Siem Reap, Cambodia

united_kingdomSiem Reap is the most famous and most touristic city in Cambodia, because it’s located at just few kilometers from Angkor Temples. Tourist sleep overnight in Siem Reap and go on day trips to visit the temples at Angkor. There are several ways to reach the Angkor Temples from Siem Reap: by tuk-tuk, bike, motorbike or hiring a private driver who is at your disposal and takes you around (the price was 130 US Dollars for 3 days on a car with AC).

We spent 5 nights in Siem Reap (3 days Angkor Temples and 1 day exploring Siem Reap).

With the Lonely Planet guide in one hand and heavy cameras around the neck, we slowly dived into the local culture, people and traffic. We saw temples, monks, children, schools, people getting haircuts, people sleeping in tuk-tuk, we ate tasty traditional food and drank local beer and fruity cocktails.


romania_flagSiem Reap e cel mai faimos si turistic oras din Cambodgia datorita locatiei la doar cativa kilometri de Templele de la Angkor. Practic, stai peste noapte in Siem Reap, iar ziua faci excursii la templele Angkor. Sunt mai multe modalitati de a ajunge la temple: cu tuk-tuk, bicicleta (pentru aventurosi), scuter sau, metoda aleasa de noi, un sofer privat care e practic la dispozitia ta cate zile il angajezi: ne-a facut itinerariul si ne-a dus cat e ziua de lunga de la un templu la altul. A costat in jur de 130 dolari americani pentru 3 zile (preturile sunt in dolari americani in Cambodgia, iar pentru ce e sub un dolar, iti da restul in Riel, bani cambodgieni. 1 dolar= 4000 rieli.

Dupa aceste 3 zile in care am avut la dispozitie sofer si masina pentru a vizita numeroasele temple de la Angkor, ne-am dorit sa fim pe cont propriu pentru a explora orasul Siem Reap pe jos, sa ne avantam in cultura si traditiile locale.

Am vazut temple, scoli, copii, oameni la frizer, somnorosi in tuk-tuk, am mancat mancare traditionala si am gustat bere locala si cocktailuri de fructe.

Buddhist monks in Siem ReapBuddhist monks in Siem Reap

Tourists in Tuk-TukTourists in Tuk-Tuk

Street in Siem Reap / strada in Siem ReapStreet in Siem Reap / Strada in Siem Reap

Wat Bo temple in Siem Reap / Templul (manastirea) Wat Bo in Siem ReapWat Bo temple in Siem Reap / Templul (manastirea) Wat Bo in Siem Reap

Monk hanging out laundry / Calugar budist pune rufele la uscatBuddhist monk hanging out laundry / Calugar budist pune rufele la uscat

The "kitchen" at Wat Bo temple / "bucataria" manastirii Wat BoThe “kitchen” at Wat Bo temple / “Bucataria” manastirii Wat Bo

Wat Bo templeWat Bo temple

Many Stupa are found at all buddhist monasteries / Stupa (pietre funerare budiste) se gasesc in curtile tuturor manastirilor budisteMany Stupas are found at all Buddhist monasteries / Stupa (pietre funerare budiste) se gasesc in curtile tuturor manastirilor budiste

A party in the street / O petrecere in stradaA party in the street / O petrecere in strada

..and another party on the street / O alta petrecere pe strada…and another party on the street / O alta petrecere pe strada

Cooking on the street and spending time with the family / Gatitul se face pe strada in fata casei, unde familia petrece timp impreunaCooking on the street and spending time with the family / Gatitul se face pe strada in fata casei, unde familia petrece timp impreuna

A golden Buddha in a big, golden lotus flower / O statuie aurie a lui Buddha in mijlocul unei uriase flori de lotusA golden Buddha in a big, golden lotus flower / O statuie aurie a lui Buddha in mijlocul unei uriase flori de lotus

Golden Buddha statues / statui aurii reprezentandu-l pe BuddhaGolden Buddha statues / Statui aurii reprezentandu-l pe Buddha

Wat Preah Prohm RothWat Preah Prohm Roth

Cows at temple / nu am inteles ce era cu vacile astea la templul Wat Preah Prohm RothCows at temple / Templul Wat Preah Prohm Roth

That's how a classroom in the foreing language school in Siem Reap looks like / Asa arata o sala de clasa in scoala de limbi straine din Siem ReapClassroom in the Foreign Language School in Siem Reap/ Asa arata o sala de clasa in scoala de limbi straine din Siem Reap

The Language school in Siem Reap/ Aceasta este scoala de limbi straineThe Language School in Siem Reap/ Aceasta este scoala de limbi straine

Street in Siem ReapStreet in Siem Reap

Children in uniform on bikes / elevi in uniforma pe bicicletaChildren in uniform, riding bikes / Elevi in uniforma, pe bicicleta

Children at school playing during break / Copii la scoala in recreatieChildren at school playing during school break / Copii la scoala in recreatie

Wat Dam Nak / Un al templu si un calugar portocaliuWat Dam Nak / Templul Dam Nak si un calugar portocaliu

Stupa / Monumente funerareStupa / Monumente funerare

Monks at lunch / Calugari la pranzMonks at lunch / Calugari la pranz

Courtyard at Wat Dam Nak / curtea manastirii Wat Dam NakCourtyard at Wat Dam Nak / Curtea manastirii Wat Dam Nak

Wat Preah An Kau SaaWat Preah An Kau Saa

On a back alley / Pe o alee in Siem ReapOn a back alley / Pe o alee in Siem Reap

Golden Buddha Statues

The next 3 photos are with people sleeping. Because is very hot, people have a more relaxed attitude and they sleep wherever they can (mostly in open air) / Urmatoarele 3 poze sunt cu oameni dormind. E f cald in Cambodia si oamenii au o atitudine mai ...relaxata. Dorm pe unde apuca, de obicei in aer liber :DBecause it’s very hot, people have a more relaxed attitude and sleep anywhere / E f cald in Cambodia si oamenii au o atitudine mai …relaxata. Dorm pe unde apuca, de obicei in aer liber😀

Sleeping with the door opened / Dormind cu usa deschisa, oricine poate vedea in interiorul caseiSleeping with the door opened / Dormind cu usa deschisa, oricine poate vedea in interiorul casei

Driver sleeping in his Tuk-Tuk / Soferul acestui tuk-tuk si-a instalat un mic hamac (asa cum face majoritate de altfel)Driver sleeping in his Tuk-Tuk / Soferul acestui tuk-tuk si-a instalat un mic hamac (asa cum face majoritate de altfel)

Hair dresser in Siem Reap / Frizer in Siem ReapHair dresser in Siem Reap / Frizer in Siem Reap

Siem Reap River / Raul din Siem ReapSiem Reap River / Raul din Siem Reap

Water lilies at a local market / Flori de nuferi de vanzare la piataWater lilies at a local market / Flori de nuferi de vanzare la piata

how people go around the city / transportul prin oras

Wat BoWat Bo

Angkor National Museum

united_kingdomThe day finished at the Angkor National Museum – a very well organized and interesting museum. The religion and culture of the Khmer Empire is clearly explained in detail, we learned about all the gods and Buddhist religion and we understood the meaning of certain sculptures and bas-reliefs at Angkor Temples.


romania_flagAm terminat ziua la Muzeul National Angkor un muzeu bine pus la punct si extrem de interesant. Este explicat clar si in detaliu despre religia si cultura imperiului Khmer, despre toti zeii si religia Budista, am inteles semnificatiile anumitor sculpturi si basoreliefuri de la Templele Angkor. Ne intrebam daca nu era mai bine sa vizitam muzeul inainte de a vedea templele, dar cred ca a fost mai bine dupa, pentru ca asa am putut asocia ce am vazut la temple cu ce era prezentat in muzeu.

Angkor National Museum

Pub Street

united_kingdomWe spent a previous evening on Pub Street in Siem Reap – the most famous street in the city center. Yellow umbrellas are hanging upside down along the Pub Street, and they provide a cool shadow during the hot, sunny days in Cambodia.

There are many restaurant and pubs on this Pub Street (DUH!) and you can find cheap draft beer (50 cents).

We had a delicious dinner at “Khmer and proud of it” restaurant, while watching an Apsara dance performance (Apsaras are young, beautiful and elegant women who dance graciously).


romania_flagIntr-una din serile precedente ne-am dus pe Pub Street din Siem Reap (strada pub-urilor din centrul orasului) cu multe restaurante si baruri, cu bere la halba foarte ieftina (50 centi) si mancare excelenta. Am mancat la un restaurant ce se numeste “Sunt Khmer si sunt mandru de asta” care, pe langa mancarea traditionala foarte gustoasa, a avut si un program traditional Apsara (Apsara sunt fete tinere, elegante si foarte frumoase ce danseaza gratios).

Pub Street e acoperita de umbrele galbene si e umbra in timpul zilelor insorite.

Tragand linie, Siem Reap mi-a parut un oras prietenos in care m-am simtit in siguranta si il recomand pentru vizitare!

The pub street with yellow umbrellas / Pub Street in centru, cu umbrele galbeneThe pub street with yellow umbrellas / Pub Street in centru, cu umbrele galbene

pub street by night

Apsara dance performance/ Dans traditional ApsaraApsara dance performance/ Dans traditional Apsara

Apsara danceApsara dance

Ankgor What? pub - "Promoting irresponsible drinking since 1998" Ankgor What? pub – “Promoting irresponsible drinking since 1998”

Pub street by day

Tourists on Pub StreetTourists on Pub Street

Angkor W(h)at?Angkor W(h)at?

I found Siem Reap a friendly city and I recommend it for visiting, along with the Angkor Temples, of course.

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