Pronounced “See-em Reep,” Siem Reap literally means Siam Defeated, celebrating the 17th-century Khmer vic tory over the Thai
Exploring the city Siem Reap has managed to retain its calm, rural ambience despite becoming increasingly busy catering to millions of visitors every year. Its relaxed, well-equipped setting provides the ideal place to unwind after a day exploring Angkor.
The French-Colonial Raffles Grand Hotel d’Angkor, which stands out regally opposite the Royal Gardens in the northern part of town, has been splendidly restored. The small Royal Palace, which is rarely visited by the reigning King Sihamoni, is close by.
South of a statue of Vishnu marking the center of town, Pokambor Avenue runs down the right bank of the Siem Reap River to Psar Chaa. This old market is a great place to shop for souvenirs. Nearby, the renovated old French Quarter is home to some of the most atmospheric restau rants in the Angkor area. For those who wish to explore the area, the banks of the Siem Reap River offer a pleasant stroll. Several blue-painted stilt houses and creaky bam boo water wheels can be seen here. The modern, air-conditioned Angkor National Museum is filled with information on, and artifacts from, Angkor Wat.
Farther south, situated some 6 miles (10 km) away, is the ferry landing on the Tonle Sap. The largest fresh water lake in South east Asia, it is also a bio sphere reserve.
The main monuments at Angkor, the ticket office, and conservatory are all about 4 miles (6 km) north of town. About halfway, at Wat Thmei, is a stupa displaying the skulls of local Khmer Rouge victims.
kingdom of Ayutthaya. The town is the capital of Siem Reap Province, located in northwest Cambodia, and has achieved prominence as the main base for people visiting the temples of Angkor and Roluos. As a burgeoning center of tourism with a new airport, Siem Reap fea tures many new hotels and restau rants, and further development is ongoing.