Such a wonderful city. Apart from the temples, there are so many markets and lively night life. Go explore and walk down all the little alleys to find little hidden treasures. The tuk-tuks are rather expensive, but everything is within walking distance. There is a wonder vegan restaurant called Vibe Cafe. Super delicious goodness.
Beware the Tuk Tuk scam of U.S. dollar per person or per trip. Beware old U.S. dollar notes are not accepted. Visit the Night Market.
A day's hire of a tuk-tuk type vehicle going from Siem Reap around the temples that are in the main Angkor Wat area cost me $12 and I have been told that's pretty standard. If you want to go to the temples further out, then it will cost more because of fuel.
It took us nineteen hours from Bangkok to get to Siem Reap because the so-called roads became rivers! We were taken in a minibus luckily (some group's minibus had broken down, so they had to go in the back of a pick-up truck). The next morning we decided to visit Angkor wat and the minibus driver and his friends took us on mopeds, he said it would be $20 to get in and $5 each for them. We had a great day but when we came to pay it turned out to be $25 for them each! Our friends that were staying at the hostel wanted to do the tour the next day but got taken round to completely the wrong place for $8 and when they wanted to get a tut tut to the temples, all of the guys who worked there and slept on the lobby floor started ripping into them and said they could cause a lot of trouble for them and scared the tut tut driver away. We left catching a bus to Phnom Pehn and paid $8 instead of $4! Basically be careful how much you get charged. A government official gets paid $20 a month and we had paid them $25 each for a few hours on a motor bike!
Siem Reap is a must-see for any trip to Cambodia and a good place to get a hostel as your base in the region. This is the hub from which to visit the Angkor kingdoms that were designed and built by the Khmer people almost a thousand years ago. Among the most impressive and famous of these kingdoms is Angkor Wat. Also of interest is Angkor Thom, the Bayon Temple containing two hundred fifty-six faces on the pillars of the temples and Ta Prohm, the Jungle Temple. Ta Prohm is the only one that has all of the trees still growing in, around and on top of the buildings and has been a set on many movies, including "Lara Croft: Tomb Raider." To get out to the Angkor temples, ask at your hostel and they can give you an idea of how much it should cost to get to the temples with a tuk tuk driver for the day. Organized tours may also be an option.
Within Siem Reap itself, there are many activities that you can get involved in. There are many restaurants that have performances by Apsara dances so that you can get immersed in Khmer culture. A trip to the Cambodian Cultural Village should also be on the agenda. There are some beautiful pagodas, shrines, and temples around the city center to explore as well.
If you want to relax and take it easy, go for a trip to the Seeing Hands for the Blind Massage. All masseuses are blind and trained to do this for work so that they can be self sufficient, and they offer quite a great experience.
There are many hostels in Siem Reap that are scattered throughout the city center. It is a fairly small city and easy enough and cheap enough to get around in a tuk tuk if you choose an accommodation that is on the outskirts of the town center.
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