Siem Reap is widely renowned as the gateway to Angkor Wat, the millennium-old temple ruins of the Khmer Empire. Set along the Siem Reap River, this small provincial capital boasts hundreds of sightseeing opportunities such as well-preserved colonial buildings, unique museums, traditional markets, cultural performances, and verdant parks. This small but lively town close to the northern shore of Tonle Sap Lake has seen phenomenal growth as a tourist destination in recent years, and now offers all the facilities expected by experienced world travellers.
There's also plenty of restaurants serving authentic Khmer, Asian, European, and western fare while its vibrant nightlife scene is ideal for bar-hopping and partying with like-minded travellers until dawn. As Cambodia's unofficial tourism capital, Siem Reap offers a wide range accommodation options, from quaint guesthouses and boutique hotels to sprawling five-star resorts with ample recreational facilities. If you're planning on visiting the historical town for the first time, here's our detailed guide on everything you need to know about Siem Reap.