Siem Reap is a town filled with cafés and modern stores designed to appeal to everyone, from backpackers to sophisticated expats. But one area that is starting to stand out for its exquisite looking and trendy businesses is Kandal village, located between the old market and the French quarter.
Being the biggest religious complex in the world and the main attraction in Cambodian tourism, Angkor Wat and Siem Reap town are definitely some of the most visited places in the world. But then you see the photos of travellers and they’re mostly the same, with no variations or creativity whatsoever. If you’re planning to visit, why not try something different and follow our little photography challenge as a way to have alternative pictures from your vacations?
It is Friday evening and I’m sitting in a mini-van about to leave Phnom Penh for a weekend in Siem Reap, and the van is super hippie: we look like a rock band touring the West Coast. Not quite the same thing though. The way from Phnom Penh to Siem Reap is filled with the tropical mix of clay orange and dark green trees so prominent in South East Asia. I’m all surrounded by locals, who seem to be having an animated discussion. I still don’t understand a thing so I focus on reading my Lonely Planet guide. (more…)
At the top of the list for pretty much every visitor to the country, the ancient temples of Angkor, near Siem Reap, are the crown jewel of the Cambodian tourist experience. Booking a tuk-tuk or a guided tour of the temples is straightforward, but navigating through the crowds and heat certainly isn’t. Here are our top 5 tips for visiting Angkor to help you get the most out of your trip.
Crossing the border: Thailand to Cambodia and vice versa
For travelers in Thailand, often the next destination is the famous temples of Siem Reap including the incredible Angkor Wat. However, the journey from Thailand to Cambodia is fraught with various issues. Either you spend a mini fortune on a flight ticket, or you take one of the buses that necessitate undertaking immigration formalities at both the Thai and Cambodian borders and risk dealing with the numerous touts that crowd the border area.
Traveler Review: Battambang to Siem Reap by Mekong Express VIP bus
Most travelers who enter Cambodia from Thailand by bus will cross the border at Poipet. Once on this route, the first stop on the tourist circuit is Battambang, Cambodia’s second largest city. Battambang is a sleepy city set on the banks of the Sangker River. It is famous for its French Colonial architecture, mountaintop temples and as being the place where tourists in Cambodia can ride the bamboo train, called the Norry locally. It is also less than 100km away from Siem Reap and the world famous Angkor Wat.