Siem Reap

For visitors to Cambodia's capital Phnom Penh, visiting the Killing Fields and learning about the country's heart-wrenching experiences during the Khmer Rouge regime is essential, but Siem Reap also gives visitors a unique insight into Cambodia's past. The Landmine Museum is a sobering but fascinating glimpse into the Khmer Rouge regime, and the War Museum also is worth a visit.
What you need to get used to in Cambodia is the heat. In March, the weather in Cambodia hovered around what felt like a scorching 40 degrees celsius, causing me to sweat profusely. It was tough doing physical activity on these days and I was often exhausted, not so much from the exercises themselves but from the heat and the resulting lack of sleep.
You will always remember your first glimpse of Angkor Wat. It is simply staggering, matched by very few other spots on the planet. Angkor Wat is, according to its builders, heaven on earth, being the earthly representation of Mt Meru, home to ancient Hindu Gods.
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The main draw of the happening little town of Siem Reap in Cambodia is watching a spectacular sunrise at the temple city of Angkor Wat.
Last summer some friends and I took a trip around a few parts of South-East Asia. Of the entire trip we'd planned, getting out of Thailand was the part I was really the most nervous about. Pick up any guidebook to SE Asia and you're faced with page after page of warnings about the scams and the nightmarish coaches and tuk-tuk's between the Thai-Cambodian borders.