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The small provincial capital of Siem Reap Town is nestled between the rice paddies and along the Siem Reap River, serving as the gateway to old temple ruins of the Khmer Empire. A can’t miss sight is the UNESCO designated World Heritage Site, the Angkor Archaeological Park – where dozens of temple ruins such as Bayon, Banteay Srey and the legendary Angkor Wat, are housed within, all unspoiled by activities of progressive development.
Characterized by a cluster of old villages, originally developed around individual pagodas, and later overlaid with French colonial-era center, Siem Reap remains a charmer. In today’s time Siem Reap is a picture of a growing urban center with restaurants, a wide range of upscale hotels and budget guest houses, pubs and shops. Nightlife venues are found on the Pub Street area, a famous watering hole for most bar and club hoppers. Some of the latest running bars in town like the Temple Club, Angkor What, Mikey’s and X-Bar are also found in the Pub Street area. Dining venues are spread across town all serving a variety of Asian, Western, French and Khmer/Cambodian cuisines and specialties.
Getting around Siem Reap is catered to by bus services operating between Phnom Penh and Siem Reap. Alternative transportation option is share taxis which provide a faster way to reach the various places between Siem Reap and the capital.