The New York Times published an interesting article today that takes us through 36 Hours in Siem Reap, the city that serves as home base for all the visitors who make the pilgrimage to Cambodia’s Angkor Wat each year. The ancient temples and intricate statues draw in the visitors, but now Siem Reap is evolving to give them other reasons to stay.
The article sets out a time line in which a visitor arrives late on a Friday and spends the weekend. There are suggestions on places to eat, sights to see, and things to do at all hours of the day. For instance, you could be up before the break of dawn to take in the sunrise over the famous Angkor Archaeological Park, a 155-square mile area that has over a hundred temples that eventually give way to dense jungle. At the end of the day, head to the Red Lantern District for a pint or three in the eclectic bars that line the aptly titled Pub Street.
The Angkor region of Cambodia has become it’s busiest tourist destination, and it’s only natural that it would begin to offer more amenities to travelers. Those making the journey to the worlds largest single religious site can now explore the vast complex of ruins while staying in excellent hotels, dining on world class cuisine, and enjoying an active night life as well. And all at relatively bargain prices for an international destination.