Beyond the Temples of Siem Reap
Beyond the Temples
It’s no surprise that visitors to Cambodia come to gasp at the magnificent ancient temples of Angkor. Many of these visitors however overlook what’s beyond the temples. Siem Reap is a charming little town with a small population of nearly 175,000 people. Even with this modest population there is a ton to do.
Siem Reap has a colonial and Chinese-style architecture in the Old French Quarter located in the centre of town. You will find dozens of pubs, restaurants, Apsara dance performances, shops, clubs, and so much more. Not far from Siem Reap are craft shops, fishing villages, a bird sanctuary, water falls, an animal conservation centre and so much more. If you want to leave the hustle and bustle of Siem Reap, you only need to go a few kilometers in literally any direction and you will be in a beautiful rice-paddy country side.
An excellent way to experience the beauty, tranquility and history of the countryside is to take one of the many tours available. Whether you want to explore by bicycle, tuk tuk, motor bike, quad, balloon, and even helicopters! The choice is yours. Visiting traditional villages, lotus fields and exploring ancient temples off the beaten track is certainly a fascinating experience.
It was only recently that new temple discoveries had been found in the Siem Reap area. An airborne laser servey revealed a much larger Angkor landscape. It confirmed the existence of a huge medieval city buried beneath impenetrable jungle on a remote mountain.
In the same year a new species of bird was found. The Tailorbird was named by the team that documented the discovery. Tailorbirds get their name from the way they build their nests, by threading spider silk or other fibers through a leafe, creating a sort of cradle.
These kinds of discoveries are just another reason that make this country such a wonderful place to explore and adventure. For more information Click Here.