ADD TO LISTPhumi Siem Reab attracts only a small number of travelers, who mostly stop for a short visit to see the Floating Vilage and the Floating Forest. Travelers visiting the area might want to check out some more popular nearby destinations such as Phnum Penh and Siemreab. If you do travel to Phumi Siem Reab, please add your favorite spots in this Phumi Siem Reab travel guide.
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Please visit Angkor Wat and nearby temples! They`re so incredible! Did you know that once the Khmer empire was a leading empire besides China for economic reason? Well, if you get to know the facts and figures about Angkor, you`ll see why... Cambodia`s biggest branch of industry is 70% in farming and agriculture, growing rice has become the main production sector. So eventually, the rice on your plate is of Cambodian origin, though you may not know it!
The rice production started with the rise of Ankor: Between the 8th and the 15th century, the temple complex of Angkor was 30 times the size of Cologne at that time and it had the highest population density in the centre with about 2 Mio. (Cologne had 30000 by the time). The temples were being built by workers under inhuman conditions, out of laterit and sandstone. They surprisingly didn`t use any mortar. That made sense as the heavy stones accounted their own stability and as there were no gaps inbetween, reliefs and glyphs were possible. Every even part of the temples was being decorated and over 2 Mio m² were formed by sculptors. It is said to be the longest sculptural work at at stretch! Soon, the Khmer empire collapsed and Angkor, a long time capital city, had been forgotten... The cathedrale in the jungle, the Notre Dame de Paris, as it was later often called, was occupied by tree trunks, plants and simply: Nature was claiming its land back. When, centuries later, the Japanese and French re-discovered the temples of Angkor, they found a huge city in the jungle. Even by now, they`re trying to free it from wild nature. Go there and find one of the most wondrous places on earth, where the forces of nature and the virtues of the human combine and crash!!!
Water there is not potable so drink only bottled water. You can buy water in the streets $1 for 12 bottles. But if you’re a bit sensitive, you may want to but water from convenience stores. This is around $0.5 per bottle I think. You’re gonna be doing a lot of walking and climbing, so you’re really gonna need a lot of water. Especially if you’re going there during summer. Our driver had a cooler, so we were able to have cold water. :) It’s also advisable to bring water from home, in case you are not able to buy water immediately. We have tested this and bottled water doesn’t burst in the checked in luggage. :)
I found I could get my visa for Cambodia via Evisa direct from the Cambodian government. It worked like a charm and processing at the border went smooth and quick. Others that were traveling with me found that applying and acquiring for a visa at the border was tedious and time consuming.
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