Siem Reap is the gateway to the incomparable treasures of the Angkor Archeological Park, but when temple fatigue hits this bustling town has its own charms.
Chinese and French influence is reflected in the older parts of the town. Psar Chaa market is the best place to head for Cambodian cuisine, while the flavors available elsewhere range from authentic to a taste of home for long-term backpackers.
A visit to the mangrove swamps and bird sanctuaries at nearby Tonlé Sap, the largest freshwater lake in Southeast Asia, makes a great contrast to the man-made marvels of the region.
Siem Reap, in northwestern Cambodia, is served by its own international airport with flights from the hubs of Singapore and Bangkok, as well as other Asian destinations. The bus from Cambodia’s capital Phnom Penh takes about 6 hours.
Once in Siem Reap there are countless tuk-tuks (motorized rickshaws) to take you around town or to the Angkor sights; the majority lie due north of the city.