Siem Reap Travel Guide


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    Siem Reap has been a major tourist hub in Cambodia. This is mainly because of the Khmer Empire’s influence in the province. Many architectural sites and attractions, such as the Ankor Wat, shows Cambodia’s rich cultural heritage. In addition, there are also many other architectural sites to explore...

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Hotels in Siem Reap (246 Hotels) See All Siem Reap Hotels

  • Angkor Spirit Palace Hotel

    Including Artisans d'Angkor, Lotus Dream Spa & Massage and Siem Reap Crocodile Farm comfortably found in the vicinity of the three star hotel, Angkor Spirit Palace Hotel;...

  • Park Hyatt Siem Reap

    Park Hyatt Siem Reap is one of the best, premium places to remain in Siem Reap. Nicely placed close to Angkor Travels day trips, Siem Reap Private Tours and Angkor Guide ...

  • Karavansara Retreat

    Including Royal Residence, Angkor United Tour - Private Day Tours and Happy Painting Gallery conveniently placed near the three and half star hotel, Karavansara Retreat; ...

  • Sonalong Boutique Village & Resort

    With Antanue Spa, Angkor Best Driver - Day Tours and Royal Residence readily found in the vicinity of the three star hotel, Sonalong Boutique Village & Resort; this hotel...

Things To Do in Siem Reap See All Things To Do in Siem Reap

  • Angkor Wat

    Angkor Wat was first a Hindu, then subsequently, a Buddhist temple complex in Cambodia and the larg...

    Attractions, Historical Sites, Arts and Culture, Landmarks and Points Of Interest
  • Angkor Archaeological Park

    Angkor Archaeologica...

    Treng Village , Slor...

    Attractions, Landmarks and Points Of Interest, Historical Sites
  • Ta Prohm

    Ta Prohm is the modern name of the temple at Angkor, Siem Reap Province, Cambodia, built in the Bayo...

    Attractions, Historical Sites
  • Lotus Farm By Samatoa

    Lotus Farm By Samato...

    Road to Phnom Krom

    Attractions, Landmarks and Points Of Interest

About Siem Reap

Siem Reap has been a major tourist hub in Cambodia. This is mainly because of the Khmer Empire’s influence in the province. Many architectural sites and attractions, such as the Ankor Wat, shows Cambodia’s rich cultural heritage. In addition, there are also many other architectural sites to explore.

Temples

If visitors go around town, one can find that temples are abundant in the area. The temples, commonly known as “wats” in Cambodia and neighboring countries of Laos and Thailand, often has ancient structures worth exploring. Some temples also have fascinating facades and interiors.

Angkor Wat, the most iconic temple in Cambodia, is also the biggest religious monument in the world. The temple became the symbol of Cambodia. It is in fact, appearing in the country’s national flag. King Yasodharapura originally built the Angkor Wat for Hindu worship; however, it subsequently became a Buddhist temple.

Another interesting temple is the Wat Preah Prom Rath. This temple exists for more than 500 hundred years. It is well visited due to its lotus themed architecture and the Buddha images inside. Another must-see structure inside the temple is the reclining Buddha. The structure is simple massive in appearance. Legend has it that it was carved from the wooden boat of monk who tried to cross a lake but had his boat cut by a shark.

Other temples in the area include Wat Kesakaran in the north, Wat Damnak in the southeast part, the white colored Wat Po Lanka, Wat Preah Enkosa, Wat Prohm Rath and the orange colored Wat Preah Enkosei.

Angkor Archaeological Park

The Angkor Archaeological Park houses the massive Angkor Wat. Apart from this structure, the park also encompasses the equally grand temple, Angkor Thom. To the east, one can find the Little Circuit. To the north and extending far east is the Big Circuit. The Rolous Group is a group of ruins believed to be older than Angkor itself. Other outlying temples include the Banteay Srey, Kbal Spean, Beng Mealea, and Phnom Krom.

Khmer Food

Khmer food is often described as similar to Thai food minus the spices. Locals eat rice as staple. They are also fond of eating noodles, soups, curry and stir fried noodles.

One of the traditional Khmer food is the Samlor Kako, a thick vegetable soup that contains a unique ingredient known as prahok (fermented fish cheese). Another popular dish is H’mok. It is usually steamed fish (but can also be chicken or chopped meat) seasoned with spices and coconut milk. The fish is covered in leaves then steamed.

For those who are a little adventurous when it comes to food, many night markets in Siem Reap offer exotic dishes such as fried crickets, spider and red ants. Most of Siem Reap’s (and the rest of Cambodia) dessert have coconut cream in them. Some example includes the Boua Loy, which are balls made from glutinous rice. The balls are filled with yellow mung bean paste. It is then served with syrup made of coconut cream and ginger. The dessert is then topped with sesame seeds.

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