Known for its glorious temples, jungles, terrains, highland areas and Angkor Wat as its international attraction, undeniably, Siem Reap has become one of the rising destinations in Asia.
According to Trip Advisor, an American travel website company providing reviews of travel-related content, Siem Reap – Angkor of Cambodia has been selected as #1 in Asia and #2 in the world in 2015 TripAdvisor Traveler’s Choice Destination Award.
Siem Reap, a province situated in Northwest Cambodia is now the country’s main hub of tourism visited by about one million tourists per year because of its proximity to the world’s famous Angkor Wat Complex.
Angkor Wat Complex, a UNESCO World Heritage Site, has turned this reserved city into one of the premier travel destinations in the world. The Angkor Complex covers more than 300km Northwestern Cambodia which conforms hundreds of stunning structures such as pagodas, temples and imperial residences built centuries ago. It is also the world’s largest religious edifice regarded as the most majestic piece of architecture ever built by man. The spectacular temple of Angkor Wat with its five iconic towers rising high above the surrounding jungle is the chief attraction of the Angkor Wat Complex. Stunning, humbling, inspiring, impressive and magical are just some of the words that best describe the Angkor Wat Temple.
The influx of tourism in Cambodia particularly in Siem Reap began after the inscription of the Angkor Wat Complex on the World Heritage list.
Wandering around the Angkor temples is not just the highlight of the tourism in Siem Reap. Tourists may also go off the Old Market or Psah Chas in Khmer language, which is the heart of Siem Reap’s tourist district. This part of town is home to fine restaurants, luxury hotels and shopping centers which are catered to an ever-increasing number of American, British and European tourists.
This town is indeed a lovely place with friendly people, some great restaurants and lively bars. Tourists may also try appetizing Cambodian food such as “Fish Amok” and “Beef Lok Lak” which are Siem Reap’s signature dishes. Tourists can also wander around “Pub Street”, a place where most tourists gather together and have a drink in one of its jazzy bars. It is where the action is at night time, full of pubs and restaurants to suit any taste. Undoubtedly, this quiet little city has transformed into a bustling city.
Siem Reap has a lot more to offer to tourists; in fact, there is an endless choice of places to stay or dine and a host of possible activities awaiting the visitors. Tick the beautiful town of Siem Reap off your travel list and experience Angkor.