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One of Cambodia’s most popular destinations, Siem Reap is the gateway to the famous Angkor Archaeological Park. It is a laid-back place that sits in north-western Cambodia and features some lovely Chinese-style architecture and fabulous accommodation options, including the La Rivière d' Angkor Resort and Shinta Mani Club.Don’t Miss
The Angkor Archaeological Park is the main reason why tourists flock to Siem Reap. The park is a 400km area filled with magnificent Khmer Empire ruins from between the 9th and 15th centuries. The UNESCO World Heritage site is 20 minutes from the city and best seen with a guide, with one-, three- and seven-day passes being available.
The Angkor National Museum depicts the history of the archaeological park as well as the Khmer culture, displaying items that date back as far as the 9th century and includes a hall that features 1,000 statues and relics of Buddha. To learn about Cambodia’s more recent history, head to the War Museum Cambodia that covers the period when the Khmer Rouge were active.
Around six kilometres outside of Siem Reap is the Cambodian Cultural Village, a theme park that has miniature versions of important buildings and structures throughout the country. There are 11 unique villages here that represent 19 different ethnic groups. The Angkor Silk Farm is around 20 minutes from the town centre and is a great place to watch how silk is made, from a silkworm cocoon to being woven into high-quality fabric.Restaurants and Bars
Visitors will have no trouble finding places to eat or drink in Siem Reap, with everything from authentic Khmer cuisine to elegant fine-dining being available. The Old Market area has a plethora of restaurants and bars that cater specifically to tourists. Sok San Road (Bar Street) is also a great option for relaxing with a cocktail. For a more intimate, fine-dining experience, it is best to visit one of the upscale hotels like the Sokha Angkor Resort or Victoria Angkor Resort & Spa.Shopping
The Old Market (Psah Chas) is the best place to shop for cheap souvenirs, though the best products can be purchased at the AHA Fair Trade Village, which features items made by local artisans. There are also plenty of arts and crafts shops throughout the town where visitors can pick up bedcovers, scarves, wood carvings and jewellery made by local artists.