This Cambodian city borders the fascinating Angkor Archaeological Park, making it a must-stop location on any Southeast Asian trip.
Siem Reap is one ofCambodia’s premier tourist destinations, thanks to its central location andabundance of cultural activities.
Nicknamed the “Great Gate to Angkor”, the city is best known for itsclose proximity to Angkor Archaeological Park, which is less than 4 miles (6kilometers) away. This is the site of the ancient Khmer Empire, whichruled during the ninth to 15th centuries. Ruins of the ancient city arescattered throughout the park.
Angkor Wat Temple and Bayon Temple are the focal pointsof the area. Both are covered with intricate carvings and are beautifullypreserved. Get your camera out at Ta Prohm Temple; the trees growinginto the structure make it a prime photography spot. You can easily access thearchaeological park from Siem Reap on a tour bus, bicycle or tuk-tuk. Withinthe park, you can even rent an elephant to get around.
The city of Siem Reap does have charms of its own as well. Be sureto enjoy some of the local cuisine. Many of the restaurants feature outdoorseating so that you can relax on the patio for the afternoon while savoring aKhmer curry. End your evening in the Red Lantern District, Siem Reap’s centralnightlife area. Venues here range from pubs offering cheap jugs of beer, tovintage-style bars serving inventive cocktails.
Siem Reap is packed with day spas, where you can get traditionaltreatments and massages to unwind after a day of exploring.
Fill your suitcase with handmade goods that you can find at thestreet markets. The area specialises in silk and it’s hard to resist thegorgeous fabrics, robes, and home items that vendors sell.
Siem Reap International Airport has daily arrivals and departures fromall over the world. Visitors can also get buses into the city from Vietnam,Thailand, and Laos. Many people opt to rent a taxi from the border of Cambodiaif they’re doing a multiple country tour.