Siem Reap War Museum
For a complete contrast, visitors to the Siem Reap War Museum on Airport Road 6 can see missiles, land mines, tanks, helicopters and weapons used in the conflict between the Khmer Rouge and the anti-communists forces which tore Cambodia apart from 1967 to 1975, leading to the Cambodian genocide.
Tonle Sap Lake
The scenic Tonle Sap Lake, the largest freshwater lake in Southeast Asia, is fed through a unique system by the Mekong River. During the rainy season, the lake increases dramatically in size, irrigating its surrounding agricultural floodplain. Local communities live by the lakeside and on the lake in floating villages.
Tonle Sap Lake floating village
The floating village on Tonle Sap Lake makes for an interesting boat trip. Villagers' entire lives are spent on the water in homes built on floating platforms, with regular visits from floating shops and a clinic. Kids go to the floating school while tourism provides revenue for their parents.
Constructed of pink sandstone, the 10th century temple of Banteay Srei (Citadel of the Women), located 30kms northeast of Angkor Wat, is covered in uniquely detailed and intricate surface carvings, supposedly done by women artisans.
Phom Bakheng Temple
Perched on a hill overlooking Angkor Wat is the temple of Phom Bakheng, famous for its sunrises and sunsets. It's a slow, easy climb by the southern trail although experienced hikers can use the frontal trail and arrive within 10 minutes. As the sun rises over the monuments, the shadows cast by the sacred stones are breathtaking.