Siem Reap – Home of Angkor Wat

Siem Reap is a busy city and popular destination for tourists arriving from all around the globe to observe that the worlds famous Angkor Wat temple complex.

Hundreds of years ago, the oriental south east was part of this mighty Siam Empire which is reflected in the towns current name, Siem Reap, which means literally “defeating the Siam” which refers to the warfare which is portrayed on the temples of the Angkor Wat Temple Complex.

The first mention of Angkor Wat and is its surrounding temples in contemporary literature was by Antonio da Magdalena, a Portuguese monk who traveled throughout the region in 1586. He explained the temples as using “Outstanding construction, impossible to describe with a pencil” remarking that they were like “no other building in the world” with “figurines and decoration” that are as refined as the human imagination would think possible.

The very best way to go around Siem Reap is either with a hired bicycle, or a Tuk Tuk. After many foreigns having accidents, it is no longer possible to rent motorcycles and the alternative, the human powered bicycle, could be rented for around $4-5 daily. There are many bicycle rental stores around the city, and you can also request your hotel or guest house if they have any bicycles available for lease. The other alternative, a Tuk Tuk, Siem Reap blog, is better in warm weather.

There are lots of Tuk Tuk’s around city in Siem Reap and its not possible to go without transportation. You can hire a Tuk Tuk for short trips which can cost you $1-$2 in town, or you may hire a Tuk Tuk for your entire day, from before sunrise, until after sun-set. This will cost you $15/day, but if you decide to see the much out temples for example “bantey srey” you will have to give your Tuk Tuk driver an additional $10. Tuk Tuk drivers at Siem Reap are required to register for a Tuk Tuk license and wear a numbered vest at all times. Remember your Tuk Tuk drivers amount or you may be unable to identify which driver is yours.

Souvenirs popular with vacationers, inluding paintings, carvings, silks and other fabrics, silver items, clothes, DVD’s and CD’s and pottery can be bought at the Old Marketplace which is located in the middle of the most happening part of town. Vendors expect one to drive a hard deal, so in the event that you pay more than 2/3rds the first price, you are not bargaining hard enough. Always halve the price first quoted, and then play hard ball. That is a cultural entity and is thought to be a necessary part of commerce.

The district surrounding the old marketplace is full of pubs, bars, hotels and cafes, a number of which offer internet service. Many tourists make this a fun place to spend a day, Siem Reap Daily, but this part of town definitely transforms into a party heaven at night.

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“Pub Street” is a fundamental road in Siem Reap which is made open to pedestrians at night, which provides a fun street setting with souvenir shops, restaurants, bars and many of the most popular clubs in Siem Reap. As there is no traffic, many of the parties kicked out into the street, where vendors and beggars are at a minimum. The most well-known clubs on this street comprise the Temple Club for drinks, music and other entertainment, or the Angkor What? Pub that caters to the backpacker crowd. Pub street is absolutely worth a trip and no trip is complete without a night on the town in Siem Reap.

If You like siem reap, There Are Lots of other attractions around cambodia, together with the beach party scene of Sihanoukville, and the riverside restaurants in Phnom Penh.