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Cambodian Culture Village - Siem Reap


Cambodian Culture Village - Siem Reap

This one was something that we hadn't planned for..on day 3 in Siem Reap, after we finished a boat cruise in the Thonle Sap area in the morning, we did have a whole afternoon free. We had seen this theme park, there is a big wheel in front of it, on our way from the hotel, so we just decided to go for it even though it is considered as a touristy stuff.

At the entrance...

The Cambodian Culture Village is a theme park located on the highway between the airport and the Siem Reap town. It contains miniature famous buildings of Cambodia, a wax museum with models of Cambodian personalities from history and modern era and many villages depicting different village cultures within Cambodia. There are cultural shows held at different times at each village..it could be a dance, marriage ritual or drama depicting a historical Cambodian event, so we just follow the time table and follow the flow.

Entrance fees: 12 USD for foreigners. No camera fee.

Contrary to our initial doubts, we did really enjoy it. The wax museum was good..atleast they focused on their local personalities and not copy cat what Tussauds does, miniature monuments were average, but the shows at the villages were the highlight..that is what made it worth it, otherwise the fee is quite steep for it.

And avoid buying the photo mementos...they take your snaps, out of nowhere and then follow you to buy them. It is a cheap photo print hastily glued on a porcelain plate,not printed directly...if you don't buy it, they ll quickly glue the next snap on it.

The wax museum...

A village...

A miniature monument...

and many of the shows (including a marriage ritual...a fellow tourist volunteered to be the groom!!)

Later in the evening, we checked out the local market and I could also try out the Amok, a fish curry delicacy from Khmer cuisine.

Posted by arunbaliga 04:09 Archived in Cambodia Tagged cambodia siem_reap amok cambodian_culture_village

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