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Things to do in Siem Reap

Siem Reap – ancient city with a french colonial past

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.

 

Things to do in Siem Reap

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.

 

Angkor Wat Half Marathon

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.

 

Siem Reap to Phnom Penh

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.

 

 

 

 

Angkor Wat

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.

 

 

When to go to Siem Reap

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.

 

Things to do in Siem Reap - Angkor Wat and much more

Siem Reap Facts

Population174 265
CountryCambodia
LanguageKhmer (Cambodian)
CurrencyCambodian Riel
Longitude103.859722
Latitude13.362222
AirportSiem Reap, Cambodia (REP)

Siem Reap average temperatures

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31 °C 32~33 °C 35 °C 36 °C 34 °C 33 °C 32 °C 32 °C 31 °C 30~31 °C 30~31 °C 30 °C

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UNESCO World Heritage Sites Siem Reap - Angkor

Angkor is a must visit if you are any close to it. Located 20 minutes to the north from central Siem Reap, Angkor is one of South-East Asia’s most important archaeological sites. The site contains the remains of the capitals of the Khmer Empire on a territory of 400 km2, including the most famous Temple of Angkor Wat, which you may have heard about, and the Bayon Temple. It is part of UNESCO’s World Heritage List since 1992 thanks to its artistic pieces and the conservation of its urban plans and hydraulic structures. You will need to spend quite a long time to enjoy Angkor at its fullest, so make sure you bring a lot of water with you as it can get pretty hot and if you are not very fond of walking, hire a tuk tuk or a car with a guide.

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Golf in Siem Reap

Siem Reap is most famous for the ancient beauty of Angkor Wat. Combine that with the historic entertainment of golf and you get an unbeatable combo. On Angkor Golf Resort you get to play on a scenic course with great golf design consisting of subtly undulating fairways and greens and challenging bunkers, favoring a strategic play style. A bit further to the east you will find the Siem Reap Booyoung Country Club. Surrounded by luxury villas and the fantastic nature of the area, it is quite the experience to play on this immaculate 18 hole course.

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