Siem Reap in Cambodia is the land of Angkor Wat, the most iconic travel destinations in Cambodia and one of the famous tourist spot in the world. It is known as the gateway to the majestic temple complexes of nearby Angkor Wat. From the first time I visited Siem Reap last 2010, I knew right then how fascinating Siem Reap can be. It has transpired from the 90s trauma of Pol Pot's regime to become a relatively rich corner of Cambodia. I also noticed that Cambodia's natural beauty which still in its age old freshness is quite well known.
Siem Reap River
Angkor National Museum
The provincial capital is also called Siem Reap and is located in the South of the province on the shores of the Tonle Sap Lake, the greatest fresh water reserve in whole Southeast Asia. The name of the city literally means Siamese defeated, referring to the victory of the Khmer Empire over the army of the Thai kingdom in the 17th century.
??Siem Reap Night Market
Being the capital of the Siem Reap Province of Cambodia, I can say that a few weeks of stay in this small town is recommendable to get a feel of the place. When in Siem Reap, you can enjoy a tour of the city by hiring a tuk-tuk. In this way, you will be able to cover the whole city. One of the must visit here are the temples and the most famous among them is the Angkor Wat. It was built by King Jayavarman VII in the 12 century. The temple was erected to honor God Vishnu.
Sunset at Bakheng Hill
In 2010, I was able to visit the Angkor Archaeological Park so I decided not to visit it again this time to save a few bucks for my upcoming trips. Since this temple stretches through a vast area, we rented a van to take a complete view of it. Being a UNESCO World Heritage site, efforts are being made to maintain and protect the site after years of neglect and deterioration. The temples of Angkor, the largest temple complex in the world are collectively one of the cultural and architectural wonders of Southeast Asia.
Though some of the town's previous ramshackle charm may have been lost, the developments of the last few years have brought livelihoods to a good number of its citizens. I heard too many times that Cambodia is a country of contrasts and the way I see it, Siem Reap also shows this characteristic. But in a sense that despite the substantial shift in its economic growth, It remains a friendly safe and lovely town.