Siem Reap Travel Guide

Ta Phrom Temple, Siem Reap © Justin Vidamo

On the northern shores of the Tonle Sap Lake, is the region of Siem Reap; the main access city for the magnificent temples of Angkor, and a popular launching pad for further travel into Cambodia and Thailand. The city offers many attractions for visitors, including Apsara dance performances, museums, craft shops, and markets.

Siem Reap's most famous feature is the magnificent Temple of Angkor Wat, situated just three miles (5km) from the city centre. Dating from the 12th century, the largest religious monument in the world has been luring visitors for decades. It is acknowledged as one of the wonders of the world, and has been declared a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Within the city, the Angkor National Museum provides useful historical and cultural background for the Angkor Temples and the ancient Khmer civilization. Another worthwhile museum is the Aki Ra Landmine Museum which gives touristsan understanding of the ongoing war Cambodia is fighting against these weapons.

Siem Reap is becoming increasingly popular as a holiday destination with numerous hotels and guesthouses, both luxury and budget, as well as many bars and restaurants to enjoy. Many of these venues are located near the Old Market and the nearby popular Pub Street. With so much in the way of amenities and attractions for tourists, the city of Siem Reap is a great base from which to venture into this fascinating country.

In the surrounding countryside there are silk farms, rice-paddies, and fishing villages to explore, as well as the bird sanctuary near Tonle Sap Lake, which is one of the largest freshwater lakes in Asia. The area is home to charming villages on stilts, or floating villages, built to accommodate monsoon flooding.

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