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In my opinion Siem Reap has lived up to its reputation as a very enchanting place to visit, the people, its culture and history are just amazing. The city was the majestic place I have imagined it to be and all the positive travel reviews I have read were accurate. Siem Reap deserves its chart topping identity as a travel destination.
As I arrived in I noticed a lot of kinds playing with water spraying it at every single person. Unexpectedly I arrived in the last day of the Khmer new year and at night a huge water gun battle (play fight) and all night party takes place at the whole street, everyone takes part locals and tourists, old and young. An Incredible experience.
The small circuit is the more central and notable collection of temples it includes the world famed Angkor Wat, my favourite Bayon and the also Ta Prohm which is also unofficially known as the Tomb Raider Temple as it featured in the blockbuster Hollywood movie. Bayon for me is the highlight, truly majestic, unbelievable sights from every angle.
The Grand Circuit is the outer shell of the region. The temples are not as well known but just as amazing. The Grand circle is also the place if you want to see the beautiful sunsets. Preah Khan is one site you must visit, I can best describe it as a huge maze, one that give a movie type of atmosphere.
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A bit further out and a tour in itself is this temple Banteay Srei. One of the better preserved temple and highly detailed in its decoration. If you have time with not much to do, this temple is worthwhile
It is no secret like any country, that Cambodia has had its troubled past. The Killing Fields and the Cambodia War museums gives visitors the chance to learn about the war in great detail.
There is more to Siem Reap than temples, its people and culture are incredible. There is a lot of night markets spread around the city however they don’t stay open too late. Another thing I recommend is to attend one of the cultural shows, insightful performances of Cambodian culture, whilst dining to a delicious buffet.
“Once the travel bug bites, there is no known antidote, and I know that I shall be happily infected until the end of my life.”
— Michael Palin