As Cambodia’s most notable city, Siem Reap is a blend of modern luxury and age-old history. While many see Siem Reap as merely a launching point to Angkor Wat, we see it as a prosperous destination home to highend resorts, colourful night markets and charming locals.
Take advantage of this city’s location; partake in a private cooking class, rise early for a pink sunrise over Angkor Wat, spend an afternoon cruising the Tonle Sap Lake with its stilted residences and witness children bobbing atop the water in silver wash basins or spend a night marvelling at an authentic theatre production at Phare Circus. The temples of Angkor now attract more than two million visitors each year, making them the country’s most popular sightseeing spot. It is no wonder that this historic temple complex has been awarded with a UNESCO World Heritage Site status as it is one of the most magical and other-worldly sites in Southeast Asia. Each morning at sunrise, hundreds come from afar to gather in front of the iconic Angkor Wat, before venturing on to Ta Prohm’s tree-entwined ruins and Bayon’s smiling Buddhas to soak in the atmosphere in search of the perfect photograph. The prospective tourist might be forgiven for thinking that this is the extent of what Siem Reap has to offer, when in fact it is but one of the many uniquely Cambodian treasures found in the town’s confines.