Siem Reap Overview
Unknown to the world until French naturalist Henri Mouhot literally stumbled onto it in 1861, the area of Angkor existed for centuries only as a myth. Today more guesthouses, hotels, and world-class wining and dining spots, and sumptuous spas are blossoming all over town catering to all the needs of travelers.
From Siem Reap, travel a little to the north to the famous world monuments of Angkor Wat. Visitors will have a great time admiring the hundreds of temples and exploring the surrounding forest of Angkor Wat. After visiting the temples, spend a few days exploring the town, which is also very interesting. Tonle Sap (Great Lake) is a large lake located to the south of Siem Reap. You can take a boat trip on the lake which will leave you feeling very relaxed. About 30 km to the north of Angkor Wat is the BanteayChmar Temple—a place well worth visiting for íts unique monuments. This one is smaller compared with the temples at Angkor and was built about 1000 years ago.