Monday, June 11, 2012

Siem Reap, Cambodia

Posting some pictures shot in Siem Reap, Cambodia. For a typical Indian tourist, Cambodia does not flaunt exotic hill stations and beaches, and hence we were a little apprehensive about the place since our sole agenda was to visit the Angkor Wat.

The two days in Siem Reap turned out to be magical. As an Indian, if you can spend plenty of time exploring the Ajanta-Ellora caves and Hampi without getting bored - you would love the Angkor ruins. A trip of two to three days should be sufficient to quench your curiosity on the Khmer dynasty.

Interestingly, temple hopping isnt the only tourist activity in Siem Reap - there is a lot more to do. You can easily spend a substantial amount of time visiting monastries, art workshops and the famous night market. To summerize it all, we found Siem Reap an interesting 'touristy' destination. Give it a try, and you will not be disappointed.

Pictures via Canon 1100D and Kodak Z990 - Shyamakshi and myself. :)

Angkor Wat and the other surrounding temples are the primary tourist attractions in Siem Reap. Don't miss the splendid view of the sunrise at the Angkor Wat. We weren't so lucky, for it was pretty cloudy during our visit.

The Bayon and Ta Prohm are a must-visit after Angkor Wat. While Bayon gives a mystical touch to its towers with massive faces carved in multiple directions, Ta Prohm's beauty is in its temples covered with the silk cotton trees.


The Khmer Rouge between 1975 to 1979 led to death of approximately 1.7 million Cambodians. The sites where the people were killed and later buried are known as 'The Killing Fields'. Some of the monastries in Siem Reap display the skulls of the victims in their remembrance. 
Tuk-Tuks: Motorbikes with carriages attached to them are popular within the city and around. 
When in Siem Reap, take a tuk-tuk ride rather than opting for a conventional taxi.

Siem Reap's Night Market and Pub-Street are the best time spending places in the evening. Apart from the good food and budget shopping, don't miss the traditional Khmer Apsara dance in the Siem Reap Center Night Market.