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Things to find out before exploring Angkor

Siem Reap in Cambodia is home to the eighth wonder of the world, Angkor Wat and the awe-inspiring Angkor Archaeological Park. If you are headed over to Angkor here are a few things that you should find out prior to your departure.

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Local culture

Local culture

Angkor is a destination that is rich in culture. Hinduism and Theravada Buddhism play a crucial role in the life of the inhabitants so it would be wise to pick up a few guidebooks to cultivate a sense of understanding. Learning the local lingo would give you an advantage too. Familiarize yourself with maps and the road rules in Cambodia.

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Climate & suitable attire

Climate & suitable attire

Angkor's climate is tropical and wet & dry so it is recommended to protect yourself with sunscreen and a hat. The heat could wear you out so remember to drink plenty of water and keep yourself hydrated. Check-in to see if any immunization shots or medications are required. Most temples require tourists to follow a dress code when visiting the upper galleries. It is advisable to don pants/skirts past your knees and shirts that cover your shoulders completely.

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Accommodation

Accommodation

Ensure that you sort out the necessary arrangements for Siem Reap accommodation. Situated close to the temple Angkor Wat, Anantara Angkor Resort & Spa is an ideal place to stay. After a day of exploring Siem Reap you could have your pick of the luxurious rooms and suites at Anantara.

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Transport services

Transport services

In order to have a safe, comfortable and hassle-free time when sightseeing ensure that you make use of Cambodia's transport systems. There are buses, airplanes, boats and vans that are available and you have the opportunity to hire a driver who will take you around for a reasonable price.

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Regional cuisine

Regional cuisine

Make sure that you read up about the Khmer cuisine so that you can have an idea as what to expect and what to try. Acquaint yourself with the various local and international dishes available in the markets around Cambodia. Asian and European cuisines are also available if you are so inclined.

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Things to do

Things to do

Check the local entertainment lists and plan out your day. Organized tours are available so that you can leave all the planning to the tour companies and just unwind. Mountain biking, culinary art classes, trekking, hiking, canoeing, kayaking and watching a circus/cultural performance are some of the activities that are available for your enjoyment. The Pub Street offers not only food but also a memorable night life experience. If you wish to take home a souvenir or two the Old Market is the place to be. Cambodian sculptures, fine silk pieces, carvings and paintings can be found at this flea market.

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How to unwind

How to unwind

Give yourself a day to rest and recharge. Escape to a spa and bask in the tranquility as the well trained therapists indulge you in rejuvenating facials and massages. Pamper yourself with some revitalizing aromatherapy. Lose yourself in a relaxing yoga session.