Siem Reap, Cambodia
Siem Reap is situated in northwestern province Cambodia and it is a resort town. Around the old market and Old French Quarter in Siem Reap, there can be seen some architectures according to French- Colonial, and Chinese- style. This city is a cluster of small villages along the Siem Reap River and these villages are originally developed around Buddhist pagodas.
Siem has its own traditional Apsara dance performances as well as museums, Cambodian cultural village, souvenir and handicraft shops, silk farms, rice paddies in the countryside, fishing village, bird sanctuary near Tonle Sap, and cosmopolitan drinking and dining scene.
From the 9-15th centuries, this was the gateway to the ruins of Angkor and the seat of the Khmer Kingdom. The total population in Siem Reap is 139,458. In Siem Reap, the biggest tourist attraction place is Angkor Wat Temple. Siem Reap is known for “Siem Defeated” which means a reminder of the centuries-old conflict between the Siamese and the Khmer. Siemmarat’s name the meaning is “Siem’s territory” was called to Siem’s province and its capital. Siem is the most popular tourist destination and it has reasonable hotels, resorts, and restaurants. In economically wise Siem is the main tourist destination and the tourism industry is very strong. There are some notable sites near Siem Reap such as Phnom Kulen, Floating villages, Tonle sap, Phnom Dei, and Banteay Srei.
There are some sister cities related to Siem such as Bagan- Myanmar, Sankt Goar – Germany, Fontainebleau – France, Jiangxi Province – China, Orland Park – Illinois, and Kota Aichi – Japan.
Siem Reap has a tropical wet and dry climate according to the Koppen Climate classification. There can be hot throughout the year and the temperature never goes down to 30C and the hot season is muggy and partly cloudy. The temperature varies from 70F to 95F and rarely goes down to 64F and above 102F. But it has a wet season as well starting from May and ends in October. The other remaining six months are dry season. According to this, December and January are the best months to visit Siem.
Siem Reap is the safest city even at night. There are some streets such as Pub Street and Vibrant street filled with some backpacker-friendly bars, international restaurants, massage parlors, retail boutiques, and great bar–hopping and easily find out the places. They all are opened till 4 a.m every day. There are some bars open at night such as The Angkor Wat Bar, X- Bar, Picasso Bar, Elephant Bar, etc. people can visit these bars at night and enjoy their lives at a low cost. Some restaurants have also opened at night in this city.
Experiences are best for nightlife in Siem Reap such as Taste art and cocktails, unlimited drinks, pre-game sessions for 1 hour, Apsara show dinner, and pub street-night market with tuk-tuk transport available. The best places for nightlife in Siem are Lotus incoming co ltd, Tour guide Siem, VHappy Travel, Yoeun Serakyuth. Some of the best places for nightlife for couples in Siem are Soul Train Reggae Bar, Picasso Bar, Astana Old wooden House, etc.
The main airport is Siem Reap – Angkor International Airport. This is the second busiest airport in Cambodia apart from the main International Airport in Phnom Penh International Airport. It is the hub for Cambodian Angkor Air, Lanmei Airlines, and Sky Angkor Airlines. This airport has only one runway and is at an elevation of 18 meters above sea level. The first terminal was inaugurated on 26th August 2006. Some of the main airlines may reach this airport such as Air Asia, Bangkok Airways, Cambodia Airways, Korean Air, Vietnam Airlines, etc.
There are 50 Buddhist and Hindu temples in Siem Reap. Angkor Wat temple is the most popular temple and most visitors are interested to visit this temple. In apart from that some of the most popular temples are Angkor Thom, Ba Yon Temple, Ba Phuong Temple, Terrace of the Elephants. There are some events happening besides these temples such as Phare Circus, Go shopping at the old market, Visit the night Market, Visit the floating village, visit the war museum, etc.