Siem Reap is the perfect vacation destination with rich history and culture and many iconic attractions. From ancient worshipping places to thrilling nightlife, the Cambodian city offers several tourist attractions that you mustn’t miss.
It is the perfect spot to experience the mystery and charisma of Angkor Wat. Built in the 12th century, Ta Prohm was a temple of the Buddhist community. Thanks to well-preserved jungle surroundings, Ta Prohm has a large portion of the un-restored area since Henri Mouhot, a French explorer, discovered it in 1860. Presently, the temple has a jungle with tall trees and vines increasing out of the ruins. Ta Prohm is a stunning tourist destination, which will make you feel like you have come back in the past.
Angkor National Museum
This national museum is worth visiting to learn more about the history and customs of Angkor Wat and Siem Reap. King Norodom Sihamoni inaugurated Angkor National Museum in November 2007. Besides showcasing a work of art through its traditional Khmer temple style structure, the museum dedicates its premises to the research and protection of Angkorian artifacts. The site has a conventional Apsara roof with lush gardens. You will find an impressive collection of paintings, sculptures, and ancient Angkor artwork.
Banteay Srey Butterfly Centre
This beautiful butterfly park lies in the north of Siem Reap. The primary purpose of the Banteay Srey Butterfly Centre’s construction was to study and preserve various Cambodian butterflies and raise awareness about why the conversation is necessary. The center has two primary parts: the indoor exhibition and the outdoor forest region. You can view more than 500 different butterfly species from around the country flying in your surroundings. While having thousands of beautiful butterflies around you may be surreal, it makes you feel like you are in the dream world.
Visiting Siem Reap gives you an exclusive opportunity to view the live performances of Phare Ponleu Selpak Circus. This unique circus primarily aimed to help the populace exaggerated by the Khmer Rough system. It facilitates young residents to increase self-respect through art and vibrant performances. They educate young people who would otherwise not be able to benefit from such opportunities. The performance comprises traditional circus abilities and modern dance and theatre performances performed by brilliant young artists. Most show themes evolve around the tales and experiences of numerous performers, offering a powerful insight into the Cambodian tradition and history.
Exploring Siem Reap is incomplete without checking out Angkor Wat. It is among the world’s largest and most beautiful temples. Built by Suryavarman II, the former state shrine of the Khmer Empire, it features five dazzling towers representing the peaks of the sacred Hindu mountain of Meru. The walls and pillars of the temple comprise intricate carvings and tiles depicting views of the Khmer Empire’s history and Hindu mythology. Angkor Wat primarily had a moat and a wooden bridge in its surrounding. You can walk around the temple to explore multiple courtyards.