Siem Reap is the gateway to Angkor Wat, the millenium-old temple ruins of the Khmer Empire. Set along the Siem Reap River, this small provincial capital boasts hundreds of sightseeing opportunities such as well-preserved colonial buildings, museums, traditional markets, and cultural performances. Following its rapid growth, the lively town offers all the facilities expected by experienced world travelers.

There's plenty of restaurants serving authentic Khmer, Asian, European, and western fare while its vibrant nightlife scene is ideal for bar-hopping and partying with like-minded travelers until dawn. As Cambodia's unofficial tourism capital, Siem Reap offers a wide range accommodations options, from quaint guesthouses and boutique hotels to sprawling 5-star resorts with ample recreational facilities. Here’s everything you need to know about Siem Reap.

What to see & do in Siem Reap

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Our list of Siem Reap attractions shows that there's plenty of things to see and do aside from exploring iconic Angkor Wat temple. Siem Reap is relatively easy to get around thanks to the abundance of minivans, motorcycle taxis, and remok (Cambodian tuk-tuk) near prominent attractions. Angkor Archeological Park is about 6 km from downtown Siem Reap, where you can explore its iconic temples on foot, bicycle, or even eco-friendly electric...

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Where & what to eat in Siem Reap

Siem Reap restaurants appeal to just about any traveler, offering authentic Khmer delicacies and well-executed international cuisine at affordable prices. Siem Reap's dining scene has undergone tremendous growth throughout the years. Expat-owned restaurants are set within Pub Street, where you can enjoy French, American, Italian, Japanese and Thai dishes as well as imported wines, beers, and tropical cocktails until late. Of course, no trip to Siem Reap is complete without sampling...

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Where to shop & what to buy in Siem Reap

The Siem Reap shopping scene proves that there's more to this quaint town than temple ruins and historical landmarks. As a tourist-friendly town, Siem Reap’s retail offerings mostly comprise Cambodian craftsmanship such as stone carvings, silverware, lacquer figurines, ceramics, and silks. Trendy fashion boutiques, art galleries, and fair-trade centres are conveniently set within central Siem Reap, where you can shop for authentic and value-for-money handicrafts, jewelry, and apparel. You can also...

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Where to go & what to do at night in Siem Reap

Siem Reap's nightlife scene comprises lively bars, cocktail lounges, international restaurants and vibrant nightclubs that often stay open until 4am. For backpackers, Pub Street in downtown Siem Reap is ideal for bar-hopping with like-minded travelers as its numerous bars are easily accessible on foot while unique cocktails and beers cost only US$1 (or less) during happy hour. There are also plenty of hotels with rooftop bars, lounges and pubs serving imported...

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