Certainly there is still the tuk tuk drivers eager to operate a vehicle you on a tour of the temples of Angkor for the day. Hotels were popping up but other services were limited. There have been no ATMs and not much else to complete if one wanted to take a break from visiting the temples. Fast forward 20 years and the situation has completely changed by way of a lot of investment, knowledge and innovation. This has been possible through development aid. The tenacity of the local individuals who despite all the atrocities they've undergone are keen showing off their wonderful country and take the opportunities they have. It has already been possible as numerous Khmers who escaped through the Khmer Rouge era are returning with the information they've gained abroad bringing positive change to the local community.
With many local businesses preparing for the new tourist season starting in October don't just think about a tour to Siem Reap as just a quick temple visit. That the moment to possess a look at what else is on offer and how it adds to the local economy.
Horse-riding in Siem Reap is one tour, for people that have a little adventure in your mind why not have a horse riding tour for 1-3 hours through rural countryside passing streams, rice fields and local villages. The tours are suitable for beginners and children and really are a fun way to break up visiting the temples or just for experiencing something different on a tour to Cambodia.
For those with a head for heights and attempting to catch some aerial views and photographs of the majestic Angkor Wat here is another balloon ride over Angkor. The German made helium balloon doesn't actually move because it is mounted on a rope but ascends around 200 metres for a 10 minute trip which enables you to get some great photographs and an aerial view of the eighth wonder of the entire world!
If you learn yourself in Siem Reap on a Sunday evening a great experience is 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're visiting during rainy season there's a rain cover so don't allow that put you off. It is really worth the visit.
There are of course many other attractions and activities to select from on your own short visit to Siem Reap Cambodia and Cambodia. Keep your brain open and don't forget how far Cambodia has come within the last few 20 years!