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Siem Reap is a very popular tourist destination in Cambodia.  As the gateway to the famous Ankgor temples in the region the city is the best place to stop for supplies and to soak up a bit in local culture before heading off into the lush countryside of Cambodia. 


Siem Reap is a province of Cambodia and it is located in the North Western side of the country. Siem refers to Siam, and Reap means ‘defeat’, thus Siem Reap means ‘Siam Defeat’. The name is called after the Siam was defeated by Khmer army during the war in 16th century. Long time after the event the name Siam became Siem, so that today they call this province ‘Siem Reap’.


Siem Reap Cambodia was a hot place of war between Khmer Rouge and government during the war time 1980 – 1993. The population is small when compared to others provinces of Cambodia. People lived in fear and poverty. Since 1993, the first election that was governed by UNTAC (United Nation Transitional Authority of Cambodia), Siem Reap was opened to the world; many soldiers of UN came to Siem Reap to help in rebuilding this province.


Since 2000, the Prime minister of Cambodia had opened this province to the world by using his effective policy is called ‘Open Air Policy’. Many countries like to have direct flights from their city to Siem Reap. This is a good policy for Siem Reap province. Many tourism companies have come for their business and built their resorts for welcoming the visitors from all over the world.


Now Siem Reap is known as a high class province with many foreigners visiting the province for their business. Old colonial buildings too attract the visitors; visitors can enjoy their evenings shopping, eating exotic food, in massage parlors, drinking, and many other activities in this small vibrant town which has the old market and bar street.


Land Area: Land covers an area of 10,544 square km.  Siem Reap is known as a high potential province for tourism, forestry, fishery and agricultural products; it had 2 million foreign visitors in 2007.  The area covers 12 districts, 100 communes, 875 villages.


Population: 788, 568 (2005).

Siem Reap Travel Tips  


Visitors can obtain their visa on arrival at the Siem Reap airport. Cambodia Visa costs US $20 per head. At least 5 ID size photos are required. If you don’t have photos you will be charged an additional US $5.

Now visitors can obtain visa online:


Passes per person:

Angkor archeological site:

1 Day: US $20

2-3 Days: US $40

4-7 Days: US $60


Phnom Kulen: US $20

Beng Mealea: US $5

Koh Ker: US $15 (include Beng Mealea)

Angkor National Museum: US $12

Cambodian Cultural Villages: US $15

Balloon: US $15 (10Minutes)



Phnom Bakheng: US $20

            From South Gate of Angkor Thom to Bayon: US $15

Siem Reap Attractions


Angkor means ‘City or Capital'; it is a world heritage site that is under UNESCO since 1992. This site is located to the North of Siem Reap town which is just about a few kilometers. More ....

Angkor Wat

Angkor Wat temple was built by the Khmer king ‘Suryavarman II (1113 – 1150) in the first half of the 12th century. He was a great king who ruled Cambodia during the glorious time of the Khmer Empire. More ...

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Preah Vihear

Preah Vihear Temple locates at Preah Vihear Province of Cambodia and sites at the most spectacular location of any Khmer site at the near by Thailand border. It is 100 kilometers northeast of Siem Reap; Si Sa Ket Province, Thailand. More ...

Bayon Angkor Thom

Angkor Thom: The "Great City". Quadrilatero 9km2 nearly surrounded by a wall and thin laterite 7m high, doubled over its entire length of a rise of average width of 80m at the base, which overcomes a way round practicable. More ..

Banteay Srei temple

Private foundation sponsored by the Brahmin Yajnavarâha, spiritual master of King Jayavarman V. The best artists of their time were probably meeting for the construction of this building made at the foot of Phnom Kulen. More ...

Beng Mealea Temple

Ancient city surrounded by a laterite wall overlooking the moat 50m wide. And contemporary dimensions comparable to those of Angkor Wat "> Angkor Wat which resume the plan, this temple is one of the shrines had not delivered for entries: More ...

Phnom Bakheng

The Phnom Bankeng is one of the mountains from the plain of Angkor, and the heart of the city founded by Yasovarman I to X ' s, Yasodharapura. The temple of the same name is a contruction imposing sandstone and located at More ...

Ta Prohm

The outside enclosure of the temple consists of a large laterite wall about 1000m long by 700m wide with four entrances on the every axis. The central block is about 400m from the east or west entrance and is among the largest of the monument in the Angkor Complex.

Phnom Kulen

Set of 17 brick towers framed in sandstone attributed to Jayavarman II and Jayavarman III. Phnom Khulen is a vast plateau 40km long by 14km wide and overlooking the plain of Angkor over 300m. At all times, its location and More ...

Eastern Mebon

Eastern Mebon is more than 15 years older than the Pre Rup, it looks like a reproduction. The temple was built on an island in the middle of the artificial lake (Eastern Baray: 7 km by 1800m) created by Yaçovarman I. The general arrangement is the same but the whole is of more modest proportions and the base of the quincunx of towers is lower.

Pre Rup

This term refers to a method of incineration which consisted of tracing the outline of the body of the dead person in the cinders, then doing it the other way round which is called "Turning the body".

Preah Khan

In 1191, five year after the building of Ta Prohm, the king dedicated this temple to be the shelter of the idol of his father, Dharnindravarman II, in the likeness of Bodhisattva Lokesvara. The causeways lead to the temple are bordered by the same figures carrying a Naga symbolized the Churning the Sea of Milk. This architectural element was the mark of a royal city. It may have served as a temporary residence of King Jayavarman VII while he was rebuilding the capital after the Charms sacked Angkor in 1177.

Neak Pean

Neak Pean situated in the middle of artificial lake "Jaya Tadaka", 3700m by 900m, which now has been dried up. In the centre of this space is a square lake 72m along, bordered by four smaller lakes situated on the axis and lower than the embankment surrounding the main one. In the middle of it, is a small sanctuary which was formerly entwined by the trunk-roots of a giant creeper, now dead. This sanctuary has decoration dating from Jayavarman VII. Its four bays, which were originally open, were walled up with fine standing images of Avalokitesvara, to who, in his role of divine healer.

Preah Ko Bakong Lolei


Three temples Preah Ko, Bakong and Lolei, 15km South-East of Siem Reap town, comprise the Roluos Group of monuments. They are closed together and extend over an area of 3km east of Great Lake. The Roluos group, dating from the late ninth century, is the earliest site of the 600-year Angkor Period.

Cambodian Cultural Village

Cambodian Cultural Village, the only Cultural Village in the country is “Cambodia in miniature†located in the historical province of Siem Reap. It was constructed to provide tourists, both local and foreign a glance of the country‘s famous and More ...

Angkor National Museum

Angkor National Museum project has been initiated from the granted contract to “Build, Cooperate and Transfer (BCT)†between the Ministry of Culture and Fine Arts, APSARA Authority (MCFA & APSARA) on behalf of the Royal Government of Cambodia and The Museum Co., Ltd. on its 30 year concession period. Angkor National Museum is a profound cultural landmark in Siem Reap placing in the area of 20,000 Sq.m. which combined together The Museum: The world-class museum that reveals the legend of Golden Era of Khmer Kingdom, and The Museum Mall: The lifestyle landmark providing completed facilities and recreation services for both tourists and local community. More ...

Angkor National Museum
Tonle Sap Lake

Tonle Sap Lake also known as the fresh water lake or 'Great Lake' of Cambodia, it shapes like musical instrument 'Violin' and its bottom like pan. Tonle Sap Lake located in the center the countries and surrounded by 5 provinces... More ...

Tonle Sap Lake - Floating village

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