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Siem Reap

Siem Reap

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Carpeting 10,299 square kilometres of land near the shores of the Tonle Sap Lake is one of Cambodia’s brightest and most ancient jewels: the province of Siem Reap. Its name–which means ‘Siam, defeated’–refers to the trouncing of the Thai empire in the 17th century by the Khmer kingdom. It is sometimes known as the portal to Angkor, due to its close proximity to Angkor Wat. But olden structures are not the only wonders that this region thrives with, as the Siem Reap of today is also a growing gathering of hotels, restaurants and attractions.

Explore Other Must Do in Siem Reap

There are many places that you can visit. Here are the destination for you to eat, shop, see or do. Explore them!

  • Land Mine Museum

    Land Mine Museum

    To Do

    The aftershocks of Siem Reap’s tainted, war-stained past are captured in this establishment, which functions as both a museum and relief facility for children. It was founded in 1997 by Aki Ra, who was previously forced as a child into the Khmer Rouge army. After the wars, he went around villages defusing and removing landmines, eventually bringing together all the information he gathered to create this facility.

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  • Angkor Wat

    Angkor Wat

    To See

    You can never quite understand mysticism and grandeur until you explore the timeless and mysterious vastness of Angkor Wat. Having been built between 1130 and 1150 AD, its complex covers a rectangular area of roughly 208 hectares, and is meant to depict the understanding of the universe that the ancient Hindu Khmer people had. It stands today as a certified UNESCO World Heritage Site, and is often cited as a favourite place to watch the sun rise.

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  • Bakong

    Bakong

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    Bakong is the first temple mountain of sandstone constructed by rulers of the Khmer empire at Angkor near modern Siem Reap in Cambodia.

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  • Angkor Archaeological Park

    Angkor Archaeological Park

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    This magnificent park of over 400 square kilometres is, put simply, a collection of temples and structures that best depict the glory of the ancient Khmer kingdom. From Angkor Wat to the city of Angkor Thom to the lake at Srah Srang, the park is one of Siem Reap’s most iconic destinations, and can be accessed with a pass that is obtained on the way to Angkor Wat. From there, all you need to do is let the explorer in you take control.

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  • Bayon Temple

    Bayon Temple

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    Proudly facing the world from within the city of Angkor Thom, the Bayon Temple–or Prasat Bayon–is second to only the Angkor Wat in terms of its popularity. The complex, which was built between the 12th and 13th centuries, is home to over 2000 large carvings of faces that are spread across its 54 towers. The temple is also known for its lack of a surrounding wall, which is a peculiar trait for a Cambodian temple.

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  • Chek Chien

    Chek Chien

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    The people of Siem Reap have a special place in their hearts for bananas, as seen through their inclusion of this fruit in all types of cuisine–especially dessert! This dish features bananas that are deep fried in a batter of coconut milk, sesame seeds, water, sugar and salt. But if bananas do not tickle your fancy, fret not, for it comes in variations of taro and yam as well.

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  • Khmer Doughnuts

    Khmer Doughnuts

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    A testament to Cambodia’s passion for all things sweet, Khmer Doughnuts are snacks that you simply must have during your adventure in Siem Reap. These rice flour confections are dipped in a reddish sugar syrup, and are notably thinner than the average doughnut that is found in stores. They are good for savouring while exploring Siem Reap.

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  • Pub Steet

    Pub Steet

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    As its name suggests, Pub Street is one of Siem Reap’s most engaging nightlife spots. It is filled with a vast array of culinary offerings of both Khmer and Western origins. It is also popular for its bars and restaurant-bars, which are known to stay open until the early hours of the morning. If you find yourself still loaded with energy after a day of exploring Siem Reap, Pub Street would be a good place to drop by.

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  • Angkor Night Market

    Angkor Night Market

    To Shop

    This market is a good way for you to understand Khmer culture through handicrafts like carvings and paintings. Each stall is housed in a thatched hut of bamboo and wood, and gives guests the chance to shop after nightfall. It is located near Psar Chaa (Old Market), another shopping destination and tourist hotspot, and is also home to a popular relaxation spot called Island Bar.

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  • Psar Chaa

    Psar Chaa

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    Also known as the ‘Old Market’, Psar Chaa—or Phsar Chas—is a famous shopping destination in Siem Reap amongst both locals and tourists. The former tend to drop by in the morning for the market’s range of fresh fruits, vegetables and other local produce, while the latter swoop in throughout the day for bargains on souvenirs and antiques.

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  • Khmer Ceramics Centre

    Khmer Ceramics Centre

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    Your one-stop shop for all things ceramic, the Khmer Ceramics Centre is an apt way to get a closer look at the traditional fine art that has come to define Cambodia. Founded in 2006, the centre is located along the road to Angkor Wat, and provides guests an opportunity to not only shop for souvenirs, but also participate in classes to learn a thing or two about making ceramic art.

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  • Preah Khan

    Preah Khan

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    Sitting on roughly 138 acres of land, Preah Khan is a mighty relic of the ancient Khmer empire, having been constructed in 1191. Its complex was actually designed to be a city that could house thousands of people, as opposed to being a stand-alone structure, which is why it is so vast. Its admirable features include a wall and moat that are dressed with numerous stone garudas.

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  • Srah Srang

    Srah Srang

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    Otherwise known as ‘The Royal Bath’, Srah Srang is a lake that is accentuated with a laterite and sandstone terrace that was built at the end of the 12th century. It is said to be a tribute to Kama, the Hindu deity of love, and is often regarded as one of the best places to see Angkor at sunset. The terrace incorporates designs of serpents, lions and Garuda, beings which play pivotal roles in Hindu mythology.

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  • Pre Rup

    Pre Rup

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    Pre Rup is often considered to be one of the last great temple-mountains in the world. This is largely in reference to the structure of its complex, which strongly resembles a pyramid. Many of its levels house a number of lotus-inspired towers, showcasing its grand scale and the balance in its construction. It is composed primarily of laterite and brick, and this makes it an ideal place to catch both sunrise and sunset, as these are the times during which its colours are most radiant.

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  • Prasat Ta Prohm


    Prasat Ta Prohm


    To See

    The magic of sunrise is best captured in Siem Reap through Prasat Ta Prohm, which is also referred to as ‘The Kingdom of Trees’. This is because of the fact that this complex’s vastness is supported by kapok, fig and banyan trees that hold its structures together. The temple once required well over 70,000 people to maintain it, which is not surprising when one accounts for its multitude of statues and towers.

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  • Banteay Srei

    Banteay Srei

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    Banteay Srei is an ancient Hindu temple that was built in the 10th century, although it was only rediscovered and unveiled to the modern world in 1914. Its name—which means ‘Citadel of Women’—is derived from the carvings that decorate its walls, as these carvings are reportedly so intricate that they could have only been executed by the graceful hands of women. It also known for its unusually small size, a trait that is especially apparent as it rests in an immense forest.

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