SIEM REAP CAMBODIA
Capital of the province of the same name, this small, French colonial-style town is situated picturesquely along thebanks of the Siem Reap River approximately seven kilometers from its national and international airport.
General about Siem Reap
Welcome to Cambodia. We would like to take you on a tour to show you our nature, our people and our culture. You will explore with us, your qualified tour guides, and discover about Cambodia's culture, history, archeology, daily life of Khmer people, agriculture (intension and extension), ecology of the Great Lake, bird sanctuaries at the Great Lake and at Ang Tra Peng Thmor, religion, mythologies, architectures, our uncountable ancient ruins and many more.
We are all official tour guides, formed by the Ministry of Tourism of Cambodia. We speak English, French, Japanese, German, Thai, Chinese, and many more.
Cambodia is a small under developed country whose economy depends on foreign funds. Many of the major companies in Cambodia are foreign owned thus the profits made here are then sent back to their home country and Cambodia receives and retains very little money back. Overall, the people of Cambodia would appreciate receiving business directly from foreign travelers instead of the the tourists seeking foreign companies for their services.
Siem Reap Hotels
A variety of accommodation is available in central Siem Reap, including the new Raffles International's luxury Grand Hotel d'Angkor, a few mid-range hotels and an increasing number of guesthouses varying from modest to quite basic.
Siem Reap Transportation
The best way of seeing the monuments is to hire a private car or a 'moto'. A car and driver can be hired for US$20-30 per day. A motorcycle with a driver (it is not possible to hire just the motorcycle) US$5-8 per day. As Banteay Srei is no longer considered a security risk area and is now open to visitors cars, motos and tour buses, it is likely the daily charge for the vehicle will be doubled. Beng Mealea and Koh Ker are also open to visitors. Book Cambodia Taxi
Siem Reap Temple Passes
A pass to visit the temples is required and can be purchased only at the new drive-in ticket counter and check point located on the main road to the monuments just before you enter the forested area. Passes are available for a single day, for three days or for one week. The passes are valid for all the sites within the Angkor area, includingRoluos and Banteay Srei, Kbal Spean, but they are not valid for the Kulen Hills, Beng Mealea and Koh Ker . The prices are: one day US$20; three days US$40; and four days to one week US$60.
All passes are required to have a passport photograph of the purchaser. As of December 2000 passport pictures are free at the ticket counter. Visitors should carry their passes at all times as they are checked at the entrance of all the major temples. Anyone found without a pass is liable to a fine of US$30. A visit to the Kulen Hills requires a separate US$20 entrance fee collected by a private company. Ticket to Beng Mealea is US$5 per person and to Koh Ker is $US10 per person.
SIEM REAP SIGHTSEEING TOURS
Siem Reap Tours are considered of visiting Angkor Temples such as Angkor Wat, Angkor Thom, Bayon, Banteay Srei, Ta Prohm, Preah Khan, Neak Pean, Mebon, Pre Rup, Roluos Group, Beng Mealea, Koh Ker and many others.
ASIA VIPA Travel & Tours Co., Ltd. Will organize Siem Reap Tours for visitors, our professional tour guide speaks visitorâ€™s language. Visitors will be able to deposit 30% to book Siem Reap Tour Packages, and the balance visitors will pay by cash on arrival. Please note that the deposit make by online with credit card and without extra cost or transaction fee or taxes.
Siem Reap Attractions - Siem Reap Things to do
Angkor TemplesAngkor Wat, the largest monument of the Angkor complex and the best preserved, is an architectural masterpiece. It is perfection in composition, balance, proportions, relief and sculptures make it one of the finest monuments in the world. "Wat" meaning "Monastery" which was called it when it became a Buddhist Hinayanism in the 16th century. Read More...
The Great City or Capital
Angkor derives from Sanskrit word: "Nagara" meaning "City or Town or Capital"; "Thom" means "Great" so Angkor Thom meaning "Great City".
The town of Angkor Thom as we see it today, is not the first capital of ancient Cambodia in the same place.
The first city was founded by king YaÃ§ovarman I (899 to about 910). This king began his reign in the capital of his father Indravarman I at Hariharalaya. He abandoned the city in order to build his own capital YaÃ§odharapura meaning the "city of YaÃ§ovarman". It was recognized that the centre of this first city is the Phnom Bakheng. It was chosen for its proximity to the river Siem Reap which does not dry up and because the hill form a natural foundation for the pyramid of the God-King ritual. YaÃ§odharapura was larger than the present town (4 km at each side) owing to the security was good; it allowed the king to be surrounded the city by cheap enclosures of stake to protect the eastern side, he used the course of the river. Angkor Thom
The Bayon, is the exact centre of the town of Angkor Thom. Having to power after the burning of the capital by a he city and surrounded it with a strong wall. This rampart constitutes the outer enclosure of the Bayon, it is a wide, provided the earth for the enormous embankment which support it, and makes a boulevard 25m wide, with four little temples at the corners, Read More Bayon
Ta Prohm TempleThe outside enclosure of the temple consists of a large laterite wall about 1000m long by 700m wide with four entrances on the every axis. The central block is about 400m from the east or west entrance and is among the largest of the monument in the Angkor Complex. The inscription gives an idea of the size of the temple. The complex include 260 statues or idols, 39 towers with.. Read More...
Preah Khan Temple
In 1191, five year after the building of Ta Prohm, the king dedicated this temple to be the shelter of the idol of his father, Dharnindravarman II, in the likeness of Bodhisattva Lokesvara. The causeways lead to the temple are bordered by the same figures carrying a Naga symbolized the Churning the Sea of Milk. This architectural element was the mark of a royal city. It may have served as a temporary residence of King Jayavarman VII while he was rebuilding the capital after the Charms sacked Angkor in 1177. Preah Khan is the name of the sacred sword, the safeguard of Cambodia, which is preserved in the palace of Phnom Penh, it seems that there is a connection between this precious arm and the name of the monument, a name which is not unique among the temple of the country. It is among the largest monuments. It includes a set of four concentric enclosures are longer to the east and west (800m by 700m, 7m high), giant Garudas and serpents are decorated every 50m around the 3km long wall. The wall of central complex forms quadrilateral 250m by 175m with Gopuras or entrance pavilion - with three passages. The avenues 250m long towards the entrances.
Neak Pean TempleNeak Pean situated in the middle of artificial lake "Jaya Tadaka", 3700m by 900m, which now has been dried up. In the centre of this space is a square lake 72m along, bordered by four smaller lakes situated on the axis and lower than the embankment surrounding the main one. In the middle of it, is a small sanctuary which was formerly entwined by the trunk-roots of a giant creeper, now dead. Read More
Eastern Mebon Temple
Eastern the Pre Rup, it looks like a reproduction. The temple was built on an island in the middle of the artificial lake (Eastern Baray: 7 km by 1800m) created by YaÃ§ovarman I. The general arrangement is the same but the whole is of more modest proportions and the base of the quincunx of towers is lower.The platform supporting the five towers is a square of more than 30m per side, mounted on a base.. Read More
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Banteay Samre Temple
Banteay Samre Temple located along the way to Bok Mountain and eastern side of East Baray â€œYasodharatadakaâ€. The location of the temple is also located in the Angkor Archaeological site in Siem Reap Cambodia.
Samre is the name of minority people who are living in Siem Reap, they live together in a small village called Preah Dak where the temple was located. Banteay means citadel. Thus Banteay Samre is citadel of Samre.
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Roluos Group: Preah Ko Bakong & Lolei
Three temples Preah Ko, Bakong and Lolei, 15km South-East of Siem Reap town, comprise the Roluos Group of monuments. They are closed together and extend over an area of 3km east of Great Lake. The Roluos group, dating from the late ninth century, is the earliest site of the 600-year Angkor Period. The three temples belonging to this important group have similarities of architecture, Read More....
Beng Mealea TempleBeng Mealea is one of the largest ensembles in the Angkor region, covering an area - within its 45m.00 wide moats that cover a distance of 4,200m all around - of 108 hectares, and comparable therefore of its plan, the harmonious equilibrium of its composition and the sense of the monumental, given effect by the large clear surfaces.. Read More
Source: Angkor An Introduction to the Temples, Dawn Rooney; Twin Age Limited, Hong Kong, 2004
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