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Through out the year tourists throng Cambodia. This country in Asia is famous for its wildlife and temples. Inside Cambodia there are many places that are equally important and fascinating. Siem Reap is one such town in this country. It has a rich historical past. The History of Siem Reap begins from the year 802. This place was inhabited by the Khemer tribe. Today it is the capital of Siem Reap Province. History of Siem Reap also includes the phase when this place was under French rule. As far as the History of Siem Reap goes, most of its temples were built during 11th and 12th century.

The country became a colony of France in the year 1847. Before that this country touched the highest feet in architecture and aestheticism. Its temples are the greatest proof of that time. They inspire awe and surprise even today.

Siem Reap History reached its ultimate height during the construction of the Angkor Tom. This place houses a collection of temples. Among these the most famous is the Angkor Wat. This temple was made by Jayavarman VII. All these temples reflect the superiority and power of the Khemer Kings. All other temples including the Terrace of the Elephant and Terrace of the Leper King were built by Jayavarman VII. All these temples show the sculptural brilliance that the craftsman had. It also shows the appreciation and the sophisticated taste of the Kings of Siem Reap.

It was during this period from 802 to 1431 that the border of this country covered a vast area up to the border of Thailand and Burma.

Though Siem Reap later became a colony of the French it was soon taken over by Viet Minh army of Vietnam. This take over took place in the middle of 1950. However, the Pol Pot, an infamous leader took over this country. Later in 1978 Vietnam once again gained the control over Cambodia.

The thought of going to Siem Reap, Cambodia came to mind as our local carrier, AIR ASIA, was offering an irresistible fare at RM8.88/a litttle more than USD2 (per way). I was like ... HALLOOOOOO ????! Kidding or wot ???! Even with taxes added on it would still be a knock-out. Anyhow, we missed out on this as we dallied on too long with our decision and had to pay much more, which was still very attractive (about USD150 return).

I learnt a little about Cambodia from my Belgian friend Ann, whom I've met during my travel in Vietnam last July. But nothing really beat being there and seeing it for myself. The first thing that amazed me when I arrived was without doubt all the hotels that were around, be it budget backpackers, mid-range, high-ends or over-the-tops! Apparently, the whole world is going to Cambodia!!! It is hot! And Siem Reap is boiling over, the one place everyone will hit if they visit Cambodia. Tourism is the lifeblood and Angkor is centre stage on the world travel map right now.

Siem Reap (see-em ree-ep) means 'Siamese Defeated'. There's a whole Angkor Thom lot of history to Cambodia but I reckon none of you would really be interesed in me narrating the whole thing here. It's interesting but a bit complicated. And the TRUTH, ... I am a bit blurred and confused about it anyways. So, find some reading materials if you are interested or just browse through some sites on the net. There is however a touch of irony to the name 'Siamese Defeated', given that Thailand ultimately defeated Cambodia, and controlled Siem Reap and Angkor from 1794 to 1907.

The one thing I knew well about Cambodia was from the movie 'Killing Fields' made famous by a Dr Nguyen something ... I watched this years ago when I was still a kid but I still remembered most of the details. Then, a week ago when I sort of knew that I was gonna embark on this journey I started reading 'First They Killed My Father' (but still haven't finished) ... a very good read, highly recommended. To make a long story short the Khmer Rouge regime (1975-1979) headed by Pol Pot (Brother No 1) massacred millions of innocent Cambodians in the most brutal and grotesque manner, comparable to what Angkor Wat The mother of all templesHitler did to the Jews in Austwich. Pol Pot with the help of a few others was the architect of the most brutal and radical revolutions of mankind. 1975 was declared Year Zero for Cambodia. They were to be on a self-destructive course to sever all ties with the past.

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We booked ourselves into the Pavillon Indochine which turned out to be a very pleasant guest house (more like a boutique hotel, owned and managed by a French guy ... forgot his name. It is the nearest to the Angkor Wat (but then again nothing is really that far away from each other here) … and just round the corner to a ‘killing field’ and the 'landmine museum'. Now, this is not just any kind of museum (don't expect air-conditioning nor structured building) ... this is the 'real' thing! It was set-up by a local de-miner Aki Ra in an original old landmine environment. It depicts in extensive details about the types of mines used during the Civil War in Cambodia. There were lots of photos and illustrations about victims who have lost parts or all of their limbs, and we also had a Angkor chance to watch a DVD about the atrocities of the landmines, in this mossies infected forest.

Aki Ra was put behind bars on more than one occasion back in 2000 as the local authorities claimed that the museum was dangerous as some live weapons were kept on site and that the museum portrayed a negative image of the country. The reasons became clear later as an over-priced (USD3 entry) and uninspiring War Museum opened near the airport by a local military commander.

On the way out from the landmine in the evening around 6pm, we passed by a local village where we saw many young girls with make-up put on. I was curiosed. Found out from the driver that there were many karaokes around that area and those girls worked there. Their jobs were more than that. They also provided extra services, ie, prostitution. Poor parents rent/sell their daughters out as beggars or prostitutes. Child prostitution is a big problem here. Foreign paedophiles (mostly Asian men themselves) seek young, under-age, virgin children for sex in view of the rising rates of HIV infection. Very repulsive act. I came across an article by a New York Times journalist the Angkor other day which stated that the girls were only paid about USD1 per client and sometimes they had up to 10 clients a day. And one could actually buy a girl's freedom for about USD200 only. Incidentally, Cambodia has the highest rate of HIV infection in the whole of South East Asia. Currently there are strong public awareness on this, and it has somewhat helped lower the infection rates.

With the boom taking place in nearby Angkor during the 13th century as the building of hundreds of temples began in the first Hindu and then Buddhist mega settlement, Siem Reap was little more than an expanse of empty countryside.

AngkorMeaning ‘Siam defeated’ in Khmer, the province of Siem Reap played host to a battle with the neighbouring Kingdom of Siam in the 17th century; which saw, as the name suggests, victory for the Khmers. Still, however, Siem Reap was little more than in a footnote in the history of Angkor Wat.

With the entrance of France as colonial master of Cambodia in the middle of the 19th century, Siem Reap was developed beyond the huts that previously made up the town. French colonial buildings were erected and can still be seen today. Like the rest of the country, Siem Reap was forced into a downward spiral soon after the French pullout in the 1950s.

By 1975, the town had fallen into the hands of the Khmer Rouge as had most of Cambodia. and was the scene of murder that was typical of the whole country. Meanwhile, Angkor, Siem Reap’s prized asset, lay dormant, not a single visitor coming to see the site as Siem Reap remained off-limits to tourists.

As the Vietnamese army entered Cambodia in 1979, Siem Reap was the scene of heavy fighting that remained sporadic for much of the next decade. But by the early 1990s, as the country began to stabilize, Siem Reap was one of the biggest Cambodian beneficiaries.

By the turn of the millennium, Siem Reap was attracting hundreds of thousands of tourists a year and had begun to develop faster than at any stage in its history as smart hotels, restaurants and bars sprung up. Now the city attracts more than one in two of every single foreign visitor to Cambodia. Siem Reap sees about one million visitors each year and is the fastest growing city in the country outside of the capital, Phnom Penh.

The Angkorian period, in which the temples of Angkor were built and the Khmer empire consolidated its position as one of the great powers of Southeast Asia, covers more than 600 years from AD 802 to 1432.

The Angkorian period begins with the rule of Jayavarman II (r. 802-50). This king, who returned to Cambodia in the late 8th century, established himself as head of an independent Khmer kingdom. His court was sited first at Phnom Kulen, 40km (25mi) northeast of Angkor; and later at Roluos (known then as Haliharalaya) 13km (8mi) east of Siem Reap.

Jayavarman II set a precedent that accounts for the staggering architectural productivity of the Khmers at this time. He established himself as a 'god king' or 'universal king' whose all-reaching power expressed the qualities of Shiva. Shiva's dwelling place is the mythical Mt Meru, and consequently Jayavarman built a 'temple mountain' at Phnom Kulen, which symbolised the holy mountain at the centre of the universe. This cult of the god king is known as devaraja .

The temples that form the highlights of any tour of Angkor were built during the classical age. The classical appellation conjures up images of a golden age of abundance and leisurely temple construction, but while this period is marked by fits of remarkable productivity, it was also a time of conquests and setbacks. The walled city of Angkor Thom, for example, owes its existence to the fact that the old city of Angkor that stood on the same spot was destroyed during a Cham invasion from central Vietnam.

From 1065 until the end of the century, Angkor was again divided by various contenders for the throne. An important monarch of the new regime was Suryavarman II (r. 1112-52). Suryavarman II unified Cambodia and led campaigns against Vietnam, extending Khmer influence to Malaya, Myanmar and Siam. He also set himself apart through his devotion to the Hindu deity Vishnu, to whom he consecrated the largest of all the Angkorian temples, Angkor Wat.

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After the death of Jayavarman VII around 1219, the Khmer empire went into decline. The state religion reverted to Hinduism for a century or more and much of the Buddhist sculpture adorning Jayavarman's many temples was vandalised. The Thais sacked Angkor in 1351 and in 1431. The Khmer court moved to Phnom Penh, only to return fleetingly to Angkor in the 16th century; in the meantime it was abandoned to pilgrims, holy men and the elements.

The French 'discovery' of Angkor in the 1860s created a great deal of interest in Cambodia. But 'discovery', with all the romance it implied, was something of a misnomer. As historian David Chandler points out, when French explorer Henri Mouhot first stumbled across Angkor Wat it was found to contain a 'prosperous monastery...tended by more than 1000 hereditary slaves'. What's more, Portuguese travellers in the 16th century seem to have come across Angkor, referring to it as the 'Walled City'. A 17th-century Japanese pilgrim even drew a detailed plan of Angkor Wat.

Modern History
In 1901 the École Française d'Extrême Orient (EFEO) began a long association with Angkor by funding an expedition to the Bayon. In 1907 Angkor, which had been under Thai control, was returned to Cambodia and the EFEO took responsibility for clearing and restoring the whole site. In the same year, the first tourists arrived in Angkor - an unprecedented 200 of them in three months. Angkor had been 'rescued' from the jungle and was assuming its place in the modern world.

The empire of Angkor once included much of modern-day Thailand, but there's a touch of irony about the name given that Thailand ultimately defeated Cambodia, and controlled Siem Reap and Angkor from 1794 to 1907.

Siem Reap was little more than a village when the first French explorers re-discovered Angkor in the 19th century. With the return of Angkor to Cambodian, or should that be French control in 1907, Siem Reap began to grow, absorbing the first wave of tourists. The Grand Hotel d'Angkor opened its doors in 1929 and the temples of Angkor remained one of Asia's leading draws until the late 1960s, luring visitors like Charlie Chaplin and Jackie Kennedy. With the advent of war, Siem Reap entered a long slumber from which it only began to awake in the mid-1990s.

Recent History
As with the rest of the country, Siem Reap's history (and the memories of its people) is coloured by spectre of the brutal Khmer Rouge Regime, though since Pol Pot's death in 1998, relative stability and a rejuvenated tourist industry have been important steps in an important, if tentative, journey forward to recovery.

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Museums

landmine museumApproximately 4 km from the World Heritage ruins of Angkor Wat, Aki Ra’s Landmine Museum in Siem Reap is a must see spot in Siem Reap Tourist Attractions in Cambodia. May be that the Cambodian tourism boom feels a million miles away amidst this bumpy, unsealed road amongst a small, young rural community, however, without including this museum, Sightseeing in Siem Reap will not be completed.

Opened to the public in 1999, Aki Ra’s Landmine Museum in Siem Reap consists of a simple corrugated iron building, surrounded by a handful of roughly built sheds and open air sleeping and eating quarters. Mr Aki Ra who is a 31 year old mine clearer is the founder and director of this museum. It is solely because of Aki Ra’s clearance of landmines that a local village of 500 has grown up around the museum site. Aki Ra has not only cleared the mines but also educated his neighbors on mine awareness, safety and first aid.

In this area you will find the techniques behind the manufacture, design and placement of landmines. Here you will be able to see the video footage taken by one of the English volunteers showing the subtle art of pointing and detonating the device that Aki Ra employs. Undoubtedly, this is heart-stopping exercise to watch, even on film.

We have a general idea regarding museum that it has to be associated with historical events of long past. However, here at Aki Ra’s Landmine Museum in Siem Reap you will experience a different thing. Here the displays are fresh and that precisely has been drawing visitors to this point of interest.

Apart from this beautiful piece of construction, Tourist Attractions in Siem Reap talk elaborately about Bayon Temple in Siem Reap, Terrace of the Leper King in Siem Reap, Terrace of the Elephants in Siem Reap and Beng Melea in Siem Reap.

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Climate

climateCiem Reap’s weather, like that in the rest of Cambodia, fluctuates from hot and sticky to hot and dry with little respite from the sun except to a degree in December and January. If you plan to visit between February and May, bring plenty of sunscreen as temperatures regularly get close to 40°C.

By the end of May, the Southeast Asia monsoon usually kicks in with regular downpours hitting Siem Reap that have usually intensified by August, typically the wettest and most humid month of the year.

By late October the rains usually begin to disappear as the sun comes out more frequently and humidity drops. December and January remain hot in the day but the mornings and evenings are pleasant.

Siem Reap, a town in Cambodia, has a weather that is mainly dominated by monsoon. This is a natural weather trait in some of the Asian countries. Siem Reap Weather has two kinds of monsoon. In fact this proves the dominance that this particular weather has in this part of the globe. Humidity is a part of Siem Reap Weather. Sometimes, however, Siem Reap Weather turns cool and a bit comforting. This is in fact the best time when a traveler should come to this city. Then he will be able to avoid the humidity.

Siem Reap Climate remains hot from March to May. The mercury hovers around 35 degrees. Siem Reap Weather Condition remains wet from June to October. The mani reason behind this is the south-western monsoon. But if you want to have a great time in the temples and also want to enjoy other places of interest then you must come here in November. This is the time when the cool season begins to unfold itself. It continues till February.

If you are planning to pay a visit to Siem Reap then make your plan keeping the cool season in mind. This is the time when you would be able to enjoy photographing the temples. There will be no dearth of light at that time.

This is also a good time just to enjoy the natural beauty of the place. The cool breeze also creates a romantic environment. You will feel relaxed and calm. In fact this change in the mood of nature would up lift your mood as well.

If by any chance you drop in to the town during the rainy season you should take sufficient protection from the rain. You will need rain coats and need to wrap your passports and other important documents in a plastic.

Now let’s hope this information would help you to plan your trip to Siem Reap.

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Children’s Activities

silkfarmingThe main attractionin Siem Reap is the Angkor Wat. Touring these impressive temples may spark the imagination in adults as well as children. Although the city does not offer a plethora of manmade attractions aimed directly at children, the city is rich in history and natural beauty and can provide a exciting and educational vacation spot for the entire family to relish.

Angkor Wat in Miniature
Even if you’ve seen the real thing, Dy Preoung’s expanding collection of Angkor and surrounding temples made of sandstone and carvings is impressive. This collection is based at his house and workshop situated just north of route 6, close to the main river road. There is a sign outside and most tuk-tuk drivers should know it.

Elephant trekking
Probably the top family activity would be elephant trekking. There are mahouts ready to take you on a journey around the Angkor complex. Just make sure you don’t send the kids off alone.

elephant trekkingHot-air balloon over Angkor Wat
An unforgettable experience awaits you over Angkor Wat with a 10-minute tethered balloon ride. Although short, it’s great for those who find small amounts of exhilaration to be enough. The cost is moderate and if you have a steady hand you might get some great aerial photos.

Silkworm Farm
Located a little way out of the city, this attraction is ideal for children. The young children usually love the chance to see these lazy creepy-crawlies in action and will even get a chance to feed them. The silk produced by the worms is then used to produce colourful textiles onsite.

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Even if your hotel does not have a pool, there is probably one nearby that will allow entry for a small fee.

Ta Prohm and Beng Melea
Possibly the most kid-friendly location of the Angkor complex, Ta Prohm is still somewhat engulfed by jungle vines and you could easily pretend you’re in a Tomb Raider movie here. More of a walk on the wild side, Beng Melea is a fun sight with lots of crumbly ruins that are fun to explore. It’s 60kms east of Siem Reap and is usually done on a daytrip.

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Festivals and Event

January

New Year’s Day: although 1 January still plays second fiddle to the Buddhist New Year, the number of foreign visitors to Siem Reap means it has increased in popularity. There are always plenty of good bars to visit to ring in the New Year the night beforehand.

Victory Day over Genocide: commemorates one of the most important days in Cambodia’s recent history when on 7 January 1979 the Khmer Rouge were overthrown by the invading Vietnamese Army. This is a good day to visit the Siem Reap Killing Fields and perhaps even Pol Pot’s house.

full moonFebruary

Chinese New Year: we may not be in China, but Siem Reap like Phnom Penh has a fairly sizeable Chinese population, meaning this event is followed with some enthusiasm. Expect to see lots of Chinese characters around the city on red posters and abundant traditional Chinese hanging lanterns.

Meak Bochea Day: is a fairly low-key Buddhist festival that falls on the full moon day in the month, usually at the end of February. The temples on this day will be busy with sermons among the many gathered monks in their orange robes.

April

Chaul Chnam: the Buddhist New Year, this holiday spanning three days is the most significant in the Khmer calendar and is enjoyed by locals and tourists alike. The date changes according to the Buddhist lunar calendar but it always falls sometime in the middle of April and is marked by the throwing of water, music, processions and partying.

Silk Festival: usually held in the New Year, this festival transforms the Royal Independence Gardens into an expanse of colourful silks produced within the vicinity of Siem Reap.

September

Spirit Festival: coming at the end of September, P’chum Ben as it is known in Khmer, makes for a good excuse to head down to Tonlé Sap lake where locals make offerings to lost loved ones and friends at the water’s edge. It’s a solemn but fascinating event.

water fesOctober

Water festival: Although bigger in the capital, the Water Festival is still major news in Siem Reap as it lies close to the source of the Tonlé Sap river – the lake of the same name. The event marks when the river reverses its flow back to the sea and is marked with fireworks. It is sometimes held later in November so check the exact date.

King Sihanouk’s Birthday: expect more to be happening in Phnom Penh than in Siem Reap but still the road between the Royal Residence and the Royal Independence Gardens always have events going on during the day, which falls on 31 October.

November

Angkor Photo Festival: partly sponsored by the Siem Reap Foreign Correspondents Club, this event sees piles of Angkor Wat photos on display along with numerous other images from local photographers. The event usually begins at the end of November and lasts a week.

December

Angkor Half Marathon: when the temperature and humidity drops in Siem Reap, it’s time for a run around the city that also takes in many of the temples among the Angkor Wat complex. It’s not too serious and serves as an excellent way to raise money for various disadvantaged groups in the country, including landmine victims.

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Activities

When it comes to activities for adults, Siem Reap is fairly well versed. Aside from a visit to Angkor Wat, Siem Reap has plenty of fascinating venues to experience, from traditional villages to an open-air theatre. Make sure to set aside a couple of extra days on top of those dedicated to the many temples in and around Angkor Wat but be prepared to arrange transport as some attractions are outside of Siem Reap itself.

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The temple complex is massive, covering just under 100sqkm and a minimum of 3 days should be spent here. The sunrises and sunsets are spectacular and you should ask your hotel or a guide about the best viewpoints. You can learn a lot about the temples, beyond just strolling about – and it’s advisable to hire a guide for a day or two, as they can explain the details of each structure. Tickets are sold for 1 day, 3 days or 1 week and should be paid in US dollars. Some of the outlying temples require an extra fee. The temples are open dawn to dusk. Angkor Wat itself was built in the 12th century and is an incredible example of Khmer architecture.

Aspara Theatre
Located within the grounds of the plush Angkor Village Resort, the Apsara Theatre doubles up as a dinner show from 19:00 every evening. The show brings together court intrigue, dancing and singing as the Aspara Ballet Troupe performs traditional Khmer theatre with a heavy emphasis on the life and times of past kings. This is a colourful event that, although aimed at tourists, does represent a genuine form of Khmer theatre. Phone: +855 63 963 363; website: www.angkorvillage.com.

Kampong Phluck
A two-hour drive out of Siem Reap, this traditional floating village makes a fascinating trip with plenty of photo opportunities. This is how the Khmer traditionally lived on Tonlé Sap Lake. To get here, ask at a Siem Reap tour operator or your hotel about arranging a trip. Note there will be delays in the rainy season due to the often poor condition of the roads.

Land Mine Museum
If you need a break from the temples, take a couple hours to visit the Land Mine Museum in Siem Reap. Not your typical museum, it nonetheless offers some handy information about land mines and is interesting.

Psar Chas
Siem Reap’s old market is a charming place to hunt around for souvenirs and to pick up Cambodian handicrafts that are difficult to find elsewhere outside of Phnom Penh. Expect to haggle and avoid supposed ‘antiques’ like the plague.

Want to experience the Chinese-style architecture, Apsara dance performances, craft shops, silk farms, rice-paddy countryside, fishing villages and a bird sanctuary near the Tonle Sap Lake? Your destination is Siem Reap. Along with the over all gait up of the city, there lay exclusively the Angkor temples which are regarded as the major Siem Reap Tourist Attractions. Sightseeing in Siem Reap will introduce you to this unforgettable Cambodian experience.

Siem Reap Travel Guide talks elaborately regarding Siem Reap Tourist Attractions. The Angkor temples head the list; so far the points of interest in this Cambodian city are concerned. Here you will watch Bayon Temple in Siem Reap, Terrace of the Leper King in Siem Reap, Terrace of the Elephants in Siem Reap, Beng Melea in Siem Reap and Aki Ra's Landmine Museum in Siem Reap.

Besides, Festivals & Events in Siem Reap are also considered as major participators regarding Siem Reap Tourist Attractions. Throughout the year, dwellers of this city enjoy different facades of life with several festivals. To name a few, one can mention Chaul Chnam (Khmer New Year) in Siem Reap, Angkor Photo Festival in Siem Reap and Angkor half Marathon in Siem Reap.

Siem Reap Tourist Attractions include Shopping in Siem Reap as well. At several malls and arcades you can have a glance of a wide range of items which you would like to buy for your near and dear ones. Moreover, Nightlife in Siem Reap reflected in Nightclubs and Bars in Siem Reap has also its own charm to draw tourists.

Moreover, what has to be mentioned regarding Siem Reap Tourist Attractions is the Popular Restaurants in Siem Reap which by virtue of their delicious dishes provide tasty refreshments to the discerning travelers busy in Sightseeing in Siem Reap. Enjoy your trip to this city!

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Siem Reapn Food

Siem Reap’s range of restaurants is close to rivalling that of the capital Phnom Penh; and there are new venues sprouting up every tourist season serving everything from Cambodian curries to Japanese sushi. If you aren’t a fan of the national cuisine, you won’t have any trouble finding Western food and if you are, expect to be served a tourist-friendly version of the local fare. For the real thing, head to a back road and try one of the little local food stalls.

cuisinePub street as it is known offers the widest choice of restaurants to visiting tourists. Khmer Family and Khmer Kitchen, both on this road, are among the more popular Cambodian-style restaurants serving up spicy salads and ‘amok’, Khmer fish curry. Both are good and great value for money, serving dishes that have been toned down for the foreign palate. If you’re trying to find somewhere to eat and don’t know whether you want Cambodian or international food, then try out the Red Piano as it serves both along with cocktails.

Kama Sutra and Maharajah, just on the next street down, both serve excellent Indian cuisine in fairly upscale venues with meat dishes for a few US dollars. If you’re craving for some Tex-Mex then look no farther than Viva, also on Pub street; it is the only Mexican venue in Siem Reap that offers standard fare like nachos and quesadillas.

With the huge influx of tourists that grows larger every year, Siem Reap has understandably developed a staple of upmarket restaurants. French-owned Abacus is a legendary Siem Reap eatery serving European cuisine along with more unusual dishes including grilled ostrich that makes for an excellent meal out.

One of the most celebrated restaurants in Siem Reap is the ultra trendy L’Angelo. Serving Italian food with a modern twist, this excellent venue is also the priciest dining out experience in the city, so expect to pay Western rates.

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Recreation

You are in Siem Reap. You have visited Angkor Wat and got a full immersion in its magic. You've found your spot to sleep. You've rest, you took a shower to wash all the dust away. You had a nice dinner, following the advice in our restaurants guide. And now?

Now it's the time to have some fun. A few years ago, Siem Reap has almost nothing to offer as nightlife, but now the situation is changed, and the city become more and more alive ever evening. Between all the possibilities, drinking is a really popular activity among tourists of every part of the world. One street in particular has so many bars to gain the nickname "Bar St.". Most of the bars have an happy hour, normally at late afternoon or early evening. If your day has been tough, it can be the right moment to start to relax and chill out. Some of them offer a dance show or some other traditional Khmer show. As told before, all the bars listed below are located in Bar St. or in its surrounding (don't expect that every street in Siem Reap has a proper name).

Laundry Bar - Located between the Psar Chaa (the old market) and Bar St. this is a funny, trendy bar. It has a pool table, where you can play against an unknown, just write your name on the blackboard, and when its your turn, you can join the challenge. A nice way to meet new people. Some evening they have a DJ set, and it becomes really crowded, and it's an alternative, at late night, to the Zone Club described below.

Figo - Also located close to the Psar Chaa (old markey) this is a gay bar, with a lot of promises: amazing food, generous drinks, handsome stuff, unforgettable athmosphere, free wi-fi internet, great music, pathetic drag queens, air-con, and a free service of transportation from your hotel or guesthouse to the Figo Bar. It's of course opened to the non gay clients too, it's absolutely to try.

Ivy Bar - They have probably the wider assortment of liquors in town. They have a pool table, and sitting in its patio tables is a nice way to observe the center of Siem Reap's life.

Molly Malone's - A guest house, a restaurant and a bar. What do you wanna have more? This is an authentic Irish pub, so the Guinness in cans is the queen.

Temple Bar - It looks like a temple, being decorated with laterite stone. It's really big and full of people.

Angkor What? - This is one of the oldest, and it remains one of the most popular. They support the Angkor children hospital, so if it's not properly good for your health (and liver), drinking there can help someone else.

Linga Bar - It's a gay bar, really trendy and stylish, and open of course also for straight people. The cocktails are excellent.

If you still not tired, and you don't feel to go to bed, there is a place where you can spend your night and is The Zone. This is a club, located a little bit out of the center, direction airport. International dance music, drinks at a fair price. Most of the people are cambodian, so come here to see how they have fun. The cambodian are really hot people, and they are really curious about foreigners, so it's impossible to exit from this place without having one or more new cambodian friends.

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Visas and Passport

Passports
Passport valid for at least six months after date of return from Cambodia required by all nationals referred to in the chart above.

Visas
Required by all nationals referred to in chart above.

Note: Visitors arriving by air can obtain a visa for stays of up to 30 days on arrival at Phnom Penh International Airport, Phnom Penh or Siem Reap International Airport, Angkor. Visas are also available from Immigration at the border posts of Bavet, Poi Pet and Koh Kong. Visitors are advised to check current situation before travelling. E-Visas are only valid for entry via Phnom Penh International Airport, Siem Reap International Airport, Cham Yeam land border, Poi Pet land border and Bavet land border.

Note: Nationals not referred to in the chart above are advised to contact the embassy to check visa requirements (see Contact Addresses).

Visa Note
Applications by post will only be accepted through a recognised visa courier. For further details, contact the nearest consulate (or consular section of embassy).

Nationals flying in to Phnom Penh or Siem Reap International Airport will be able to apply for a 30-day visa on arrival in Cambodia.
Types of Visa and Cost

Tourist (single-entry): £15 (£30 for express); Business (single-entry): £20 (£40 for express); Transit: £10 (£20 for express); E-Visa: US$20 plus an additional US$5 handling fee. Express visas are issued within 24 hours.

Validity
All visas are valid for a one month period, and visas issued by the embassy must be used within three months of date of issue. Extensions of up to one extra month for Tourist visas or six or 12 months for Business visas (which can be multiple) may be granted by the Ministry of the Interior at the Immigration Office in Phnom Penh.
Applications to:

Consulate (or consular section of embassy); see Contact Addresses.

Visitors can also apply for an electronic visa (e-Visa) online through the Cambodian Ministry of Foreign Affairs & International Cooperation (website: www.mfaic.gov.kh). At present, visitors travelling on an e-Visa must enter Cambodia at either Phnom Penh International Airport or Siem Reap International Airport. Tourists on package tours will normally have their visas arranged by the tour operator.

Working Days Required
Five from day of receipt of application form. Express visas are issued within 24 hours. E-Visas are issued within three working days; the visa is delivered electronically to the applicant's mailbox.

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Sightseeing

angkor watSiem Reap is a small town in Cambodia. This town is famous due to the place of Angkor Wat. Along with Angkor Wat there are other temples and places that have made this place a hot favorite among tourists. In fact these travelers have made Siem Reap Tourism a success. Siem Reap Tourism has helped the country earn a lot of foreign exchange. In fact today this place is one of the best Tourism destinations on the planet. Therefore if you want to spend a good vacation then Siem Reap Tourism can be a good idea.

Siem Reap Tourist Attractions have a variety of sites. There are temples, there are festivals, and there are ample opportunities for shopping.

Among the most famous temples here one cannot fail to mention the name of Angkor Wat. It is temple dedicated to Lord Vishnu. It was built by King Jayavarman VII in the 12th century.

bayon templeThe next in line is the Bayon Temple in Siem Reap. It is inside Angkor Tom. Angkor Tom is the main place that houses all these temples, including Angkor Wat. This temple too was completed during the reign of King Jayavarman VII. Tough it is mainly a Buddhist Temple there are references to Hindu religion as well. This temple has different facial features of Bodhisattva etched on its outer part. Bodhisattva was the incarnation of Gautam Budhha.

Terrace of the Leper King too was credited to King Jayavarman VII. Actually most of the temples in Angkor Tom were created during his reign. This temple has images of mythological characters like Garuda and Kabandha, a giant.

Terrace of the Elephant is also in Angkor Tom.

You can enjoy the Khemer New Year here. You can see the locals celebrating the Chaul Chnam (Khemer New Year) in Siem Reap. This is actually to celebrate the incoming of the rainy season.

There are various markets here where your can buy different goods. You can buy gifts for your family members. Tourist Attractions Around Siem Reap include these markets as well. After all it feels good to buy something form a new country for your family and friends.

prek tuool bird sancturyWith so many splendid ancient temples on display just to the north of the city centre, Siem Reap has as many sights as any other destination in Southeast Asia, meaning you’ll need at least four days just to scratch the surface. Other sights are well worth a visit too if the huge number of temples starts to get a bit much.

Angkor Wat
The most important of all the Angkor ruins, Angkor Wat, the largest religious structure in the world, is a domed masterpiece of exotic, architectural indulgence. If you only decide to get a one-day pass to the temple complex, then make this the priority. You’ve seen it in pictures and as the emblem on the Cambodian flag but nothing comes close to seeing it up close – it’s one of those places that everybody should visit at least once in any lifetime.

Visit this website for further information about the Angkor Wat.

Bayon
Dating back to the end of the 12th century, Bayon is one of the most iconic of the temple structures with its 216 stone faces and many galleries depicting scenes from the time. The site consists of three concentric square levels, all of which can be explored. Make sure you’ve got lots of room left on your digital camera after first visiting Angkor Wat as you’ll be shooting just as much here.

Visit this website for photographs of the Banyon, Banteay Srei and other temples in Cambodia.

tonlesapKilling Fields
Like the other similar sites dotted around Cambodia, this sombre spot outside of Siem Reap marks where thousands of people were buried after being killed either directly or indirectly by the Khmer Rouge between 1975 and 1979. The sight is marked by a small temple built of the bones of the victims. Give a donation to help the structure expand in the future.

Landmine Museum
Having moved from its original location, the intriguing Landmine Museum is now 31kms from Siem Reap city centre and should expect a 40-minute ride here. A look at Cambodia’s struggle against unexploded ordinance and landmines during the second half of the 20th century makes this a poignant exhibition. The entry fee and donations help support this project.

Outer temples
If you’ve opted for the week-long Angkor Wat pass, then you’ll probably be keen to get out a bit away from the crowds to some of the lesser visited temples. Try for instance Banteay Srei with its wonderfully detailed architecture; or Kbal Spean, the most splendid of all the riverbed carvings in Angkor. Do it by bike to see all the details but be sure to take plenty of sunscreen and a few supplies.

Prek Toal Bird Sanctuary
Northwest of Siem Reap beside Tonlé Sap, this bird sanctuary is home to huge populations of migrating birds from across Southeast Asia whose numbers swell considerably during the dry season. Take a boat up from the lake’s edge just south of Siem Reap, and a water tour of the sanctuary itself. Trips to the sanctuary can be arranged from Siem Reap-based tour operators and usually last a whole day or longer with a night’s stay at the main research station here.

Tonlé Sap Lake
During the monsoon season, Siem Reap lies just a few kilometres from this unique water system, a distance which increases by about 10kms when the lake shrivels up in the dry season. As the largest body of water in Southeast Asia, it’s a lively ecosystem supporting huge numbers of birds and other wildlife along with the local human population, some of which live in attractive houses on stilts out on the water at the village of Chong Kneas.

Tonlé Sap Exhibition
Prior to making a trip to the lake, it makes sense to visit this informative exhibition shown in the city itself. On view are artefacts and explanations of the Tonlé Sap eco-system which outline the various flora and fauna that depend on the lake along with the people who live here. The highlight of the exhibition is a working model explaining the complex water system that connects the lake to the Tonlé Sap and Mekong rivers.

Ta Phrom The Jungle at Angkor Bayon full view

Top Things to Do

Feed a silkworm. Another activity that is rarely seen in the West, visitors can get interactive with the exhibits at the Silkworm Farm by feeding the worms themselves before they churn out the valuable material that goes into making the many textiles produced here.

Fire a rocket launcher at the shooting range close to Banteay Srei. Here, visitors can see this rather strange ‘armaments theme park’ as a rare chance to fire a rocket launcher or an automatic weapon. Ask a tuk-tuk driver in Siem Reap and he will surely know how to get you here.

marketGet a bird’s eye view of Angkor Wat. Close to Siem Reap it is possible to take the Angkor Balloon on a 10-minute airborne trip of the Angkor temples on a tethered balloon ride. It’s a short-lived ride but makes for one of the most memorable Angkor experiences going.

Haggle at the local markets. Get your riel/Thai baht/US dollars handy for a trip to Psar Chas and Central Market, both shopping destinations that offer a range of potential souvenirs where the asking price is always lower than the eventual selling price.

Ride an elephant. Some people choose to see the Angkor temples on foot, others by bicycle – but why get all hot and sweaty seeing Cambodia’s number one attraction under your own steam when there’s an elephant ready to do the hard work for you? Find them at the south gate of Angkor Thom in the day and at Phnom Bakheng during the evening.

See Siem Reap by motorbike. Numerous adventure tours can be arranged from the city allowing tourists the chance to see the Siem Reap countryside by dirt bike as part of a guided tour.

marketsWatch traditional Khmer theatre. A few different venues in the city offer the chance to watch Khmer performances with the most popular the Aspara Theatre at the Angkor Village Resort, which is also a restaurant. The evening shows feature a wealth of traditionally dressed performers meaning there is lots of gold finery on display and the chance to experience classical Khmer music and dance.

Sightseeing in Siem Reap stands for experiencing the Chinese-style architecture, Apsara dance performances, craft shops, silk farms, rice-paddy countryside, fishing villages and a bird sanctuary along with the Angkor temples which have made the place a tourist hub. Among the Points of interest in Siem Reap, these Buddhist temples stand as the major Siem Reap Tourist Attractions.

Siem Reap Travel Guide talks elaborately regarding Siem Reap Tourist Attractions. The Angkor temples head the list; so far the Things to see in Siem Reap are concerned. Here you will watch Bayon Temple in Siem Reap, Terrace of the Leper King in Siem Reap, Terrace of the Elephants in Siem Reap, Beng Melea in Siem Reap and Aki Ra's Landmine Museum in Siem Reap.

Bayon Temple in Siem Reap features the huge stone faces of the bodhisattva Avalokiteshvara. The curious smiling image has been interpreted by some the "Mona Lisa of Southeast Asia." Some thinks it to be a representation of Jayavarman himself.

mountain_bikingTerrace of the Leper King in Siem Reap is one of plentiful mysteries of Angkor. Some think the small asexual statue resembles king Yasovarman who'd have died from the leprosy. On the other hand, it is thought to be the image of Yama. Experience the magnificent sculptures representing Apsaras, geniuses and monsters, quantity of divinities, a surprising coolness and beauty.

After you pass the Bayon and Baphuon, see the Terrace of the Elephants on the left. It is two and a half meters high, and decorated with its namesake reliefs of elephants on one side and garudas (bird-men) on the other.

Situated at 60km east of Siem Reap, Beng Melea requires a day trip after a stop at the Roluos Group to get explored by the travelers. Experience the temple aficionado's ancient temple amidst jungle. Kids will love it.

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Accommodations

Siem Reap has many hotels, guest houses and hostels to cater for the more than 1.4 million visitors who arrive each year to see Angkor Wat. The best hotel is probably the famous Grand Hotel D'Angkor and lower level to 4 star hotels like Preah Khan Hotel. People travelling on a budget can find decent accommodation in one of the many guesthouses in Khmer-style. Some people rate these as a more culturally authentic experience. These range from mid priced, high value accommodations such as Pavillon Indochine located half way between Siem Reap and Angkor, to lower priced budget Guest Houses in Siem Reap itself. many are in the $US6 - 12 bracket and they include DMS Angkor Villa where the owners, local, contribute part of the income to support a volunteer language school: Savong's School.

accommodationLying just six kilometres south of the UNESCO World Heritage site of Angkor Wat, Siem Reap is a city that attracts an ever-growing number of tourists to what is Cambodia’s star attraction and the largest religious construction in the world.

Having been left half-hidden for most of the past 800 years, Angkor Wat has only recently fulfilled its potential as a tourist destination, held back by Cambodia’s enduring troubles in recent times that have in the past decade eased considerably. Angkor Wat’s increasing clout as a tourist draw – it attracts one million visitors a year – has directly influenced the fortunes of Siem Reap, which is now home to five-star hotels, French restaurants and a smart Foreign Correspondents Club.

Although Siem Reap’s fortunes are inextricably linked to Angkor Wat, the city also has a handful of places of interest, like a landmine museum and a Killing Fields sight similar to those found elsewhere in the country, including in the capital Phnom Penh. For most visitors, however, such attractions will always play second fiddle to Angkor Wat and its many surrounding temples, a site that surely ranks as one of the most impressive in the whole of Asia. Now that Cambodia is so accessible, it would not be surprising to see this famous Wat achieving the same recognition as the Taj Mahal and the Great Wall of China.

Along with Siem Reap’s recent rise in prominence have come increased transport links as airlines have queued up to fly to the city’s international airport. Asian budget airlines are beginning to join the tourism frenzy.

Siem Reap is excellently positioned within the country given its location very close to the Tonlé Sap Lake, the largest body of water in Cambodia. The lake empties into the river of the same name, passing through Phnom Penh before flowing out into the South China Sea close to Ho Chi Minh City in Vietnam. This means the city can be reached by boat from the Cambodian capital almost as quickly as it can by road.

Thanks to the high levels of foreign visitors, Siem Reap is a city that runs on three different currencies as is the case in Phnom Penh: the Cambodian rial, the Thai baht and the ubiquitous US dollar. The rial remains the least popular of the three but is handy for small purchases, of which there are usually many. Although Siem Reap does not boast much in the way of shopping malls and boutiques, a number of markets in the centre of the city are very popular, especially with tourists.

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Entertainment

Just as there are a wide variety of restaurants in Siem Reap thanks to the number of tourists passing through the town, there is also a large selection of bars and clubs. These range from quieter restaurants/bars to livelier clubs.

The best part of town when it comes to socialising is Psar Chaa (Old Market). Many of the town’s bar/restaurants and nightclubs are on this square. And if they’re not on the square they are within close proximity.

If you want to sample a slice of local culture, try and see some traditional ‘aspara’ performances. This is a customary type of dance and is very graceful. Performances are staged in various locations around the town.

Shoping

markets11If you want to do a little shopping, Psar Chas is very popular with tourists for its handicrafts and authentic Khmer feel. Central Market on the corner of Achamean street and Sivatha boulevard has more variety and sells clothes too. Buyers are free to haggle and sometimes proves to be a necessary endeavour as the first price quoted to you can be extremely inflated. Indeed, you will be expected to haggle, so stand firm and have fun.

Angkor Market is the plushest new shop in town stocking food and drink and a plethora of shops. The city can be expected to expand its repertoire of shopping venues in the next few years. While the restaurant and café scene has quickly caught up in the past decade after years of tourism inactivity, Siem Reap’s shops are struggling to meet international standards but are nonetheless charming and atmospheric.

If you’re into firing off semi-automatic weapons or taking things a little more sedately with a few holes of golf, Siem Reap will be able to keep you happy. Animal rides are also popular here whether it’s on the back of an elephant or a horse. Visitors can also enjoy a countryside tour just outside the city; which makes for a fascinating introduction to rural life and a slow-paced outdoor activity that won’t leave you sticky with sweat.

Countryside tours
Offered by numerous tour operators in the city, these tours usually take place on the road from Siem Reap to Tonlé Sap Lake. The excursions look at traditional Khmer life in the region so you’ll see a traditional village home, rice paddy fields and the odd water buffalo cooling itself off. Half-day tours and longer are available.

golfGolf
Managed by the Sofitel Resort, this charming golf club is Siem Reap’s first international standard course, meaning it’s sure to rise in popularity over the coming years. It’s a full 18-hole course that can be played at any time of year. There are also the other extras that usually come with golf clubs such as a pro-shop, driving range and putting range, not to mention a 19th hole.

horseHorseback Riding
As the name suggests, Happy Ranch International is a strictly international affair with foreign instructors at a good standard stable offering lessons and rides both within in the compound and on nearby trails. All equipment will be included in the price of your ride so just bring some appropriate attire and preferably some hard-wearing shoes. It’s a little bit out of the city on the road from Sivitha so make sure to check with a taxi driver that he knows where to go.

Shooting range
Just outside Siem Reap near Banteay Srei, is a shooting range which sells well among visiting tourists. You’ll get the chance to fire an M-16 or even a rocket launcher. It’s not cheap – in fact an afternoon of explosive entertainment will probably end up costing more than you bargained for, but if you like this sort of thing it’s hard to find anywhere else. Just don’t tell your travel insurance company.

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Emergency Numbers

One of the important Tourist destinations, Siem Reap is the capital of Sam Reap province. The city is located amidst sprawling greenery consisting of paddy fields, forests and farm houses. The famous Apsara Dance is one of the traditions of Siem Reap. Some of the well known spots of Sightseeing in Siem Reap are Terrace of the Leper King in Siem Reap, bird sanctuary, Tonle Sap Lake, Old Market Area, Angkor Archaeological Park and Angkor Wat. Travelers who wish to visit Siem Reap should take into account the Siem Reap Emergency Numbers for a secure stay.

The Emergency Numbers of Siem Reap, Cambodia are available at the Siem Reap Tourist Information Centers. Visitors and residents in need can use these numbers for help. The Siem Reap Emergency Numbers also prove handy to tourists who are new to the country. One of the main sections of the Emergency Numbers of Siem reap, Cambodia is the police station. Tourists can avail of the service of the police station for any help. The police station is located near the Angkor Archaeological Park. Visitors can call these numbers for help: 012-402424, 012-969991, 012-838768.

Hospitals are an important section in our lives. They fall under Siem Reap Health and Safety services. The hospitals form a major section in the Emergency Numbers in Siem Reap. There are plenty of hospitals and clinics in Siem Reap. Some of them are:

  • Angkor Hospital for Children- 063-963409
  • Pharmacy Kanya- 016-339724
  • Royal Angkor International Hospital- 063-761888
  • Siem Reap Provincial Hospital- 063-963111
  • Preah Dak Health Center-012-315-735
  • Siem Reap Health Center- 012-582-167
  • Banteay Srey Health Center- 012-639-630

Apart from these, there are other Siem Reap Emergency Numbers. Visitors may need these numbers for various purposes. Some of the important Emergency Numbers of Siem Reap, Cambodia are:

Fire- 063-760133, 012-784464, 012-967813
Tourist Center- - 011 30 30 30, 012 40 24 24, 016 40 24 24

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Health

Siem Reap is an important tourist destination in Cambodia. A lot of tourists visit the place every year. It is very close to the famous Angkor Wat Temple. Siem Reap is also the capital of the Siem Reap province. The Siem Reap Health and Safety services are of high standards which offer safety and security to the people.

Services of Health and Safety in Siem Reap look after the basic needs of the people. People can easily avail of the hospitals and clinics in case of diseases and accidents. The hospitals in Siem Reap offer modern facilities at low cost. The improvement in Siem Reap Health and Safety Services has led to the improvement in the average life expectancy of Siem Reap and low infant mortality rate.

The services of Health and Safety at Siem Reap constitute preventive healthcare, old age healthcare and emergency health care. Some of major healthcare centers are public hospitals, clinics, health centers and inoculation centers. The health-care workers are given extensive training in order improve the standard of Siem Reap Health and Safety. Some of the major hospitals in Siem Reap are:

Angkor Hospital for Children: It is one of the premier children hospitals in Siem Reap. It looks after preventive diseases and minor medical problems. Vaccination is provided.

Royal Angkor International Hospital: It offers high standard medical services. Facilities include 24 hour emergency, ambulance service and evacuation.

Siem Reap Provincial Hospital: It looks after infectious diseases and other health problems. Facilities offered are of modern standards.

Apart from these, some other well known hospitals in Siem Reap are:

  • Pharmacy Kanya
  • Banteay Srey Health Center
  • Jayavarman Children’s Hospital
  • Angkor Chum District Hospital
  • Preah Dak Health Center
  • Siem Reap Health Center

The services of Health and Safety in Siem Reap really make it a secure place to live in.

Safety in Cambodia is a major concern for travelers. This exotic destination has had some violent history, notably under the Khmer Rouge regime, brining some fear to travelers. Fortunately, the Khmer Rouge regime has long since vanished and is no longer a concern.

Siem Reap is probably the safest destination in Cambodia. It has become a tourist hotspot and caters accordingly.

Before even considering the issues you face, entry-requirements must first be understood. A passport is required of all nationals coming through Cambodia. Unlike many destinations however, a tourist Visa is also required. But also unlike most destinations, a tourist Visa can be obtained upon arrival, at the airport. They can even be downloaded online.

Food safety of course is an issue. Tap water is not safe in Cambodia and bottled water should be used at all times. Along these lines, make sure to eat thoroughly cooked foods.

Traffic can be quite crazy in the city; if you are concerned, steer clear of motorbike rentals! Taking a taxi or bus is your best bet.

Many tourists are concerned with the landmine issue. This is not a threat in Siem Reap; it is mainly only a problem along Cambodia's border.

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Getting There

Siem Reap is still a small town at heart and easy enough to navigate in an hour or two. The centre is around Psar Chaa (Old Market), the administrative district along the western bank of the river, while accommodation is spread throughout town. National Hwy 6 (NH6) cuts across the northern part of the town, passing Psar Leu (Main Market) in the east of town, the Royal Residence and the Grand Hotel d'Angkor in the centre, before heading west out to the airport and beyond. Stung Siem Reap (Siem Reap River) flows north-south through the centre of town, and has enough bridges that you won't have to worry too much about being stranded on the wrong side. Like Phnom Penh, however, street numbering is haphazard to say the least, so take care when hunting down specific addresses. Angkor Wat and Angkor Thom are only 6km (4mi) and 8km (5mi) north of town respectively, while the Roluos Group of temples is 13km (8mi) east along NH6.

car hireGetting There
There are direct international flights to/from Siem Reap to Thailand, Laos, Vietnam, Malaysia and Singapore. Demand is high during peak season, so book in advance. Siem Reap International Airport is 7km (4mi) from the town centre. Many hotels have a free airport pick-up service. Official taxis are also available. Buses and share taxis usually drop passengers off at the taxi park about 2km (1.3mi) east of the town centre, from where it is a short moto (small motorcycle with driver) ride to nearby guesthouses or hotels. There are daily express boat services connecting Siem Reap with Phnom Penh and Battambang. Boats leave from the floating village of Chong Kneas.

The roads to Phnom Penh (now surfaced) and west to Thailand and Battambang (still rough in patches) are served by air-con buses and share taxis.

motorbike rentalGetting Around
The town is mostly flat, so bicycles are a fun way to get around. Some guesthouses rent bicycles, as do shops around Psar Chaa (Old Market). Most hotels can also organise car hire. Foreigners aren't allowed to rent motorcycles in Siem Reap, but you can bring one from Phnom Penh.

(motorbikes with drivers) are available for trips around town. It's best to negotiate a price before setting off. Remorque motos - sweet little motorbikes with carriages - are a nice way for couples to get about Siem Reap.

Siem Reap the capital of Siem Reap province in Cambodia is a major tourist destination of the nation. Set amidst in the picturesque background of rice and paddy fields, fishing villages, silk farms and forests Getting to Siem Reap is easy as the city is well connected by air, road and boat.

By air:
Getting to Siem Reap by air is convenient way as many international destinations operate flights to the city. Seoul, Laos, Kuala Lumpur, Singapore, Taiwan, Bangkok etc have direct flights to and from Siem Reap.

By Road:
One can get to Siem Reap through land also. One can reached to the city from Bangkok via Aranyaprathet / Poipet border crossings. You can also travel to Siem Reap from Phnom Penh by means of bus.

By Boat:
Getting to Siem Reap by ferry services is another notable option. Through the way of Tonle Sap Lake one can reach the city from Phnom Penh. There are also services from Battambang.

Public Transport

Options for getting around Siem Reap, Angkor and the surrounding area are fairly limited but are often fun.

bicycle rentalGetting around on foot remains one of the best ways to get around as although the city is rapidly expanding outwards it is still small enough to be navigated on foot. Walking is also a possibility when it comes to reaching Angkor Wat but the journey takes about an hour and a half from the city followed by lots more walking around the temples themselves so only the fit and hardy are likely to consider this option.

Tuk-tuks are readily available around all parts of the city. Private motorbike owners will also offer foreign tourists rides as a way of making a bit of extra foreign currency even if a trip is usually no more than US$1.

mountain bikingForeign tourists are not permitted to ride motorcycles themselves in Siem Reap. Instead, it is possible to hire a motorbike with a rider, an absolute bargain even if your clothes are likely to be caked in dust afterwards.

For a slower-paced way to get round the city, hire a bicycle, a popular method for getting to and from Angkor Wat from Siem Reap and travelling around the temples once you’re there. Other ways to get around Angkor include elephant and horse rides, which can be arranged at the temple complex once you get there.

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