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Visiting Siem Reap, Cambodia - Gateway to Angkor - Itinerary Inspiration from ArchitectureOfBuddhism.com

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Discover the must-see sights (and tastes!) of Siem Reap in our cultural 1-day itinerary. Temples, food, and dance all recommended!

Find out more about Siem Reap and Cambodia on the Architecture of Buddhism site here:
http://architectureofbuddhism.com/books/tag/cambodia/

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Visiting Siem Reap, Cambodia - Gateway to Angkor - Itinerary Inspiration from ArchitectureOfBuddhism.com

  1. 1. Siem Reap literally means “Defeat of Siam”
  2. 2. According to a legend, King Ang Chan (1516-1566) implemented the name “Siem Reap” due to a victory over a Siamese invasion of 10.000 troops. By that time Cambodia already tried to gain independence from Siam (Thailand).
  3. 3. Eventually Thailand defeated Cambodia and reigned over north west Cambodia from 1794 to 1907
  4. 4. Siem Reap started blooming for the first time during the Golden 1920’s when the legendary Grand Hotel d’Angkor was built.
  5. 5. High-profile guests like Charlie Chaplin and Jackie Kennedy started visiting the city and Angkor Wat.
  6. 6. Fast forward 2014, Siem Reap has turned into a bustling city with plenty of hotels and restaurants and transformed the city into the heartbeat of Cambodia’s tourism
  7. 7. Angkor National Museum – 08:30
  8. 8. Visiting the Angkor National Museum prior to visiting the legendary Angkor Wat will give you a better understanding about the Khmer Empire and enhances your knowledge when visiting it.
  9. 9. The museum is conveniently located en route to Angkor Wat
  10. 10. Angkor Wat – 11:00
  11. 11. Cambodia’s most visited monument awaits you – and surely will take your breath away!
  12. 12. Even the Cambodian national flag features it.
  13. 13. Indulge in Khmer food - 13:00
  14. 14. Khmer food is as colourful and diverse as from its neighbouring countries, Laos, Thailand and Vietnam.
  15. 15. Popular dishes include: Fish amok (fish mousse with fresh coconut milk and curry paste) Nom Banh Chok (Khmer noodles) Lap Khmer (beef salad)
  16. 16. Kompong Khleang Floating Village – 15:00
  17. 17. It’s a unique experience to see how Cambodians live outside cities like Phnom Penh or Siem Reap.
  18. 18. Surrounded by mangrove forests, the area is a cluster of three villages with about 3000 citizens and houses situated on stilts.
  19. 19. Watch a traditional Apsara Dance – 20:00
  20. 20. Apsara is the traditional Khmer ballet of Cambodia
  21. 21. Performances are held in hotels and restaurants, but on special occasions and important days such as the Khmer New Year, Apsara dancers performing even in front of Angkor Wat
  22. 22. Slide 1 - Prière des Apsaras (Siem Reap) via Flickr by Jean-Pierre Dalbéra : http://bit.ly/1p9NabU Slide 2 - Monks Queuing via Flickr by Balint Foldesi : http://bit.ly/1pcHeSb Side 3 - Banyon via Flickr by Kung Bernard : http://bit.ly/1tYx4pK Slide 4 - The Banyon via Flickr by Kung Bernard : http://bit.ly/1lv9GuC Slide 5 - Grand hotel D’angkor via Flickr by Michael Coghlan : http://bit.ly/1kTSoHE Slide 6 - Charlie Chaplin via Flickr by Jean-françois Richard : http://bit.ly/Uv9bte Angkor Wat entrance via Flickr by Kim Seng : http://bit.ly/1rxNnua Slide 7 - Angkor Wat via Flickr by Ethan Crowley : http://bit.ly/1mIJIU3 Slide 8 - Independence Monument via Flickr by Richard Hopkins : http://bit.ly/1lzlEn4 Slide 9 - National Museum via Flickr by Pigalle : http://bit.ly/1sRuEeM Slide 10 - Angkor National Museum via Flickr by Flip Nomad : http://bit.ly/1rNGRhY Slide 11 - The map by Angkor National Museum : http://www.angkornationalmuseum.com/ Slide 12 - Angkor Wat via Flickr by Kim seng : http://bit.ly/1nU9dSP Slide 13 - Angkor Wat via Flickr by Ariel Atega : http://bit.ly/1A6cWpY Slide 14 - Cambodian Flag via pixabay by OpenClips : http://bit.ly/1nULpOB The Bayon via flickr by Mike Behnken : http://bit.ly/1nUdMfM Slide 15 - Angkor Wat via Flickr By Akshay Mahajan : http://bit.ly/1kWQLsM Slide 16 - Khmer food via Flickr by Tara Angkor hotel : http://bit.ly/WFMtk1 Slide 17 - Khmer food via Flickr by Janne Hellsten : http://bit.ly/1kYcRej Slide 18 - Khmer food via Flickr by Tara angkor hotel : http://bit.ly/1rP26jz Slide 19 - Long Boat via Flickr by Kim Seng : http://bit.ly/1qzRzeL Slide 20 - Vietnamese girl via Flickr by Daniel Chodusov : http://bit.ly/WJQO5B Slide 21 - Floating village via Flickr by Axel Drainville : http://bit.ly/UvlBBk Slide 22 - Floating village via Flickr by Dennis Jarvis : http://bit.ly/WJNRly Slide 23 - Apsara dance via Flickr by Jerry Dohnal : http://bit.ly/1rxwT5c Slide 24- Apsara Dance via Flickr by Jean-Pierre Dalbéra : http://bit.ly/UuYA1s Slide 25 - Apsara dance via Flickr by Trey Ratcliff : http://bit.ly/1jWR2R7 Slide 26 - Apsara dance via Flickr by Akshay Mahajan : http://bit.ly/1mIlZ6n Slide 27 - Angkor Wat via Flickr by Trey Ratcliff : http://bit.ly/1sW9OuZ Slide 28- Siem Reap reflection via Flickr by Chi King : http://bit.ly/1nTCv3 Photo Sources:
  23. 23. Find out more about the incredible Buddhist sites of Cambodia and other SE Asian countries at: http://architectureofbuddhism.com

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