The town of Siem Reap is synonymous with the Angkor Wat temples and it is the stop off point for those travelling to see them. Regarded as one of the forgotten wonders of the world, they are Cambodia’s most famous landmark.
But there is more to this town than ancient temples. Nearby you can learn more about Cambodia’s ‘Khmer’ culture at the ‘Cambodia Cultural Village, stroll through gardens full of rare species of butterfly or wander from pagoda to pagoda.
The town of Siem Reap and the land around it are attractions in their own right. The markets such as the one at Psar Chaa and the local fish market are always fascinating. There is nothing more enjoyable than trying to bargain with the various stall owners. Only a few kilometres from the town is some of Cambodia’s most beautiful countryside. Bikes are the best way to get around it, just make sure you leave yourself a day to see as much of it as possible.
Airport Road, Siem Reap, Cambodia
Siem Reap’s newest is a great place to learn about Cambodia’s ancient culture. Documenting the country’s history back as far as the 1st Century AD and right up to the present day, the grounds on which this ‘village’ is located are spectacular. The park’s gardens have lakes, waterfalls, a concrete mountain and even a floating village!
National Highway, Siem Reap, Cambodia
Siem Reap isn’t the busiest town in South-East Asia but it is still always nice to get off the streets to go and retreat in these gardens for a while. As both of the gardens are beside each other and separated only by Siem Reap’s pagoda (which is worth the visit in its own right), they create one large open space found nowhere else in the town.
Psar Chaa, Siem Reap, Cambodia
Siem Reap’s Old Market is one of the busiest in town and a great place to watch local life go by. There are stalls here selling basically everything you can think of. Many stalls sell souvenirs, but look around and you will find stalls selling silver jewellery and hand-woven silks at very good prices .
, Siem Reap, Cambodia
Situated only minutes from the Old Market, Siem Reap’s Butterfly Garden has over 50 species of butterflies fluttering around, and over 1,000 live ones altogether. Even though this might not sound like the enjoyable way to while away an afternoon, the grounds are well kept and contain a fountain, fishpond and more making it one of the town’s more relaxing attractions.
, Siem Reap, Cambodia
Cambodia’s most popular and best known tourist attraction are the Angkor Temples which are recognised as one of the forgotten wonders of the world. Built between the 9th and 13th centuries under Suryavarman II, they were listed a World Heritage Site by UNESCO in 1992. The tallest temple reaches a height of 669 feet and it would be criminal to travel to Siem Reap and not visit the temples.