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The best of Siem Reap
For many years, travellers have flocked to this Cambodian city to explore the majestic UNESCO-listed temples of Angkor, the former centre of the Khmer Empire which ruled from the 9th to the 15th centuries—but there are so many more things to do in Siem Reap. These days the town is more than a gateway to Angkor: it’s a destination in its own right. After a day of sightseeing, tourists and locals alike seek out rooftop cocktails, live music, design shops, tasty street eats and world-class hotels to lay their heads. You should really join them. Done something on this list and loved it? Share it with the hashtag #TimeOutDoList and tag @TimeOutEverywhere. Find out more about how Time Out selects the very best things to do all over the world.
Formerly the stopping-off point for resting your weary ankles while exploring the temples of amazing Angkor Wat, Siem Reap has now flourished into a destination itself. Despite the city having few tourist attractions, there are still lots of things to do, see and discover. A burgeoning creative scene takes in annual film and photography festivals, and the town is also the home to Cambodia’s leading contemporary circus. Unsurprisingly, there are plenty of opportunities to spend your dollars (the most accepted currency) too, with first-class shopping and cuisines to suit all tastes and pockets. Accommodation-wise, you’ll find the best selection in Cambodia; from many top-end, tasteful spa hotels right down to backpacker hostels. Add in stilt houses, gay-friendly options, eco-chic resorts and social collectives and you’ve got something for everyone. Here are our favourites.