The Ultimate Guide To Siem Reap

Siem Reap province, located in the north west of the Kingdom of Cambodia, is the nation’s major tourism draw card as the gateway to Angkor history. Each year, droves of visitors come to “temple town” to discover the heritage-listed Angkor Archaeological Park which contains a vast array of ancient temples from the Angkorian civilization, with the majestic 12th century Angkor Wat as the park's magnificent centerpiece. The province is the most popular tourist destination in Cambodia mainly owed to its proximity to the Angkor temples. Siem Reap city is located down South near the great Tonle Sap Lake, the largest freshwater lake in Southeast Asia and home to hundreds of species of birds and fish. This vast waterway was deemed the first Biosphere Reserve by UNESCO in 1997 due to its rich biodiversity and in order to promote sustainability in the region. This area is also home to many Vietnamese and Cham communities living in floating villages around the lake. Siem Reap city center is a vibrant area boasting many luxury hotels, beautiful colonial buildings, a buzzing Pub Street and nightlife, markets, crafts and much more. Phnom Kulen National Park is also located in this province, approximately 48kms from Siem Reap town, and attracts visitors to its two waterfalls and the “river of 1000 lingas”, a carved riverbed abounding with unique insights into the 900BC culture in which it was created. The potential of this area is significant with strong growth potential in the tourism and service sectors as well as craft production, fisheries and of course real estate.

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