Siem Reap: Cambodia’s Most Touristy City

Siem Reap, like Phnom Penh, is an interesting mix of old and new, finished and unfinished, and tourists and locals. It felt more touristy than Phnom Penh, and overall, I liked it a little less. The streets seemed a little more chaotic, there were more tourists, and it’s the only place we saw any child beggars. But despite all this, it’s still a vibrant and interesting place. There’s a gorgeous market in the center of the city in a modern and clean building next to a picturesque river, there’s a loud and busy street filled with restaurants and bars (called “Pub Street”), and there are a lot of cute shops devoted to selling goods made by Cambodian women, fair trade items, or that just generally support an NGO. That was one of my favorite parts about the city, and I did a lot of my Christmas shopping in these shops!

Siem Reap street

We spent several days in Siem Reap, but we really only spent a couple of evenings exploring the city, as our days were spent exploring Angkor Wat and Angkor Thom. I’m sure we missed a lot, but we also managed to captured a lot of what life is like in this busy Cambodian city. Here are some of the best photos that sum up Siem Reap!

"Gas station" in Cambodia

Empty street on the way to the temples

Beautiful gate in Siem Reap

Sculpture in Siem Reap

Pub Street in Siem Reap

Playing games in a courtyard

Ball games in a courtyard

Traffic in Siem Reap

Siem Reap River

Gorgeous sunset at Angkor Night Market

Angkor Night Market

Angkor Night Market

Siem Reap River

Park near Angkor Night Market

Bridge to Angkor Night Market

Streets of Siem Reap

Dirt road in Siem Reap

Dirt road in Siem Reap

Which photo is your favorite?

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4 Responses to “Siem Reap: Cambodia’s Most Touristy City”

  1. Lori Finley January 29, 2013 at 1:50 pm #

    Sunset and river pictures. The busy roads with all the people would probably make me feel very anxious.

    • Andrea January 30, 2013 at 10:16 am #

      The busy roads did make us both feel anxious! Crossing a street is TERRIFYING. We stuck to taking tuk tuks everywhere, so we wouldn’t have to deal with the “crosswalks” :) Glad you liked the river shots!

  2. Rachel January 29, 2013 at 8:46 pm #

    Nice pictures! I like the last two, with the dirt roads.

    • Andrea January 30, 2013 at 10:17 am #

      Thanks! We thought it was interesting how many dirt roads there were in Siem Reap–even our super nice hotel was on a dirt road! I can’t wait to hear more about your guys’ time in Siem Reap, I think you ended up doing/seeing a lot more of the city than we did!

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