Siem Reap, Cambodia

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Gateway to Angkor Wat temple complex

Siem Reap is a city in the north-west of Cambodia, on approximately the same latitude as Bangkok in Thailand but further east, and it the gateway to the amazing temple complex of Angkor Wat.

The city of Siem Reap is quite small and very laid back, existing mainly as a base for tourists visiting the ancient Khmer temples of Angkor, once the capital of the Khmer empire from the 9th to the 12th centuries. But we’ll cover Angkor Wat itself in another post.

Here’s a vignette of Siem Reap to hold this spot while we write a full destination guide for this city.

Map of Siem Reap
Tourist map of Siem Reap showing the layout of the city
Pub Street, Siem Reap
Pub Street is where the main activities are in the evenings in Siem Reap
city centre Siem Reap
During the day, tuk tuks wait to take tourists out to the temple complex on tours
Pub Street Siem Reap
At night, Pub Street is the place where people gather to eat and party
Art market in Siem Reap
After dinner take a walk around the art market
fish feet siem reap
After a long day walking around the temples, relax with a fish foot spa!
Siem Reap night market is a great place to shop for clothes and souvenirs
Siem Reap night market is a great place to shop for clothes and souvenirs
If you have time, try to get a tour to Kampong Kleang floating village
If you have time, try to get a tour to Kampong Kleang floating village
Park Hyatt Siem Reap
The Park Hyatt is a great place to stay in Siem Reap, from around US$340 a night
Angkor Village Resort
Angkor Village Resort in Siem Reap is a cheaper but still nice option from US$120 a night
Golden Temple Villa Siem Reap
The Golden Temple Hotel in Siem Reap is an awesome option at around US$120 a night