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Siem Reap Local History

Siem Reap Town serves as a gateway to the temple ruins of the remnants of the Angkor Capital and is actually a cluster of old villages. Angkor means Holy or Capital City and Khmer was the dominant ethnic group in ancient and modern Cambodia. Angkor was the capital city of the Khmer Empire that existed in the area of Cambodia between the 9th and 13th Centuries.The temple ruins represent the pinnacle of the ancient Khmer architecture, art and civilization.

At its height, the Age of Angkor was when it contained over a million people. Vast waterworks and grand temples were constructed and its military, economic and cultural dominance held sway over a large area of Cambodia.

After the 13th century, Angkor suffered repeated invasions by the Thais and the capital was moved. The temples remained active, although their function changed over the years. Angkor Wat was visited several times by Western explorers and missionaries between the 16th and 19th centuries, but today, Angkor is visited by tourists from all over the world.

Siem Reap Attractions

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Angkor Thom - It is a 3km two-walled and moated royal city and was the last capital of the Angkorian empire. Some of Angkor's greatest temples are situated in this city, constructed in the 12th century. There are five entrances to the city and each gate is crowned with four giant faces.

Angkor Wat - It is visually, architecturally and artistically breathtaking and is a massive three-tiered pyramid crowned by five beehive-like towers rising 65 metres above the ground. It is surrounded by a moat and exterior walls, with the walls of the temple itself, covered with bas-reliefs and carvings. Although originally constructed in the 12th Century as a Hindu temple, it has served as a Buddhist temple since the 14th Century.

Cambodian Cultural Village - An unique attraction designed to introduce visitors to Cambodian history and culture. It is a wax museum with scenes and figures from history and it also has scale models of sites, such as the Royal Palace and the Phsar Thmey. There are also models showing a variety of Cambodian architectural types and a traditional Khmer wedding show twice a day.

Tonie Sap - The Great Lake. It is one of the largest freshwater lakes in the world with floating fishing villages doted around the semi-submerged forest and offers an excellent place to see rural Cambodia and its unique eco-system, rich in birds. There are boat trips that range from 2 hours to 3 day excursions on the lake.

Giddy Gecko Lounge & Bar Take time to relax at the uniquely decorated GIDDY GECKO bar/lounge which is located on the alley right behind Temple Club. Giddy Gecko offers a full range of drinks and juices plus a chance to experience and relax with music and fruit flavored water pipes – the only shisha, hookah or water pipes in Siem Reap. Ask for food menu. Bring your laptop and check your email. Enjoy a relaxing time in the evening.
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Maharajah Royal Indian Cuisine Halal - - A dining experience at MAHARAJAH will make you believe that exclusivity with a touch of simplicity is important in the creation of every delicious dish. Along with the assurance of a wide range of delectable dishes and an immaculate service, a meal at The MAHARAJAH restaurant inspires interactive dining. Here is a priceless range of all finger licking royal Indian vegetarian & non vegetarian dishes, serve with fine Yellow rice, Pickles and Gourmet Chutneys. Continue to receive great reviews from customers. The one & only Authentic HALAL food in town Fresh, Hygienic & Authentic. All dishes are prepared with vegetable oil, vegetables are cleaned with drinking water and the ice made with purified water.
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Siem Reap Restaurants and Bars

Siem Reap Restaurants

Angkor café - opposite Angkor Wat. The restaurant has finely prepared Khmer food, western breakfast, cake and ice cream in a garden setting with airconditioning. It is also an upscale souvenir shop, which lends a stylish edge to its polished ambiance.

Bay on 1 - Wat Bo Rd, just north on Route No 6. A restaurant serving Cambodian and Chinese food buffet and a' la carte with reasonable prices and a traditional shadow puppet performance.

Borey Sovann - on the road to Angkor Wat. An extensive, moderately priced menu of Cambodian cuisine with covered and open air seating. There are also traditional Aspara dances.

Siem Reap Bars & Clubs

Angkor What - Old Market area. Popular, friendly bar which can be crowded in the evenings with ex-pats and travellers alike. A young, welcoming bar atmosphere that has good music and is reasonably priced.

Buddha Lounge - Old Market area. Indoor and outdoor seating, a full bar at reasonable prices with a free pool table and good music.

Easy Speaking - "Bar street", Old Market area. New friendly pub/cafe that has a full bar, Angkor draft and complimentary popcorn, peanuts and fruit. It has a relaxed atmosphere with reasonable prices and a happy hour.

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