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    • Angkor ThomWat Bo Road, Siem Reap, Cambodia
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      Frances Nguyen recommended Angkor Thom
      Angkor Thom is an awesome ruin and is a bus ride down from Angkor Wat. One of my favorite Wong Kar Wai films, "In the Mood for Love" was shot at Angkor Thom. The monument is huge and does not get as ... read more
      crowded compared to Angkor Wat. For these reasons, it's definitely worth a visit.
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    • Angkor National MuseumNo. 968, Vithei Charles de Gaulle, Khrum 6, Phoum Salakanseng, Khom Svaydangum
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      Frances Nguyen recommended Angkor National Museum
      Please do not go to the Angkor National Museum and go visit the real "museum" by visiting the actual Angkor Wat site. It's a complete waste of time going to this museum. Our tour guide went and had us ... read more
      spend at least an hour checking out random statutes, 20 minutes of which was at the coffee stand (basically it was a way for us to spend money, even though we didn't want to).
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    • Pro 2014
      Frances Nguyen recommended Siem Reap
      Siem Riep turned out to be more expensive than I anticipated. The main reason is because due to the influx of tourists that visit Angkor Wat each year, Siem Riep has turned into a tourist town. The ... read more
      vendors and tour guides are more aggressive so be careful. Despite this, the sight of Angkor Wat makes it all worth it.
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    • Pub StreetPub Street, Siem Reap, Cambodia
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      Frances Nguyen recommended Pub Street
      Pub Street is based in a lively section of downtown Siem Reap and is filled with restaurants, bars, pubs, and clubs catering to tourists and the expat crowd. There are many things to see and do, so I ... read more
      suggest coming here at night after a long trek exploring Angkor Wat.
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      Remjie Doronila recommended Pub Street
      Pub Street is where you go in Siem Reap after a day of exploring the temples of Angkor. There are a lot of bars and restaurants that you can go to at modest prices. Choices range from fastfood chains ... read more
      to restaurants offering traditional Khmer food. Most of Pub Street was flooded when we were in Siem Reap but the place was still teeming with tourists who saw the water as just another attraction.
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      Remjie Doronila

      there are several bars, restaurants and street stalls here. be adventurous. even KFC has something unique to offer - a very spicy pea and curry soup to go with your chicken. :)

      if you have time, try renting bikes as well and explore siem reap. rates range from $1 to $3 for an entire day.

      Erin K recommended Pub Street
      I love all the outdoor seating there is here - on a nice night, you can grab a table outside at a restaurant and watch the nightlife go by all around you. We ate at a pretty decent thai restaurant, ... read more
      but the cuisine along the street is pleasantly varied. There's also a busy market during the day, but, as always, be careful of pick-pocketers, since this is a prime tourist destination.
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      Erin K

      Pub street offers a ton of tasty restaurants to choose from.

    • Pro 2014
      Frances Nguyen recommended Lake Tonlé Sap
      Lake Tonle Sap is a fascinating area to go in Siem Reap, especially since there is large floating market and village made up of Vietnamese and Cambodian inhabitants. The size and length of some of the ... read more
      floating boats are impressive. You'll see floating classes, churches, and if you're lucky, you'll even get to see a floating basketball court (which I have pictured under Lake Tonle Sap)!
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      Pro 2014
      Harold Smith-Franzen (@smithfranzen) recommended Lake Tonlé Sap
      Though not as big a priority as the temples of Angkor, Lake Tonlé Sap is a great place to take a break from the temples and catch a glimpse of life on the water. The stilted villages here are the main ... read more
      highlight and make the trip here worth the effort. The best way to see the lake is by guided boat tour. Prices are standardized and tickets are sold at the main pier.
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    • Pro 2014
      Frances Nguyen recommended Angkor
      Angkor is impressive and vast. I would advise to relax and spend 2-3 days walking around the Angkor Wat sites. I made the mistake of spending at most a day and a half and rushing around to see the ... read more
      temples, and I "templed" out.
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    • Angkor WatSiem Riep Cambodia
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      Frances Nguyen recommended Angkor Wat
      Angkor Wat is impressive and one of the major highlights in visiting Southeast Asia (it's definitely the biggest highlight in Cambodia). I would advise spending at least 2 full days here, and ... read more
      preferably, stay here for 3 days. I make the mistake of spending 1.5 days around the temples and towards the end, I got "templed out." Angkor Wat really demands that much of your time since it's so huge and vast.
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      Harold Smith-Franzen (@smithfranzen) recommended Angkor Wat
      This is the temple that most people have in mind when they think of Angkor. It is definitely a highlight of the area and a must see. Take time to linger here and look at the bas reliefs. If possible, ... read more
      read up a bit in advance so that you understand the symbolism. A good spot to visit more than once so that you see it in different light and get a chance to really process it. Unfortunately, the temple can be completely overrun with tourists. Talk to your guide and see if he / she can recommend an off peak time to visit. Might be worth going early / late or when the heat of the day is at its peak.
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      Erin K recommended Angkor Wat
      Probably one of the most beautiful ruins I have ever seen. The architecture is absolutely stunning, and you can spend days just wandering around the maze of columns, alters, steps and sculptures. I ... read more
      think reading up about it before hand and then touring it yourself is better than hiring a guide, because you really want to go at your own pace here. Make sure you stick around for sunset as well, when the ruins turn a beautiful gold color.
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      Erin K

      Hi Nicole,
      Angkor Wat is Siem Reap's main attraction and a spectacular site. A lot of hotels in the area will offer transportation to and from the temple, and even schedule guides for you if that's something you're interested in. I loved watching the sun set here as well.

    • Pro 2014
      Frances Nguyen recommended Taj Mahal Restaurant
      The Taj Mahal had surprisingly good Indian food in Siem Riep. It's in the downtown area. They serve generous portions of food. While it's not dirt cheap (Siem Riep is actually kind of pricey due to ... read more
      influx of worldwide tourists coming to see Angkor Wat), the prices are more than reasonable and the food is delicious.
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    • Pro 2014
      Harold Smith-Franzen (@smithfranzen) commented on this list

      I've added the highlights. I'd say that all are must sees. Be sure to go to Beng Mealea. Absolutely worth the trip.

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    • BayonAngkor, Cambodia
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      Harold Smith-Franzen (@smithfranzen) recommended Bayon
      An absolute must see. Try to visit multiple times during your visit so that you catch it in different light. One of my favorite times to go is for sunrise. Incredible to see the faces of Jayavarman ... read more
      VII (or whoever you believe they are) gradually appear from the darkness. You will also have the place to yourself.
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    • Pro 2014
      Harold Smith-Franzen (@smithfranzen) recommended Phnom Bakheng
      Everyone visits Phnom Bakheng for the sunset. The views are nice but don't let this be the only place that you watch the sunrise / sunset. Nice views of the jungle and certainly a must see but not ... read more
      quite as impressive as some of the other spots in the area.
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    • Pro 2014
      Harold Smith-Franzen (@smithfranzen) recommended Banteay Samre
      A little off the beaten path. It is still possible to visit this site without being absolutely surrounded by tourists. Banteay Samre is well preserved but relatively small and a bit easier to manage ... read more
      than some of the other temples in the area. One of my favorite things about visiting this temple is the ride down the dirt road to reach it (assuming it hasn't already been paved). A great way to catch a glimpse of local rural life.
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    • Pro 2014
      Harold Smith-Franzen (@smithfranzen) recommended Beng Mealea
      Definitely a highlight of the Angkor area. Visitors who make the effort to visit this temple will be well rewarded. The temple is at least as large as Angkor Wat but hasn't been restored. This is a ... read more
      place to really feel like Indiana Jones as you walk around and explore the vine enshrouded ruins. A highly recommend paying the extra to have one of the locals guide you here. They'll help you navigate the sight more safely and can point out a few hidden gems. Note: exploring here probably isn't entirely safe. It isn't restored. As a result, the structure doesn't have some of the reinforcements that other sights do. You also need to do some climbing and it is certainly possible to fall.
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    • Pro 2014
      Harold Smith-Franzen (@smithfranzen) recommended Banteay Srei
      The most ornate / detailed of the Angkor sights. The highlight here is the detail of the carvings and the bas reliefs. Take your time to look at the reliefs. A bit of studying ahead of time will help ... read more
      you get more out of the symbolism.
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    • Pro 2014
      Harold Smith-Franzen (@smithfranzen) recommended Ta Prohm
      Ta Prohm is beautifully unrestored. Though you can debate whether or not this is the right thing to do for the sake of preservation, there is no question that the vines and trees here give the temple ... read more
      a romanticism that you won't find elsewhere (unless you visit Beng Mealea -- which I highly recommend). A good place to get your Indiana Jones on.
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    • Raffles Grand Hotel d'Angkor1 Vithei Charles de Gaulle | Khum Svay Dang Kum, Siem Reap, Cambodia
      Pro 2014
      Harold Smith-Franzen (@smithfranzen) recommended Raffles Grand Hotel d'Angkor
      This is an excellent property. This was my third time in Siem Reap but my first time at the Raffles. In the past, I have overlooked the Raffles for fear that it was too traditional / stuffy. I was ... read more
      pleasantly surprised by the property and would highly recommend it to others. Best things about the property: - Incredibly friendly and attentive staff -- a wonderful place to see the Khmer smile first hand - Classic without feeling dated. The Raffles tactfully embraces its heritage without sacrificing modern amenities - High quality food and beverage offering, including a great breakfast buffet -- small but with good selection and a few distinctive options (e.g., 5 different types of fresh honey) - Convenient location near the te\mples but not very far from town (walkable in 20 min or an easy 5 min tuktuk ride) - Large attractive swimming pool The only negative is that the property does not have full fitness facilities. That said, you will be plenty of exercise as you visit the local sights.
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    • Angkor Village HotelWat Bo Road, Siem Reap, Cambodia
      Pro 2014
      Harold Smith-Franzen (@smithfranzen) recommended Angkor Village Hotel
      Excellent budget option in Siem Reap. This is a stunning little boutique property. The architecture and decor are very Cambodian and this is a great alternative to the mega chains. Note: mosquitoes ... read more
      can be pretty bad at the poolside. Make sure you bring repellent.
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    • kompong phlukSiem Reap, Cambodia
      Remjie Doronila recommended kompong phluk
      Kompong Phluk is a floating village in Lake Tonle Sap near Siem Reap. This is not for everyone but if you are looking for an authentic Asian experience that gives you a look into a way of life that is ... read more
      so different from yours, i recommend visiting this village.
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    • No Problem Villa288, Taphul Village | Svaydangkum Commune, Siem Reap, Cambodia
      Remjie Doronila recommended No Problem Villa
      We got our air-conditioned room with 2 doubles for $20/night. I guess you can get other hotels of the same quality for less but Siem Reap was under flood when we visited so we took it. Most of the ... read more
      guests are backpackers so the atmosphere is laid back and you can socialize at the lobby downstairs. The staff are friendly and there are 2 computers with internet which guests can use for free. There is also free wi-fi in the room. The restaurant downstairs for me is overpriced considering the quality of the food. I got my noodles for around $2 and the staff told me that the noodles they used came from the supermarket. I don't mind eating something from the supermarket, but for $2? The best thing about the hotel is that it is within walking distance from Pub Street and night market. There is also a tour organizer office nearby where you can rent a bike for $1/day. Tip: do not arrange your transportation with the hotel front desk. They offered us tickets from Siem Reap to Bangkok for $15/pax. We got the same ticket from the tours office nearby for $7.
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      Remjie Doronila

      average guesthouse but near pub street and very cheap

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