This Wat is located beside the River in the centre of town. It was founded in 1915. In the grounds are two large cannons, said to have belonged to a 20th century War Lord.
Worth a quick look and is easy to get to.
The website is a map which will show you where it is located.
A browse around the local markets is enjoyable and in Cambodia you can look without being hassled much at all. The people are friendly and nice, and understand that you just want to look, or get out of the sun. There are several markets here. The "Old Market" starts near the Old Market Bridge and is on the corner of Pokombor Avenue, it takes up the whole square. There is also the "centre market" which is quite big and located on Sivatha Blvde, and a Night & Noon market, I didn't get to the latter two. Both Markets were within walking distance from my Hotel, or if I was lazy, it cost $1us for a tuk-tuk.
If you have a look at the website, it gives you a map with all the locations of markets, etc. on it.
The floating Market from Siem Reap to Tonle Sap lake is picturesque. People lives on boats and huts beside the river. The Cambodian people lives at the head of the river. And people from a Vietnamese community lives furthest out, where the river ends up in the lake.
Guided tours in the floating market with boat cost aprox. 15 USD for each person. But this is not necessary to take part in, because the main riverboat from Siem Reap to Phom Penh passes through the same area. So take the riverboat to Phnom Penh!
The river from Siem Reap lead to the big lake Tonle Sap. It is the largest freshwater lake in South-East Asia. In the dry season, Tonle Sap lake drains into a much smaller size. In the rainy season, Tonle Sap lake backs up to form an enormous lake. The riverboat from Siem Reap to Phnom Penh goes here.
The balloon ride near Angkor Wat, I thought was a big disappointment. You go up in a tethered balloon, this is fine. The view, because of the smog is not the best, you could hardly make out Angkor wat. Perhaps the best time would be early morning or late afternoon. On a smog free day it would be excellent. Choose your day and time. The cost for 10mins was $15, which in comparison with other countries is cheap.
The Royal Residence is used by the King as a holiday Palace. Infront are gardens, which just look like a park, no fences. BEWARE! You cannot walk in, I started to, and suddenly a guard with gun appeared and shooed me out. There weren't any signs that I could see.
As I wandered around the Bayon, I came across a group of Dancers. They were only there for photo shoots. You could have your photo taken with them, or, them on their own, with your camera for $1. They were in traditional costume, and looked really good. (see photo)
Sunrise at angkor wat is just beautiful. I have never seen such a red sky, it was stunning. Walk into the temple, nobody tells you this, this is where you get the reflections in a small pond, I missed out on this, only got nice photos when the sun was up.
Well worth a visit.
The show is free, the drinks are cheap and the food more than affordable
They perform 6 traditional dances for you
This lovely Wat is located in the old town, near the old market.
Some beautiful images here, and well maintained gardens.
Worth a visit.
The night time atmosphere might not be there, but it is still an interesting and enjoyable place to vgo see during the day.
The 50c 1/2 pints still apply :)
A river of 1000 lingas’ is at Phnom Kulen. There are also carvings of Buddha and Buddhist images in the rock that date from a later period than the lingas. Entrance to the area closes at 3:00PM.
Siem Reap is a good place to be. It's cheap to stay here and cheap eat. And you meet backpackers from all over the world. Shopping is also great.
If you haven't booked your Hotel and you want an upmarket one, then head along the road to the Airport. Here, you will find one after another, plenty to choose from.