The most popular tourist destination in Cambodia is Siem Reap thanks to Angkor, the ruins of the former capital of the Khmer empire.
Angkor is one of the most important archaeological sites in South-East Asia. The central part of the site covers around 400 km² and the entire site measures 2 230 km² including temples and forested area. The most famous temples are: Angkor Wat, Angkor Thom, and the Bayon temple, made popular by the movie Tomb Raider starring Angelina Jolie. Angkor has been classified by the UNESCO as World Heritage sites for Humanity since 1992.
Besides Angkor temples, Siem Reap has much more to offer: Discover the floating villages on the Tonle Sap, the largest fresh water lake in South-East Asia. Explore by boat Chong Kneas, Kampong Khleang or Kampong Phluk for a more authentic experience.
The next interesting thing to do in Siem Reap is to visit Artisan d’Angkor workshops, a social company committed to teach craftsmanship to underprivileged Khmer people such as craftsmanship in wood and stone, silk waving and many more. The main workshop is situated within 2-minute walk from the Old Market (or Psar Chas) and the silk farm is about 20 minutes by car from the center.
Finally, entertain yourself with museums in Siem Reap. The first one to visit is Angkor national museum to discover the history of the khmer civilization. Located on the south of Banteay Srey temple, it is also worth to visit the Cambodia Landmine Museum showing the danger of landmines and how they work. More than a museum, it helps victims of mines with training and support.
So what are you waiting for ? Come visit Siem Reap and its hidden treasures. If you want to know how to reach Siem Reap from Phnom Penh, read this article.
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