Map of Phnom Penh city
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Where to visit in Siem Reap?
Where to visit in Siem Reap?
Siem Reap (ខេត្តសៀមរាប) is a little but fast growing city, located on the north eastern side of the Tonle Sap Lake (បឹងទន្លេរសាប), Cambodia (ប្រទេសកម្ពុជា). The main reason that makes this city growing so fast is, this city is the main access for whoever want to visit Angkor Wat (អង្គរវត្ត). Cambodia is a hot country for travelers nowadays, and Siem Reap is hottest than ever. The center remains quite a bit a rural old town, with french style houses and shops. But what you notice now when you walk 5 minutes in the center is the impressive amounts of hotels, guesthouses, restaurants and bars of every kind, shape and dimension. Some of them are new and cleaned, some others not. These 2 dimensions, these 2 souls of Siem Reap make this city an explosive mix. The area around the old market is crowded with locals and foreigners all day long. A few steps far, and you are in the middle of the bars area, where the fun lasts till the sun shines again.
In the center is located the Tourism Office, but it seems that the best way to get info is to ask to your Hotel or guesthouse. You can make international calls straightforward. You can find many internet coffee with international calling services. The quality of the internet connection is often acceptable (you can view this website) but considerably slower then the western standards. The quality of the voice communication can be a problem, especially for overseas calls. You can find better quality connections simply "renting" a mobile phone on the street. There are a few phone booths around the old market, where they also sell international phone cards.
Money: you can pay everywhere both in US dollars or Cambodian Riel (r). You can exchange your money in dollars or Riel in the markets or in one of the many banks, all locate in the old market area (Psar Chaa), like Mekong Bank, Canadia Bank, Cambodia Asia Bank and others. Expect to pay a commission around 2%. 1$ is about 4000r.
Books and guides about Cambodia, its history and Angkor can be bought everywhere, but it can be nice to buy from one of the many kids selling them on the street. The are many free mini-guides and flyers about Siem Reap, giving information about hotels, restaurants, pubs and events. One of the best is The Siem Reap Angor Visitors Guide, usually coming out quarterly. These publications exist thanks to the advertisers, that are hotels, restaurants and so on. Consider this also when you read them.
It can happen that you get sick, or have an accident, little or big: for these cases, Angkor have 2 main hospitals, one for children and one for adult, but if anybody get seriously sick, it's better to move it to Bangkok, as the medical standards are not properly high, and there is the risk to be more sick.
Cambodian Beggar inside the Angkor area
On the streets there are many beggars. If you know just a little little bit of Cambodian history, you can recognize many of them as victims of land mines. In this country there is no social security network and the government doesn't support them. Be also aware that when you start to give, you will often have many more asking around you. If you want to be generous do it with discretion.
The people in Siem Reap are really warm and friendly: if you smile back it will be greatly appreciated. Be patient while waiting for your food and your drink, it may take a long time. And Khmer food taste delicious, so it fully worth the wait!!!
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Hang Pisey was born in September 1983 at Phnom Penh city and she is the only daughter in family, she went to art school and studied hard on Khmer traditional music. Hang Pisey had archived such great singing competition since she first came to Khmer entertainment industry in the year of 2000. This photo below showing Hang Pisey in Khmer Apsara performance known as the most sinificant Khmer traditional dancing of all times.
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The Killing Fields
The Killing Fields were a number of sites in Cambodia where large numbers of people were killed and buried by the Khmer Rouge regime, during its rule of the country from 1975 to 1979, immediately after the end of the Vietnam War.
At least 200,000 people were executed by the Khmer Rouge (while estimates of the total number of deaths resulting from Khmer Rouge policies, including disease and starvation, range from 1.4 to 2.2 million out of a population of around 7 million). In 1979, Vietnam invaded and toppled the Khmer Rouge regime, which was officially called Democratic Kampuchea.
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a Nei (Khmer: ប្រាសាទតានៃ) is a late 12th Century stone temple located in Angkor, Cambodia. Built during the reign of King Jayavarman VII, it is located near the northwest corner of the East Baray, a large holy reservoir. It was dedicated to the Buddha.
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Phimeanakas (Khmer: ប្រាសាទភិមានអាកាស, Prasat Phimean Akas, 'celestial temple') or Vimeanakas (Khmer: ប្រាសាទវិមានអាកាស, Prasat Vimean Akas) at Angkor, Cambodia, is a Hindu temple in the Khleang style, built at the end of the 10th century, during the reign of Rajendravarman (from 941-968), then rebuilt by Suryavarman II in the shape of a three tier pyramid as a Hindu temple. On top of the pyramid there was a tower.
According to legend, the king spent the first watch of every night with a Naga girl in the tower, during that time, not even the queen was permitted to intrude. Only in the second watch the king returned to his palace with the queen. If the naga who was the supreme land owner of Khmer land did not show up for a night, the king's day would be numbered, if the king did not show up, calamity would strike his land.
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Independence Monument at Night
Independence Monument at Day Time
The Independence Monument (Vimean Ekareach) in Phnom Penh, capital of Cambodia, was built in 1958 following the country's independence from France. It stands on the intersection of Norodom Boulevard and Sihanouk Boulevard in the centre of the city. It is in the form of a lotus-shaped stupa, of the style seen at the great Khmer temple at Angkor Wat and other Khmer historical sites. The monument was designed by the influential Cambodian modern architect Vann Molyvann.
During national celebrations—most notably, Independence Day—the monument is the center of activity. A ceremonial flame on the interior pedestal is often lit by a royal or high official on these occasions, and floral tributes line the stairs. Most of the year, however, the monument is visited by photo-taking tourists and locals looking for some quiet conversation.
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