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TripAdvisor names Angkor Wat the world's top Landmark for 2017

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Angkor Wat

TripAdvisor has named the world's most popular landmark for 2017, and no, it's not Machu Picchu. This year, Angkor Wat in Siem Reap, Cambodia pipped Peru's bucket-list destination to be the biggest landmark for the year. With more than two million people visiting the site last year, a number that brings in around $US60 million dollars annually to Cambodia.

On October 16th, 2016 by RVM

FIRST VISIT IN SIEM REAP

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It was an early morning start from River Village Manor Guesthouse in Siem Reap, It was a little past 4:30 AM and I was one of the very first people there. It was still almost pitch black so I needed to utilize my cellular phone's LCD display to light the way. Without it, I probably would have tripped and fallen into the moat.

I established my tripod at the edge of the lake and awaited the sun to rise from behind those iconic 5 spires. At that ungodly hour, I thought I 'd be one of the few individuals crazy enough to push myself from bed just to take an image. I was wrong.

Within an hour, a small army of amateur professional photographers had all along the lake's edge. Like me, a lot of had tripods. Numerous had ultra elegant lenses. There need to have been a number of hundreds of us forming 4-5 rows of travelers hoping for that iconic dawn shot. I guess I wasn't that insane after all. Such is the magic and allure of Angkor Wat.

A World Heritage website and the World's Largest Religious Monument, it's one of the few places that you definitely need to see a minimum of once in your life. Here's a first-timer's travel guide that I hope can help you plan that journey.

WHEN TO GO

Cambodia has 2 seasons-- damp and dry. The damp season is from May to October while the dry season is from November to April.

Flash flooding is a regular occurence, making travel hard nevertheless Siem Reap no longer floods and you can get some terrific offers. November to February is the most popular time to go due to the fact that it's the coolest and driest time of the year. We went in December and the crowds at times were excruciating.

For an excellent balance of weather condition and number of travelers, June-August is said to be the most perfect. The rain keeps things cooler and less dirty, the landscape is more green, the temple moats are filled, and there are less tourists. Rainy season isn't really in full swing yet, with the rain coming in it seems at a set up time daily-- early in the afternoon and again during the night.

HOW TO GET THERE

Travelers will be getting to Siem Reap International Airport (REP). From there, you can take a tuk to River Village Manor Guesthouse. You can made plans with River Village Manor Guesthouse to be gotten, however you can hail a tuk from the airport. If you hired one on the area, we paid USD 7 each method however it'll probably be more costly.

THE LENGTH OF TIME TO STAY

Siem Reap is everything about the Angkor temples. The 3-day Angkor pass should be enough if you're not out to see every single temple. I 'd state 4-5 nights suffices.

HOW MUCH MONEY TO BRING

Cambodia is affordable, even by Southeast Asian standards. It's one of the least expensive nations we've visited. You can take pleasure in a meal at an elegant restaurant for $10. Ice cold draft beer can be had for simply 50c a mug.

You can basically live like a king there with a budget plan of $100 each day, less if you share a room with another traveler. This consists of accommodations, food and beverages, some shopping, transportation, and your Angkor pass. It's so cost-effective that spending plan tourists can probably do well with as low as $50 each day.

Easily, USD is the de facto currency in Cambodia. It's accepted all over. The only time you'll ever see Cambodian Riel is when it's given to you as small change from USD transactions.

River Village Manor is Siem Reap's the majority of charming Guesthouse with Breakfast consisted of, providing one of the very best breakfast in town. a lovely three-story guesthouse located on the Siem Reap River, and is a simple 20-minute walk or 5-minute tuk-tuk trip along the tree-lined river into town, or a short 20-minute drive to Angkor Wat. Why not obtain one of our FREE bicycles? its a fantastic way to see Siem Reap and the Temples of Angkor.

It was a early morning start from River Village Manor Guesthouse in Siem Reap, It was a little past 4:30 AM and I was one of the very first people there. Flash flooding is a frequent occurence, making travel challenging nevertheless Siem Reap no longer floods and you can get some fantastic offers. Travelers will be getting here at Siem Reap International Airport (REP). Siem Reap is all about the Angkor temples. River Village Manor is Siem Reap's the majority of captivating Guesthouse with Breakfast consisted of, offering one of the best breakfast in town.

On October 14th, 2016 by RVM

Must see Documentaries and Movies before visiting Cambodia

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Must see Documentaries and Movies before visiting Cambodia

Visiting Cambodia soon? if like me you like to learn about the history of the country you are visiting, I think you will enjoy watching my Top 5. They can be found on YouTube, Amazon, Netflix. Hope you enjoy them.

A thousand years ago the Khmer people in Cambodia built a kingdom that stretched a million square kilometres. Its capital was the lost jungle city of Angkor, once the largest city on Earth. At the heart of the city was Angkor Wat, a vast temple complex covering an area over four times larger than the Vatican City. Many other huge temples are scattered throughout the city. But little else remains - in the heat of the jungle most of the city has rotted away. The lives of the people who lived there largely remain a mystery.

But now a new scientific project is revealing the lost splendour of Angkor and shedding new light on its people. Revolutionary new imaging technology is allowing archaeologists to construct an accurate picture of the city of Angkor. It helps reveal how the Khmer went from being a group of subsistence rice farmers to building the greatest ever empire in South-East Asia. And it also helps shed new light on the reasons for Angkor's mysterious collapse.

The Mekong River with Sue Perkins

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Sue Perkins embarks on a life-changing, 3,000-mile journey up the Mekong, South East Asia's greatest river, exploring lives and landscapes on the point of dramatic change.

The Killing Fields (1984)

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A movie about a journalist is trapped in Cambodia during tyrant Pol Pot's bloody "Year Zero" cleansing campaign, which claimed the lives of two million "undesirable" civilians.

The Man Who Built Cambodia

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THE MAN WHO BUILT CAMBODIA (can be found on YouTube) explores the life of Vann Molyvann, an architect whose work came to represent a new identity for a country emerging from independence, and whose incredible story encompasses Cambodia’s turbulent journey as a modern nation.

In Cambodia’s post-independence period, Molyvann was at the centre of a renaissance, developing a distinctive architectural style, New Khmer Architecture, that completely changed the face of Cambodia.

But in 1970, at his creative peak, Cambodia’s political landscape disintegrates, forcing him to flee as the Khmer Rouge plunges the country into genocide and civil war.

Finally returning in the 1990s, Molyvann finds a different country than the one he left. He’s marginalized from public life and many of his works are destroyed or neglected.

Today, like many countries is Asia, Cambodia is developing rapidly and unevenly.

Now nearly 90, the film follows Vann Molyvann as he reflects on the country he’s put so much of himself into.

Narrated by Academy Award™ nominee Matt Dillon, at the heart of THE MAN WHO BUILT CAMBODIA is Vann Molyvann’s lifelong engagement with the identity of the Khmer people, and his attempt to create a unique architectural style that gives modern expression to that identity.

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Discover the Kingdom of Wonder where Cambodia’s unique Indian-influenced Khmer culture has remained very much intact. Discover legacy left behind by the once mighty Khmer Empire in the Temples of Angkor.

Explore the streets of Siem Reap Old Market area with a mixture of boutique shops, restaurants, bars and spa's. Visit the Art & Night Markets. 

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