Siemriep - Home of Angkors
The spectacular ruins of the ancient Khmer capital of Angkor are world famous...
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The spectacular ruins of the ancient Khmer capital of Angkor are world famous, and justly so. The complex ranges over a huge area, built between the 9th and 13th centuries, and was home to millions of people at the height of its power. Angkor Wat and the Angkor complex are impressive, sure, but the nearest city, Siem Reap, has attractions all of its own. Home to some of Cambodia's greatest hotels - including the Grand Hotel d'Angkor, originally built in the late 1920s - the town boasts a thriving tourist industry, which coexists with the more mundane - although colourful - business of markets and general trade which make up an essential part of the everyday life in most Cambodian towns.
Siem Reap affords excellent access to the Angkor complex, along with other ruins such as the Rolous group of Khmer temples built in the 9th century. Other temple complexes include Banteay Srei, famous for its carvings. The lake of Tonle Sap is also very close to the town (depending on season - during the wet season the lake expands in size from 1,850 to over 4,500 sqare miles). A trip to the lake and its peaceful scenes of rural Cambodian life is a highlight of any stay at Siem Reap. Tonle Sap is also the source of the abundant freshwater fish which feature on many a menu in Siem Reap's restaurants. The town is home to a wide range of cafes and restaurants featuring a variety of local and international cuisines.
Nightlife is somewhat limited, although a small but thriving selection of bars catering to travellers is rapidly developing. Whatever one's interest, a trip to Siem Reap is very worth while, and access is easy from Phnom Penh, Bangkok (Thailand) Saigon and Hanoi in Vietnam.