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Siem Reap (see-em-ree-up) is the gateway to Cambodia's spiritual and cultural heartbeat, the temples of Angkor. The town was a quiet, sleepy backwater until a few years ago, but it's quickly reinventing itself as a sophisticated centre for the new wave of visitors passing through each year. If Cambodia is hot right now, then Siem Reap is boiling over, the one place everyone coming to Cambodia will hit during their visit.

Around the centre, it remains a charming town with rural qualities. Old French shop houses, shady tree-lined boulevards and a gentle winding river are remnants of the past, while five-star hotels, air-con buses and international restaurants are pointers to the future. The gold rush of recent years continues unabated in Siem Reap: hotels and guesthouses going up every month, restaurants and bars every week.

Siem Reap is just north of the western extent of Tonle Sap Lake. It's the perfect place to relax for several days and many visitors end up staying a week, thanks to a good range of facilities, friendly and fun-loving locals, and the world's most magnificent temples being slap-bang on the doorstep. Angkor is a place to be savoured, not rushed, and Siem Reap is the perfect place from which to plan your adventures.

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Cambodian Cultural Village

The construction of Cambodian Cultural Village (CCV) started in 2001, and opened to the public in September 24, 2003, with a total area of 210,000 meter-square. CCV includes miniatures of famous historical buildings and structures, local customs and practices of all races. There are 11 unique villages, which represent different culture heritages and characteristics of 19 multi races.
At each village, tourists will be able to enjoy the beautiful wooden houses, carvings, soft skill in stone, traditional performances in many different styles, such as: Apsara Dancing, performance of ethnic minorities from Northeast of Cambodia, traditional wedding ceremony, circus, popular games, peacock dancing, acrobatics, elephant shows, boxing, and much more...

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Tonle Sap Lake

The Tonlé Sap, (Cambodian meaning "Large Fresh Water River," but more commonly translated as "Great Lake") is a combined lake and river system of huge importance to Cambodia. It is the largest freshwater lake in South East Asia and is an ecological hot spot that was designated as a UNESCO biosphere in 1997.

The Tonlé Sap is unusual for two reasons: 1) its flow changes direction twice a year, and 2) the portion that forms the lake expands and shrinks dramatically with the seasons. From November to May, Cambodia's dry season, the Tonlé Sap drains into the Mekong River at Phnom Penh. However, when the year's heavy rains begin in June, the Tonlé Sap backs up to form an enormous lake.

For most of the year the lake is fairly small, around one metre deep and with an area of 2,700 square km. During the monsoon season, however, the Tonlé Sap river, which connects the lake with the Mekong river, reverses its flow. Water is pushed up from the Mekong into the lake, increasing its area to 16,000 square km and its depth to up to nine meters, flooding nearby fields and forests. The floodplain provides a perfect breeding ground for fish.

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Angkor National Museum

Angkor National Museum will take its visitors through the journey back in time from the creation to the highest point of civilization. Through the use of interactive exhibits, visitors will develop a deeper understanding of custom, tradition and different beliefs of the ancient empire.

A tour of the museum will be joyful for both visitors who have a good understanding of ancient Khmer civilization and visitors who do not have any previous knowledge of the ancient Khmer empire.

All artifacts will be divided into 8 galleries in perceptive order of the evolution which are enhanced by a realistic atmosphere. Throughout the whole experience Angkor National Museum will allow this legend to slowly reveal before your eyes.

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Cambodian Landmine Museum

This tiny museum was set up by local deminer Aki Ra to educate locals and tourists about the dangers of land mines. Piles of defused mines and UXO lie around the site and the guides are mostly teenagers who were orphaned or injured by mines, many of whom live onsite.

This is a very worthwhile attraction that brings home the scale of the problem and shows you a slice of real Cambodia.

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Siem Reap War Museum

Displaying a wide variety of military hardware and equipment in decrepit condition, taken from the battlefield. Heavy armour including T-54 tanks, anti-aircraft guns, artillery pieces, rocket launchers, APCs, small arms and piles of disarmed mines and bombs.

Location: Route#6 (Airport Road)

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Angkor Silk Farm

Twenty minutes away from Siem Reap, in Puok district, Artisans d’Angkor offers a free guided tour of the workshops to show how silk is traditionally worked in Cambodia. You will see how mulberry trees are grown to provide feed for silkworm raising. You will observe artisans at work, removing the silk thread from the cocoons and working the thread prior to traditional weaving.

Tel: (855) 63 380 375
Open daily from 7 a.m. to 5 p.m. (shop until 5:30 p.m.).

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Fish Massage

After a long day's trek around the temples, take time out to pamper yourself with a fish massage. These massage centres can be found all over Siem Reap and costs just $3 for approx 20-30 mins.

Some even throw in a free beer. Bargain!

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