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Siem Reap is Cambodia’s most popular tourist destination. This captivating Southeast Asian town boasts many bustling markets, charming colonial buildings, shopping districts, trendy hotels, vibrant night spots and a great selection of dining options, from local hawker stalls to fine dine restaurants. Siem Reap is known mainly for being the gateway to the Angkor Archaeological Park, which is world’s most famous temple complex, just a short drive from the city. This iconic UNESCO World Heritage Site comprises of crumbling ancient temple ruins of the Khmer Empire, each with breath-taking backdrops. The 12th century Angkor Wat is the most compelling monument of the complex, so compelling that it’s featured on the national flag of Cambodia. Ta Prohm is another predominant temple here, featured in the famous Tomb Raider movie – these temple ruins have been taken over by the Cambodian jungle, with roots of ancient trees entwining it. To learn more about the iconic Angkor Wat Temples, you can explore the Angkor National Museum which is only around a 15 minute drive from the complex. This museum offers audio tours and displays a captivating collection of preserved Khmer artefacts. Brightsun Travel offers cheap flight offers to Siem Reap.
There are many other wonderful attractions worth exploring in Siem Reap. The Cambodian Landmine Museum is a popular spot, telling interesting stories about Cambodia’s landmines and highlighting the work being done to disarm them. The museum is home to a relief centre, which cares and protects children who were abandoned or injured as a result of the landmines. Another must-visit attraction is the Banteay Srey Butterfly Centre, the largest butterfly enclosure in Southeast Asia with a tropical garden home to thousands of beautiful native butterflies. For an evening of entertainment, head to Phare, the Cambodian Circus; this entertaining event features an authentic performing arts group who provide shows combining theatre, dance, acrobatics, live music, classic circus acts and more, with meaningful and unique Cambodian backstories. Finally, don’t miss Siem Reap’s Angkor Night Market; this colourful network of stalls sell a selection of handicrafts, Khmer artworks, clothes, accessories, delectable street food and more. The market is located right beside Siem Reap’s vibrant Pub Street, so after shopping you can sit in a bar and try a local beer or two. Book cheap tickets to Siem Reap with Brightsun and look forward to many unique travel experiences in this fascinating resort town.