Travel to Siem Reap
Named after the triumph of the Khmer over Siamese forces, Siem Reap is the gateway to Angkor Wat, Bayon Temple and the other fantastic temples of the Angkor Archaeological Park, a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Angkor is navigable by tuk tuk and bicycle, but the floating villages of Tonle Sap cannot be reached by pedal power alone. Whether you’re up for the Grand Circuit or aiming to go on the road less travelled at the Rolous Group, Phnom Kulen National Park and Kbal Spean, bring a krama (cotton scarf) as protection against the dust. After shopping for great local luxury wares at Angkor Silk Farm and Artisans d’Angkor, check out the Old Market area for inexpensive souvenirs. Crawl through Pub Street for Fish Amok, Lok Lak, Western food and an Apsara Dance or two. After leaving the Cambodian Landmine Museum and the Cambodian Cultural Village, it’s time to enjoy a fish massage or swing your club at Angkor Wat Putt’s mini golf course lined with miniature Angkor temples. Catch Chaul Chnam, the three-day Burmese New Year, if you can!