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Development in Siem Reap

by AudrySchmidt on Aug 5, 2017 Travel and Leisure 727 Views

It's been 20 years since I first travelled to Cambodia and the magical town of Siem Reap. A great deal has happened in 20 years, the level of development has been unprecedented. On first arriving in 1993 the immediate impression was lack of services available to the tourist. Certainly there was still the tuk tuk drivers eager to drive you on a tour of the temples of Angkor for the day. Hotels were popping up but other services were limited. There have been no ATMs and very little else to do if one desired to take a break from visiting the temples. Fast forward 20 years and the problem has completely changed via a great deal of investment, knowledge and innovation. This has been possible through development aid. The tenacity of the neighborhood individuals who despite all the atrocities they've experienced are keen to show off their wonderful country and take the opportunities they have. It has been possible as many Khmers who escaped during the Khmer Rouge era are returning with the knowledge they have gained abroad bringing positive change to the area community.

With many local businesses getting ready for the new tourist season starting in October don't just consider a tour to Siem Reap as just a quick temple visit. A moment to have a look at what else is on offer and how it increases the local economy.

Horse-riding in Siem Reap is one particular tour, for people that have a little adventure in mind why not take a horse riding tour for 1-3 hours through rural countryside passing streams, rice fields and local villages. The tours are ideal for beginners and children and are a fun solution to split up visiting the temples or just for experiencing something different on a tour to Cambodia.

For people that have a mind for heights and wanting to catch some aerial views and photographs of the majestic Angkor Wat here is another balloon ride over Angkor. The German made helium balloon doesn't actually move as it is mounted on a string but ascends around 200 metres for a 10 minute trip which enables you to get some great photographs and an aerial view of the eighth wonder of the world!

If you discover yourself in perfect Siem Reap tours operator on a Sunday evening a great experience is just a traditional Khmer dance show with live traditional music wear by the Cambodian Children's House of Peace, an orphanage in Siem Reap. The show is held every Sunday during the school term without fail at 7pm. It is completely free but do produce a donation to their worthy cause if visiting. If you are visiting during rainy season there's a rain cover so don't allow that place you off. It is really worth the visit.

You can find of course many other attractions and activities to select from on your short trip to Siem Reap and Cambodia. Keep your mind open and don't forget how far Cambodia has come in the last 20 years!



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