Welcome to Siem Reap
Welcome to Siem Reap - The city of the “Temples of Angkor”
The proximity of the Angkorian ruins turned Siem Reap into a boomtown. Huge, expensive hotels have sprung up everywhere and budget hotels have mushroomed. The tourism has become a vast, lucrative industry. Though some of the town's previous ramshackle charm may have been lost the developments of the last few years have brought livelihoods, if not significant wealth, to a good number of its citizens. This has been at a cost to the underprivileged people living within and beyond the town's limits that now pay inflated prices at the central markets and continue to survive on poorly paid subsistence farming and fishing.
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The liveliest areas in Siem Reap after dark are Pub Street, the Old Market area, the alley and lane off Pub Street, and the Night Market area. No matter what your taste, for both drinking and dining, there are many venues to choose from for a fun evening out. From intimate and stylish places for a quiet cocktail, to Khmer disco type paces with very loud music, to bars with very attentive ladies, there is something for everyone.
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.
As one might expect, the focus for most visitors to Siem Reap are the ancient temples of Angkor, visiting the great Tonle Sap Lake, and other daytime activities. Another major attractions is Siem Reap. The site of some of her cinematic adventures. Another important temple is Angkor Wat. The temple is one of the largest monuments to religion ever built and is truly one the wonders of the world.
Standard time zone : UTC/GMT +6 hours.
The city has a tropical climate - warm and humid. In the monsoon season, abundant rain allows for the cultivation of a wide variety of crops. 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.
Getting around Siem Reap is incredibly easy, a lot easier than getting around Phnom Penh that's for sure. Taxis or tuk-tuks is a fun way to travel around Siem Reap and unlike Phnom Penh, a lot of the drivers know English. Don't forget the most important thing about travelling around anywhere in Cambodia and Siem Reap : make sure that you agree to a price before you travel with a moto guy or taxi driver.