The main reason to visit Siem Reap is to visit the temples of Angkor Wat and the surrounding area. I will spare you all the regurgitation of an ancient peoples history class – mostly because I would not do it justice, there are so many better resources available than my blog.
Our guide picked us up around 08h30 and our first stop was the Angkor National Museum, which was a great way to get acquainted with the history of the area (I had done absolutely no research on the area before we arrived in country). Our guide led us through the museum providing some commentary on the exhibits and additional color on the history of the area. We spent a couple hours a the museum then headed to see the markets of Siem Reap.
The markets were like the other markets we visited on this trip – full of some of the same tourist trash. We did buy hats though – to keep the sun off of our heads. The best $5 we’ve ever spent, I think. We had a quick lunch at Viroth’s, which was truly great, then we headed out to an outer Temple of Beng Mealea for the day. The next day we visited Angkor Thom in the morning, then capped the final day in Siem Reap with a tour of Angkor Wat. Below are photo highlights from the visits.