The Temples of Angkor: Siem Reap, Cambodia
Cambodia is located in Southeast Asia and is bordered by Vietnam, Laos, and Thailand. It is on the Gulf of Thailand and the Mekong River runs through the country into the Tonle Sap. It is becoming a popular tourist destination, particularly for Europeans and Australians. It is a bit more difficult for Americans to fly there, but as tourism becomes more popular, more and Americans are heading to Cambodia due to it being a more exotic destination. This country has a very interesting history and culture that we really enjoyed learning about and experiencing first hand. Also, just in case you were wondering, Angkor = city.
Siem Reap, Cambodia is located about 7 hours by bus from the capital city of Phnom Penh. It has become a popular tourist destination because this is where you can visit the very famous Angkor complex. Due to the influx of tourists and expats, Siem Reap has become more modern and a comfortable place to visit but still offers a view into Cambodian culture. The hotel we stayed at was the Sofitel Angkor Phokeethra. This hotel is on the luxury end of the spectrum for Cambodia (rates from $198/night according to their website), but it is really gorgeous.
The main attraction of Siem Reap is the Angkor site. There are several ways to get to the site from where you are staying, the easiest probably being via tuk-tuk. You can also hire a car, rent a bicycle, or take a bus. Since we were with a tour group, we had our own bus with a local guide.
The Traveling Gals Tip: WEAR COMFORTABLE CLOTHES. It is so hot and humid here. Remember that you are basically in a jungle climate. This is not a time to be fashionable because you will be sweating a lot. Also remember to respect the culture and not wear booty shorts.