Siem Reap
Cambodia
By Chelsie Kozera

Sometimes we go on vacations for the relaxation, sometimes we go to see famous monuments, sometimes it’s to work on our tan, or to experience a new culture. But when was the last time you traveled somewhere just to meet its country’s people? The Khmer people are some of the most humble, kind, and genuine on the planet; they are a reason alone to venture all the way to Cambodia.

If you’re planning a trip to Cambodia you cannot miss Siem Reap and the Temples of Angkor Wat. The city is a unique blend of colonial French architecture and Asian style buildings and it’s small enough to walk the whole city center in a few hours.

Getting to Siem Reap is easy, but can be pricey. Siem Reap-Angkor International Airport (REP) is only 7.5 kilometers from the city center. Tourist visas are available on arrival in the airport and at border crossings if you travel by land. A tourist visa for most nationalities will cost $20 on arrival. Most flights coming into Siem Reap-Angkor airport (REP) arrive from Phnom Penh or Bangkok, but some flights from other Southeast Asian countries, like Vietnam, Laos, Malaysia, and southern China do exist. You can book your flight to Siem Reap through WhatsCheaper.com (http://www.whatscheaper.com/flight.php).

Siem Reap is an exotic place with congestion, noise, and even livestock roaming the streets. It has a place to stay for every type of budget.  No matter what you’re looking for WhatsCheaper.com can help you book your accommodations by clicking here (http://www.whatscheaper.com/hotel.php).

You’ve not really lived until you’ve seen the temples of Angkor Wat at sunrise. Built in the 12th century for King Suryavarman II, these ruins represent a time when the Angkor Empire ruled over Cambodia, Vietnam, Laos, and parts of Thailand. They once stood mighty and powerful residences and forts, but after hundreds of years have fallen limp to the footsteps of tourists who visit Cambodia’s most famous attraction. You can purchase a three day visitors’ pass for $40 or a one day pass for $20. WhatsCheaper.com would like to inform you that it’s easy to spend more than one day exploring the different temples that comprise of Angkor Wat, the Eighth Wonder. The stones tell a story of an ancient world that now only exists in our imagination. Once you’ve captured the essence of Angkor Wat with photos, don’t worry, there’s plenty more to see in this city.

Siem Reap’s night market is by far the best market in Asia. The local currency is Riel, but they commonly use U.S. Dollar. It’s extremely fun to shop the local market for its cheap prices and unique merchandise. It’s also a great opportunity to master the art of haggling (although difficult to do with these gentle people). As you peruse the market and all the souvenirs the Khmer people have to offer, you’ll probably be coaxed into a massage for the high price of $2 by one of the local massage parlors. You can also do manicures, pedicures, and a rare fish massage. Once you’ve finished shopping, find the center of the night market where a bar sits under a thatched-roof pavilion. You can grab an Angkor draft beer for 50 cents. Then meander to Pub Street for a few more drinks or a Khmer dinner. WhatsCheaper.com recommends you head over to ‘Angkor What?’ a fun, upbeat bar decorated with graffiti.

Don’t let your night of inebriation on Pub Street keep you from exploring the next day! Just a twenty minute drive outside Siem Reap you’ll find a floating village that’s home to 1,000 residents who make a living fishing in Cambodia’s largest freshwater lake. This particular site can be a tourist trap because it’s $15 to hire a private boat to take you out to the water village and when you arrive the locals try to sell you trinkets, or ask you for money to have their pictures taken. Nonetheless, visiting the village will feel like you just stepped into a Discovery channel program; it’s a truly unique experience and not one to miss.

Another fun thing to do in the city of Siem Reap is to rent a bicycle at any of the local vendors or even at your hotel for as little as $1/day. This is an excellent way to see the city and surrounding area if you can brave the traffic. Siem Reap’s streets are an amazing example of controlled chaos: trucks, cars, buses, motorbikes, bicycles, rickshaws, and cattle alike roam the streets of the ancient city. But everyone on the road seems to be respectful of each other, which is just another reason these people are so truly special.

Overall, Siem Reap is an ancient city where you not only can explore the temples of Angkor Wat, but also enjoy a culture unlike any other in Asia. The Khmer people will make you fall in love with Cambodia… you may not even go home.

MUST SEE IN Siem Reap LIST:

  • 1. Angkor Archaeological Park
  • 2. Angkor Wat
  • 3. Osmose
  • 4. Phnom Kulen National Park
  • 5. Kompong Phluk
  • 6. Cambodia Landmine Museum
  • 7. Ta Som
  • 8. Bayon Temple
  • 9. Pub Street
  • 10. Ta Prohm

Siem Reap EVENT CALENDAR:

  • 1. Chaul Chnam - April
  • 2. Chat Preah - May
  • 3. Spirit Festival - September
  • 4. Angkor Photo Festival - November

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Le Méridien Angkor
Vithei Charles de Gaulle, Khum Svay Dang Kum, Siem Reap, Cambodia
By Julia Ali

Le Méridien Angkor presents an ideal place for visitors looking to stay in a beautiful area near Cambodia's Angkor temples. Downtown Siem Reap as well as the countryside are both within reach from Le Méridien Angkor, thus making it a convenient tourist and business destination. Getting to Le Méridien Angkor from Siem Reap International Airport is a 14 km journey. One can choose to get to the hotel by taxi, or Ford Transit. Travel time from the airport to the hotel takes approximately 15-20 minutes. Check-in time is at 3 p.m.

Le Méridien Angkor offers its guests four different room options. There is the Superior Room, a specially designed space. Deluxe Rooms come with displays of the garden and access to the Naga Lounge. Corner Suites are recommended for families as a roll-away bed can be requested to suit an extra guest. Interconnected rooms can be booked depending on availability. Corner Suite guests also receive Naga Lounge extras. The Grande Suite offers a large space containing 1 bedroom, a luxurious marble bathroom, living and dining rooms. Guests staying in The Grande Suite can take advantage of Naga Lounge benefits. All rooms in Le Méridien Angkor have a bathroom equipped with hair dryer, bathrobe, bath amenities, and individual bath and shower. A telephone is included in each guest room. Wi-Fi is available for purchase.

Le Méridien Angkor amenities compliment the beautiful Cambodian setting. The hotel features a sunny pool terrace with tropical plants and a bar. Le Méridien Angkor offers an outdoor swimming pool, cycling, sauna, and a gym facility. Even more the hotel offers an on-site relaxing spa. For those travelers on business, Le Méridien Angkor offers a business center, copy/printing services, translation services, currency exchange and computer rentals. Furthermore, high-speed Wi-Fi is available in the hotel lobby.  

At Le Méridien Angkor, check-out time is 12:00 pm (noon). In addition to a comfortable place to stay, this hotel works to provide an enjoyable cultural experience for its guests. With its multilingual staff, Le Méridien Angkor can surely provide guests with useful information. WhatsCheaper.com hopes we have provided you with the tools and information you need for booking your trip! Click on the following link if you are ready to book your stay at Le Méridien Angkor: (http://www.whatscheaper.com/hotel.php).

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Sofitel Angkor Phokeethra Golf and Spa Resort
Vithei Charles de Gaulle, Siem Reap, Cambodia
By Marie Soderbergh

If you are a traveler who enjoys an atmosphere emanating the colonial elegance of France whilst being surrounded by the tropical beauty of South East Asia, the 5 star Sofitel Angkor Phokeethra Golf and Spa Resort in Siem Reap awaits, accommodating adventurous and humble spirits alike.   A simple 4 mile drive from the Siem Reap International Airport, and 10 minutes from the ancient ruins of Angkor Wat, the world’s largest Hindu temple, this elegant hotel is nuzzled amidst lush gardens, lagoons and Cambodia’s first championship 18 hole golf course.

The Sofitel Angkor Phokeethra Resort boasts 5 meeting rooms, a 5 star business center with a team to help all your planning needs, a large ballroom and 238 rooms and suites all with rich wooden floors, high ceiling fans, white linen sheets, and broad windows opening to views of the garden, pool or lagoon.   Room accommodations include the Superior Room with the choice of a king bed or two singles.  The larger Luxury Room has a balcony/terrace with choice of bed size.  The Junior Suite has a king bed and extra living space, equip with an espresso machine and DVD player, where guests can enjoy a relaxing morning on their last day thanks to the late check out option.  For the ultimate in luxury, guests may stay in the Prestige Suite with a separate bedroom and living room, express airport check in/out, early check in, late check out, espresso machine, DVD player, a complimentary bottle of wine as well as butler service to take care of all of your traveling needs, allowing one to fully relish in their time abroad. All rooms come equip with a TV, VCR, video games, complimentary HI Speed Wi-Fi, manually controlled air conditioning, coffee and tea maker, bathroom with separate bath and shower, daily turn down service and 24 hour room service.  One can work up a sweat at the updated fitness center, or relax at the Spa Center with private spa suites, offering guests an array of relaxing body treatments.

The hotel has 3 restaurants for guests to satisfy their daily cravings.  To relax in a more casual atmosphere, head to W’s Pub, or swim up to the Serpent Pool Bar to sip and snack away in the sunshine. The Citadel fuses Western and Asian cuisine for their all day buffet, and from May to October, shares the Cambodian culture with guests, showcasing live traditional Khmer dancers.  For the ultimate in French and Khmer cuisine, head to Mouhots Dream, with floor to ceiling windows overlooking the lagoon.  For drinks and nightlife, head to the piano bar, Explorers Tale.

Do not wait to revel in ancient luxury, book now at this link (http://www.whatscheaper.com/hotel.php) and explore the Sofitel’s “Magnifique” promotions for special offers and complimentary overnight stays!

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