, built at the end of the 10th century, during the reign of Rajendravarman (from 941-968), then rebuilt by Suryavarman II in the shape of a three tier pyramid as a Hindu temple. On top of the pyramid there was a tower.

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    Neak Pean is one of the temples that make one dream of the golden days of luxury and beauty. It was worth while to the overpowering temples of Siva that men and armies repaired; but it was at the tiny temple of Neak Pean that eager princesses laid their lovely offerings of wrought gold and pungent perfumes.

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    Kompong Phluk is a set of villages that are located on the floodplain of the Tonle Sap Lake, about 10 miles (16 km) from Siem Reap. The community, which consists of about 3,000 villagers, mostly live in stilted homes and depend on fishing and tourism for their livelihood.

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    Kbal Spean is a river in the jungle of Kulen Hills northeast of the main Angkor area. Its riverbeds and surrounding rocks are sculpted with myriad of Hindu symbolisms dating back from the 11th century. It’s about 25 kilometers from the most popular group of Angkor ruins.

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    Banteay Srey loosely translates to ‘citadel of the women,’ but this is a modern appellation that probably refers to the delicate beauty of the carvings. This temple was discovered by French archaeologists comparatively late in their research, not until in 1914.

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    Banteay Kdei Temple is located southeast of Ta Prohm and east of Angkor Thom. Built in the mid 12th to early 13th centuries AD during the reign of Jayavarman VII, it is in the Bayon architectural style, similar in plan to Ta Prohm and Preah Khan, but less complex and smaller.

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    Angkor Night Market, established in 2007, was the first night market in Cambodia. As most markets, it is designed in a traditional Asian style with a roof to protect you from the sporadic heavy rain during the wet summer months.

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    Pub street as it is known offers the widest choice of restaurants to visiting tourists. Khmer Family and Khmer Kitchen, both on this road, are among the more popular Cambodian-style restaurants serving up spicy salads and amok, Khmer fish curry. Both are good and great value for money, serving dishes that have been toned down for the foreign palate.

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    Tonle Sap is Southeast Asia’s largest freshwater lake. Flooding during the rainy season each year reverses the flow of the Tonle Sap River and triples the surface area of the lake. Large areas of grassland and forest are flooded, creating a highly productive area that supports one of the largest freshwater fisheries in the world.

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    Siem Reap is best known for being the gateway to the Angkor ruins, a sprawling World Heritage-listed complex of more than 400 ancient temples with the magnificent Angkor Wat as its focal point.

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    Angkor Wat, the largest monument of the Angkor group and the best preserved, is an architectural masterpiece. Its perfection in composition, balance, proportions, relief’s and sculpture make it one of the finest monuments in the world.

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    The Baphuon temple was the largest temple of its time and only Angkor Wat would surpass it in the following century. The temple was originally built as a place of Hindu worship, dedicated to Shiva, it was transformed into a Buddha temple in a most impressive way.