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Siem ReapWritten 10 February 2022
The city of Siem Reap, also the capital of the province, is a ‘must-visit’ destination for all visitors to Cambodia. Located in northwestern Cambodia, it is the gateway to the world-famous Angkor temple complex that includes the magnificent 12 th century Angkor Wat, the largest religious building in the world.
The ruins of Angkor, located in thick jungle, are now a UNESCO World Heritage Site. There are over 1,000 temples here ranging in scale from nondescript rubble scattered through rice fields to Bayon, and the awe-inspiring Angkor Wat - the best-preserved temple situated on the northern bank of Tonle Sap Lake.
Apart from the legacy of the vast Angkor temple complex, Siem Reap has much to offer visitors from the spectacular floating villages on Tonle Sap Lake to the Kulen Mountain heritage site and recently discovered Koh Ker ruins.
In town, there are many luxury and boutique hotels as well as ethnic craft shops, galleries, cafes, eateries and fine-dining restaurants serving every type of cuisine. The famous ‘Pub Street’ and the night markets of Siem Reap are renowned tourist destinations in their own right. Additionally, silk farms, rice-paddy countryside, fishing villages, and a very rich bird sanctuary near Tonle Sap Lake make Siem Reap one of the most captivating places in the world.
The province of Siem Reap is situated 314 km northwest of Phnom Penh, along National Road No 6. It can be reached all year round from Phnom Penh, the Poipèt Border Checkpoint from Banteay Meanchey, Kampong Cham Province and Kampong Thom Province, and by National Road No 5 and 6 from Kampong Chhnang, Pursat and Battambang provinces.
How to reach Siem Reap
Siem Reap is accessible by direct flights from many major cities in the region including Bangkok, Danang, Hanoi, Ho Chi Minh, Paksé, Vientiane, Kuala Lumpur, Singapore, Hong Kong, Kunming, and Beijing. There are daily direct flights to and from Siem Reap and Phnom Penh.
Speedboats operate along Tonlé Sap from Phnom Penh and Battambang Province.