Siem Reap is served by Siem Reap International Airport. This airport that serves as the gateway to the UNESCO World Heritage Angkor Archaeological park, and tourist heaven Siem Reap, saw more than 3 million passengers passing through in the year 2010. The airport sports a variety of shops for passengers with an itch to shop, as well as massages for passengers in need of relaxation. Restaurants and cafes also serve different cuisines to suit the preferences of international clientele. Wi-Fi is also available throughout the airport.
How to get around
Arriving at Siem Reap International Airport, you can choose one of two modes of transport available to you to get to Siem Reap. If you are travelling in a slightly larger group, it would be best if you take an Airport Van. If you are alone, or in a small group, you can choose to take the Airport Taxi that is slightly cheaper.
To get around within Siem Reap, most hotels are able to arrange for a hired car to take you around for the day, and will only cost you somewhere between USD20-USD40.
The best ways to see the city is still to take a Tuk Tuk (a small trailer attached to a motorcycle). These vehicles have no glass windows separating you and the surroundings, and will get you the closest to the life and culture in Siem Reap while on a moving vehicle.
Alternatively, you can choose to walk. Buy a reliable and updated map. You will find most of the sights within walking distance of each other. If you fancy braving the roads of Siem Reap, you may also spend a small sum and rent a bicycle.
What to see and do
Though stained by many battles and wars in the not so distant past, little of what you see today in tourism-transformed Siem Reap bears resemblance save in the museums. One such interesting and informative museum is the Landmine Museum. This museum founded in 1997 serves as a reminder of decades of conflicts, and the on-going efforts to remove landmines and making the country safe. Definitely worth a visit when you want to take a break from the temple visits.
Angkor Wat and Bayon, parts of the United Nations World heritage site are sights not to be missed. Not just a perfect photo opportunity, the temples are decked with historical significance spanning thousands of years. Elephant rides, really, you do not have to go to Africa to ride an elephant. You can do it right here in Siem Reap while touring the Angkor Temples. You can even treat the gentle elephants to bananas.
After a day of history and nature laden Cambodia experience, maybe something modern and familiar would be nice to draw the day to a close. Hit the Angkor Night Market. Friendly haggling will fetch you surprisingly good prices, take your time exploring the wide array of merchandises this popular market has to offer. If your wandering feet grow weary, take a break at one of the food places or bars and just people watch. Breathe in, observe, and hear the pulse of this culture.
Want something really fresh, something not everyone would try? There are two options. The first, locate and sign up for a cooking class. If merely tasting Cambodian cuisine is not enough to quench your spirit for adventure, learn to cook their dishes. You will be able to cook up a Cambodian dish whenever you miss Siem Reap. The second option would be purchasing cooked bugs from street stalls and eating them. It depends, quite literally, on how much adventure you can stomach, it is entirely up to you.
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