About Siem Reap, Cambodia
Siem Reap is the capital city of the Siem Reap Province in Cambodia. This city is formed by a conglomeration of several small villages. It is widely considered as the gateway to the world famous millennial-old Angkor temples, and home to many other historical and cultural attractions. For over 100 years, tourism has been Siem Reap’s main attraction,. In 2014, Siem Reap was ranked fourth in the World’s Best Cities of Travel + Leisure Survey. Today, thousands of expatriates have made Siem Reap their home, along with numerous non-profit organizations which are committed to developing this beautiful region that receives visitors from every corner or the world.
Popular Destinations in Siem Reap
Besides the Angkor Archaeological Park, Siem Reap has many attractions to offer their visitors, ranging from shopping opportunities to Buddhist temples to museums. Here are some of the destinations you should include in your travel itinerary:
Angkor Wat: Angkor Wat is an UNESCO World Heritage Site. The central temple is distinctive for having five towers that symbolize Mount Meru. These towers increase in height to represent the mythical mountain in the center. This temple displays the remains of Khmer civilization, and its walls are decorated with carved scenes from the Hindu mythology.
Angkor National Museum: This museum highlights the history of the Khmer culture, and covers the history of the largest temple, Angkor Wat, very well. The highlight of this museum is the 1,000 Buddha Room. Here, you can also learn about the Khmer history via the use of multimedia technology through its eight galleries.
Cambodian Cultural Village: Cambodia originally comprised of 21 separate races, and has a rich and colorful history and culture. A visit to the Cultural Village can help tourists understand all of the different customs and cultures that exist within the country. Here, you will find miniatures of famous architectural marvels found throughout Cambodia. As you walk between the 11 villages, you can learn about the distinct differences between the different races.
Angkor Silk Farm (Artisans Angkor): A 20-minute drive into the countryside affords weary visitors a break from all of the temples. Traditional Cambodian weaving techniques are on display here, giving visitors the chance to see each step of the silk-making process. Visitors will gain insight into the manufacturing of this traditional Cambodian material.
War Museum Cambodia: Formerly known as the Siem Reap War Museum, this museum is equidistant between the village and the International Airport. Many of the guides working at The War Museum Cambodia are war veterans who fought for the Khmer Rouge, the Vietnamese Army, or the Cambodia Army during the troubled times. Here, visitors will learn more about the late 20th century during which the Khmer Rouge were active. This museum contains a mix of Soviet, American and Chinese hardware such as T-54 tanks, MiG-19 jet fighters and plenty of deactivated Kalashnikov rifles such as AK-47s. Visitors will also get a chance to handle some deactivated weapons such as rifles and Browning machine guns.
Luxury Lodging in Siem Reap
Siem Reap is fast becoming a popular destination for well-heeled tourists who are seeking an exploration of the unique heritage that Cambodia offers. Here are some of the high end hotels and lodgings you can opt for:
- Amansara Resort
- AMATAO Tropical Residence
- Anantara Angkor Resort and Spa
- Angkor Palace Resort and Spa
- Angkor Village Hotel
- Belmond La Residence d’Angkor
- Borei Angkor Resort and Spa
- FCC Angkor Hotel
- Park Hyatt Siem Reap
- Raffles Grand Hotel D’Angkor
- Sofitel Angkor Phokeethra Golf and Spa Resort
- Sokha Angkor Resort Siem Reap
- The Privilege Floor
Airports In or Nearby Siem Reap
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- Siem Reap International Airport (REP): This airport is also known as Cambodia’s busiest airport. It mainly serves the city of Siem Reap. It has a new terminal that was inaugurated in 2006. Siem Reap International Airport has one runway with a concrete surface, measuring around 2.5 kilometers long. The airport functions as an aviation hub to numerous international destinations including Bangkok, Kuala Lumpur, Beijing and Hong Kong. It caters to both charter and commercial flights.
- Sihanoukville International Airport (KOS): This is Cambodia’s third international airport, and is located in the city of Sihanoukville. Despite being designated as an international airport, KOS currently only provides domestic commercial air services. It has one runway that measures around 2.5 kilometers long.
- Phnom Penh International Airport (PNH): This is Cambodia’s largest airport, being set on a 400-hectare piece of land. The airport is located around six miles west of Phnom Penh. Some of the facilities present at the airport include five aerobridges, more than 1000 parking spaces, VIP facilities and two terminal buildings (one for domestic and the other for international traffic). The airport has been designed to handle 2 million passengers a year.
- Ratanakiri Airport (RBE): The Ratanakiri Airport is located in the town of Ban Lung in Ratanakiri Province. Currently, it is only used by private and chartered aircraft.
- Kampong Cham Airport (KZK): The Kampong Cham Airport is a small airport located in Kampong Cham City. It is a public use airport and mostly serves chartered jet traffic.
- Battambang Airport (BBM): This is an airport located less than two miles away from the Battambang city center. It is a fairly large airport, occupying a land area of around 128 hectares. Most of the operations at the Battambang Airport are general aviation based. It is 110 miles away from Siem Reap.
- Koh Kong Airport (KKZ): Koh Kong Airport is a small airport that serves the town by the same name. It currently does not cater to any commercial scheduled flights. Koh Kong Airport provides access to one of Cambodia’s greenest and more eco-friendly regions, which is why it attracts a large number of visitors every year. It is mainly used for general aviation.
- Kratié Airport (KTI): Kratie Airport is located in the Kratie Province of Cambodia, about two miles away from the town center. It occupies an area of around 12.5 hectares, and has a 1,100-meter long runway.
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