Let the culmination of Cambodia’s modern buzz and the wonder of the ancient world inspire you as you experience everything Siem Reap has to offer. While this city is well within reach from the mystical temples of Angkor, the vivacious excitement of Siem Reap is almost a world away from that quiet tranquillity. Forget about a quiet vacation in the middle of nowhere and plan your adventure in a city where bling, charisma and excitement far exceed the limit on the thrill scales.
This beautiful city has been attracting tourists since the early 1900’s, so find out what all the fuss is about and enjoy an incredible vacation in Siem Reap!
The history of Siem Reap
The name Siem Reap is one of the first links to its story that is worth noting, it is believed that King Ang Chan successfully rejected the army invasion which was arranged by the King Maya Chakkraphat in 1549. It was after this victory and during the struggle for independence from Siam that King Ang Chan decided to name the city Siem Reap, which can be translated as the Defeat of Siam. While this is considered an oral tradition rather than fact, it does lend an air of strength and pride to an extremely proud region.
The early history is somewhat surpassed by the city’s discovery by the French in the 19th century, as it was under French reign when the city began attracting tourists. From as early as 1907, the city saw crowds of tourists with the number growing each year. Tourism took a dip while the country was overrun by war and strife but saw the second boom during the 1990s.
Accommodation in Siem Reap
The first Grand Hotel opened its doors in 1929 and this ground-breaking resort was the first of many in Siem Reap. The city is now bursting with comfortable, stylish and breathtaking hotels as well as a number of quiet retreats and affordable hostels. Whether you are an avid explorer, backpacker or a 5 star traveller; you can rest assured that you will be welcomed into Siem Reap with open arms and refreshing rooms. The choice is yours in Siem Reap, so start planning your unforgettable adventure today!
Tourist attractions in and around Siem Reap
This booming tourist city has no shortage of amazing attractions, so make sure you plan ample time to explore and discover the wonders of Siem Reap. While the city is undeniably famous for its close proximity to the Angkor Ancient Archaeological Complex, there are also a number of other attractions in the region. While marvelling at the Bayon Temple’s smiling faces or embracing the ambience that surrounds, Angkor Wat is guaranteed to be enjoyable there are also a variety of excursions that will take your breath away.
Siem Reap tends to become quite loud and exciting at times, so if you are looking forward to enjoying a few quiet hours then why not cycle through the paddies nearby. If cycling isn’t your cup of tea then opt for a hike or even a charming horse trail. It doesn’t matter how you choose to experience Cambodia, just so long as you do!
With museums, galleries, trails, temples and city-living all rolled into one exhilarating experience, you might find yourself in need of some major rest and relaxation, so make sure you have enough time for a spa treatment in some of the finest health spas and salons in Siem Reap. Fine dining, tantalising taste testing and luxurious spa retreats are all par for the course in Siem Reap!