Want to take a break from work and plan an Asia travel adventure? How about exploring the old yet beautiful town of Siem Reap where stone buildings are a common sight?
Siem Reap is the most flourishing town in Cambodia. Its close proximity to Angkor Wat has made it one of the most visited travel destinations in Asia. But more than the magnificent temple ruins, there are a lot of other tourist places Siem Reap has to offer. Read on as we give you fun and exciting travel destinations in Siem Reap that are truly worthy of your visit!
Before travelling to Cambodia, you’ve probably read that the Angkor Wat is one of the best travel destinations in Siem Reap. And exploring the vast land of the Angkor Archaeological Park will make you discover why hundreds of travellers visit this place.
No doubt, Angkor Wat is one of the most popular of all the temple ruins found in the Angkor Archaeological Park. The Angkor Wat was built in 1100’s as a home after the death of King Suryavarman II. But it was only discovered in the mid 1800’s during the colonization of France to Cambodia.
Be in awe of the impressive bas-relief walls illustrating the different levels of heaven and hell and the 1800 seductive dancing Maidens carvings.
Angkor National Museum
For a better understanding of the history of the Angkor Wat, most visitors would go to the Angkor National Museum.
The Angkor National Museum gives an excellent explanation about the history of the Angkorian Period with the help of audio-visual presentations and samples of Khmer treasures from the temples and other Cambodian archaeological sites.
Phare Ponleu Selpak
Phare Ponleu Selpak is an acclaimed contemporary circus in Cambodia that blends traditional circus skills, contemporary art, as well as the elements of traditional Khmer dance and music. With a combination of drama and comedy, this circus tells a story through an impressive exhibition of music, acrobatics, dance and performing arts.
Talented performers of Phare Ponleu Selpak were trained in the Phare Ponleu Selpak Performing Arts School in Battambang.
Banteay Srey Butterfly Center
Banteay Srey Butterfly Center is Southeast Asia’s biggest butterfly enclosure that houses a tropical garden with a wide range of tropical flowers, lush foliage and colourful butterflies. On your visit to Banteay Srey Butterfly Center, you can also see the life cycle of butterflies.
The Bantaey Srey Butterfly Center is a great travel destination especially if you have kids travelling with you. Apart from being surrounded by beautiful and colourful butterflies, visiting the Bantaey Srey Butterfly Center will also let you see the life cycle of these wonderful creatures.
Kulen Mountain National Park
Kulen Mountain National Park also popularly known as Phnom Kulen is a National Park that is located in Svay Leu District. This mountain with its highest point at 487 metres is the birth place of the Khmer Empire. It is also where King Jayavarman II declared independence from Java in 802 A.D.
Now that you know what tourist places you need to go to in Siem Reap, all you need is to purchase your airline tickets! Head on over to Bangkok Airways website, check scheduled flights and purchase tickets online! You may also browse through their blog for travel tips and other holiday destinations you can go to!