iem Reap has colonial and Chinese-style architecture in the Old French Quarter, and around the Old Market. In the city, there are traditional Apsara dance performances, craft shops, silk farms, rice-paddy countryside, fishing villages and a bird sanctuary near the Tonle Sap Lake. Siem Reap today, being a popular tourist destination, has a large number of hotels and restaurants. The name Siem Reap means the ‘Defeat of Siam’ (Thailand) and refers to the centuries-old conflict between the Siamese and Khmer peoples. This name, according to an oral tradition, was baptized by King Ang Chan (1516-1566) as “Siem Reap”, meaning “the flat defeat of Siam” (Cambodians call Siam or Thailand “Siem”). It was because of the victory over the Thais which King Ang Chan counter-attacked, and shot Prince Ong dead on an elephant’s back, and routed the Thais and captured no less than 10,000 Thai troops.
Siem Reap has a tropical climate. Wet season is from May to October, dry season begins in November and ends in April, average temperatures stay around 30C throughout the year. DRESS CODE: light cotton clothing, comfortable shoes, sandals, hat, sunglasses. When visiting temples it is advisable to dress modestly and wear shirts with sleeves.
In Siem Reap it is possible to find local handicrafts such as clothing, traditional scarves, sculptures, paintings….
NO SMOKING, PLEASE
Smoking is forbidden in all temples, public transport, airports (they may have designated smoking areas), bus stations, indoor public places including office buildings, hospitals.
Tip is discretionary and up to you, of course gratuities for a good service are appreciated.