Welcome to Siem Reap

Siem Reap Province is located in northwestern Cambodia. The province of Siem Reap is conveniently situated 314 km northwest of Phnom Penh, along National Road No.6.

1. Siem Reap general information:

It is the major tourist hub in Cambodia, as it is the gateway to the magnificent Angkor's world wonder and the majestic wildlife of the Tonle Sap Lake, and now home to the revival of traditional Khmer arts and culture.

The provincial capital is also called Siem Reap and is located in the south of the province on the shores of

Siem Reap Province is located in northwestern Cambodia. The province of Siem Reap is conveniently situated 314 km northwest of Phnom Penh, along National Road No.6.

1. Siem Reap general information:

It is the major tourist hub in Cambodia, as it is the gateway to the magnificent Angkor's world wonder and the majestic wildlife of the Tonle Sap Lake, and now home to the revival of traditional Khmer arts and culture.

The provincial capital is also called Siem Reap and is located in the south of the province on the shores of the Tonle Sap Lake. The name of the city literally means ‘the defeated Siam (Siem)’, referring to the victory of the Khmer Empire over the army of the Siam Kingdom (Thailand) in the 17th Century.

Siem Reap has an international airport which is the Cambodia's busiest airport, accessible by direct flights from many cities in the region including Bangkok, Danang, Hanoi, Ho Chi Minh, Vientiane, Pakse, Kuala Lumpur, Singapore, Hong Kong, Beijing, Seoul…

Usually visitors come to Siem Reap to visit the Angkor Archaeological Park, a stunning collection of temples. Apart from the legacy of Angkor, Siem Reap has a lot more to offer to tourists: the Angkor National Museum, the Wat Bo and the Wat Preah Prom Rath, the Cambodian Cultural Village, Silk Farm and the Land Mine Museum. The surroundings of Siem Reap have several natural attractions like the floating or fishing villages at Tonle Sap Lake. Enjoy visiting the waterfalls, cycling, horse riding and trekking around the area. No matter what your interests are, you can surely find something interesting to do in Siem Reap.

The best place to shop in Siem Reap is the Phsar Chas Market (Old Market). The Central Market has a good collection of clothes and trinkets all available at affordable rates. The Angkor Trade Centre is a great place for shopping if you wish to shop in a mall.

Travelling around Siem Reap is quite easy, as the city is compact and can be accessed on foot. You can also hire a motorbike, tuk-tuk, car or taxi easily.

The influx of tourism has transformed a quiet little city into a bustling downtown area with an eclectic array of restaurants, bars and nightclubs that rivals any college town along with a night market that keep going well past midnight.

Thanks to the high levels of foreign visitors, Siem Reap is a city that runs on three different currencies: the Cambodian riel (KHR), the Thai baht (THB) and the ubiquitous US dollar (USD).

2. Weather and when to visit

Irrespective of the weather condition in Siem Reap, travelers can always enjoy their visits to the beautiful Angkor temples. January and February are typically known as the best time to visit Siem Reap. Weather is at perfect levels with a cool climate with no rain, clear blue skies and amazing picturesque sunrises and sunsets. March is another pleasant month with the climate remaining quite cool. The sky however, becomes partly cloudy. Just be aware that this is the peak tourist season, so you will find it more crowded and prices will be higher. By April, weather in Siem Reap turns quite hot and humid. You can visit the Angkor temples if you plan to avoid the sunniest time of the day when the heat is intense and unbearable. May marks the beginning of monsoon rains and also the start of the harvesting season in the country. It is still a good time to visit Siem Reap, especially for those who don’t want to be jostled by heavy traffic. Temperatures start rising by June. As the temperature is still bearable, this is a perfect time for taking in the picturesque rain washed attractions in the area. In July and August, the temperatures remain hot. However, this is a good time for families with school children on summer vacation. September is the wettest month of the year. If you are willing to brave a little rain, this is the best time to experience Siem Reap in its lush green glory to take in the delightful Angkor temples in the best peaceful manner. The cool and wet October gives way to a pleasanter climate. November and December are the beginning of peak tourist times in Siem Reap.

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