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Cambodia

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Phnom Penh

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The Kingdom of Cambodia is well-known for its magnificent temples, exquisite beaches, lovely people and flourishing textile industry. It has a rich history dating back centuries, with unique traditions shaped its people’s practice of Buddhism.

Discover 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.

Things to do in Siem Reap

Angkor Archaeological Park

Angkor Archaeological Park
Angkor Archaeological Park

Angkor Archaeological Park

To Do

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
Bayon Temple

Bayon Temple

To See

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
Chek Chien

Chek Chien

To Eat

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
Khmer Doughnuts

Khmer Doughnuts

To Eat

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
Pub Steet

Pub Steet

To Do

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
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
Psar Chaa

Psar Chaa

To Shop

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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