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Great Siem Reap Day Trips

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There are great day trips to be done from Siem Reap with an abundance of remote, rarely-visited temples to explore and fascinating places to visit, from a silk farm to a butterfly centre, and for the curious, Pol Pot's cremation site. There are plenty of activities, from cycling and hiking to horse-riding and bird-watching, which you can combine with a few sights to create a truly memorable day. Most can be done independently with a bit of planning or you can use a responsible tour company.
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Salakomreuk, no. 498, Krong Siem Reap, Cambodia
A love for the lush Cambodian countryside and its charming rural architecture led four Swiss and French friends to open Sala Lodges in 2012. They amassed 11 stunning examples of the wooden homes on stilts that punctuate the Khmer landscape,...
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812, Kampong Phluk, Cambodia
Kompong Phluk is a floating village located in the middle of Cambodia's largest lake, Tonle Sap. The term “floating” is a bit misleading: the houses are actually built on very tall stilts around 8 meters high. During the rainy season,...
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Banteay Srei, Cambodia
The 10th century temple of Banteay Srei, known as the 'Citadel of Women', is one of the prettiest temples with intricately detailed carvings and decorative features painstakingly carved into the pink sandstone. It's also one of the most compact...
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67, Cambodia
Golden Silk Pheach is a working silk farm near Banteay Srei with a boutique selling beautiful clothes and textiles woven on the farm. Having left Cambodia to study in France, founder Sophea Pheach returned to her country to volunteer in refugee...
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67, Cambodia
Established in 1997 by Aki Ra, who was forced to become a child solider by the Khmer Rouge, the petite Cambodia Landmine Museum is much more than a museum. Operating as an NGO, the museum profits go to the on-site school and relief facility for...
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Banteay Srei, Cambodia
Mount Kulen, Phnom Kulen in Khmer, is a rugged mountain plateau northeast of Siem Reap that makes a great day trip any time of year, however, I love to visit during the monsoon. Most visitors to Kulen see the River of a Thousand Lingas, the...
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Banteay Srei, Cambodia
Best visited on a day trip from Siem Reap, most travelers to Phnom Kulen (Mount Kulen), a rugged mountain northeast of Siem Reap, only experience a small part of the sprawling plateau. A typical visit might include a short hike or bumpy drive to...
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Most travelers to Siem Reap are here to see the magnificent remnants of the Khmer Empire and don’t have Cambodia’s gruesome genocidal history high on their to-do lists. Those sorts of sites – the Killing Fields at Choeung Ek, where hundreds of...
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Anlong Veng was the last stronghold of the communist Khmer Rouge regime, which ruled Cambodia brutally from 1975-79, when it forced city dwellers into the countryside to work on collective farms. The result was some 3 million deaths due to...
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Cambodia
During Siem Reap's monsoonal 'green season' from May to November, the endearingly dilapidated, moss-dappled temple of Beng Mealea appears even greener than ever. It's still essential to go early -- if possible, rise in the darkness to be there for...
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Cambodia
The sprawling archaeological ruins of Koh Ker are a rewarding day trip from Siem Reap due to the number of ruins, the size of the site, and the fact that few tourists visit. I've often found myself alone at temples, or at most with just two other...
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Cambodia
Few visitors to Siem Reap make it to UNESCO World Heritage listed Preah Vihear, a Khmer Empire temple built on the edge of a cliff in the Dangrek Mountains. Straddling the Cambodia-Thailand border it's around 140kms from Siem Reap and is well...
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203, Krong Battambang, Cambodia
A two and a half hour drive from Siem Reap (in the dry season; much longer during monsoon), delightful Battambang is Cambodia's second largest city, although it feels like a big country town. While a day trip doesn't do this sleepy riverside city...
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Phnom Penh, Cambodia
You have no choice but to fly if you want to do a day trip to the capital Phnom Penh from Siem Reap, as a bus takes much of the day. And many travelers with flights in and out of Siem Reap have been known to pop down for a day. A morning flight...