Siem Reap is one of the most popular resort towns in Cambodia. It has been under the French colonial rule since some time ago and features some notable Chinese-style architecture. The name of this town is translated as ‘Defeat of Siam’, named after the defeat of Thailand in this country.
Siem Reap is a popular tourist destination, known especially for the famous temple Angkor Wat. While visiting you can enjoy a lot of nice and fun things to do in Siem Reap. Take a pottery or class yoga, go on a mountain bike tour or see the area on a motorbike.
If you are a runner, you can sign up to join the Angkor Wat Half Marathon where it aims to raise awareness as well as collect funds to help the victims of antipersonnel mines in the whole of Cambodia.
If you are looking forward to exploring the nearby lands, hop on the bus from Siem Reap to Phnom Penh. Although the journey from Siem Reap to Phnom Penh takes between 7 to 8 hours, it is a great way to have a look at this ancient country.
Siem Reap is known for the beautiful architecture of the ancient temple, Angkor Wat. A highlight of traveling to Siem Reap is a visit to Angkor Wat as it is one of the largest religious monuments in the world. A good tip is to hire a tuk tuk driver for the entire day to take you around the area. Most of the tuk tuk drivers are also keen to tell you stories about the temples, so if you are lucky, you might even get your own private guide. Visit the Angkor museum to know more about the history of the town and the amazing Khmer culture. This museum displays ancient artifacts where you can learn about and get a better understanding of their heritage.
Siem Reap features a tropical wet and dry climate. The city is generally hot throughout the year, with average high temperatures never falling below 30 ºC (86 ºF) in any month.
Since Cambodia is a very popular traveling spot, you might want to book your holiday early. Bring along a raincoat if you are visiting between May to October which is the rainy season. Siem Reap is normally crowded with tourists in December as it is their peak holiday season. If you plan on running in or watching their charity marathon, plan your trip during this period.
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