TIME Magazine has published its third annual list of the World’s Greatest Places and it includes Siem Reap in Cambodia.
Main picture Angkor Archaeological Park, Siem Reap, Cambodia credit Flyingdog Travel
TIME compiled the lists following nominations from its international network of correspondents and contributors, with an eye toward those offering new and exciting experiences.
Siem Reap, Cambodia
Probably my favourite place on earth. Siem Reap is most famous for the magnificent ancient temples in Angkor Archaeological Park, but there is more to explore in the town itself and surrounding countryside.
TIME Magazine said:
“The lauded “temple town” of Siem Reap—a leafy riverside departure point to the majestic Angkor Wat—is in the midst of a metamorphosis as part of a grand modernization plan.
New wider roads, cycle lanes, parking, car-free pavement and gardens will make for a more walkable city, while at Angkor, a forest network of shaded bike paths, pedestrian boulevards, landscaping and the removal of vendors have reduced the bustle, providing peace to a sacred experience.
Bonus: the return of wildlife—otters frolicking in moats, gibbons swinging in the treetops—thanks to concerted reintroduction efforts at the Angkor Archaeological Park.
Back in town, the hip Wat Bo quarter is the new address of atmospheric cocktail spot Miss Wong; boho Laundry Bar, a favorite of expats and locals alike known for its live gigs and DJ sets; vegetarian fusion at farm-to-table restaurant Banlle; along with new waterfront pop-up bars, beer gardens and vegan street-food stalls.TIME Magazine
Our tip is to visit as soon as possible as some of the major developments planned in the coming years may increase numbers in the temples and remove some of the charm of the area.
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