With Siem Reap’s stunning scenery, rich culture, historic temple sites and countless opportunities to soak yourself in the destination, a visit to this little temple town should really be added to your bucket list. Whether you are traveling solo, with your significant other or with your kids, Siem Reap will never be short of authentic and cultural experiences to amaze everyone.
We have selected some seriously amazing photos which will make you want to book a trip and say ‘Sour sdey’ to Siem Reap, Angkor of Cambodia now.
1. Sunrise at Angkor Wat
Angkor Wat is high on most people’s list of destinations. Thousands of tourists flock to Angkor Wat temple every day to catch the sun rising from behind its five lotus-shaped towers. It is the world’s largest religious building regarded as the most majestic piece of architecture ever built by man.
2. Ta Prohm Temple
Not only is Angkor Archaeological Park the home of Angkor Wat but it is also home to equally impressive temples such as ‘Ta Prohm’ known as the Angelina Temple, which became popular after it was featured in the movie Lara Croft: Tomb Raider. This temple features massive fig trees that have overgrown the Angkor ruins. It is definitely worth snapping!
3. A Buddhist Monk
Cambodia is a Buddhist country with 90% of the population being Theravada Buddhist. Expect to see monks in their orange robes who can be seen around the local pagodas or walking around the town.
4. The Bakong Temple
While the iconic Angkor Wat is undeniably the most remarkable of the all the temples in the Angkor complex, it is worth checking out some of the lesser-known temples such as the Bakong temple located in the Rolous area.
5. The Floating Village of Kampong Phluk
Travel out to the floating village of Kampong Phluk of the Great Tonle Sap Lake. It is a truly unique experience especially for those who have not seen one before. Kampong Phluk Floating village is a relatively small village that provides great insight into the locals’ way of living on the Tonle Sap Lake. This village features houses that are built on stilts up to 10 meters high where locals make a living out of fishing and other related activities.
6. The Great Tonle Sap Lake
The Great Tonle Sap Lake is Southeast Asia’s biggest freshwater lake situated 15 km south of Siem Reap town. It is home to the floating villages Cambodia is known for and offers unique cultural and wildlife experiences. Bird watching opportunities and kayaking through the mangrove forests await nature lovers as well as the adventure seekers out there.
7. The Cambodian Countryside
Water buffalos being herded by Khmer children amidst the lush Cambodian countryside.
8. The Life at a Buddhist Pagoda
A Khmer family receiving a water blessing from a monk. Water blessings are a traditional Cambodian Buddhist tradition dating back to the Khmer Empire Era, believed to bring good luck, peace and happiness to the recipients.
10. The Smile of Cambodian People
Many people who visit Cambodia feel that the locals are another point to visit the kingdom. Expect the plastered smile on their faces, their respectful greetings and their warm hospitality.
11. Sunset in the Countryside
If sunsets are your thing, then Cambodia has no shortage of dreamy sunsets to set your sights on. Sometimes you have to pinch yourself to make sure it is not only a dream!
12. Phnom Kulen
These amazing photos are credited to Angkor Travel Photography, a travel & photography tour company based in Siem Reap, Cambodia. Angkor Travel Photography is a collaboration between four professional photographers all based in Siem Reap, providing guided photography tours and workshops throughout the kingdom. They offer short and long photography tours, specializing in a range of styles from portraits, landscapes to night photography.
Where to stay in Siem Reap
Located just 30 minutes from Angkor Wat and just a short driving distance from Siem Reap town is the beautiful tropical paradise of Navutu Dreams. This Siem Reap’s only upscale resort & wellness retreat is an ideal destination for all kinds of wanderers and jet-setters alike, be it for a solo holiday, a romantic couple’s getaway or for the annual family break. It features 28 well-appointed guestrooms & suites, luxuriant tropical gardens, three large swimming pools, a restaurant, a spa, two yoga studios and a wellness center for detox programs and yoga holiday breaks. A holiday combining temple exploration with moments for relaxation, self-renewal and rejuvenation awaits you at this award-winning resort in Cambodia.