The life-support system and gateway for the temples of Angkor, Siem Reap was always destined for great things. Visitors come here to see the temples, of course, but there is plenty to do in and around the city when you’re templed out. Siem Reap has reinvented itself as the epicentre of chic Cambodia, with everything from backpacker party pads to hip hotels, world-class wining and dining across a range of cuisines, sumptuous spas, great shopping, local tours to suit both foodies and adventurers, and a creative cultural scene that includes Cambodia’s leading circus.
Traveling to Siem Reap, which translates to “defeat of Siam,” is for those looking for a real adventure and unrivaled beauty. Located in northwestern Cambodia, this colorful city has been a popular tourist destination for decades and is known for its many historical and religious sites, French cultural influences and rich, multi-faceted local culture.
Visitors are invited to explore Siem Reap’s many temples and to take the city home in the form of handcrafted jewelry and décor or unforgettable moments.
Things Not to Miss in Siem Reap: explore Baphuon and Angkor Wat, two massive Buddhist temples built in the 11th and 12th centuries, respectively; visit Siem Reap and spend the day at the Cambodian Cultural Village, an EPCOT-like theme park and museum featuring miniature villages representing the many local cultures in Cambodia; traverse Siem Reap’s freshwater lake, Tonlé Sap, and visit the floating villages that dot this massive body of water; tour the ruins of Angkor Thom, the former capital of the Khmer empire, and explore the ancient city’s many structures; shop and eat at the Made In Cambodia Market, where vendors only sell items made in their native country.