Siem Reap is best known as the gateway to Angkor, the now famous World Heritage-listed complex of over 400 ancient temples. However this town has much more to offer; the rapid development driven by the tourism sector is making Siem Reap a very unique and interesting destination.
The rural areas surrounding the town offer incredible sights and a perfect environment for visitors to interact with the community. A quick tuk-tuk ride from town will take you to waterfalls, rice paddies, floating villages, jungles, rivers, lakes and much more. There are a multitude of activities and attractions for visitors looking to enjoy beyond the temples.
What is making Siem Reap such a unique place is clash between the traditional Cambodian lifestyle and an incredibly fast growth of the economy in town mostly driven by tourism. Nowadays the town has an increasing number of world-class restaurants and some of the best spots to enjoy Khmer traditional cuisine. The street food scene in Siem Reap won’t disappoint food enthusiasts; from fried spiders and crickets, to traditional Khmer barbecue, papaya salads, fried noodles and the best fruit shakes you’ll ever have.
Nightlife in Siem Reap is widely recognised. There are a multitude of bars and clubs across town offering diverse options for travellers to enjoy a drink or two after a day of touring. However the centre of the action in located in the world famous Pub Street and Old Market area, where many of the most visited venues open their doors daily to welcome thirsty travellers.
Siem Reap is a vibrant city, but as with the rest of Cambodia the real treasure lies in the people. We strongly encourage any visitor to spend some time talking to the locals. There are incredible stories in this town about optimism, deception, hope and success that you will surely find rewarding.