Siem Reap province is the cradle of Angkorean civilization and it is a province that offers plenty of opportunity to tourists enthralled by the cultural patrimony. Siem Reap Angkor is the most attractive landmark in Cambodia (Cambodia Map) in terms of cultural tourism in the Southeast Asia.
The Siem Reap province (Map) is conviently situated 314 km northwest of Phnom Penh, along National Rood No 6. It can be reached all year round by National Road No 6 from Phnom Penh Capital, Kampong Cham Province and Kampong Thom Province; and by National Road No 5and 6 from Kampong Chhnang Province, Pursat Province and Battambang Province.
The Siem Reap Province is accessible on direct flights from many major cities in the region including Bangkok, Danang, Hanoi, Ho Chi Minh, Pakse, Vientiane, Kuala Lumpur, Singapore, Hong kong, Kunming, Taipei etc. Today there are 16-20 direct flights per day to Siem Reap and more direct international flights planned for the near future. It can also be reached on domestic flights from Phnom Penh by different types of aircrafts. There are seven daily flights between Phnom Penh Capital and Siem Reap Province operated by two domestic airline companies. Also can be reached by boats along the Tonle Sap River.
Siem Reap has 12 districts such as
1- Angkor Chum District is a district of Siem Reap Province, in north western Cambodia.
2- Angkor Chum District is a district of Siem Reap Province, in north western Cambodia.
3- Banteay Srei District is a district located in Siem Reap Province, in north-west Cambodia.
4- Chi Kraeng District is a district located in Siem Reap Province, in north-west Cambodia.
5- Kralanh District is a district located in Siem Reap Province, in north-west Cambodia.
6- Puok District is one of twelve districts in Siem Reap Province, in northwestern Cambodia.
7- Prasat Bakong District is a district located in Siem Reap Province, in north-west Cambodia.
8- Siem Reap District is an administrative district located in Siem Reap Province, in north-west Cambodia.
9- Sout Nikom District is a district of Siem Reap Province, in north western Cambodia.
10- Srei Snam District is a district of Siem Reap Province, in north western Cambodia.
11- Svay Leu District is a district of Siem Reap Province, in north western Cambodia.
12- Variin District is a district located in Siem Reap Province, in north-west Cambodia.
Group of Angkor Wat
Located at Siem Reap District, North of the provincial town of Siem Reap in 7 kilometter distance from the provincial town by Ko May Road or Sa De Gol Road. Group of small circle temple consists of Angkor Touch (Angkor Wat) which has 65 metter height, 200 hectars land area and surface of the Temple 1,500 meter Sorayak Varman II (1,113-1152) dedicated to Preah Vi Snouk who them was named Preah Bome Vi Snouk Lok right after he died, Bak Kheng Temple which has 45 meters high and 109 peaks located on the if 65 meter high mountain of Bak Kheng where tourists usually climp up to get fresh air and take picture of sun set in the afternoon, Prum Kril temple; Bay Kho temple or temple Bak Sey Cham Krong temple and many other small temple. Located at 10 kilometer from the province town of Siem Reap by the connecting road from Angkor Touch (Angkor Wat).
Group of Angkor Thom temple consists of tmeple of Bayon, Ba Poun, Vi mean Aksa, Pro Lean Chol Dam Rey, Ba Li Lay, Sour Proat having 12 peaks, Khlang Khang Cheung Khlang Khang Tbong, group of Phreah Pi Thu temple having three temples, Viheah 17 Lveng, and terrace of Sdach Kum Lung with five statues of Phrea Thom each has five meter high consisting of Pheah En Tep, Preah Ang Ngut, Pheah Tep Pro Liem and Preah Sang Tuk.
A great excursion is on Tonle Sap Lake, a vast body of water that, when the Mekong floods, is Southeast Asia’s largest freshwater lake. A boat trip on the lake reveals rural Cambodian life as it co-exists with the seasonal floods, with floating and stilted villages where communities dwell in an aquatic world.
Kulen Mountain is located in Svay Len and Varin District in 48 kilometer distance from the Siem Reap town by short cut or in 50 kilometer distance from the Sal De Gol Road of Siem Reap, small circle, big circle, Pheah Dak Road, Road A66, then turning to the Malaysian Developed Road. At mountain of Kulen, tourists can visit such place as follows:
Angkor National Museum project has been initiated from the granted contract to “Build, Cooperate and Transfer (BCT)” between the Ministry of Culture and Fine Arts, APSARA Authority (MCFA & APSARA) on behalf of the Royal Government of Cambodia and The Museum Co., Ltd. on its 30 year concession period.
Unlike other grand museums in the country, this one is a humble yet stirring affair. Setup by local deminer Aki Ra, the Landmine Museum, located in a countryside shack, is a brave attempt to educate locals as well as foreigners about the use, effects, and statistics of landmines and other unexploded ordinance in Cambodia.
The most popular market is Old Market that could be the first market attraction in Siem Reap. This market the one that you could visit to fine souvenire and traditional Khmer good. It’s set in a great location right in the heart to town, and it is a main shopping spot for location and tourists alike, and also the hub of Siem Reap activity.
After the sun goes down, the focus shifts firmly a block east of the Old Market to the ‘Pub Street’ and the nearby alleys, so named for the numerous and varied restaurants and pubs that line Street 8. It all began in 1998 when Angkor What? Bar opened its doors – the lone pub on an otherwise quiet street. These days Pub Street is packed end to end with restaurants, boutiques, shops and pubs as are the many of the connecting alleys and passages, each with its own special character.
At the Silk Far free-guided tours of the workshops will show you how silk is traditionally worked in Cambodia. Learn about the culture of mulberry trees providing feed for silkworm and observe artisans removing of the silk thread from the cocoons and working the thread prior to traditional dyeing and weaving.
Angkor Wat is a temple complex at Angkor, Cambodia, built for the king Suryavarman II in the early 12th century as his state temple and capital city. As the best-preserved temple at the site, it is the only one to have remained a significant religious centre since its foundation – first Hindu, dedicated to the god Vishnu, then Buddhist. It is the world’s largest religious building. The temple is at the top of the high classical style of Khmer architecture. It has become a symbol of Cambodia, appearing on its national flag, and it is the country’s prime attraction for visitors.