On first arriving in 1993 the immediate impression was insufficient services available to the tourist. Certainly there clearly 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 were no ATMs and not much else to complete if one desired to have a break from visiting the temples. Fast forward 20 years and the situation has completely changed through a lot of investment, knowledge and innovation. It's been possible through development aid. The tenacity of the area people who despite all the atrocities they've undergone are keen to show off their wonderful country and take the opportunities they have. It's been possible as numerous Khmers who escaped during the Khmer Rouge era are returning with the data they've gained abroad bringing positive change to the local community.
With many local businesses planning for the new tourist season starting in October don't just think about a tour to Siem Reap travel as just a quick temple visit. A moment to possess a glance at what else is available and how it enhances the local economy.
Horse-riding in Siem Reap is one such tour, for people that have only a little adventure in mind why don't you have a horse riding tour for 1-3 hours through rural countryside passing streams, rice fields and local villages. The tours are suited to beginners and children and really are a fun solution to separation visiting the temples or simply for experiencing different things on a tour to Cambodia.
For individuals with a head for heights and planning to catch some aerial views and photographs of the majestic Angkor Wat try a balloon ride over Angkor. The German made helium balloon doesn't actually move because it is mounted on a string but ascends around 200 metres for a 10 minute trip which enables you to acquire some great photographs and an aerial view of the eighth wonder of the planet!
If you discover yourself in Siem Reap on a Sunday evening a good 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 college term without fail at 7pm. It is completely free but do produce a donation for their worthy cause if visiting. If you should be visiting during rainy season there's a rain cover so don't let that put you off. It is really worth the visit.
You will find needless to say a great many other attractions and activities to choose from in your short visit to Siem Reap and Cambodia. Keep the mind open and don't forget how far Cambodia has come in the last 20 years!