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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?
- Siem ReapMember ofLocal CultureOutdoor EnthusiastsBudget Travelers+ 16
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.
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
- 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.
- 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!
- 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.
- 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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