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Top 7 must-go destinations in Siem Reap, Cambodia

Traveling to Siem Reap is to discover the "land of monuments" because more than half of the province's area is temples, cultural reserves of Cambodians. Siem Reap is always a favorite place for Cambodia Private Tours tourists. Siem Reap is a province located northwest of Cambodia, 314 km from the capital Phnom Penh. In the past, Siem Reap used to be the Angkorian capital of the Angkorian empire. Therefore, to this day, this place still preserves almost intact the massive historical architectural works. Let's take a look at 8 places not to be missed by Nadova in Siem Reap with Nadova!

Siem Reap, Cambodia

1. Angkor Wat

Located about 6 km north of Siem Reap city center is the majestic Angkor Wat temple complex preserving the unique culture of the Khmer people. This is the largest religious structure in the world. This place is likened by many people to a crown with 3 towers as high as reaching to the sky. In particular, if viewed from above, these are like lotus flowers blooming in the middle of a vast blue lake.

Angkor Wat, Siem Reap
(Angkor Wat, Siem Reap)

Angkor Wat complex - recognized by UNESCO as a World Cultural Heritage, is one of the sacred and mysterious architectural works that almost every tourist visits when arriving in Siem Reap. Admire thousands of ancient temples, and feel like going back in time to see a great Khmer empire. You will be amazed at the unique architecture and be immersed in the strangely sacred atmosphere. Watch the sunrise at Angkor Wat once because it will be a very special memory during your trip.

2. Angkor Thom

Besides the majestic Angkor Wat temple, Angkor Thom is equally mysterious, attracting a large number of visitors when traveling to Cambodia. Angkor Thom - the last great capital of the Angkor empire, is one of the most beautiful and ancient places and the pride of the people of the country. In the journey to discover Angkor Thom, we will find countless gates, temples, palaces, ruins to reliefs. It can be said that this site has been preserved intact before the fierceness of the invasion war.

Angkor Thom, Siem Reap
(Angkor Thom, Siem Reap)

Bayon is one of the main temples that you must visit in Cambodia Customized Tours. This temple is located in the center of Angkor Thom with an area of up to 9 km2. This is where many impressive stone statues carved with human heads are kept. Angkor Thom owns outstanding temples and architecture such as the Bayon temple, Baphuon temple, Phnom Bakheng temple at the top of the hill, Elephant Terrace, Terrace of the Leper King and 5 large gates leading to Angkor Thom. The antiquity covers the whole scene from the grass underfoot to the rows of ancient trees.

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3. Ta Prohm Temple

In the mid-12th century, King Jayavarman VII built the monastery of Ta Prohm in memory of his mother. This is a large building and the architecture was built in the popular Bayon style at that time. With its beauty, the temple has been selected as a scene for the movie The Tomb Digger, and is now a tourist destination in Siem Reap not to be missed.

Ta Prohm Temple, Siem Reap
(Ta Prohm Temple, Siem Reap)

The most prominent feature of the Ta Prohm relic site is probably many old trees with strange shapes. Silk tree (ceiba pentandra) and fig tree (ficus gibbosa) are the two main trees here. The trunks of the trees reached up to the sky with their roots stretching across the ground and entwining each other. Although Ta Prohm temple was destroyed by war and nature, the roots that swallowed the whole temple created a rare and majestic sight. It is the huge ancient tree roots that cover the ruined towers that make the temple's architecture even more mysterious and attractive.

4. Phnom Kulen Mountain and Linga River

Phnom Kulen is considered the holiest mountain in Cambodia, a popular pilgrimage place on weekends and festivals. This address also attracts visitors by the national park with an impressive ecosystem. The nature of Phnom Kulen mountain is characterized by tropical rainforest with countless rushing waterfalls. To come to Mount Kulen in Cambodia Private Tours, you have to go through a long distance of 50 km from the city.

Phnom Kulen Mountain and Linga River, Siem Reap
(Phnom Kulen Mountain and Linga River, Siem Reap)

River of a thousand Linga - a heritage site located in the middle of Mount Kulen. The river of thousands of Linga is called Tung Kbal Spea Stream, the reason people and tourists call it so is because underneath the water there are carved statues of Linga and Yoni. This work was carried out from the 11th to the 12th centuries. At that time, the Khmer built this work for the sake of blessing and prosperity for the country. Today, many people believe that if children bathe in the river of thousands of Linga, they will be healthy and intelligent.

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5. Angkor National Museum

Referring to the top tourist attractions in this country of pagodas and temples, it is incomplete if you do not mention Angkor National Museum. This is the place to help you get the clearest experience of the culture, art and architecture of this country. The most impressive area of Angkor National Museum is the Gallery of 1000 Buddhas, where hundreds of wooden, jade and metal sculptures are carefully arranged in floor-to-ceiling displays.

Angkor National Museum, Siem Reap
(Angkor National Museum, Siem Reap)

Connected via a spiral corridor, the exhibits include relics recovered from the pre-Angkorian periods of Funan and Chenla, the great Khmer kings, Angkor Wat, Angkor Thom, and more. In addition, you also have the opportunity to know many artifacts of other countries such as China, India, Korea, ...

6. Tonle Sap Lake

Tonle Sap Lake is the largest freshwater lake in Southeast Asia and was recognized by UNESCO as a world biosphere reserve in 1997. It is also home to the largest concentration of freshwater fish in the Mekong River basin and provides large fish stocks. for Cambodia. Coming here, you will be immersed in the peaceful natural scenery and discover the life of the floating village of Kompong Phluk - where the Vietnamese and Cham communities live together.

Tonle Sap Lake, Siem Reap
(Tonle Sap Lake, Siem Reap)

You cannot leave Siem Reap without once visiting Tonle Sap Lake, you will discover the life of locals in the floating village of Kompong Phluk, with many Vietnamese people living here. To fully visit the beauty of Tonle Sap lake you have to go by boat, don't forget to visit the bird sanctuary (which preserves extremely rare birds). You can rent a boat to go to all the floating villages like Kampong Phluk, Chong Khneas or Kompong Khleang. Remember to buy the specialty of Tonle Sap lake dried fish as a gift, this dish is extremely delicious and famous.

7. Old market

Old Market, located along the Siem Reap River, is the oldest Khmer town and is also known as Psar Chas. This market is open from 7am to 8pm. This is a flea market that sells fresh produce and household items. There are also several stalls located near the entrance that offer cheap souvenirs such as antiques, silk fabrics, jewelry and shoes.

Old market, Siem Reap
(Old market, Siem Reap)

The center of the Old Market also has food courts selling rice dishes, baguettes, spiced frogs, dried fish, and pork sausages. If you have a shopping need, go to Psar Chas Road, Siem Reap!

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Coming to Cambodia, it is incomplete if you do not visit Siem Reap - The city that keeps the most mysterious heritages in the world for visitors to explore and experience. Joining Cambodia Customized Tours, visitors can not only admire the brilliant wonders of the world, but also enjoy various types of music, art and experience the unique cuisine imbued with the culture of Vietnam. Khmer.

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