Siem Reap’s Royal Gardens are just a few minutes by tuk tuk and around a 15 minute walk from the central Pub Street area. They are free to access by the public and are best enjoyed early in the morning or during the cooler later afternoon/early evening times.
Located near the famous Raffles Hotel which first opened its doors in 1932 the Royal Gardens are also home to a colony of fruit bats which circle the area on mass during dusk as the sun goes down. So long as you have no fear of bats then this is one of those free experiences that can make for a pleasant end to a long day.
The Royal Gardens are made up of the River Gardens and the Royal Crusade for Independence Gardens, named after the historical events that took place when the former King Sihanouk and General Lon Nol were planning the Royal Crusade for Independence from French Colonial rule.