Siem Reap city is one of those places that caters to every taste. It’s difficult to get bored in this ever-evolving city. The variety of cuisine, accommodation, shopping, modes of transport, and daily activities is quite astonishing for what is actually a relatively small – and new – city on the edge of the Tonle Sap lake.
The central highlight is of course the Temples of Angkor – most of which are just a short trip from the center of town. However, it would be a mistake to see Siem Reap as merely a bed for the night to allow for days at Angkor Wat. Whether it’s enjoy sipping a coffee and people-watching in the town, taking a quad bike out into the countryside, or bargaining for silks and silver in the burgeoning markets, there are plenty of reasons to extend a stay after becoming “templed out”
There are also plenty of restaurants serving authentic Khmer, Asian, European, and western fare while its vibrant nightlife scene is ideal for bar-hopping and partying with like-minded travellers until dawn. As Cambodia's unofficial tourism capital, Siem Reap offers a wide range accommodation option, from quaint guesthouses and boutique hotels to sprawling five-star resorts with ample recreational facilities. If you're planning on visiting the historical town for the first time, here's our detailed guide on everything you need to know about Siem Reap.