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Siem Reap in Cambodia – the gate to the Angkor Wat temple complex. Siem Reap is one of the most visited cities in Southeast Asia, because in this city you can visit the most historical temple complex in Cambodia and in the world – Angkor Wat temple complex. Angkor Wat temple is written in Unesco cultural heritage and it is about 5 km north of the Siem Reap City. Siem Reap City is about 600 km from Ho Chi Minh City if you travel by bus across the Phnom Penh City. Phnom Penh is about 330 km from Siem Reap.
Siem Reap City is about 10 km from the very large Tonle Sap lake.
Siem Reap is interesting mainly for the Angkor Wat temple complex, but you can visit also another interesting sites. You can buy a boat ride on the huge Tonle Sap lake, and see some nearby floating villages of the local people. This lake is about 120 km long and about 40 km wide. Another points of interest around the Angkor Wat temple are Angkor Thom, Bayon Temple, Baphuon, Preah Khan Temple, Jayatataka, Ta Som Temple, East Baray, Phnom Bakheng and another tens of smaller temples. From Ho Chi Minh to Siem Reap you can go by bus or you can buy a flight.
1. BUS from Ho Chi Minh City to Siem Reap
– yes, also buses run, a cheapest option of transport between Saigon and Siem Reap
– there are direct buses or buses with stopover in Phnom Penh
– stopover in Phnom Penh (the capital of Cambodia, 330 km from Siem Reap, 250 km from Ho Chi Minh City)
– travel by bus from Saigon to Siem Reap can take about 12-20 hours (depends on the stopover in Phnom Penh)
– bus ticket price is about 600 000 – 800 000 viet.dongs ($25 – 33)
– verified bus companies – Giant Ibis, Mekong Express, The Sinh Tourist, TheroExpress
– bus of TheSinh Tourist, Giant Ibis – come to the bus at least 30 minutes before departure (print your e-ticket)
– bus of Mekong Express – come to the bus at least 60 minutes before departure (print your e-ticket)
– bus of Thero Express – bring your voucher to the office address stated 30 minutes before departure time to exchange for ticket and board bus. You may either print or show the voucher on your smartphone/tablet.
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2. FLIGHTS from Ho Chi Minh City to Siem Reap icon-plane
– there are also direct flights between Saigon and Siem Reap
– airlines: Vietnam Airlines, Cambodia Angkor Air
– flight time is approximately 1 hour and 20 minutes
– the price of the one-way low-cost flight is about 4 000 000 – 5 000 000 viet.dongs ($150-180)
– airport in Ho Chi Minh City – Tan Son Nhat Airport, airport in Siem Reap – Siem Reap Airport (5 km from Angkor Wat)
– the plane is the fastest but the most expensive way of the transfer
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Angkor Wat is one of the seven modern wonders of the world.
Angkor Wat temple complex is located about six kilometers north of Siem Reap. This massive complex was built during the 12th century and it is believed that it took almost 30 years to complete the construction. The temple is dedicated to Hindu god Vishnu. Angkor Wat is the largest monument of the Angkor group.
> it is believed to have been used as a funerary temple for King Suryavarman II
> the Wat is 213 meters tall and three levels, each one is higher and smaller than the lower one
> the overall plan of the complex mimics the shape of a lotus bud
> the wat is considered to be a microcosm of the universe in stone and occupies about 500 acres of land
> the wat is accessible through its western entrance which is flanked by stone lions
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