Siem Reap Attractions

Overview of Siem Reap province

Siem Reap province is located in northwest Cambodia. It is the major tourist hub in Cambodia, as it is the closest city to the world famous temples of Angkor (the Angkor temple complex is north of the city). The provincial capital is also called Siem Reap and is located in the South of the province on the shores of the Tonle Sap Lake, It is fully with tourist attractions site. The greatest sweet water reserve in whole Southeast Asia. The name of the city literally means Siamese defeated, referring to the victory of the Khmer Empire over the army of the Thai kingdom in the 17th century.

Introduction to Siem Reap City
Siem Reap province is located in northwest Cambodia. It is the major tourist hub in Cambodia, as it is the closest city to the world famous temples of Angkor (the Angkor temple complex is north of the city). The provincial capital is also called Siem Reap and is located in the South of the province on the shores of the Tonle Sap Lake, the greatest sweet water reserve in whole Southeast Asia. The name of the city literally means Siamese defeated, referring to the victory of the Khmer Empire over the army of the Thai kingdom in the 17th century.

At the turn of the millennium Siem Reap was a Cambodian provincial town with few facilities, minor surfaced roads and little in the way of nightlife. Tourism industry catered largely to hardy backpackers willing to brave the tortuous road from the Thai border on the tailgate of a local pick-up truck. There were a couple of large hotels and a handful of budget guesthouses. Tuk-tuks and taxis were non-existent and the trusty motodup was the chosen means of touring the temples of Angkor.

The proximity of the Angkorian ruins turned Siem Reap into a boomtown in less than half a decade. Huge, expensive hotels …

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Siem Reap Geography
Siem Reap province is 10,299 square kilometres big and definitely one of the most famous ones in Cambodia. It’s located in the Northwest of the country bordering to the North with Oddor Meanchey, to the East with Preah Vihear and Kampong Thom, to the West with Banteay Meanchey and to the South with the biggest sweet water reserve in Southeast Asia, the huge Tonle Sap Lake.

The province in general, especially in the Southern part consists of the typical plain wet area for Cambodia, covering lots of rice fields and other agricultural plantations. The northern part is turning into an undulating area covered with some deeper, green forests. A quite distinguished mark of Siem Reap Province is the smaller, but important Siem Reap River. It rises from Phnom Kulen, meanders through the northern part of Siem Reap Province and eventually into the Tonle Sap …

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Siem Reap Weather & Climates
The country has a tropical climate – warm and humid. In the monsoon season, abundant rain allows for the cultivation of a wide variety of crops. This year-round tropical climate makes Cambodia ideal for developing tourism. Travellers need not to fear natural disasters such as erupting volcanoes or earthquakes, and the country is not directly affected by tropical storms.

Climate: Cambodia can be visited throughout the year. However, those plans to travel extensively by road should be avoided the last two months of the rainy season when some countryside roads may be impassable. The average temperature is about 27 degrees Celsius; the minimum temperature is about 16 degrees. December and January are the coolest months, whereas the hottest is April. General information about the provincial climate:- Cool season: November- March (23-29c)

- Hot season: March- May (27c -37c)
- Rainy season: May – October (24-33c, with humidity up to …

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Siem Reap Population
The current population in this province is about 903,030 people or 6.3% of the country’s total population (14,363,519 person in Cambodia, 2007, provincial government data), with 440,395 male and 462,635 female. The population density is therefore 87,7 people per square …

 

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Siem Reap Economy
Generally spoken Siem Reap Province is all in all economically focusing on the foreign tourism due to the famous Angkor Temples. Since of the year 2000 the economical growth rate is gaining double-digits. It’s all sub-sectors such as hotels, restaurants, bars, entertainment places and transportation to profit from the annual influx of tourists, which was in 2007 more than 1,000,000 people.

Except the tourism sector the provincial economy was and still is growing due to the enforced fishery. Thousands of tons are annually exported to other provinces within the country or outside Cambodia. Farming and fruit cropping has probably become a minor profitable sector, but is still done by the vast poor rural population, who are the underdogs regarding the annual provincial …

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How to get to Siem Reap

The way to get to Siem Reap – Angkor Wat

The majority of visitors to Siem Reap arrive by air from Phnom Penh and Bangkok. There are also regular flights from Singapore, Ho Chi Minh City and Vientiane. See the airline list below. Visas are available on arrival at the Siem Reap and Phnom Penh airports. From Phnom Penh, there are also daily boats and buses going to Siem Reap. Some visitors make their way to Siem Reap overland from Thailand via the Aranyaprathet/Poipet border crossing.

Siem Reap: Arrival and Departure

Airport Departure and Arrival Tax: Domestic: US$6. International: US$25 Siem Reap Airport: The airport sits 6km from town, close to the temples, occasionally affording spectacular views of Angkor Wat during landings and take offs. Outside the terminal is a ticket booth for registered taxis into town. Independent taxis and motorcycles wait just outside the airport. The price is the same for both: motorcycles are $2 and cars are $6-7 into town. Most hotels offer free transportation from the airport but you must notify them in advance of your arrival.

Siem Reap Ferry Dock:

The ferry to Siem Reap arrives at Chong Khneas near Phnom …

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What to see in Siem Reap
As enthralling as the temples of Angkor may be, there are lots of other things to see and do around Siem Reap. Seeing a bit of Cambodia away from the temples can help avert ‘temple-burnout’ and round out your Cambodian experience as well as help Cambodia by taking some tourist pressure off of the temples and spreading the tourism dollars a bit more widely.

In addition to the following suggestions, check out the sections on visiting the Tonle Sap Lake and bird sanctuary, attending a traditional dance performance, going on a helicopter, balloon and Angkor elephant rides, traditional markets, Angkor Night Market and good causes. Also see Volunteer opportunities and Charitable Organizations: All Cambodia for more information. Fort more ideas on other things to do around Siem Reap see the NGO-based Stay Another Day …

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Where to eat in Siem Reap
There is no shortage of restaurants in Siem Reap. They have been opening steadily over the past couple of years. Siem Reap offers an excellent variety of restaurants. Shinta Mani and Hotel Grand D’Angkor lead the fine dining category though there are several places offering excellent cuisine in a stylish, refined atmosphere. There are also plenty of moderately priced Cambodian and international restaurants. Almost every restaurant offers Cambodian food. For the budget minded, check out the inexpensive Chinese places at the south end of Sivatha Blvd. or the local food stalls and noodle cookshops next to Phsar Char (Old Market).
Dinner Theater:

Attending a traditional dance performance is a must when visiting Cambodia. Several restaurants offer dinner performances. Nightly performances: Angkor Village Hotel, Apsara Theater, Kulen II, Angkor Mondial, Chao Pra Ya, Tonle Mekong, and Tonle Sap. Some restaurants, such as the Dead Fish Tower, offer traditional music during the dinner hour. Shadow puppetry can be seen at Bayon 1 and La Noria Hotel. You can book the Apsara Dancing Show with us here:

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Where to Stay in Siem Reap
Siem Reap has an ever-growing number of hotel and guesthouse rooms, and a variety that is wide enough to satisfy all tastes and requirements. Though staying right in the middle of town is a bit more convenient to the Old Market and Sivatha road area, the town is relatively small making any location almost equally convenient as any other.

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Siem Reap Boutique Hotels

There are now several four and five-star hotels in town, especially along the airport road. Less expensive mid-range rooms with a/c, cable TV, and hot water are available in a variety of styles and look and begin at about $15 or $20 but average $25 – $60. More expensive usually means newer, more stylish rooms, and more hotel services. Budget guesthouses, usually family-run, cost $2-$10 a night. Dozens of budget places are scattered across town, with a concentration in the Wat Bo and Taphul Village areas. Almost all guesthouses and hotels can arrange anything a tourist might need including tours, …

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Shopping in Siem Reap
Siem Reap is an excellent place to buy Cambodian souvenirs, handicrafts, textiles and art. Only Phnom Penh offers a comparable selection, but much of what is available in Siem Reap is unique to Siem Reap. Until recently, the Old Market (Phsar Chas) and vendors at the temples were the only places to buy souvenirs. Over the last few of years there has been a small boom of new shops, galleries and boutiques, offering a more varied selection of quality handicrafts and silks as well as original artistic creations – paintings, prints, carvings and such.

The Old Market still has the widest variety of souvenirs, as well as the best selection of items such as baskets, silver work and musical instruments. It also offers an interesting local ambiance, but the boutiques, galleries and specialty shops offer generally higher quality items and a more sophisticated selection of Cambodian products. Of particular interest are the traditional craft workshops and silk farms where you can see crafts in the making as well as buy the final product.

When purchasing local crafts, be selective in your purchase as there might also be some fakes. Most of the crafts, particularly the …

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Siem Reap Tourist Attractions

 

Angkor Wat Temple Tours

Angkor Wat Temple Tours, Angkor Wat is the largest Hindu temple complex in the world, situated at Angkor, Cambodia, …

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Bayon Temple Trips

The Bayon vies with Angkor Wat the favorite monument of visitors. the two evoke similar aesthetic responses yet are …

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Banteay Srei Tours

Discover the awe-inspiring sights of Cambodia. Highlights include the magnificent temple complex at Angkor Wat, as well …

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Siem Reap Quad Bike Adventure

Siem Reap Quad Bike Adventure brings you to the authentic and unique beaauty of Cambodia which is hidden and unexposed to the world​ …

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Angkor Silk Farm

The Angkor Silk farm offers free guided tours of the process from the mulberry bushes cultivation to the production of silk fabrics and accessories …

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Artisans d’Angkor Siem Reap

The art of Khmer sculpture and lacquer work originates from the glorious Angkor era. It comes in a great variety of …

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Siem Reap Art Center Market

Siem Reap Art Center (SAC) recently opening in 2011, Siem Reap Art Center’s become one of the’must’ night shopping …

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Angkor Horse Riding

Enjoy half hour to half day explorations through Siem Reap’s surrounding countryside and temples on horseback. The …

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Siem Reap Pub Street

Siem Reap offers a wide range of eating and drinking options with new businesses at all price ranges opening almost …

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Sun Set at Phnom Bakheng

Sunset watching is always a fun thing to do, especially when traveling. But at Angkor Wat, watching the sun going down …

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Cambodian Cultural Village

Cambodian Cultural Village situated in Siem Reap province along the road number 6 distanced 3 Km from International …

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Cambodia Helicopter Tours

Whether your requirements are charter flights, VIP or government traval, transfers,mining operations support, property …

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Kompong Phluk Floating Village

Kampong Phluk is a cluster of three villages of stilted houses built within the floodplain about 16 km southeast of …

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Kampong Khleang Cambodia

Kampong Khleang is located on the northern lake-edge about 35 km east of Siem Reap town, more remote and less touristed …

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Angkor National Museum

Angkor National Museum is a profound cultural landmark in Siem Reap placing in the area of 20,000 Sq.m. which combined …

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Cambodia Landmine Museum

The Land Mine Museum is run by Aki Ra, a former Khmer Rouge child soldier and landmine layer. He started off by turning …

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Kbal Spean

Kbal Spean or Bridge Head is an Angkorian era archaeological site on the southwest slopes of the Kulen Hills to the …

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Banteay Srey Butterfly Centre

The Banteay Srey Butterfly Centre (BBC) is a new tourist attraction for Siem Reap Province featuring a live display of …

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Terrace of the Elephants

The Terrace of the Elephants is part of the walled city of Angkor Thom, a ruined temple complex in Cambodia. The …

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Srah Srang Sunset Secret

Picturesque baray opposite the east entrance of Banteay Kdei. Originally constructed by the same architect that built …

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Ta Prohm Temple (Tomb Raider)

Ta Prohm is the modern name of a temple at Angkor, Siem Reap Province, Cambodia, built in the Bayon style largely in …

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Kravan Temple Secret Tours

Kravan Temple is a small 10th century temple consisting of five reddish brick towers on a common terrace, located at …

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Angkor Elephant Rides

Angkor Elephant Rides, Instead of walking around Angkor Thom, why not let an elephant take you around? During the day …

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Apsara Dancing Show

Most dance performances in Siem Reap offer a mixture of Classical and Theatrical Folk dances. A few venues offer Shadow …

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Gondola Sunset Boat Rides

Angkor Gondola Boat Rides is an unique khmer traditional boats services in Siem Reap-Angkor. We strive to offer the …

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Cambo Carving Siem Reap

We have a huge selection of wooden and stone carvings, silver and silk …

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Angkor Night Market

Angkor Night Market was established last 2007 at that time there’s no night market in the whole country of Cambodia. The market founders were careful not to create a tourist park as in often case …

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Cambodia Shooting Range

Our large shooting range is distance of 25 meters with a capacity that will fit more than 20 people to shoot all at …

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Crocodile Farm Siem Reap

Crocodile Farm, Siem Reap is one of the most popular tourist attractions in Siem Reap. The crocodile farm is located on …

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Balloon Ride over Angkor View

Enjoy The Siem Reap Balloon Rides with your eye view of Angkor and its historical landmarks as you sail with the clouds …

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Siem Reap Museam War

The Siem Reap War Museum is located on National Route No 6 near the Cambodian Cultural Village. Coming from Siem Reap …

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Phnom Kulen Waterfall

Rather than a hill range, Phnom Kulen is an isolated chain of small mountain plateaux of moderate height lying south of …

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Smile of Angkor Grand Show

Explore the Legendary Dynasty of One thousand Years Ago. Smile of Angkor is the first grand epic show that revives the …

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Prek Toal – Bird Sanctuary

Cambodia’s Great Lake, the Boeung Tonle Sap (Tonle Sap Lake,) is the most prominent feature on the map of Cambodia – a …

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Chong Kneas Floating Village

Chong Khneas is the floating village at the edge of the lake closest and most accessible to Siem Reap. If you want a …

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Tonle Sap Great Lake

For most of the year the lake is fairly small, around one meter deep and with an area of 2,700 square km. During the …

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Beng Mealea Temple Tours

Beng Mealea is a temple in the Angkor Wat style located 40 km east of the main group of temples at Angkor, Cambodia, on …

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Angkor Golf Resort

Angkor Golf Resort in Siem Reap, Cambodia (April 10): Sir Nick Faldo and Angkor Golf Resort have teamed up once again …

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Sky Venture Microlights

Just 15 minutes over Cambodian countryside and around The Roluos Group of Temples including the magnificent Bakong …

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Khmer Ceramics Centre

The Khmer Ceramic Centre in Siem Reap is dedicated to the renaissance and appreciation of the lost art of Khmer …

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Osmose Bird Sanctuary

Osmose Ecotours and Community Based Tours of the Prek Toal Bird Sanctuary, flooded forest and floating villages of the …

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Preah Khan Discovery Tours

Preah Khan Temple, sometimes transliterated as Prah Khan, is a temple at Angkor, Cambodia, built in the 12th century …

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Sam Veasna Center (Bird Watch)

Sam Veasna Center in partnership with Wildlife Conservation Society (WCS) organises trips to key bird sites across …

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Wat Bo Pagoda, Siem Reap

Wat Bo Pagoda is one of the oldest pagodas in Siem Reap, Cambodia and has a number of well-preserved wall paintings …

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