Angkor Wat is the largest religious structure in the world, based on footprint and land area. “Otherworldly”, “transported into another era”, and “magical” are some of the frequently used terms to describe this mysterious place. It even features on the national flag.
Tickets are available for one or more days, as it takes more than one day to truly experience Angkor Wat.
Feeling like you are on a movie set of Indiana Jones or Tomb Raider, a trip to Angkor Wat is a culture vulture’s dream trip. Not to spoil anything about the history and mystery, it’s recommended to get a local guide who will spoil you with stories of wonder and passion tied to this UNESCO World Heritage Site.
Considered to be the birthplace of the Khmer empire, about 50km from Angkor Wat, in thick tropical forests, you’ll find Phnom Kulen National Park.
A natural wonder and fit for the more active traveller, this area offers multiple activities and sites to see.
Hike to the waterfall, picnic with locally bought delicacies, explore more temples, or just be amazed by the beautiful scenery. Be sure to hit the road early to get there before the midday heat.
Pub Street hopping
The nightlife and beat of Siem Reap, usually flocked by thousands of tourists, Pub Street is a must after a busy day. Packed with an assortment of clubs, pubs, restaurants, stalls, massage parlours, and all things touristy that Siem Reap has to offer. Make sure to try out the fish pedicure while enjoying a delicious drink or snack.
A stone’s throw from Pub Street, this souvenir heaven is an all-in-one stop for any type of shopping. Hundreds of stands selling almost anything from statues and silverware to handbags and fruits. Tourist prices are a thing here, so be ready to negotiate slightly.
Tonle Sap Lake
This gigantic body of water is a unique natural wonder. Tonle Sap lake increases by five times its normal size during the rainy season and brings an abundance of life and bustle. Floating villages as far as the eye can see, the locals live this way to follow the water as their livelihood depends on it. Take a relaxing boat cruise or a drift through the mangroves, finishing it off with a local meal at one of the floating restaurants.