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Siem Reap

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street in Siem Reap
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Location Type: Destination
As the gateway to Angkor Archaeological Park, Siem Reap has been transformed into a bustling town.


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  • Angkor Wat is ALL about the temples - they're absolutely breathtaking. If the 10th most impressive temple in Angkor Wat was in another country, it would be a major tourist attraction. (tip: James)
  • Angkor Wat - just can’t put into words how magical this place is and Siam Reap has loads more Temples to go and see also it has a Lake that has a whole village on it including a school and police station that float a must see and eat the fresh shrimp from the lake with a nice cold beer. In Siam reap town have some realy good bars and restaurants to go and see 2 famous ones are the Piano Bar and Angkor What? (tip: Rob)
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Wikipedia - Siem Reap

Siem Reap at night
Siem Reap at night

The City of Siem Reap is the capital city of Siem Reap Province in northwestern Cambodia, and is the gateway to Angkor.
Siem Reap has colonial and Chinese-style architecture in the Old French Quarter, and around the Old Market. In the city, there are traditional Apsara dance performances, craft shops, silk farms, rice-paddy countryside, fishing villages and a bird sanctuary near the Tonle Sap Lake.
Siem Reap today, being a popular tourist destination, has a large number of hotels and restaurants. Most smaller establishments are concentrated around the Old Market area, while more expensive hotels are located between Siem Reap-Angkor International Airport and the town along National Road 6. There are a variety of mid-range hotels and restaurants along Sivatha, and mid budget to mid-range hotels in the Phsar Leu area. ... read more

Wikitravel - Siem Reap

Kampong Phluck, Siem Reap
Kampong Phluck

The name Siem Reap literally means "Siam Defeated". These days, however, the only rampaging hordes are the tourists heading to the Angkor Archaeological Park. This once quaint village has become the largest boomtown and construction site in Cambodia. It is quite laid-back and a pleasant place to stay while touring the temples. It is a nice compromise between observing Cambodian life and enjoying the amenities of modern services and entertainment, thanks to a large expatriate community. Since Siem Reap is a major tourist destination, prices in some instances are higher than elsewhere in Cambodia. Expect to receive almost constant offers for motodop and tuk-tuk rides, along with everything else which drivers may be able to offer to you. ... read more

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