Good Morning from Siem Reap.
The bus trip from Bangkok to Siem Reap was quite exhausting, so we are not really ready to visit the temples of Angkor Wat today. That´s why we decide to do a quiet day and discover Siem Reap and the surrounding areas.
War Museum Cambodia
After an excellent breakfast in our accommodation, the Glory Angkor Hotel, we head to the War Museum Cambodia.
In order to get there, we rent a Tuk Tuk for the complete day.
As we know the common prices for these, we don´t have any problem to negotiate. For the complete day we pay 12 US Dollar, as we start quite late.
You will not have any problems to find a Tuk Tuk because there are plenty of them in the streets. It even feels like, there is too many of them, as they offer their service sometimes quite agressivly.
Don´t forget your mosquito repellent. Especially near the Siem Reap River there are plenty of insects.
The War Museum Cambodia is located within the city area of Siem Reap not far from the airport. So in our case, the ride takes only 15 minutes from our hotel.
The entry price is 5 US – Dollar per adult. (Only cash accepted)
Tour guides are available free of cost. (If you are happy with the guide´s service, they will be happy about a tip.
Opening hours are daily from 0800 am until 0530pm
The area of the museum is not very large. But as it might be extremly hot and humid, you should bring some drinking water (can also be bought inside the museum).
It is not very busy this day, so we have a tour guide for us exclusively. 😀 The guide gives us a very interesting overview about the Cambodian History, especially about the Civil War.
The collection in this museum has been collected since 1999 from the provinces with the most fighting activity during the civil war and are a mix of Chinese, American and former Soviet equipment.
We spend 2 hours here and learn a lot about the Cambodian History. In case you require more information about the museum, visit their Website.
Wat Thmey (Killing Fields)
Only a short drive from the War Museum, we visit Wat Thmey or also known as the former killing fields of Siem Reap.
It is actually not a field, but an active monastery, where we also learn a lot about the times of the Cambodian Civil War.
Wat Thmey is free to enter. The term “Killing Fields” is often associated with the one near Phnom Phen. But these fields have been spread all over Cambodia.
Together with this haunting memorial, you will see photo boards, which help you to understand the gruesome history of Cambodia during the Khmer Rouge regime.
If you are interested in Cambodian history, the War Museum and Wat Thmey are well worth a visit. Both can be done within half a day and combined for example with a visit to the Floating Village.
Have you ever been to Cambodia? We would love to hear about your experience. Send us a comment. 😀