Siem Reap is the most favorite destination of tourists from around the world who turn to Cambodia to satisfy their taste of exploring the most ancient and well-preserved wonders of the region. All those, who are familiar with the world-famous Angkor Wat, and especially those who are interested in
witnessing the ancient wonder for themselves, would be familiar with the name of Siem Reap as well.
Siem Reap is the gateway to the Angkor Wat, and so is the official nickname of the city: The Great Gate to Angkor. Yes, if you visit Cambodia to see the Angkor Wat, your camping site will surely be Siem Reap.
Siem Reap is located in the North Western part of Cambodia, and is the capital of the Siem Reap province. It is not far from the Great Lake or the Tonle Sap, which is an attraction in its own right, and is located just next to the site of Angkor, which is home to the Angkor Wat.
You can easily find flights to the city from the Cambodian capital or the major flight destinations in the region. Siem Reap, understandably, is the most favorite tourist destination in Columbia and offers hotels, spas and restaurants in good numbers, which include five-star rated accommodation.
Siem Reap also features an international airport, which means that the city can be your center of activity on your trip to Cambodia, as you can land right at the gates of the Angkor Wat, with the best amenities available in the country for the tourists. Siem Reap features a number of attractions within the city, so that you can catch all the action right away.
For those, who cannot resist the historical and archaeological mystique that shrouds Cambodia, the Angkor National Museum in the city offers the perfect start of their exploration. The museum offers a very good understanding for everyone who is interested to learn more about the archaeological wonders of the Angkor Wat and the Angkor Empire period.
Apart from the Angkor Wat, the 12th century royal city of Angkor Thom also holds a great significance and is a major tourist attraction. Angkor Thom was the last major city of the Khmer Empire and you can find the Khmer emperor Bayon Temple, built by Khmer Emperor Jayavarman VII, in the complex, apart from several other attractions such as the Baphuon pyramid temple, the Phimeanakas temple, the Elephant terraces and the nearby Ta Prohm.
Siem Reap does not only hold in itself attractions that pertain to the ancient Angkor period, but also offers a lot of other activities that can keep tourists engaged and entertained. The city offers Psar Chaa, which is a marketplace where you can collect plenty of souvenirs to remind you of this beautiful city.
Furthermore, you can enjoy evening shows, especially the Apsara dances in the local hotels and theaters to entertain you for the evening. Siem Reap can also offer you the perfect starting point to explore the rest of the country with attractions such as the Vietnamese Floating Village in Tonle Sap and the beaches near Sihanoukville to the south of Cambodia.