Siem Reap, Cambodia

Siem Reap province is located in northwest Cambodia.
It is the major tourist hub in Cambodia, as it is the closest city to the world famous temples of Angkor.

Siem Reap: the home of Angkor Wat, the heart and soul of Cambodia!

Siem Reap arrived on the world map in the early part of the 20th century, when French explorers “discovered” Angkor Wat. At the time, Siem Reap was merely a village, and was part of an area that had long been controlled by Thailand until the French Protectorate was established in 1863.

The French began to restore the temples immediately and Angkor Wat quickly became one of the central attractions in Asia. The central highlight is of course the Temples of Angkor but Siem Reap offers a perfect mix of culture experiences, adventures, burgeoning markets, nightlife, a line up of dining experiences and the opportunity to experience life in Siem Reap from simple pleasures right through to super high-end dining and accommodation experiences.

Angkor Wat

Angkor Wat is the most famous ancient temple site in Cambodia. With its 5 lotus-like towers rising 65 metres into the sky, it is an awe-inspiring sight. Located in Siem Reap, this UNESCO World Heritage site was once the largest pre-industrial city in the world. It remains one of the world’s ancient wonders and is a must-see for any visitor to Cambodia.

The temple ruins are what remains of the ancient Khmer Empire. The empire encompassed much of Southeast Asia from the 9th to the 13th century. It dominated the area of present-day Cambodia, as well as a lot of Thailand, southern Vietnam and Laos. At its zenith, more than a million people lived in the capital city at Angkor.

Central Siem Reap and Pub Street

The central shopping and restaurant area is concentrated around the south of the city near the Old Market. Nearly every week a new bar, boutique, massage spa, or restaurant seems to open; such is the pace of development. What can seem a sleepy town by day (because everyone is at the temples) is teeming with people in high season after sunset, with tuktuks and motos jostling for space on the small streets.

Perhaps the most famous street in town is Pub Street – no guesses where the name comes from. Dominated by two night clubs – Temple Club and Angkor What?, it is lined with bars and restaurants, and is the go-to place for travellers looking for a large night out. For those who prefer a quieter evening, the adjoining alleys are host to a myriad of smaller, idiosyncratic establishments.

Entry Requirements

For most visitors to the Kingdom, visa are obtainable upon arrival at both Phnom Penh and Siem Reap International Airports in Phnom Penh and Siem Reap. At land crossing from Thailand, Vietnam and Laos, visa can be obtained at International Check Point border. 

Tourists also can get their visas prior to their arrival through a Cambodian Embassy or Consulate overseas. Tourists also can get eVisa through online E-Visa before travelling.

Some nationalities are required to get visa in advance at Royal Embassy of Kingdom of Cambodia in their country: Afghanistan, Algeria, Arab Saudi, Bangladesh, Iran, Iraq, Pakistan, Sri Lanka, Sudan, Nigeria.

A passport and visa are required. Tourists and business travelers may purchase a Cambodian visa valid for one month at the airports in Phnom Penh and Siem Reap and borders. Both require a passport valid for at least six (6) months from the expiry date, 01 recent passport-sized photo. A departure tax is charged on all domestic and international flights.

Siem Reap International Airport

Siem Reap International Airport is 20 minutes out of the town center by Tuk Tuk or Taxi. Many airports from around Asia fly directly into Siem Reap.

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