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Siem Reap Attractions
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Introduction to Siem Reap

Introduction to Siem Reap Province

Siem Reap province is located in northwest Cambodia. It is the major tourist hub in Cambodia, as it is the closest city to the world famous temples of Angkor (the Angkor temple complex is north of the city). 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 greatest sweet water reserve in whole Southeast Asia. The name of the city literally means Siamese defeated, referring to the victory of the Khmer Empire over the army of the Thai kingdom in the 17th century. 

At the turn of the millennium Siem Reap was a Cambodian provincial town with few facilities, minor surfaced roads and little in the way of nightlife. Tourism industry catered largely to hardy backpackers willing to brave the tortuous road from the Thai border on the tailgate of a local pick-up truck. There were a couple of large hotels and a handful of budget guesthouses. Tuk-tuks and taxis were non-existent and the trusty motodup was the chosen means of touring the temples of Angkor. 

The proximity of the Angkorian ruins turned Siem Reap into a boomtown in less than half a decade. Huge, expensive hotels have sprung up everywhere and budget hotels have mushroomed. Property values have soared to European levels and tourism has become a vast, lucrative industry. The Siem Reap of today is barely recognizable from the Siem Reap of the year 2000. 

Though some of the town's previous ramshackle charm may have been lost the developments of the last few years have brought livelihoods, if not significant wealth, to a good number of its citizens. This has been at a cost to the underprivileged people living within and beyond the town's limits that now pay inflated prices at the central markets and continue to survive on poorly paid subsistence farming and fishing. If Cambodia is a country of contrasts Siem Reap is the embodiment of those contrasts. Despite the massive shift in its economic fortunes, Siem Reap remains a safe, friendly and pleasant town. There is an endless choice of places to stay or dine and a host of possible activities awaiting the visitor.

 

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Gondola Sunset Boat Rides

Gondola Sunset Boat Rides

Angkor Gondola Boat Rides is an unique khmer traditional boats services in Siem ... More Detail

Angkor Balloon Flying

Angkor Balloon Flying

Enjoy The Siem Reap Balloon Rides with your eye view of Angkor and its historical ... More Detail

Siem Reap Quad Bike Adventure

Siem Reap Quad Bike Adventure

Siem Reap Quad Bike Adventure brings you to the authentic and unique beaauty of Cambodia ... More Detail

Flomo Adventure Tours

Flomo Adventure Tours

To have a break from visiting temples we booked a 2 hour buggy trip through the ... More Detail

Kompong Phluk Floating Village

Kompong Phluk Floating Village

Kampong Phluk is a cluster of three villages of stilted houses built within the ... More Detail

Cambodia Helicopter Tours

Cambodia Helicopter Tours

Whether your requirements are charter flights, VIP or government traval, transfers,mining ... More Detail

 

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Angkor Package Tours

ANGKOR DISCOVERY TOURS

Full package tour to Siem Reap
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Angkor Golf Packages

GOLF PACKAGE TOURS

Play Standard Golf in Siem Reap
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Cambodia Special VIP Tours

SPECIAL HELICOPTER TOURS

Siem Reap Angkor Helicopter Services
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Cambodia Honeymoon Perfection

HONEYMOON PERFECTION

Honeymoon in Siem Reap Angkor
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Guest Name: Mr. Hoo Teh Chong
Country: Malaysia
City: Kuala Lumpur
Number of Person: 4
Travel Date: 12Sep to 15Sep 2018
Pick Up Services: No
Arrival By: Air
Take Tour By: Car or Van
Book Choice: Angkor World Heritage 2 Day Tours 4 Person