Siem Reap has recently gained more attention from tourists. This has resulted in changes in how to get to Siem Reap from Phnom Penh. There are the best new bus companies, convenient flights, and also good taxi services. Though moving from a city is never easy, there are a few easy ways now and the options fit all the budgets.
The road route is great offering a smooth ride. It takes around 5 to 6 hours of time based on the transport mode on taking the road route. Booking online tickets offer 30% cost saving.
Available modes of transport
Private taxis are the real option of comfort offering the opportunity to see stunning scenery on the drive. A private car costs $75. You can stop for coffees, toilet breaks, and sightseeing. There are nice cars offered with drivers to pick from your location. Book taxis in advance for cheaper rates.
The buses are many to ply between Phnom Penh and Siem Reap. There are economy and CIP buses from companies namely Mekong Express and Giant Ibis. In fact, now there are many more options such as Larryta Express, Cambodia Post VIP, Seila Angkor, and Bayon VIP as good alternatives.
Bayon buses are economy buses sitting 50 people roughly and the price is $5-$6. The VIP buses are smaller covering around 15 people and are at $9-$12. VIP buses cover in 6 hours and the economy buses take 7 hours.
There are flights regularly namely Lanmei Airlines, Cambodia Angkor Air, and JC International Airlines. The best is Cambodia Angkor Air costing $160 and reaches in 45 minutes.
You can also get at the taxi rank a Tuk Tuk. However for cheap Tuk Tuk’s exit the airport and get one.
Take a ferry boat for a memorable experience. It will take 8 + hours of journey time, but you can enjoy the stunning scenery. The ferry service is not available between Aprils to June as the level of water is low.
The Banteay Srei temple probably is one that is much different from the structures of the Khmer era because it is much smaller in scale when compared to the other temples in the area. The temple was constructed in the 10th century. It is also different in that this is the only temple that is not constructed by the kings. It was constructed by two courtiers by the name Vishnukumara and Yajnavaraha.
The Temple Enclosures
The Banteay Srei temple is famous for the most intricate carvings which can be found in any of the Khmer temples. The carvings are still clearly visible. These contain many scenes from the epic Ramayana and other episodes from Hindu mythology. The temple has four enclosures including a moat.
The moat which is in the third enclosure is dry now and there is a causeway across it which leads to the Eastern and Western entrance towers. These entrances are guarded by statues of majestic lions. The second enclosure contains two libraries which have fine carvings of mythological stories along their walls. The details in the carvings show how much Hinduism had spread to these areas of the world.
The Three Sanctuaries
The three sanctuaries are contained inside the first and innermost enclosure. The middle tower contains the most important deity of the temple which is Sri Tribhuvanamaheswara. There are two other sanctuaries which are dedicated to Lord Shiva and Lord Vishnu. Apart from this connection to Indian mythology the architecture of the Banteay Srei temple is also closest to the Indian style that you can find in this region.
The Many Names Of The Temple
The Banteay Srei temple is known by many names. Popular names for the temple are “lady temple”, the “pink temple” and the “tiny temple”. All these names come from the size and color of the temple. The temple is constructed using pink limestone and hence the name “pink temple”. People attribute the other two names to the size of the temple which is much smaller compared to the other Khmer temples.
The name Banteay Srei itself means “Citadel of Women” or “Citadel of Beauty”. This name could have originated from the in-numerous carvings of goddesses which are carved on the walls of the temple.
How To Reach Banteay Srei?
The temple is located around 20 km from the Angkor Wat complex. The distance from Siem Reap is around 30 km. You can reach the temple by hiring a tuk-tuk which is the best way to get around in these places. The temple can also be reached by taxi. The road to the temple itself is picturesque with small villages and rice fields making the journey an enjoyable one.
Everyone love food when it come to choosing the best or most favorite local resturant in Siem Reap can be a little daunted since there are literally countless food store available in almost every corner of these tiny town. Below in my opinion is probably the best or most favorite local resturant in Siem Reap
Sok San Resturant
.The name simply mean happiness, dont get confuse with the local KTV which called the same name and who would call their restaurant happiness, i’m not against the naming but their food is not quite justify their name for sure.
They open quite early from 6:00am and close very late at night, they serve the best porridge and dried fish, salty egg and pickle in town. Actually they are famous for these type of typical Cambodian breakfast, but as well as serving the very late supper for the night party people as well. I dont usually see tourists nor foreigners there, i’m sure they are missing out big and the great taste.
Throughout their opening hours they serve many variety such as Chinese noodle, fried rice, fried noodle, porridge (there are many type of porridge, Bor Bor SarmJoke is one of the favorite with ginger and fish paste), Stewed pork or fish etc and yes the ice teas are free, so drink up.
Their price is local so ask if they waive the exception for foreigners’s menu. A table of 4 will costs less than $10 (assumption). Sok San resturant is situated along national Road 6A, opposite to left of Angkor Market or one street from Acleda Bank. If you ever visited Siem Reap, you should definitely try this resturant out, you’ be suprise how good their food are.
I will added more restaurants along the line, now I can’t think of any more yet so stay tune. Below is the video clip of best food you musy try before you leave Cambodia, don’t forget to check it out.
Holiday Home is not quite a fairly new concepts but most traveller still feel that choosing hotel or resort for the accommodation while traveling is the most preferred option since most hotels does provide full 24/7 services. But these recent year the vacation rental or holiday home/villa is on the rise, due to their unique stay and local feel yet some vacation went to full extent to provide the most luxury feel Hotels like yet local experiences. Below is the top 5 holiday home in Siem Reap we picks.
Top Holiday Villa in Siem Reap
The above lists is the most favorite holiday home from our best traveller who went out to explore some of the most stayed in vacation home in Siem Reap, Angkor.
It's been 20 years since I went to the city of Siem Reap Cambodia. A great deal has happened in 20 years, the degree of growth has been unprecedented. The impression was lack of services on arriving in 1993. There was the Tuk Tuk driver eager to drive you. Hotels were popping up, but other services were limited. There were no ATMs and don't have much else to do if one wanted to have a rest from going to the temples. Fast-forward 20 years and the problem have changed through a lot of knowledge, investment and innovation. The tenacity is eager to show off their nation and take.
It's also been possible as are currently returning with the knowledge they've accumulated bring change into the community. To Siem Reap as only a temple visit getting ready season starting in October don't only think with lots of companies.
A minute to take a look at what is available and how it increases the economy, Horseback riding in Siem Reap is an example of this kind of tour, for all those with a little adventure in mind why don't you have a horse-riding trip for 1-3 hours through rural countryside passing streams, rice fields and neighborhood villages. The tours are appropriate for beginners and kids and are a fun way to rest up going to the temples or just to experience something different on a trip to Cambodia.
For all those with a head for heights and wanting into catch some aerial views and pictures of the Majestic Angkor Wat attempt a balloon ride over Angkor. The German made helium balloon does not actually move as it's attached to a rope, but jumps about 200 meters for a 10 minute trip that lets you to get some great photos and an aerial view of the 8th wonder of the world. If one found oneself in Siem Reap on a Sunday evening a great adventure is a traditional Khmer dance show with live traditional music put on by of the Cambodian Children’s House of Peace, an orphanage in Siem Reap. The show is held every Sunday throughout the school term without fail at 7pm.