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Your next favorite destination: Siem Reap

I wish someone would've told me how magical Siem Reap is before making my booking because 5 days in the vibrant city just wasn't enough. To be frank, Cambodia as a whole has been such a marvelous experience and a highlight during my Asia travels. I can't recommend visiting enough. In fact, this might be a controversial opinion but I would do so over other popular countries in the region such as Thailand.

One of the most interesting places that I got to visit during my trip to Siem Reap, was the Cambodian Cultural Village. The museum which is only a fifteen minute tuk-tuk ride from the heart of the city is massive. With an area of over 200,000 square meters, you'll want to get there early to see it all.

The center replicates all of the famous Cambodian historical buildings and structures, local customs, and practices of each, throughout thirteen miniature villages on site. Furthermore, there is one show at least every hour throughout the villages to really sink yourself into Cambodian culture. I am so grateful to the wonderful team at Solitaire Cambodia for the recommendation.

My visit to Siem Reap wouldn't have been as amazing as it was without the wonderful team at Solitaire Resorts. The resort is just spectacular and in true style to Cambodian culture, the people couldn't have been friendlier. Anything you need, the people at the resort will help you make it a reality. Wether it be booking tours, calling you a driver, they do it all.

Furthermore, the resort is conveniently located just five minutes away from "Pub Street" allowing you to partake in the nightlife but also obtain a wonderful quiet night sleep. Next time I am in Cambodia, I want to make sure to book a few extra days to just to have the time to lay by the pool sipping on their delicious margaritas.

Take a look above for some pictures of this oasis. Note: the rooms are even bigger in person. I am a BIG fan!

Of course, no visit to Siem Reap is complete without spending time at Angkor Wat, the largest religious complex in the world. I wish I could put into words how majestic this place really is but I don't think you can. Don't even believe that even pictures can't do it's beauty justice. It's definitely something that you will want to take your time exploring. Even if you are not religious, you can't help but feel fascinated by all its splendor.

Note, you can only buy temple tickets as one day, three day, or weekly passes. I definitely recommend doing the three day ticket as you won't have time to visit all the temples in one day. The maximum amount of temples that I was able to see in a day was three and to be honest, that was me rushing but as I mentioned at the beginning, I was very limited time.