It is thanks to the Angkor temples that Siem Reap has developed into the thriving city it has become in recent years. There is barely a single visitor who does not have a temple visit on his or her agenda. Towards the end of the twentieth century there were around 60,000 inhabitants, by 2008 that number varied from about 175,000 to 230,000. Cambodians apparently are not that accurate and current data is simply not available. The center of Siem Reap is convenient and you can comfortably reach everywhere by Tuk Tuk or even on foot.

The five boroughs of French Quarter, Old Market, Taphul Village, Wat Bo Area and Wat Damnak divide the centre. In addition to this, there is the Airport Road with its numerous hotels and in the direction of Angkor and northern Siem Reap the Royal Gardens and the National Museum. The new T-Galleria is located in the immediate vicinity of the Museum. It is a store equipped with luxury brands from the International DFS Group for lovers of Cartier, Bvlgari & co. Etc.

Siem Reap – A city of fascinating rustic charm

Amongst others, the Hyatt (newly renovated in 2015) or Shinta Mani (ranked a traveller’s choice winner on TripAdvisor worldwide) are certainly a popular starting point. Nevertheless, and despite the boom of the past four years, Siem Reap has retained its charming, rustic atmosphere. Seemingly wild hanging electrical cables dominate the city, accompanied by the sonorous tone of the Tuk Tuk engines – the Asian taxi. In the markets, is the hustle and bustle between fruit and vegetables, fish and meat, socks and shirts and more. Buddhist monks walk along the streets in their orange robes. Caution: Women should not touch them! Children have fun jumping from trees and bridges into the Siem Reap River, supervised by either their parents or by lifeguards.
Street restaurants offer their specialties – in the evening they populate the already crowded walkways. They do business with Cambodians, who quickly buy either some ingredients or a complete meal. This whole scene plays outs not far from Pub-Street. Pub-Street – the famous 100 meters long tourist mile. This is a place where it becomes louder and more changeable as the hour advances. Nevertheless, and indeed perhaps because of this, you should experience this concentration of tourists.
Those people who stay longer in Siem Reap can easily experience 100 things and more in Siem Reap and the surrounding area.

Photos of Siem Reap and the surrounding area

Several times during the last few years I have been in Siem Reap, and in my head, I have had countless pictures and memories. Fortunately, whilst most are not only there they are also safe on a hard drive so I don’t forget them. In this photo gallery, I have put together a small selection, I call it “Siem Reap – scenes of a city” and for me Angkor belongs here as well. By the way, inspired by these photos I received the article “10 days in Cambodia” from the blog “KimSmithMiller”. There is a certain similarity in the composition, which is deliberate.

Crossing traffic light
Electricity Downtown Siem Reap
Siem Reap - Street with houses
Electricity Siem Reap
Siem Reap - rusted door
Working on a rice field in Siem Reap
Siem Reap - kids fun in the river
House for sale in Siem Reap
Pagoda Siem Reap - colorful wall painting
Siem Reap - worker, housebuilding
Family Siem Reap
Siem Reap - clothes line
Siem Reap - monks at school in a pagoda
Siem Reap - monk at site
Angkor Temple Cambodia
Cat at an Angkor Temple
siem reap - canned fruit and vegetables
Women at Pshar Leu market in Siem Reap
Souveniers - Angkor park Siem Reap
Siem Reap - house, made of wood
Rice field in Siem Reap
Vendor and breakfast at Pshar Leu market in Siem Reap
School in Siem Reap
Play chess in Siem Reap
incense sticks - buddhism, Cambodia
smiling family on a bycicle in Siem Reap
bycicle riding Siem Reap
Pupils on a bycicle- Siem Reap
Buddhism - Angkor Wat
Angkor Thom - North Gate
Phnom Krom, Siem Reap
procession - monks, Siem Reap
goat at Phnom Krom
Ta Prohm - Angkor Temple
Lily Flowers in Siem Reap
Men in a pub in Siem Reap
Vendor with lotus flowers at a market in Siem Reap
soup and meat at restaurant in Siem Reap
moat with fog in the morning at Angkor Wat
laughing children in Siem Reap

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