Day 27 is day two in Siem Reap, a city overflowing with ancient history and stunning temples. After exploring the world-renowned Angkor Wat yesterday, we might think that we’ve seen all that Siem Reap has to offer. But there’s still so much more to discover in this beautiful city. Today, let’s dive deeper into Siem Reap’s hidden gems and explore the temples and beyond.
The temples around Siem Reap are truly remarkable feats of architecture and engineering. Besides the iconic Angkor Wat, there are a few more temples that are worth visiting.
Bayon Temple: This temple is famous for its 216 towering stone faces, carved into the walls of the temple. Bayon Temple is located in the centre of Angkor Thom and is known as the “smiling temple”.
Ta Prohm: This temple has been left to the mercy of nature, with trees growing through the ruins, creating a scene that is straight out of a movie. It’s widely known as the ‘Tomb Raider’ temple because it was featured in the movie Tomb Raider with Angelina Jolie.
Banteay Srei: Known as the ‘Jewel of Khmer Art’, Banteay Srei is a smaller temple but with intricate carvings made of pink sandstone. It’s located about 25 km from Siem Reap, but it’s worth the trip if we want to see stunning detail.
Each temple has its own unique story and beauty that makes them worth visiting. They will give we a glimpse into the rich cultural heritage of Cambodia.
After so much cultural exposure, let’s lighten up a little and experience the Cambodian Circus: Phare Circus is a performing arts troupe that showcases inventive storytelling, theatre, and circus performances. It’s a great way to relax and spend an evening.