Getting Acquainted – Siem Reap, Cambodia
Siem Reap, Cambodia
Siem Reap has many activities that showcase Cambodian culture and history. Also look for shopping and markets in the downtown section.
Cambodian Cultural Village: This tourist attraction claims to present “Cambodia in miniature” by having different villages showcase the heritage of various tribes in the country. There are native costumes and performances at each of the 11 sites, including a traditional wedding ceremony and games and shows. The brochure I saw mentioned the fancy gift shops, but make sure to check local markets if you want better prices. Half-day tours are popular; learn more at www.cambodianculturalvillage.com.
Formal Gardens: If you want a nice relaxing walk after climbing all of those temple stairs, wander through the Formal Gardens near the center of town. The park is located near the Route 6 roundabout, and there’s also a grand view of – why, wouldn’t you know it! – the Grand Hotel, one of the swankiest spots in town, where rooms go for $1,900 per night.
|A sign at the Khmer Rouge Memorial atrocities implores visitors for donations.|
|Visitors can climb the steps to get a better look at bones from victims of Pol Pot’s bloody regime.|
Khmer Art of Carving Center: You can watch craftsmen make traditional Khmer wood carvings at this shop. Watch for a sign on the left of the road as you’re leaving Siem Reap to go to Angkor Wat. The center is open daily 7:30 a.m.-5 p.m. Across the road is also a stone carving workshop that features pieces for $10-15 U.S.