Getting to know Siem Reap
Siem Reap literally means ‘Siam defeated’, celebrates a Khmer victory over Thailand, formerly known as Siam. Previously just a small town before entering the Angkor temples, Siem Reap has transformed into a tourist hub during the last ten years.
The town is now deemed as one of the region’s main tourist hubs, home to some of the finest restaurants and hotels. Sieam Reap and its locals have phlegmatically conserved most of the town’s culture and tradition, despite the international influences.
Sieam Reap transformed from a group of small settlements along the Siem Reap River. The settlements grew around pagodas and other religious monuments. From Wat Preah En Kau Sei, in town, to Wat Phnom Krom, where the river connects to Tonle Sap Lake, these beautiful places of worship are weaved beautifully along the river. Nowadays, the main town is located around the Psar Chas, Old Market, and Sivutha Street, where there are plenty of options for entertainment, dining, and shopping.
Aside from the road that leads to the airport, Siem Reap is still a quaint town to spend a couple of days in. The variety of dining and entertainment options is perfect when you think of the number of days spent exploring one of the Seven Wonders of the World.