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    We loved the bustle of Siem Reap with it's plentiful restaurants & cafes, galleries, fish and foot massage spots, and rickshaws on every corner.

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  • Siem Reap

    A bustling little town, and like all tourist destinations in third world countries, coping with the same problems of growth versus exploitation. Compared to pre 1993, it is all economically positive, but at what cost to the soul of the people?

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  • Siem Reap

    This is wonderful of temple. and i have tour agency with this.if you have interest with us. please contact with us by e-mail: vibol@greeneratravel.com or info@greeneratravel.com. you can open my website is www.greeneratravel.com

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  • Siem Reap
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    Siem Reap (see-em ree-ep) is the gateway to Cambodia's spiritual and cultural heartbeat, the temples of Angkor. The town was a quiet, sleepy backwater until a few years ago, but it’s quickly reinventing itself as a sophisticated centre for the new wave of visitors passing through each year. If Cambodia is hot right now, then Siem Reap Is at bolting over, the one place everyone coming to Cambodia will hit during their visit.

    Around the centre, it remains a charming town with rural qualities. Old French shop houses, shady tree-lined boulevards and a gentle winding river are remnants of the past, while five-star hotels, air-con buses and International restaurants are pointers lo the future. The gold rush of recent years continues unabated in Siem Reap: hotels and guesthouses going up every month, restaurants and bars every week. Tourism is the lifeblood of Siem Reap and without careful management it could become Siem Reapolinos, the not so Costa-del-Culture of Southeast Asia. However, there are promising signs that developers are learning from the mistakes that have blighted other regional hot spots, with restrictions on the height of hotels and bus sizes. Either way, Angkor is centre stage on the world travel map right now and there is no going back for its supply line, Siem Reap.

    Siem Reap is just north of the western extent of Tonle Sap Lake. It's the perfect place to relax for several days and many visitors end up staying a week, thanks to a good range of facilities, friendly and fun-loving locals, and the world's most magnificent temples being slap-bang on the doorstep. Angkor is a place to be savored, not rushed, and Siem Reap the perfect place from which to plan your adventures.

    HIGHLIGHTS

    See some of the world’s rarest large wafer birds at the sanctuary of Prek Toal
    Float through the flooded forest of Kompong Phhluk, an incredible village of bamboo skyscrapers
    See the forgotten temples of Angkor, hiding in town behind the modern pagodas of Wat Athvea and Wat Preah Inkosei
    Discover the secrets of Bar St, Siem Reap’s quaffing capital where the action goes on all night
    Relax with a massage or spa the perfect medicine for weary bodies

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  • Siem Reap

    Here are my favorites:

    Hotel: Sokha Angkor Resort -
    Grand Lobby with stone carvings, Salt Water Pool

    "Must See" - Angkor Wat Temple, Night Market (late night shopping offering inexpensive souvenirs), Aspara Dinner Show, Artisan D Angkor (a professional training school created to help young Cambodians rediscover traditional handicrafts)

    Restaurant - Khmer Kitchen - Best Amok Dish! Enjoy Khmer staples such as coconut fish soup and baked pumpkin. Casual dining - unpretentious ambience.

    TIP 1: Make sure you bring a hat or handkerchief when you ride the TUK TUK (motorized rickshaw) and hold on tight!

    TIP 2: Try all of the exotic fruits in season...loved the dragon fruit, rambutan and mangosteens!

    TIP 3: See Anghor Wat at sunrise for amazing pictures.
    Remember to bring a good wide-brimmed hat and extra sunscreen...especially when visiting the temples.

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  • Siem Reap

    Cool laid back town surrounded by some of the best ruins I have ever seen. The town itself if filled with tourists, western food and tuk tuk drivers hollering at you for a ride. The architecture of the town has a cool colonial vibe and the surrounding temples is a $20 entrance fee and well worth it. Spend a few days here and you will not regret it!

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  • Siem Reap

    The town of Siem Reap is bustling and lively, with some picturesque corners. However much of it is suffering from over-eager and under-managed development and so is not necessarily quite the jewel befitting its nearby wonders. All full & well, givne the country has bigger problems to get over after a torrid recent history, as long as you don't expect an idyll before arriving, then you'll likely get swept away by vibrancy of it all & enjoy it as much as I did.

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  • Siem Reap

    This is your chance to visit the stunning Angkor Wat temple.

    The city itself is also extremely interesting (even tough it doesn't have that much to do) and servers as a nice introduction to the Cambodian culture.

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  • Siem Reap

    Going to Siem Reap from Bangkok was such a hassle. A four-hour bus ride from Bangkok to Aranyaprathet (Thai border town). Then you cross the Thai-Cambodian border with touts tailing you non-stop while you carry your bags in front of you so you can keep an eye on them. Then you look for the taxi station in Poipet (Cambodian border town) and wait for other tourists to share the ride and fare with you. And then it's another 2 to 3 hours drive to Siem Reap. But the crossing is part of the adventure. And once you get to see temples of Angkor, you'll thank yourself for doing it for it was all worth it. When our three-day trip ended, I didn't want to leave.

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  • Siem Reap

    Hard to believe this place exists. Its a MUST. The beautiful huge temples are so inspiring, and take you back to ancient times in history... Its amazing to see how much work and thought were devoted to building this place.

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    Siem reap was refreshing compared to phnom penh. I had a good day to exploring Siem reap and it was such a great feeling. Take an extra day or two to explore Siem reap after checking out angkor.

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    Very cheap food and beer!

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    Nice people, clean place and strong Historical Architecture I admired.

    Recommended for:Adventure TravelersArt & Design LoversBudget TravelersSpiritual Seekers
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    Beautiful lotus flowers near the Angkor Wat

    Recommended for:Family TravelersBudget TravelersBackpackersOutdoor Enthusiasts
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  • Siem Reap

    kingdom of combodia

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  • Siem Reap

    khmer immersion

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  • Siem Reap

    love being there. hot, humid, cheap, fun. those relic s just devine...

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  • Siem Reap

    So beautiful here!

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    The gods live there!!!

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  • Siem Reap

    A beautiful place. A MUST place to visit and should be on everyone's bucket list.

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Siem Reap is one of the most popular tourist city in Cambodia. Due to the proximity of Angkor, many hotels and luxuries have sprung up to serve the traveling backpackers. During the day, you don't normally see that many foreigners around (They are mostly at Angkor or packing to leave Siem Reap) but come night time, they light up the restaurants and bars in the colonial area.

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