We went 5 people for to see the temples. For buy the tickets you have to choose between 1 day or 3 days for to see everything, they didn't give you 2 days anymore. and you have to pay 20 or 40 dollars...it is really expensive!!!
like you don't know how many time you need for walk around, you will buy for 3 days!!!!
don't do it!!! becuase in only one day is possible to see everything!!!! of course you will have to wake up early in the morning....if you want also to avoid the chinese people...you must to do it.
For me the more beautiful temples were Angkor, taphron and bayon.
The Wax Museum is located in the Cambodian Cultural Village. This Museum, showcases famous Cambodian people from the first century up to the present. The Museum also gave a good insight of the lifestyle of Khmer people during the Angkor Period.
There are over 30 different wax statues, all very well done, and with a description of what they are.
The Cultural Village is about 6kms from the centre of Siem Reap town on the way to the Airport.
The Village covers quite a large area, so be sure to leave plenty of time to see everything.
First of all, I had a look at the wax figure museum, then went into the gardens where cultural shows were held.
I watched the Khmer Traditional music and the Khmer Wedding ceremony, both were excellent.
I SUGGEST COMING HERE AFTER THE LUNCH BREAK, as I couldn't find much to do after the wedding ceremony finished at 11.25am. LUNCH BREAK IS LONG before more shows begin at 2.30pm
It was very hot the day I was there, so I didn't stick around.
At 2.30pm is the "charming scarf show,"3.10pm only on fri, sat, sun Tonle sap heritage dancing, 3.55pm, chinese traditional dancing, 4.25pm Peacock dancing, 5.00pm, choosing fiance, 5.40pm, My beautiful village, 6.15pm, rice praying, and only on fri, sat, sun The greatest king jayavarman 7 show at 7.30pm.
I always enjoy these villages and this one I found extra good because of the shows.
There weren't many Europeans there, so I guess they don't know.
ADMISSION IS $15
Daily at 7h30 pm.
Phare performance is an astonishing immersion into Cambodian Modernity.
Phare, The Cambodian Circus is the only venue in Cambodia featuring a daily theatrical circus show of international standard. Modern Cambodian tales are embodied by a new generation of talented artists trained in Battambang. The performances mix theatre, music, dance, acrobatics, juggling, aerial acts, fire or contortion with an explosion of virtuosity and sensitivity.
During one hour, Phare performers transmit emotions and excitement, blowing away the audience by their integrity and power. Set in the heart of Siem Reap City, Phare circus tent can comfortably accommodate 360 spectators and is specially designed to fulfill the acoustic needs of the live music performances.
On site, spectators enjoy 3 course set meals before and after the show with prior reservation in our cozy Phare Cafe.
Phare artists are graduates from Phare Ponleu Selpak's vocational training center in Battambang. Coming from vulnerable households they gained international recognition through their art practice. The Cambodian Circus is a tool to build the careers of Cambodian artists, to contribute in the reviving of the Cambodian art scenes and to sustain the artistic, educational and social programs of the association.
Come and enjoy the show every day at 7:30 PM
This was my favourite of all the temples. Unlike the other temples much of it has been left covered with jungle. Huge trees sprout out of its walls. Giant roots smother its stones. Many of its walls lie in collapsed heaps. Wandering around it you feel like an intrepid explorer who has just discovered it.
Ta Prohm was built around mid-12th century to early 13th century by King Jayavarman VII and was dedicated to the mother of the king.
More recently some scenes from the movie Tomb Raider were filmed here.
We were collected by included transfer from Siem Reap Airport. We fully expected just to be dropped off at our hotel and left to get on with it. Instead the driver started the hard sell for seeing a spectacular sunset. Eventually we agreed. There is nothng wrong with Bakheng Hill for viewing a sunset except that everyone else in Siem Reap has been brought there by their drivers for the same purpose. We waved to our friends from the airport again. One of many times we saw them
The temple on Bakheng Hill was one of the first to be constructed when the Khmer Empire moved its capital from Roluos to Angkor in the late 9th century AD. We tried to escape the crowd and wander around the quieter areas of the temple complex. That was more interesting than sitting around waiting. We noticed some people came up the hill by elephant to view the sunset. On this occasion the sunset was not especially spectacular. I guess that is all down to luck.
While wandering around Siem Reap we stumbled upon the home of Siem Reap's master sculptor Dy Preung. He has made a miniature replica of Angkor Wat and other temples and displays them in his garden. He was friendly and happy to pose for photos. His works were very impressive.
Angkor Thom was the last capital of the Khmer Empire. It was a fortified city. Within its walls stood the royal palace and at its centre stood the Bayon with its enigmatic smiling faces.
The city of Angkor Thom forms a huge square, with each of its sides about three kilometers (1.9 miles) long. It was once surrounded by defensive walls. A moat with a width of 100meters (328 feet) surrounds the outer wall. Each wall has an entry tower and a long causeway over the moat except on the east side where there are two entrances instead of one. A small temple known as Prasat Chrung stands at each corner of the wall around the city of Angkor Thom.
The causeways leading to each entry tower are lined by a row of 54 stone figures on each side – demons on the right and gods on the left- to make a total of 108 mythical beings guarding the city of Angkor Thom. The demons are depicted with grimacing expressions and wear military headdresses while the gods look serene and wear conical headdresses. A huge serpent with nine heads in the shape of a fan is located at the beginning of each causeway. Its body extends the length of the causeway and is held by the gods and demons.
The Terrace of the Elephants is located in the Royal Square of Angkor Thom. It was built at the end of the 12th century.
The Terrace of the Leper King is located in the northwest corner of the Royal Square of Angkor Thom.
It has a statue depicting the Hindu god Yama, the god of death. The statue was called the "Leper King" because when it was found it was discoloured and covered with moss and looked like a person with leprosy. This idea also tied in with a Cambodian legend of an Angkorian king Yasovarman I who suffered from leprosy.
The Bayon is located in the centre of the ancient remains of Angkor Thom. The Bayon was built in the late 12th to early 13th century, by the King Jayavarman VII. He was a devout Buddhist. Even today the Bayon is regarded as one of the most enigmatic parts of the remains. The Bayon is covered with over 2000 large serene faces carved into the walls of its 54 towers.
'The faces with slightly curving lips, eyes placed in shadow by the lowered lids utter not a word and yet force you to guess much', wrote P Jennerat de Beerski in the 1920s.
It is widely believed that the four faces on each of the towers are images of the bodhisattva Avalokitesvara (a bodhisattva is an enlightened being in Buddhism who has achieved a high level of compassion) and that they represent the omnipresence of the king who sees everything going on around him. The characteristics of these faces - a broad forehead, downcast eyes, lips that curl upwards slightly - form the famous 'Smile of Angkor'.
The Bayon was created around 100 years after Angkor Wat. It is a moving experience to wander around the Bayon being gazed at on all sides by these huge stone faces.
On the second day we visited Angkor Wat. This temple dates from the 12th century and the image of the temple is so famous it even appears on the Cambodian flag. The city of Angkor first attracted the interest of Europeans in the 1800s when Cambodia was colonized by the French.
Angkor was the capital of the Khmer Empire from the 9th to the 15th centuries. Angkor Wat temple was built by King Suryavarman II in the 12th century as a funerary temple that would hold his remains when he eventually died. Many of the bas-reliefs in the temple depict scenes from the Ramayana and Mahabharata. By the 16th century much of Angkor Wat was abandoned and overgrown with jungle. When Cambodia became a colony of France, Europeans began searching for the lost city of Angkor which at that point was completely overgrown with jungle.
As we wandered around we saw some wonderful stone carvings on the walls. We even scrambled up staircase after staircase to get to the highest level of the temple. When we reached the top, we enjoyed the view then set about trying to get back down. The stairs that seemed steep on the way up were positively vertical sheer drops on the way back down. I suddenly realised I was afraid of heights. My thanks to the pleasant European male tourist who was trying to get down behind me when I suddenly announced I was too terrified to move another step. He patiently talked me out of my fear. If it wasn't for him I'd still be up there now!!!
The are a lot of sandstone carvings surrounding the first level of Angkor Wat. And I mean lot, the "painting" are is about 1 200 square meters telling stories about wars, living and the history of Angkor Wat. This is why you should book a guide or read a lot, because without the cover story you miss the clue.
The reliefs cover most of the inner wall of all four sides of the first floor and nowadays those are protected, so please don't touch (you can see a lot of shining stone, so you know what has interested people, for example Apsara dancers used to dance bare breasted, so a lot of shining breasts around).
Those were religious but the live was dangerous, one king is said tho have 2000 girls friends, kept life busy, these stories are told in the carvings.
Angkor Wat is a Temple in Angkor, Cambodia. It was build in the beginning of 12th century in in Yasodharapura (Angkor currently) and the builder was King Suryavarman II to act as capital of Khmer Empire. It's the largest in the area, it's the largest religious building in the whole world. First it was a Hindi temple, dedicated to Vishnu and on 13th century it moved to Theravada Buddhist use. The temple was forgotten for ages from 16th century, there were still life, the locals knew the place.
In the 19th century a French naturalist and explorer, Henri Mouhot, visited the place and he wrote some travel notes (we didn't have VT on those days): "One of these temples - a rival to that of Solomon, and erected by some ancient Michelangelo - might take an honorable place beside our most beautiful buildings. It is grander than anything left to us by Greece or Rome, and presents a sad contrast to the state of barbarism in which the nation is now plunged".
The temple is huge and it's listed in many Top10 lists of the World's most remarkable buildings and similarly, in the lists of most interesting travel sites.
It's the national symbol of Cambodia and has got it's place in the national flag also and it is one of (almost 1000) UNESCO's World Heritage Sites.
When visiting there, take a guided tour or prepare well from documentation, there are so lot to see, understand and realize.
Photo 2: This statue of Vishnu is down in the west Gopura, the entrance porch, welcoming all visitors to the temple. Remember to pray and wish when you come in.
This temple is located just close to Siem Reap center, between Street 9 and New Street A. It is one of the oldest in Siem Reap, history stats something like 500 years ago. I keep admiring the colorful and complex statues and sculptures (photo 4) and very telling parts of history in paintings (photo 5) which go around the temple in the walls of the wall circling the temple.
The King Ang Chan this monastery to Preah Ang Chang-Han Hoy and to the spirits of Ta Pom Yeay Rat. The providse lodging for monks, the times were different on those early days. In the 1940s the monastery was renamed as Wat Preah Prom Rath.
Monk Tang Ton and Tang Toem are part of the monasterys history and I think I met Monk Tang Toem (photo 3) there.
The place is a school for blinds, a small disappointment, too gentle hands but the purpose is better than action, support school to educate blinds to normal working life.
Take a tuktuk, you might get it for an hour massage from and to your hotel for 2-3$.
Two floors for your service and a lot of ladies with powers in the fingers. Foot massage places are in the 1st floor and other privacy needed in the second.
Take a 5$ foot massage every time when passing by, very relaxing and takes about an hour. If you are busy take 30 mins, it's 3$
Even better, if you have more time, there are e.g. Khmer, Thai, anti stress, herbals, Swedish (what ever it is), Waxing and four hand massages and prices vary from 6-20$. We tested foot, anti stress and herbal. Anti stress was really good, the girl had heavy fingers and herbal was kind similar, with aromatic oils and special hot "tool" which I saw but didn't recognize.
Astr ja h 20usd (90min), foot 5 (60).
Friendly and smiling personnel and they get special thanks for honesty, we left by accident a ring to basket, noticed that at the hotel and a phone call solved the problem, they kept the ring in safety box and we picked the one up in the morning. Thank you ladies out there.