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WELCOME TO BATTAMBANG TOWN

WELCOME TO BATTAMBANG TOWN

Sitting on the Sangker River just south west of the Tonle Sap Lakecrops – and is reflected in the character of the town. Similarly, as you leave Battambang by road, the scene quickly becomes one of small villages, rice paddies, and farmland, offering an excellent opportunity for the visitor to see a bit of ‘unspoiled’ rural Cambodia. The nearby countryside also harbors old pagodas, Angkorian era ruins, caves, waterfalls, and even Khmer Rouge period killing fields. Battambang means ‘disappearing stick’, and is named after a powerful stick used by a legendary Khmer king to achieve and maintain power in the Battambang area., Battambang town is at the heart of Cambodia’s ‘rice bowl’, and even though it is the country’s second biggest town, it still has a very local, untouristed, provincial atmosphere. Much of the architecture is French colonial and traditional Cambodian. Few buildings are over three stories, and the main streets are shared by cars and horse carts alike. Unlike more touristed towns, the local economy is truly local – based firmly in rice, wood, sapphires and food

 

Getting to Battambang

Air

At time of printing there are no flights to Battambang.

Siem Reap to Battambang

Boat
Daily ferry departs in each direction at 7:00am. $20-$25/person. It’s a picturesque, 6-8 hour journey across the Tonle Sap and along the Sangker River in the wet season, but can be considerably longer in the dry season due to low water levels. Ask about current conditions. The boats in no way meet international safety standards. There is no direct boat from Phnom Penh.

Road

(National Routes #6 and #5, via Sisophon): The road from Battambang to Siem Reap around the west side of the lake is in excellent condition. The perennially broken stretch between Siem Reap and Sisophon has been fully repaired.

Bus

Three bus companies (including Neak Krorhorm, Phnom Penh Sorya and Rith Mony) run one or two daily a/c buses, most leaving in the morning. Buy tickets at the bus company office (see map.) $4-$5, 2½-3 hours.

Taxi

A private taxi costs $35-$45 and takes about 3 hours.

Phnom Penh to Battambang

Road
(291km, National Route #5): The road is paved and in good condition.

Bus

Several bus companies (including Phnom Penh Sorya, GST, Neak Krorhorm and Capitol Tours) run multiple daily buses between Phnom Penh to Battambang. First bus departs at 6:30AM and the last at 3:00PM. Fare: 17,000R-20,000R. The trip takes 5 hours. In Battambang, buses depart from the various transportation company offices. See the map.

Taxi

A private taxi is $35 – $45. Shared taxi: 25,000R per person. 4 hours. Prices for shared local transport are very nominal, but are also crowded and uncomfortable. Buy more than one place for the extra leg room.

Getting Around Battambang

Like most of Cambodia, the choice is motorcycle taxi (motodup), rent a car with driver, or rent a motorcycle. Your hotel can arrange a car or motorcycle rental. Cars are about $20/day and motorcycle rental runs $5-$8/day – a bit more expensive than other towns. Motodups are plentiful during the day. Just step onto the street and they will find you. They can be much more difficult to find at night. A ride in town should range 500 to 1500 riels.

Internet/Phone in Battambang
There are Internet shops all over town. KCT Internet Cafés has a shop next to the White Rose restaurant. Teo Hotel also has a small Internet shop. Access is relatively fast and stable. About $1.50/hour. Most internet shops offer very inexpensive internet phone. Bus Stop Guesthouse has free wifi, probably the fastest in town.
Banks in Battambang
Money
Like the rest of Cambodia, the Cambodian riel is the official currency but the US Dollar is the de facto tender. Hotel prices are set in dollars. Unique to Battambang and western Cambodia, Thai baht is in common use as well. 

Banks and ATMs

All banks encash travelers checks and change money and most have ATMs. Canadia Bank, UCB and ANZ Royal are located in front of Phsar Nath, all with ATMs. The ACLEDA Bank on the east side of the river offers Western Union. Moneychanger/goldsellers are concentrated around the market with a few along Road #1.
 
Canadia Bank Plc.
Full range of banking services, including MoneyGram, Traveler Cheque & Foreign Exchange
The North of Phsar Thom Market, Battambang
Tel: Fax:
Telex: CANADIA KA36188, SWIFT Code: CADI KH PP
E-mail: canadia.bb@canadiabank.com.kh
Web-site: www.canadiabank.com
 

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Welcome to Tonle Sap Lake in Cambodia

Welcome to Tonle Sap Lake in Cambodia
Cambodia’s Great Lake, the Boeung Tonle Sap (Tonle Sap Lake,) is the most prominent feature on the map of Cambodia – a huge dumbbell-shaped body of water stretching across the northwest section of the country. In the wet season, the Tonle Sap Lake is one of the largest freshwater lakes in Asia, swelling to an expansive 12,000 km2. During the dry half of the year the Lake shrinks to as small as 2500 km2, draining into the Tonle Sap River, which meanders southeast, eventually merging with the Mekong River at the ‘chaktomuk’ confluence of rivers opposite Phnom Penh. But during the wet season a unique hydrologic phenomenon causes the river to reverse direction, filling the lake instead of draining it. The engine of this phenomenon is the Mekong River, which becomes bloated with snow melt and runoff from the monsoon rains in the wet season. The swollen Mekong backs up into the Tonle Sap River at the point where the rivers meet at the ‘chaktomuk’ confluence, forcing the waters of the Tonle Sap River back upriver into the lake. The inflow expands the surface area of lake more than five-fold, inundating the surrounding forested floodplain and supporting an extraordinarily rich and diverse eco-system. More than 100 varieties of waterbirds including several threatened and endangered species, over 200 species of fish, as well as crocodiles, turtles, macaques, otter and other wildlife inhabit the inundated mangrove forests. The Lake is also an important commercial resource, providing more than half of the fish consumed in Cambodia. In harmony with the specialized ecosystems, the human occupations at the edges of the lake is similarly distinctive – floating villages, towering stilted houses, huge fish traps, and an economy and way of life deeply intertwined with the lake, the fish, the wildlife and the cycles of rising and falling waters.

The lake sits only about 15 km south of Siem Reap town. If you take the ferry between Phnom Penh and Siem Reap you will cross the lake and dock at the village of Chong Khneas. There are several ways to see the culture and wildlife of the lake area depending on the amount of time you have and your interest. 

 Chong Khneas
Chong Khneas is the floating village at the edge of the lake closest and most accessible to Siem Reap. If you want a relatively quick and easy look at the Tonle Sap, boat tours of Chong Khneas are available, departing from the Chong Khneas boat docks all day long. Take a motodup or taxi the 11-15km from Siem Reap to the boat docks where there are always boats waiting for passengers. A two-hour boat trip through the floating village runs $6 and the boats may carry as many as 15 other people. The boatman will probably point out the differing Khmer and Vietnamese floating households and the floating markets, clinics, schools and other boatloads of tourists. Chong Khneas, while interesting, is over-touristed and is not as picturesque and ‘unspoiled’ as floating villages further from Siem Reap. The boat trip usually includes two stops: one at a touristy floating ‘fish and bird exhibition’ with a souvenir and snack shop, and the other at the very highly recommended Gecko Environment Centre, which offers displays and information introducing the ecology and biodiversity of the lake area.

Prek Toal Bird Sanctuary
The ‘bird sanctuary’ at the Prek Toal core area of the Tonle Sap Biosphere Reserve has been called “the single most important breeding ground in Southeast Asia for globally threatened large waterbirds.” The Biosphere covers 31,282 hectares at the northwest tip of the Tonle Sap Lake and plays host to species including Greater and Lesser Adjuncts, Black-headed Ibis, Painted Stork, Milky Stork, Spot-billed Pelican, Grey-Headed Fish Eagle and many more species. Of the three Biosphere core areas on the Tonle Sap Lake, Prek Toal is the most accessible from Siem Reap and the most popular with birdwatchers. The best time of year for viewing is the dry season when flocks of migratory birds congregate at Prek Toal. As the dry season progresses and the water recedes, the number of birds increases but the travel to some of the more important viewing areas becomes more difficult.
 
Most people arrange a trip to Prek Toal through their guesthouse or a tour operator. To do it yourself, take a moto or taxi from Siem Reap to the Phnom Krom/Chong Khneas boat dock. Arrange a boat to the Prek Toal Environmental Research Station (starting at $35-$45 return,) and then from the Research Station a $5 entrance fee and $15-$25 for a guided boat tour of the sanctuary. The Research Station has information on the area’s flora and fauna. There are also basic overnight accommodations at the Research Station if you want to stay the night to take full advantage of the sunset and early morning viewing hours.
 

Kampong Phluk
Kampong Phluk is a cluster of three villages of stilted houses built within the floodplain of the Tonle Sap about 16 km southeast of Siem Reap. The villages are primarily Khmer and have about 3000 inhabitants between them. Flooded mangrove forest surrounds the area and is home to a variety of wildlife including crab-eating macaques. During the dry season when the lake is low, the buildings in the villages seem to soar atop their 6-meter stilts exposed by the lack of water. At this time of year many of the villagers move out onto the lake and build temporary stilted houses. In the wet season when water level rises again, the villagers move back to their permanent houses on the floodplain, the stilts now hidden under the water. Kampong Phluk’s economy is, as one might expect, based in fishing, primary in shrimp harvesting.

Kampong Phluk sees comparatively few foreign visitors and offers a close look at the submerged forest and lakeside village life as yet unperturbed by tourism. The area can be reached by boat from the Chong Khneas or by a combination of road and boat. Make arrangements through your guesthouse of tour operator, or charter a boat at the Chong Khneas docks (starting at $35 return for a half-day at the village). By road/boat, take a car or moto to Roluos village just off Route #6 east of Siem Reap and the take a boat through the flooded forest the rest of the way to the village. During the dry season the road is clear and you can drive all of the way to the village.

Kampong Khleang
Kampong Khleang is located on the northern lake-edge about 35 km east of Siem Reap town, more remote and less touristed than Kampong Phluk. Visitors to Kampong Khleang during the dry season are universally awestruck by the forest of stilted houses rising up to 10 meters in the air. In the wet season the waters rise to within one or two meters of the buildings. Like Kampong Phluk, Kampong Khleang is a permanent community within the floodplain of the Lake, with an economy based in fishing and surrounded by flooded forest. But Kampong Khleang is significantly larger with near 10 times the population of Kampong Phluk, making it the largest community on the Lake.

The area can be reached by boat from the Chong Khneas docks or by a combination of road to Domdek on Route #6 and then boat to the village, the best method depending on the time of year. During the dry season, boats cannot get all of the way to the main villages. Consult your guesthouse or tour operator about current conditions. Many tour operators have very little experience in this area so it is best to consult with adventure tour operators and guesthouses that specialize in this area. Small group tours begin at about $35 for a half day and range up through $70 depending on the size of the group and the type of tour. To get there yourself, either charter a boat from Chong Khneas or take car or moto to Domdek village on Route #6 east of Siem Reap, turn south and continue to the water’s edge where boats wait to ferry passengers into the village. During the dry season the road is clear and you can take a car or moto all of the way to the village.)

 
Tonle Sap Exhibition in Siem Reap 
 
The Exhibition on the Khmer Heritage is sponsored by Krousar Thmey, (which means “New Family” – a Cambodia-based NGO assisting children in Cambodia). The current exhibition is dedicated to the Tonle Sap Lake and the people, culture and environment of the area. The displays are actually quite informative and include maps, photos, models of traditional houses, boats and fishing implements with written explanations in French, English and Khmer. The highlight of the exhibit is a working scale model of the Tonle Sap Lake. There are also exhibits on the work of Krousar Thmey. Open everyday. Closed noon till 2:00pm. Admission is free, donations accepted. Located on the road to Angkor Wat just past the Jayavarman VII hospital. (Tel: 063-964694, E-mail: krousar_thmey@online.com.kh ).
 
 
 

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Leave your old clothes behind and experience more….!!!!

Leave your old clothes behind and experience more….!!!!

Leave your old clothes behind and experience more…!!
Many travellers leave behind their belongings when moving from one place to another. Either the backpack is too heavy or it has been filled with new souvenirs, so the old t-shirts or shoes no longer fit in. Our Hak’s House Guesthouse has recognized that most of these things are in perfect condition to be used. As a result, my adventure trips have started collecting clothes and other objects that can be useful, and encouraged the travellers to donate them to one of the donation boxes placed on the roof top desk tour of jasmine lodge, instead of throwing them away. Every quarter a village is chosen where all the material is distributed. Guests are welcome to come along on the tour with our 4WD Mitsubitshi 7 seats and with stomach ache medicine, pencils, pens and rulers or many other things that are more useful for isolated villagers living In new village that have no pagodas, Markets and school yet is good chance of travelers just drop off a little bit money and these things also can have full experience bring back home.

In countryside,some  isolated village did not have clean water so they have to go far away from village to fetch the water and carry for use in the family and also some of them have bicycle and use water-jug filled it up and put on the bicycle bringing home. So sad to  see this for a little girl is carrying really heavy water to her home and sometime she waits  for many hours and hours to get these water because so many people are queueing to fetch water but in there, there is just only one wells.
This is the best of everyone seized the  oppunity to help in the time of  travelling just drop off some experience with local people like me i will be honest to advice and share the opinion to do it with you.

Now you can see the first step of lives of Cambodian people was older than our teenagers was In the suffering civil war many years make people lose each other and did not have school and Educated themselves that is big spot of daily lives nowadays you can see in society in policy of Cambodia not longer the people have knowledge much developed not dig up in the past of their story just walk one step and greedy to have earning also classify the hierarchy of poor and rich even eating and sitting around of and look down and scare the same people with money and authority . .

Because of very long civil war in Cambodia in Khmer rough genocide regime from 1975 and 1979 took around 3years 8 month 20 days more than 3 millions was killed and starvation in census of Cambodian Government which left country quietly and broken.

Even Nowadays, Cambodian government is trying hard to improve Education and human resource levels, But still there are a lot of children in countryside isolated village can not afford go to school Because of the family was poor and Parents did not have education former military just defected to normal villagers in 2000 getting new life without hand and legs so how can they make money for sending their children to school…!

 

Even more in Cambodia just passed through Civil war and still have mine left a lot and Cambodian people and children did not know the mine they thought it is the things for playing or take it to manufacture to something else as spade or bowl and might be exploded and make people lose the hand or the legs and the lives.
So one family in countryside have children at least 5 to 8 children that is reason you will see in frontiers of Cambodian and Thailand and Markets so many women carrying baby just was born only 3 months begging money and some of other children use plastic rubber addicted on the street in night time sleeping in the yard of department the place where have many tourists.
*Our main project:People in countryside need  sponsor fresh water pump is willing to help Poor villagers in isolated villages like around 50 or 60 km away from Siem reap with donations as Below:

1.Stomach ace, Dengue fever medicines and Itchy ointment
2.Fresh Water well use in the community for poor villager and putting your name sponsor.
3.School uniform, Black-board, writing book, reading book, pens and pencils
4.Sponsored children from village who are not afford to study better school as university or tourism school and then they could find jobs to do and make his hope to get better life
5.Old T.shirt or the trousers and shoes are not fit you and use them to our project 
             

Project
Prices
 Fresh water pump
 $dollar 250

    The fresh water pump well is built so far away from city so that is why a little bit more expensive than in city. 

                                                       Required donations 
The required donations are going to the project not for profit association and we encourage all our guests to come along to see the projects in action and meet the students you have already sponsored. Why am I doing like this way and what is my advantage? It is nothing for me because I was a poor boy used to ask  loudly someone to  help me , Even more ,I promised myself coming  to Siem reap getting married  with foreigner after that i have had finishend the khmer school in 12 grade and bring to my village for development of English Education community unfortunately the standard of life in Siem reap was full of starving and struggling to live one day fill up and one day manultrited eventhough i was a villager far away from home and had to struggle in the life of poor boy  and I improved myself as a waiter, a cook and  guests relationship and motor bike driver  in one guesthouse without payment just for eating there and then became English tour guide being well known expert can make enough money and then get married with one girl was the owner guesthouse but she had no ability for running and after marriage I managed this guest house name jasmine lodge as my wife’s name so that is why I do not forget my hometown I have opinion  doing  this project will help me  to find  volunteers teacher  andDonations for helping children are solutitude in Cambodia siem reap angkor wat . 
                    
            Countryside students need Sponsor   

 Tourism school
 1 person
600$ 1 Year
 Englis school
 1 Person
70$ 1 Year
 The University
 1 Person
400$ 1 Year
  A. C. E English school
  1 person
 150$ a semester
                            Volunteer Teachers’ donations
These donations is used for rent the rooms and whole local house and delivery and back to guesthouse and school and also transportation going to pick up and delivery back  to airport and some of donations paying for the orphanage school for buying the rice for children in the center. 

 How long?
      where going to volunteers and teaching?
Included
Prices
1 Week English teacher in OrphanageSchool  Bike,Basic rooms,transportation gong to pick you up and delivery to orphanage or community.
80$
 2 Week
 English teacher in OrphanageSchool
 Bike,Basic rooms,transportation gong to pick you up and delivery to orphanage or community.
160$
 3 Week
 English teacher in CountrysideSchool
 Bike,family,transportation gong to pick you up and delivery to orphanage or community.
240$
1 Month
English teacher in CountrysideSchool
 Bike,family,transportation gong to pick you up and delivery to orphanage or community.s,transportation gong to pick you up and delivery to orphanage or community.
320$
2 Month
English teacher in CountrysideSchool
 Bike,family,transportation gong to pick you up and delivery to orphanage or community.ms,transportation gong to pick you up and delivery to orphaBike,Basic rooms,transportation gong to pick you up and delivery to orphanage or community.nage or community.
500$
3 Month
English teacher in CountrysideSchool
 Bike,family,transportation gong to pick you up and delivery to orphanage or community.
700$
Free Education Programme Provides local children that are unable to afford thegovernment school fees with the opportunity of a free education.
Volunteers – Assist the local teaching staff and teach English or Japanese. Teach sports, arts , fun activities and with well experienced in English accent and also locally agricuture grown in family.
Orphanages –  Selfe help community center www.shcccambodia.org and other one wat kochak budhist monastery and salarien khmer school .The project supports three orphanages that provide a safe home for more than 80 children as well as supporting the poorer children in the local village community. The children live in ”family” groups of five or more. They live in individual houses with a stable carer, while they attend school and receive agricultural and vocational training. An emphasis is put on teaching traditional Khmer dance, music and handicraft arts, which were repressed during the Khmer Rouge regime. The children, some of whom are HIV+, also receive regular health checks from the Angkor Children’s hospital. Relationships with friends and relatives are nurtured by regular trips for the children to their home villages.
Arrived back home and want to give something back…?

Donating from home is simple, fast and totally secure through this online fundraising page at globalgiving. It is a very efficient way to support our fundraising efforts and the projects gets your money faster. If you’re a UK tax payer, Gift Aid are automatically added to your donation.

Please visit the online fundraising page to see how you can help.

Thank you very much in advance…!!!

 

 

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Siem Reap Attractive Sights & Ancient Temples

Siem Reap Attractive Sights & Ancient Temples

Siem Reap is the city starting point for excursions to Angkor Wat. Only a few kilometers north of the city sits one of the worlds most impressive temple grounds – with a whole collection of significant and very distinct temples. Perhaps it is rather no surprise that sights in the city are rather limited in comparsion the World heritage nearby. However Siem Reap is worth exploring, not only for the bustling bars, cafes and atmosphere (tourism has brought realtive wealth to this district) but also for such sights as the floating village on Tonle Sap lake, (the lake shoreline changes dramatically between the wet and dry seasons, so the floating village moves with it) as well as the Silk Farm out past the airport, West Baray – a man-made lake just past the airport (catch a boat to the island where there are ruins and a small contemporary Buddhist shrine) and the war and landmine museum, also near the airport. This is a stark reminder of the tragedies of the 1970s and early 1980s. Further out from town are the Koulen Mountains – where there are waterfalls: though be warned, tourists are changed a steep admission. 

Sun Set at Bakheng Mountain

Siem Reap is the city starting point for excursions to Angkor Wat. Only a few kilometers north of the city sits one of the worlds most impressive temple grounds – with a whole collection of significant and very distinct temples. Perhaps it is rather no surprise that sights in the city are rather limited in comparsion the World heritage nearby. However Siem Reap is worth exploring, not only for the bustling bars, cafes and atmosphere (tourism has brought realtive wealth to this district) but also for such sights as the floating village on Tonle Sap lake, (the lake shoreline changes dramatically between the wet and dry seasons, so the floating village moves with it) as well as the Silk Farm out past the airport, West Baray – a man-made lake just past the airport (catch a boat to the island where there are ruins and a small contemporary Buddhist shrine) and the war and landmine museum, also near the airport. This is a stark reminder of the tragedies of the 1970s and early 1980s. Further out from town are the Koulen Mountains – where there are waterfalls: though be warned, tourists are changed a steep admission.

Angkor Wat

Is a temple at Angkor, Cambodia, built for King Suryavarman II in the early 12th century as his state temple and capital city.

As the best-preserved temple at the site, it is the only one to have remained a significant religious centre since its foundation first Hindu, dedicated to Vishnu, then Buddhist. The temple is the epitome of the high classical style of Khmer architecture. It has become a symbol of Cambodia, appearing on its national flag, and it is the country’s prime attraction for visitors. Angkor Wat combines two basic plans of Khmer temple architecture: the temple mountain and the later galleried temple. Probably the reason why tourists come to Siem Reap in the first place. Most people have heard and read about Angkor Wat, but a visit is a must! Visit the magnificent Angkor temple complex, built between the 9th and 13th centuries by the Khmer Empire. In the morning, visit the Roluos Temple Group, then return to Siem Reap for lunch. In the afternoon, spend two and a half hours touring majestic Angkor Wat before climbing up to Phnom Bakheng to enjoy a magnificent sunset over Angkor and its surroundings.

Floating Village

South of Siem Reap is Tonle Sap lake which feeds the Tonle Sap river that joins Siem Reap to Phnom Penh.

Incredibly the river flows South during the wet season, then switches direction during the dry season and feeds into Tonle Sap lake. The shoreline shifts dramatically, and the floating village provides locals with a constant presence on the water – for fishing and their livelihood. In fact not only are there houseboats here, but a school, market stalls and bars. The village is mainly peopled by folk of Vietnamese extraction. To get here, take a tuk tuk – it is an 18 minute ride from Siem Reap – and then catch a ferry which will take you out onto the lake past the village. Bring a camera, and stop off at one of the bars – one of them has crocodiles and a very large snake to drape around your neck.

Bayon Temples

The Bayon is a well-known and richly decorated Khmer temple at Angkor in Cambodia. Built in the late 12th century or early 13th century as the official state temple of the Mahayana Buddhist King Jayavarman VII, the Bayon stands at the centre of Jayavarman’s capital, Angkor Thom.

Following Jayavarman’s death, it was modified and augmented by later Hindu and Theravada Buddhist kings in accordance with their own religious preferences. The Bayon’s most distinctive feature is the multitude of serene and massive stone faces on the many towers which jut out from the upper terrace and cluster around its central peak.The temple is known also for two impressive sets of bas-reliefs, which present an unusual combination of mythological, historical, and mundane scenes.

Preah Khan

Preah Khan is one of the few monuments to have kept its original name. The founding stele is written entirely in Sanskrit with the name of the temple expressed as Jayacri. During the Middle Period, a stupa was erected in place of Lokesvara in the central sanctuary.

This had the advantage of symbolising Buddhism in all its forms. The name Jayacri or Preah Khan means “sacred sword” which was at the same time the coronation name of its royal constructor. More than a single temple , the monument was in its time a real city with a whole population divided according to their functions. The temple was also a site of Buddhist studies with its retinue of spiritual masters and their disciples. Preah Khan is a temple at Angkor, Cambodia, built in the 12th century for King Jayavarman VII.

It is located northeast of Angkor Thom and just west of the Jayatataka baray, with which it was associated. It was the centre of a substantial organisation, with almost 100,000 officials and servants. The temple is flat in design, with a basic plan of successive rectangular galleries around a Buddhist sanctuary complicated by Hindu satellite temples and numerous later additions. Like the nearby Ta Prohm, Preah Khan has been left largely unrestored, with numerous trees and other vegetation growing among the ruins.

Beng Melea Temple

Beng Melea was built as hinduist temple, but there are some carvings depicting buddhist motifs. Its primary material is sandstone and it is largely unrestored, with trees and thick brush thriving amidst its towers and courtyards and many of its stones lying in great heaps. For years it was difficult to reach, but a road recently built to the temple complex of Koh Ker passes Beng Mealea and more visitors are coming to the site, as it is 77 km from Siem Reap by road.
The history of the temple is unknown and it can be dated only by its architectural style, identical to Angkor Wat, so scholars presume it was built during the reign of king Suryavarman II in the early 12th century. Smaller in size than Angkor Wat, the king’s main monument, Beng Mealea nonetheless ranks among the Khmer empire’s larger temples. It was the center of a town, surrounded by a moat 1025 m by 875 m large and 45 m wide.

Beng Mealea is oriented toward the east, but has entranceways from the other three cardinal directions. The basic layout is three enclosing galleries around a central sanctuary, collapsed at present. The enclosures are tied with “cruciform cloisters”, like Angkor Wat. Structures known as libraries lie to the right and left of the avenue that leads in from the east. There is extensive carving of scenes from Hindu mythology, including the Churning of the Sea of Milk and Vishnu being borne by the bird god Garuda. Causeways have long balustrades formed by bodies of the seven-headed Naga serpent.

Bantey Srei Temple

Banteay Srei (or Banteay Srey) is a 10th century Cambodian  temple dedicated to the Hindu god Shiva. Located in the area of Angkor in Cambodia, at 13.5989 N, 103.9628 E, it lies near the hill of Phnom Dei, 25 km (15 miles) north-east of the main group of temples that once belonged to the medieval capitals of Yasodharapura and Angkor Thom. Banteay Srei is built largely of red sandstone, a medium that lends itself to the elaborate decorative wall carvings which are still observable today. The buildings themselves are miniature in scale, unusually so when measured by the standards of Angkorian construction. These factors have made the temple extremely popular with tourists, and have led to its being widely praised as a “precious gem”, or the “jewel of Khmer art”.

Koh Ker Temple

The temple complex at Koh Ker, northeast of Siem Reap, represents the remnants of the capital of the Khmer Empire from 928 AD. – 944 A.D. – a very unique period in the Age of Angkor. From the time the Khmer capital was first moved to the Angkor area in the late 9th century, it would remain there for almost 500 years, with one brief interruption. Just a few decades after the establishment at Angkor, there was a disruption in the royal succession for reasons that remain a matter of academic debate. What is known is that in 928 A.D. King Jayavarman IV, possibly a usurper to the throne, created a new capital 100km away at Koh Ker, either moving the capital city from Angkor or creating a rival capital. Obviously a king of much wealth and power, he raised an impressive royal city at Koh Ker of Brahmanic monuments, temples and prasats, surrounding a huge baray (reservoir) Rahal. Jayavarman IV reigned at Koh Ker for 20 years before he died in 941 A.D. His son Hashavarman II would remain at Koh Ker for another 3 years before returning the capital to the Angkor area. The monuments of Koh Ker are now on a road loop around the baray past the most important temples. The premier ruin of the complex is Prasat Thom, an imposing 7-tiered pyramid and temple complex. (Best photographed in the morning and offering a bird’s eye view from the top.) As you round the loop, there are several nicely preserved ruins sit just off the road, impressive prasats and small temple complexes. There are lingas still in place in some monuments such as Prasat Balang and Prasat Thneng. For the enthusiast, there are also dozens of other, more remote ruins in the area. A good guide can be most helpful at Koh Ker. A trip to Koh Ker takes the better part of a day out of Siem Reap and is usually combined with a visit to Beng Melea. To get there take Route #6 east from Siem Reap to Damdek. Turn north and follow the signs. Part of the way is a toll road. Check road conditions before leaving Siem Reap, especially in the wet season. $5 entrance fee to Koh Ker.

Shooting Range

The shooting range in siem reap is running by commander of Para-suite military operating training military place with many real types of gun for shooting to digit or you can buy a duck and cow for shooting. also all the money we got use it for project of military food and weapon for training ,it is good to see and try for one magazine like ak47 or hand grenade and M16 or Tommy gun. 
 

 

 

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Siem Reap Info

Siem Reap Info

 
Siem Reap, literally “Siam Defeated”, commemorates a Khmer victory over the neighboring kingdom of Thailand. These days, however, the only rampaging hordes are the tourists heading to Angkor and this once quaint village has become the largest boomtown and construction site in Cambodia.
It’s quite laid-back and all in all a pleasant place to stay while touring the temples. It’s a nice compromise between observing Cambodian life and enjoying the amenities of modern services and entertainment, thanks to the large expatriate community in Siem Reap. As business has increased, so have the numbers of people wanting your custom, and so have the prices, which are often double or more what you would pay elsewhere in Cambodia. Expect to receive almost constant offers for motodop and tuk-tuk rides, along with everything else which drivers may be able to offer to you.
Siem Reap is the nearest town to Angkor Wat. The name Siem Reap actually means the “defeat of Siam” today is Thailand. It is quite a small town and you can walk around to see the city. It is reported to be safe enough to be out after dark. Siam Reap draws visitors for its world-famous monuments nearby: Angkor wat.
Visiting the hundred-or-so temples and studying the forests around Siem Reap is still the main reason for being in the city. If you are fed up with seeing more temples you can still spend a couple of extra days to relax here and findqrtyp some nice things to do in the area. The huge natural reservoir, Tonle Sap, is just to the south of Siem Reap and provides relaxing boat trips. Banteay Chhmar is located 30 km north of Angkor Wat and is a reasonable safe haven to visit.

Siem Reap History

Siem Reap was little more than a village when the first French explorers re-discovered Angkor in the 19th century. With the return of Angkor to Cambodian, or should that be French control in 1907, Siem Reap began to grow, absorbing the first wave of tourists.

The Grand Hotel d’Angkor opened its doors in 1929 and the temples of Angkor remained one of Asia’s leading draws until the late 1960s, luring visitors like Charlie Chaplin and Jackie Kennedy. In 1975, Siem Reap, along with the rest of the cities and towns in Cambodia, its population was evacuated by the communist Khmer Rouge and driven into the countryside.
As with the rest of the country, Siem Reap’s history (and the memories of its people) is coloured by spectre of the brutal Khmer Rouge Regime, though since Pol Pot’s death in 1998, relative stability and a rejuvenated tourist industry have been important steps in an important, if tentative, journey forward to recovery. With the advent of war, Siem Reap entered a long slumber from which it only began to awake in the mid-1990s.

Today, Siem Reap is undoubtedly Cambodia’s fastest growing city and serves as a small charming gateway town to the world famous heritage the Angkor temples. Thanks to those attractions, Siem Reap has transformed itself into a major tourist hub. Siem Reap nowadays is a vibrant town with modern hotels and architectures. Despite international influences, Siem Reap and its people have conserved much of the town’s image, culture and traditions.

How To Get To Siem Reap

By Plane

Siem Reap – Angkor International Airport has frequent flights from Phnom Penh Internationally, there are direct flights to/from 
Low-cost carriers Air Asia and Jetstar Asia now fly to Siem Reap from Kuala Lumpur and Singapore respectively, but the popular route to Bangkok is still monopolized by Bangkok Airways, which charges accordingly (around $350 US per person, round-trip for the 1-hour flight). Thai Airways has begun service from Bangkok as of 2009.

The airport is less than 15 minutes from the town centre by car (US$7) or motodop (US$3 or less). If you have an advance booking in a hotel, you can ask them for a free airport pickup (in one of their tuk-tuks). This way you can avoid the monopolistic taxi service in Siem Reap.

There are separate terminals for international and domestic flights. International departure tax is a steep US$25 (children US$13), payable after check-in and before clearing immigration. Often this can only be paid in cash, as the credit card facility is unreliable. Airport fee upon departure on national flights, to Phnom Penh, is US$6.

 There are separate terminals for international and domestic flights. International departure tax is a steep US$25 (children US$13), payable after check-in and before clearing immigration. Often this can only be paid in cash, as the credit card facility is unreliable. Airport fee upon departure on national flights, to Phnom Penh, is US$6.

By Lane

From Thailand
New Road between Siem Reap and Poipet (August 2009)The most popular overland route from Thailand, and the most direct from Bangkok and Eastern Thailand, is via the Aranyaprathet/Poipet border crossing. To reach Aranyaprathet from elsewhere in Thailand, see the Aranyaprathet article. Paving of the infamous Poipet-Sisophon-Siem Reap road was finally completed in April 2009 and, for time being, it’s a very smooth ride that can be covered in under three hours. How well the road will stand up, especially once the monsoon hits, is another story…
A newer option fast gaining popularity is via Hat Lek/Koh Kong border on the coast. As the crossing has less trafic, the time to clear immigration on both sides is much faster. This route offers a scenic trip trough one of the last old growth forests in Asia, passing through three different densely covered watersheds. The road is in excellent condition, and the time to Bangkok is nearly the same as the Poipet route, on regularly scheduled air con buses. You can also transfer and get to and from Sihanoukville, Cambodia’s main beach city.

Whichever route you take, beware of scams, touts and pickpockets at border crossings, especially Poipet; see the Poipet article for information on the irritating Visa on Arrival process. Once you’re through all of that, take the free shuttle bus from outside the entry stamp office in Poipet to the transportation depot about 1 km away or find a taxi driver close by to begin bargaining.

The fastest and most comfortable way to get from Poipet to Siem Reap is by taxi. The cost of this trip varies according to your own bargaining skills. Payment can often be made in Thai baht if US dollars are not available. The cost should not exceed 1000 baht or roughly just over US$35, but corrupt police deal directly with the taxi stand “officials,” increasing the price by $25 (and ticketing drivers who do not comply with the corruption). The transport monopoly in Poipet will not allow more than four tourists in one of these cars, although they often carry 10 or more Khmers at a time.

An alternative is to take the official bus for US$10/person. The bus leaves when full – and only then, even if it takes a few hours – and can take about 15 people, with all the bags on the back seat. Extra people will be squeezed onto the back seat if necessary, which might not be so comfortable. Two fold down seats in the centre aisle are also not so comfortable. The trip is advertised as taking 3-5 hours, but in reality it takes at least 6 hours when the road is not too bad. An enforced stop after 2 hours at a restaurant can add to the time of the trip, depending on how long the driver wants to stay. There is the possibility of additional delays (e.g. “mechanical faults”) and these are almost certainly due to the same reasons as the Khao San scam-bus: getting you to Siem Reap late, tired and ready to take whatever guesthouse you’re delivered to. If you are sharing a taxi it will cost only a few dollars more than a bus and will be a lot better.

If even this is too much, you can try to hop on the back of a pick-up truck for a fraction of the price, but these are now hard to arrange from Poipet, due to the travel monopoly operating there. Also, the ride is a lot more uncomfortable, takes longer and may require a change of vehicle at Sisophon.

Alternatively, you could join the backpacking masses and pay a couple hundred baht for an uncomfortable bus ride directly from Khao San Road all the way to Siem Reap; any travel agent in Bangkok will be happy to sell you a ticket. Buses leave Khao San Road around 8 am and arrive in Siem Reap between 5 pm and 3 am. How long it takes exactly does not really depend on road conditions, but on the mood of the driver. Because he can “sell” you to a guesthouse in Siem Reap he will try to arrive there as late as possible, because if you are tired and afraid of walking around in Siem Reap late at night, his chances increase that you will stay at the guesthouse of his choice. (There is no obligation to stay, regardless of what the guesthouse owners tell you.) Even if you start in Bangkok on a big aircon bus, you will almost certainly find yourself in the back of a pickup or stuffed minibus for the Cambodian part of the journey. For the return trip, expect to pay around US$11.

If you arrive in Poipet the Khao San Road buses, you’ll be swarmed by offers of extra help and assurances that you’re better off paying 1000 baht (US$30) or even more for the visa – which should cost US$20. Stand your ground – the bus won’t leave without you, because the driver wants the guesthouse commission you represent. As an alternative, you can always walk from the bus stops to the Thai border exit-just keep aware of your surroundings to avoid being pickpocketed or inadvertently walking into a fake border crossing.

Instead, take a bus to Aranyaprathet from Bangkok’s Norther Bus Station (Morchit). First class and second class buses leave from the ground floor of the terminal approximately every half hour with ticket costing 207 Baht and 160 Baht respectively. If travelling in the other direction, the last bus to Bangkok leaves Aranyaprathet at around 6:00 pm. The trip takes four to five and a half hours but be mindful that the border crossing closes at 8:00 pm and if you arrive too close to closing time there is a chance you will be requested to provide extra american dollars before they will process your visa. Also be mindful that the shuttle bus to the transport depot ceases to run before the border crossing shuts; if you find that you have arrived too late you will need to find a taxi to drive you the 2 hours to Siem Reap

From Phnom Penh

There are several bus companies that you can take to get from Phnom Penh to Siem Reap. The most popular bus companies with tourists include Capitol Transport, GST, and Mekong Express. Each bus company leaves from a different location, although there are many located around the Central Market. Nearly all of the bus companies have buses leaving at 7:30AM – 2:00PM, and the trip costs US$10-11. Expect to get to Siem Reap in 5-7 hours. In contrast to the Siem Reap-Poipet road, the entire road is paved, making for a much more comfortable ride. If you’re driving yourself, watch out for the make-shift patrol petrol stations next to the road, selling petrol in old 2 litre Coke bottles. Much cheaper than the real thing, but who knows what the quality is… 
Most tour buses stop for a break half way between Siem Reap and Phnom Penh at Kompong Thom.

By boat

Fast, Soviet style Hydrofoils also make the journey from Phnom Penh across the Tonle Sap lake. Asking price for a “foreigner” ticket is typically US$35. There are also services between Siem Reap and Battambang (asking price US$15, pay US$10). These can be fantastic trips which give travelers the opportunity to view life on the lake, floating houses, fishermen going about their work, and to get a sun tan if you choose to sit on the roof of the boat. However if you travel on a windy day and you have not kept waterproofs and sunscreen out of your luggage you could be in trouble. These journeys take anywhere from five to eight hours and without waterproofs and sunscreen you will become incredibly cold and will be burned by the sun at the same time. As the boat is generally packed with travelers, those on the roof will have to stay up there, and once your bags are in the hold, they stay there.
If you are planning a week long trip in Siem Reap, the boat journey is fine, but if you are only planning two to three days, take the bus. If you are specifically taking the boat to see the floating village, don’t. The floating village is at the very end of the boat journey. You could ride the bus from Phnom Penh, get a guest house, take a tuk-tuk to the port, tour the floating village, and be back in Siem Reap before your friends arrive from Phnom Penh by boat. 

A word of caution: If you find yourself taking the boat/bus and person asks for your name to have his friend pick you up, he is in actuality selling your name to a tuk-tuk driver in Siem Reap. This is a fairly convenient way to get from the port to Siem Reap, just be prepared for an extremely hard sell to one of his select guest houses, restaurants, etc. If you just “roll with it” he will take you to a guest house and you will quoted US$10 for a normally priced US$6-8 room. Since the tuk-tuk driver has now pinned you for a “sucker”, he will try to sell you on his services to the temples for about US$15-20 a day. Be firm, and negotiate, they will bend towards the market rate. You’ll never really be ripped off, but keep in mind that if you are staying for longer than four days, that tuk-tuk surplus would be much better served through a charitable donation.

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