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Siem Reap: The city of Ankor Wat

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Siem Reap is home to some of most beautiful archeological sites, Ankor Wat being one of them. There is a lot you can do in and around the city. There’s Ankor Wat of course, The night market, Silk factory, Stone Carving workshop, fish spa, shopping among other things.

Siem Reap airportSiem Reap city When we drove into the city from the airport, there seemed to be a mild sand storm or just a lot of wind I guess. The city is not very developed compared to other South East Asian major cities. We stayed in Ankor Paradise which was a great place to stay with some balconies that open on the main road. We bought the hotel voucher through Group-on and it worked well since the location was great. It was just a few minutes walk to the main market.

Siemp Reap CitySiem Reap city

The night market is a place where all the tourists and backpackers spend some time drinking and eating. Like any other South East Asian market, it has a lot of bars and massage places. A rather nice and lively place to relax. There is also a huge market for fake goods like LV, Prada and the likes. Also present is a section for pirated books.

Siem Reap citySiem Reap city Years of Khmer rouge atrocities have definitely left a mark. You see headless statues and destroyed work in the temples here. You see people on wheelchairs, a result of the landmines,trying to make a living by selling paintings. Tourism helps.


13 thoughts on “Siem Reap: The city of Ankor Wat

  1. worldjourneysdiscover says:

    I visited in late 2000. Wow that was so long ago! I hear it’s changed a lot since then. At the time there were no decent roads in Siem Repp and it was easier to get around from and to Phnom Phen and Batambang by boat. Which actually was a great way to get around! And far more comfortable than eight to twelve hours in a pick up. Although, the place looks familiar with your photos, except there are a lot more hotels in Siem Repp. Do they still have the Happy Herb pizzas? And do people still go by boat? Great post!


    • Getaway Journal says:

      yes, it is indeed sad, but everything seems peaceful now and although the road to recovery is long, I hope they only go forward from here šŸ™‚

      Thanks for stopping by. I’ve been following you on Instagram forever. Love your pictures!


  2. noe says:

    Haven’t been there yet. Last april on my riad trip to south east asia, I skipped this city because there were no promo flight ticket šŸ˜€
    I have only 8 days to visit Bangkok, Phnompenh, Ho Chi Minh City and Kuala Lumpur. Wish someday I can go to Siem Reap and visit Siem Riep. Your hotel look so comfort. šŸ˜€
    By the way, if someday you traveling to Indonesia, please let me know. Gladly to guide you for free šŸ˜‰


  3. Getaway Journal says:

    aww…thank you for the offer, we’ve been to Jakarta but we would love to explore rest of Indonesia some day. The people are very warm and friendly šŸ™‚

    8 days would have been very hectic. Hope you can visit Siem Reap some day!


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