Between temples and elephants in Siem Reap

Posted on May 16, 2011

At the height of Rio de Janeiro and Rome, a Cambodian city already shaping up among the top 25 tourist destinations in the world. Selva, pagodas and mysticism seem to explain the phenomenon.

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Many have never heard of this small town in Cambodia become huge tourist destination. The truth is that Siem Reap , which currently has more than 100,000 permanent inhabitants, was recently included by Trip Advisor as one of the 25 most popular destinations in the world, on par with such famous places like Sydney, Machu Picchu and Rome .
Located in the northwest of the country and capital of the homonymous province, the charm of Siem Reap could be explained by their colorful fusion of nature, Buddhist temples and elephant rides through the jungle.
Just 5 miles from the city, the magnificent Angkor Wat cut their outlines against clear sky in the region. It is a temple as a World Heritage Site by UNESCO. Created for the Hindu deity Vishnu in the twelfth century, it has gone through various vicissitudes since. After political normalization in Cambodia, however, the impetus for conservation has been undisputed and this results in the increasing number of visitors: only in 2008 he underwent a million people.

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Life from the elephant

Who gets to this land not want to miss an elephant ride, which are visible on the streets of Siem Reap and especially around the tourist sites. Riding an elephant, one can see places like Wat Bo Pagoda (on the east side of the Siem Reap River) or discover the old town market.
The spirit of the Cambodian traditions is also evident in the "apsara" most typical country dance. You can see the hypnotic choreography of this dance both specific bars and clubs and, less frequently, in public.

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Not far from the madding crowd, another site worth Prek Toal is worth discovering. This is a nature preserve for hundreds of species of birds. You will not need much luck to see the real spectacle of flocks of pelicans covering the sky. Peer into the floating village of Tonle Sap Lake was also in the area, may be another interesting experience. There are even "floating" bars to sample the local food without leaking even a second of this peculiar environment.
Intense, natural, mystical. Adjectives are attributed to Siem Reap may vary by tour operator. Beyond that, few doubt today to live here a fabulous tour to the best of Indochina.

Written by Andrés Bacigalupo
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carla published on May 27, 2011

hello I'm from Argentina cordoba more precisely'm amazed at such a beautiful place encantraia know me but my economy does not allow it if a job opportunity arises in some moemnto hopefully I have in mind I have 20 years I can wait thanks

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