The temples of Angkor.

Angkor Wat is a huge temple complex in Siem Reap, Cambodia. Angkor is the largest religious monument in the world and a UNESCO world heritage site. It was originally founded as a Hindu temple for the Khmer Empire but over many years it gradually transformed into a Buddhist temple.

Siem Reap and the temples of Angkor were voted no2 in the top twenty-five destinaions in the world by Trip Advisor

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Tonle Sap – Siem Reap

Tonle Sap Lake is the largest fresh water in South East Asia. It usually varies in size and depth depending on the monsoon or dry seasons. Tonle Sap is filled by water flowing from the Mekong. The lake itself is a massive resource commercially for Cambodia as it will provide more than half of its fish. It is also a massive tourist attraction with tour boats visiting every 30 minutes or so.

The lake itself boasts over 300 species of fresh water fish. It is home to snakes, crocodiles, tortoises, turtles and otters. There are more than 100 avian varieties including storks and pelicans.

The floating village has a school, basketball court and even a crocodile farm which can all be visited on the tour.

The boat tour lasts about two hours and costs twenty dollars per person. Not so good in the dry season but I can imagine it would be well better when the water is much deeper.

Robam Tep Apsara

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Robam Tep Apsara is a traditional Cambodian dance that was created by the Royal Ballet of Cambodia during the middle of the twentieth century, around the 1960s. The Apsara who is played by a woman, wears traditional Khmer dress.

The Apsara’s graceful, curving gestures narrate classical myths and old religious stories. This mystifying performance is a popular go-to for foreign tourists who are visiting Cambodia. Most shows are accompanied by a meal where you can have some traditional Khmer food. The duration of the evening is generally around two hours and feature many traditional stories from Cambodia. While in Siem Reap you can go to the free evening viewing of the show at The Temple on Pub Street.

The Baphuon, Angkor, Cambodia

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The Baphuon is a temple at Angkor, Cambodia. Built in the mid-11th century, it is a three-tiered temple dedicated to the Hindu God Shiva.

If you are visiting the temples in Siem Reap I would recommend doing a day trip as it is plenty of time unless you have a serious interest in the temples and tolerance for heat.

Make sure you go early to catch the sunrise. Usually if you book a decent Tuk Tuk driver they will collect you from your hotel/hostel around 4:30/5 am. Once you get there he will bring everywhere you need or want to go…its one of the better day trips in Cambodia. Take plenty of water, sun cream and DEET with you. some of the best advice for the day trip can be found here