Things you can see
§ Angkor National Museum – The museum also shows the history of the Angkor complex as well as Khmer culture and clothing using high tech displays and video screens.
§ Angkor Wat and Temple Complex – the temples of Angkor, built by the Khmer civilization between 802 and 1220 AD, represent one of humankind’s most astonishing and enduring architectural achievements. From Angkor the Khmer kings ruled over a vast domain that reached from Vietnam to China to the Bay of Bengal. The structures one sees at Angkor today, more than 100 stone temples in all, are the surviving remains of a grand religious, social and administrative metropolis whose other buildings – palaces, public buildings, and houses – were built of wood and have long since decayed and disappeared. Amazing to see and can be easily visited from Rosy’s.
§ Landmine Museum, (6 km south of Banteay Srey, 31 km from Siem Reap), This tiny museum was set up by local deminer Aki Ra to educate locals and tourists about the dangers of land mines. Piles of defused mines and UXO lie around the site and the guides are mostly teenagers who were orphaned or injured by mines, many of whom live onsite. This is a very worthwhile attraction that brings home the scale of the problem and shows you a slice of real Cambodia.
§ Wat Thmei Temple & Stupa Memorial to the Killing Fields Near Siem Reap, (short distance outside of the city center).
§ Kampong Phluk Floating Village, (off the Highway to Phnom Penh). This mangrove forest offers a much more authentic ‘floating village experience’ than the one close to the Tonlé Sap ferry harbour. This fascinating village on stilts can be reached by tuk-tuk from Siem Reap.It takes about 1 hour to reach the village, depending on the road conditions and water level.
§ Cultural Village, (National Road #6). features small tributes to all the cultures of Cambodia. A wax museum highlights major figures in Cambodian history, and there are miniatures of many national buildings and monuments throughout the gardens. Witness local dancing or a Khmer wedding ceremony at various stages throughout the park. Guides are not necessary but will add a lot of significant insight to the displays.
§ Silk Worm Farm, . Catch a free tour of the silk farm and have the opportunity to buy silk products. Free 20 min shuttle bus leaves twice daily.
§ Cello Concert, . The free “Beatocello” concert is held each Saturday night at the Kantha Bopha children’s hospital in Siem Reap. Concert runs from 7.15 – approx. 8.30pm, features Dr Beat Richter playing his cello, shows a film about his work in Cambodia and speaks on the medical issues affecting children in Cambodia. Donations encouraged.
§ War Museum, A government run museum. It has many machines from the wars. Out front, and most impressive, are the Russian Helicopter and Chinese airplane. Inside are many tanks, guns, land mines, and other war vehicles and artillery.
§ Banteay Srey Butterfly Centre, Sanday Village (3km before the Landmine Museum on the road to Banteay Srey temple), Banteay Srey Butterfly Centre is a community development project and tourist destination just down the road from the Landmine Museum and Banteay Srey temple. Revenue from admissions is used to pay families in remote villages who are farming butterflies for the exhibit. The project makes a real difference to the farmers’ livelihoods and provides a wonderful experience for visitors as they can see spectacular local butterfly species flying close at hand in a beautiful tropical garden.
§ Sam Veasna Center for Wildlife Conservation (SVC), SVC organizes eco-responsible tours to remote habitats, with the goal of promoting wildlife conservation and benefiting rural communities. Tours range in length from 1 day to 2 weeks.
§ Ton Le Sap Lake – The amazing lake and river system of the Tonle Sap is unique. This vast lake; the largest in SE Asia, fills with the waters of the Mekong each year, bringing vast numbers of fish and irrigation during the dry season. The Lake is also an important commercial resource, providing more than half of the fish consumed in Cambodia. In harmony with the specialized ecosystems, the human occupations at the edges of the lake is similarly distinctive – floating villages, towering stilted houses, huge fish traps, and an economy and way of life deeply intertwined with the lake, the fish, the wildlife and the cycles of rising and falling waters. The lake sits only about 15 km south of Siem Reap town.
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