of Siem Reap
Siem Reap is the gateway town to the mighty Angkor complex ruins, with the iconic Angkor Wat just 7km down the road from central Siem Reap. With well over 2 million tourists visiting here every year it has driven an explosion of international restaurants offering all types of world cuisine, hundreds of accommodation options from backpacker to super high-end, spas and plenty of activities even for non-temple days. There is a very active nightlife scene with many bars centred around Street 08, better known as Pub Street. With super cheap drinks prices and permanent drinks promotions, Pub Street is always heaving with party-goers. There are still some traditional Cambodian markets around as well as some classic souvenir shopping to be had. You can also find some action fuelled entertainment with Khmer kickboxing and off-road motorsport trips around the countryside. All this has created a tourist bubble around central Siem Reap, and it doesn't look or feel like anywhere else in Cambodia. Those travelling for a while will probably find themselves having a splurge on some quality western food; it's pretty hard to resist!