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The village has all the basic facilities for its residents - a temple, a stupa to keep the ashes of the departed, a monastery, and schools. There is no western hospital, and the people still prefer their traditional medicine for minor illnesses. Only in serious cases do they go to a hospital in Siem Reap.

Top Five Must Seen and done at this Places

1. Visit one of the river villages

You have at least 3 to choose from (or all 3 to go to): Chong Khneas (closest, very touristy, a floating village), Kampung Phluk (midway, not yet highly visited, a stilted village), and Kampung Khleang (the farthest, little tourist, a floating village).

It is a large village on the river, where houses are built on bamboo stilts. These stilts reach 10 meters high during the rainy season, and lowered down to 1 -2 meters during the dry season.

Kampung Phluk is about half a day's worth of activities, approximately 2 hours away from Siem Reap, and definitely worth the trip. A great must see for a holiday in Cambodia.

2. Visit the Beng Melea temple

Even if you're templed out, brace yourself for one more temple because you will thank yourself for it. This is the one place where you can literally climb the temple ruins, face your fear of heights, and wonder if you'll slip and break your leg while in the boonies (just kidding, ... or not?). The temple is run over by plants (tree roots and algae everywhere), it is in ruins with falling walls and piling stone blocks.

BUT, you will get to see and feel that magical quality of a truly ancient temple, even more so than a morning exploration of Ta Prohm. Tourists are scarce, the jungle is quiet, and you will have the place for yourself. Do not wait, though. This Angkor temple is the best kept secret of Cambodia, and soon it may very well be overrun by tourists. A must see and do for a holiday in Cambodia. Holiday In Cambodia Pictures Beng Melea 1 Walking on top of the roof of Beng Melea, trying not to fall down the holes.

3. Visit Ta Prohm temple in the early morning

Holiday in Cambodia Pictures Ta Phrom 1Ta Prohm in the morning is magical. This costs you only $5 for the tuktuk rental, and the willingness to wake up before sunrise. Plan to be there before 6, and then just the enjoy your walk through the temple as the morning unfolds, and watch the sunlight streaming down the tree leaves while everything else is still silent. This is the place where the trees, not the temple, are the attraction.
Why in the morning? Hardly any tourist, unbelievable photo ops, and some peace and quiet. Another must see and do for a holiday in Cambodia.

4. See the sunset from the top of Phnom Bakheng temple

Some people call this a tourist trap. Well, yes and no, it depends how you look at it. But either way, Phnom Bakheng (Bakheng Hill) is still an amazing place to see the Angkor Wat sunset. Although this temple is the default choice for an Angkor Wat sunset, you won't see the sunset with Angkor Wat in the foreground. All traveller, can see the sunset from the top of ancient temple (Phnom Bakheng is older about 200 years old than Angkor Wat temple), plus other amazing views that you can only see from being at the top.

This place is tremendously popular, that you will be surrounded by fellow tourists when hiking up the hill, watching the sunset, going down the narrow stairs, and finally hiking back down. It could be so crowded, that you even have to guard your sitting spot. In this case, being part of the tourist stampede is as interesting as the sunset watching itself. I still very much recommend it!

5. Spend a day in a Cambodian village

We went on a tour called "A Day In A Life", and it was a blast!
We drove an ox cart, worked in the farm field, planted corn and cucumber, had lunch with a Cambodian family, taught children some English in their village school, and went to the city dam where Cambodian relax. That was a very tiring day at the Cambodian village, but there's nothing like it. Another must see and do for a holiday in Cambodia. Holiday in Cambodia Pictures Ox 1 Squeezing ourselves into the little pig pen.





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