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Overview of Siem Reap

Siem Reap is the capital city of Siem Reap Province in northwestern Cambodia, and is the gateway to Angkor region.
Siem Reap has colonial and Chinese-style architecture in the Old French Quarter, and around the Old Market. In the city, there are traditional Apsara dance performances, craft shops, silk farms, rice-paddy countryside, fishing villages and a bird sanctuary near the Tonle Sap Lake.

Siem Reap today, being a popular tourist destination, has a large number of hotels and restaurants. Most smaller establishments are concentrated around the Old Market area, while more expensive hotels are located between Siem Reap-Angkor International Airport and the town along National Road 6. There are a variety of mid-range hotels and restaurants along Sivatha, and mid budget to mid-range hotels in the Phsar Leu area.

Being located in the tropical zone north of the equator, Siem Reap has a monsoon climate. Monsoon season runs May – November, meaning that the most pleasant season for visitors is generally the dry season, stretching from November/December – April. Immediately after the monsoon, the blanketing green of the countryside can be stunningly beautiful.

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Angkor Temples

Three Sister Temples in Angkor

Thousands of years ago Angkorian people construct great temples in three mountains – Phnom Bok, Phnom Bakheng and Phnom Krom. Phnom mean Mount in Khmer language. Temples are related to Hindu goddess and also known for the triple sanctuary dedicated to the Trimurti ...

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WatAthvea

Wat Athvea

South of the city centre, Wat Athvea is an attractive pagoda on the site of an ancient temple. The old temple is still in very good condition and sees far fewer visitors than the main temples in the Angkor area, making it a peaceful spot in the late afternoon.

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Cambodian Cultural Village

Cambodian Cultural Village

It may be kitsch, it may be kooky, but it’s very popular with Cambodians and provides a diversion for families travelling with children. This is the Cambodian Cultural Village, which tries to represent all of Cambodia in a whirlwind tour of recreated houses and ...

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Banteay Srey Butterfly Centre

Banteay Srey Butterfly Centre

The Banteay Srey Butterfly Centre is a worthwhile place to include on a trip to Banteay Srei and the Cambodia Landmine Museum. The largest fully enclosed butterfly centre in southeast Asia, it has more than 30 species of Cambodian butterflies fluttering about. ...

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Phnom Bakheng

Phnom Bakheng

When King Yasovarman I (r 889-910) moved the capital to Angkor proper, he built Phnom Bakheng as his capital. The temple, a 65m five-tiered pyramid, is a study of Hindu numerology. At the summit, five towers form a quincunx to echo the five peaks of the heavenly ...

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Angkor National Museum

Angkor National Museum

Looming large on the road to Angkor is the Angkor National Museum, a state-of-the-art showpiece on the Khmer civilisation and the majesty of Angkor. Displays are themed by era, religion and royalty as visitors move through the impressive galleries. After a short ...

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