Siem Reap, Cambodia
Siem Reap, Cambodia. All I can remember was the tourist crowd, cameras, tuk tuk, and of course lots of temples.
Aside from the Tomb Raider temples, I didn’t know much about Siem Reap, Cambodia (I actually didn't know Tomb Raider was filmed in Siem Reap...shhhh).
Siem Reap itself does not have its own identity, apart of the temples. You may find yourself walking down the street in an European country as I could see only foreigners wherever I went. It is indeed a very touristy place. I think we spent most of the time trying to find rooms to stay away from the tourists posing at every single tower, entrance and staircase. As we ducked from one photo shot, we would find ourselves falling into another one. Yes, we did some photo shoots as well, but not right in front of a crowd and expect people to move away.
Apart from that, I think Siem Reap overall is an Okay place to visit unless you are into heritage and enjoy being in the tourist crowd.
To enter the temples, you either pay for the 1-day, 3-day or 7-day pass. I highly recommend getting the 3-day to visit all the temples. Remember this, bring a passport photo of yours to avoid crowd at the photo booth. I heard they have upgraded the system where your beautiful portrait can be taken on the spot. Well, the system could be just like those in the Malaysian government public service centers (most of the time not functioning). So I still recommend visitors to bring along your passport photos with you.
Food and Drink:
Bring some snacks or sandwiches with you as the food could be quite pricy. Bring a lot of water with you, though there are locals selling drinks and water at almost every temple.
I would advise visitors to rent bicycles and ride around the temples!
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