In the north of Cambodia, Siem Reap is a popular tourist destination with a range of outstanding activities as well as breathtaking landscapes. It's too difficult to get bored in this interesting city. A modern life rhythm comes between the ancient atmosphere covering Siem Reap for a long time. At day, you can discover the old world in Angkor Archeological Park and at night, you also can enjoy Pub Street with dances and eventful parties. In a nutshell, Siem Reap is a place that you should experience once in life.
The history of Siem Reap
Siem Reap was the capital of Angkor during the Angkorian Empire until 1431, when King Ponhea Yat decided to evacuate to far southeast (Phnom Penh at the present) after nearly seven months of siege by Siam troops. Occupying Angkor, the Siamese named this former capital was Siam Nakhon (Siam City). By the 7th century, Khmer empire created a revolution to regain the city from the Ayutthaya King and renamed to Siem Reap as today with an interesting meaning "Siamese were defeated"
Along Highway 6, on the edge of the Tonle Sap lake, Siem Reap is a province of Cambodia at the present. Covering an area of 10,299 square kilometers with the population makes up approximately 900,000 people. Despite the attraction in tourism, Siem Reap is stiil one of the poorer provinces in Cambodia and agriculture is majority. The low living standard, the infrastructure are limited, make most local people struggle a lot in earning their lives. Although there are no opportunites for those growing up, the landscapes, the nature are worthy to explore. With immense rice fields, thick jungle and hidden ruins, Siem Reap is always a fantastic place to discover and getaway the hustle of city lives.
Name main history attractions
Tonle Sap Lake
The center is far 7km from Angkor International Airport and can be reached by direct flights from many Asian cities or you can travel by road from Phnom Penh and the border from Thailand, Vietnam. It can also be reached by boat via Tonle Sap lake and buses from Phnom Penh and Battambang.
(How many season - Weather of each season - Which is the best time for traveling)
The climate is quite similar to Vietnam but hotter so that the ideal time to spend time in Siem Reap is between November and February. A little bit cool at night will make your trip more comfortable than a sunshine day. In addition, in this period, the rice fields give the rural an amazing iridescent green glow. You should consider traveling from February to May because the heat kicks in and the weather is too dry and harsh. The rainy season begins from June to October and usually cause flooding but some people said that Siem Reap will be very beautiful in rainy. The forests around are green and lush and the waterfalls in there at their max. Note down that if you plan to travel Siem Reap in that period.
Culture (ethnicity, living custom, religious belief, special tradition and festival, etc.)
In Siem Reap, there are the Bon Oum Took boating festival and the fascinating Angkor Half Marathon race be worth attending, held yearly.
Bon Oum Took Boating festival is held in October or November, attracting thousands of Cambodians to see the great boat racing on the river
Angkor Half Marathon is an annual marathon, held in December with a journey through Angkor Wat. The money raised is donated to some local charities.