I’ve always wanted to take a solo trip. I was kinda worried about the cons of being a female solo traveler. However, if you as a solo traveler take extra precaution and did your research of the destination, I think you’ll be fine.
Here are some places you definitely need to visit when in Siem Reap, Cambodia.
Ang Kor Thom
Angkor Thom is an ancient city in Siem Reap. There are many temples situated within Angkor Thom, such as Bayon, Ta Prohm, Baphuon temple and Banteay Kdai. The word “Angkor” means “city” while the word “Thom” means “big”.
In the past, there were at least one million officials staying within Angkor Thom in wooden houses to protect the city. It was built by King Javavarman VII during the year 1180-1220. He was a Buddhist King and known to the Khmers as the Great King.
Did you know the Great King built Ta Prohm in honour of his mother?
Entering through the South gate, you will be able to see 54 statues on each side. On the right are statues representing demons and on the left are the ones representing Gods. Sand stones were used to make the statues as it is easier to carve, while volcanic stones were used to build the walls.
Happy Ranch Horse Farm & Quad Adventure
If you love horse riding like I do, and being able to explore the villages and countryside, you have to visit Happy Ranch Horse Farm! I did a 2-hour sunset ride with my trustworthy sidekick named Silver. He’s the gentlest of all horse I’ve ever met. He eats a lot and is easily spooked by anything and everything. How can I not fall in love with him?
If you’re not a fan of horse riding but is an adrenaline junkie, go for a quad bike adventure. We rode through a village and the countryside. On the way, we stopped at a temple and monastery. According to my guide, during the genocide, 100-200 monks were killed in this monastery, by being burnt alive.
Pre Rup Temple
Located within the grand circuit, Pre Rup is one of my fave temples to visit. The name “Pre Rup” means chain from the body. Built in the year 961, the towers were made out of bricks while the decorations were made out of stucco.
Located in the middle of a reservoir named East Beray, East Mebon is a Hindu temple. In the past, the only mode of transportation to the temple was by boat. However, the reservoir has since dried up and a wooden walkway was built for people to walk across.
Another one of my fave temples! Ta Som is a Buddhist temple built by King Javavarman VII, the Great King, who also built Angkor Thom as well as temples like Ta Prohm. It was built towards the end of the 12th century.
As mentioned earlier, Ta Prohm was built by the King to honour his mother. Ta Som was dedicated to his father Dharanindravarman II.
Neak Pean was originally designed for medical purposes (the ancients believed that going into these pools would balance the elements in the bather, thus curing disease); it is one of the many hospitals that Jayavarman VII built. It is based on the ancient Hindu belief of balance. Four connected pools represent Water, Earth, Fire and Wind. Each is connected to the central water source, the main tank, by a stone conduit presided over by one of Four Great Animals: Elephant, Bull, Horse, and Lion, corresponding to the north, east, south, and west quarters.
A 10th-century Cambodian temple dedicated to the Hindu god Shiva. 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 largest religious monument in the world. It was originally constructed as a Hindu temple dedicated to the god Vishnu for the Khmer Empire, gradually transforming into a Buddhist temple towards the end of the 12th century. It was built by the Khmer King Survavarman II in the early 12th century.