CAMBODIA – Siem Reap
Siem Reap is located in the northwest of the country, in the province of the same name. Siem Reap is known for its proximity to the most important sight of Cambodia: the Angkor Complex. Thus, since the 90’s when the Angkor Complex was designated as the 8th wonder of the world, Siem Reap, which was hardly reachable back then, has undergone rapid development and become the tourist hub of the country; welcoming several million visitors each year.
Nowadays, the city has developed the infrastructure required to welcome travelers, from 5 star luxury hotels to backpacker hostels, a wide range of restaurants and other tourism related businesses. Moreover, the town itself has become a destination with the old market, the old town and its nightlife, and the National Angkor Museum.
In addition, while it is still the main base in Cambodia to visit Angkorian and Pre-Angkorian temples within the Angkor Complex, such as Angkor Wat, Angkor Thom, Bayon Temple etc. it is also the gateway to many other temples dispersed in the province and the neighboring provinces such as Koh Ker and Beng Mealea.
As for the surrounding countryside, it has also become an integral part of the destination as well. Indeed it is the typical landscapes of the Khmer countryside with the sugar palms surrounded by rice paddies and lotus fields, with red dusty roads that delight visitors willing to step outside the city and the temple complexes.
Siem Reap is now within easy reach by plane with the International Angkor Airport connecting the city with many other major destinations.