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About Siem Reap

The capital of the Cambodian province of the same name, Siem Reap is a key fixture on every cruise which explores the Mekong River, acting as the gateway to the country’s most celebrated historical treasure, Angkor Wat. Though the city doesn’t actually sit on the banks of the Mekong it is situated on the shores of the enormous Tonle Sap Lake, which meets the river and supports the livelihood of millions of Cambodians. Siem Reap has its own history to explore, both indigenous and colonial, and it’s the city’s proximity to Angkor Wat which is responsible for drawing the vast majority of visitors.

Exploring Siem Reap

No matter which cruise line you choose to travel with, the focus of your stop in Siem Reap will be an excursion to the Angkor Archaeological Park, home to the fabled Angkor Wat as well as a host of other historical treasures. Dating back to the 12th century, Angkor Wat is the world’s largest religious monument and in its time has been dedicated to both Hindu and Buddhist gods. It was Khmer King Suryavarman II’s state temple and the focal point of his empire, and today remains the country’s most recognisable symbol. During your visit, you’ll explore both aspects of this huge edifice – it’s inner ‘mountain’ structure and the galleried structure which was later built around it. During your visit, you’re free to wander, soak up the atmosphere and architecture and climb to the top of the structure to take in the view.

Elsewhere in the park is Angkor Thom, the final capital city of the Khmer Empire, established by Jayavarman VII. Its name translates as ‘Great City’ and indeed, it certainly lives up to this, boasting some incredible statues, carvings and sculptures which surpass even Angkor Wat in grandeur. Bayon is another site that is possible to visit during your time in Siem Reap and is a Khmer temple, which was the official state temple of the Buddhist king Jayavarman VII. The temple’s most famous for its series of huge stone faces which decorate the faces of its many towers and its bas-reliefs depicting both great battles and day-to-day life. Ta Prohm is another popular temple you’ll possibly visit, owing to its proximity to Angkor Thom. It was founded as a Buddhist Monastery and university and is instantly recognisable because of the huge trees which grow out of it. One of the region’s numerous UNESCO World Heritage Sites, it’s been left in its original state and oozes atmosphere.

In the city of Siem Reap itself, both the Angkor National Museum and the War Museum explore the country’s past in detail. The former offers an interactive journey through the country’s ancient religious history, while the latter examines its more contemporary past and the horrific time of the Khmer Rouge regime.

Siem Reap tips

The many temples of the Angkor Archaeological Park offer free exploration but as many contain areas which are not restored and left in their original state, it’s advisable to bring strong shoes and take care as you explore.

Siem Reap Itineraries

Beijing

Hanoi to Shanghai

6 sailing dates August 2019 to April 2020
32 Nights From Fly From UK, to Arrive UK
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Ho Chi Minh City

Yangon to Siem Reap

1 sailing date October 2019
31 Nights From Depart UK, to Arrive UK
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Phnom Penh

Yangon to Siem Reap

2 sailing dates October 2019 to February 2020
31 Nights From Depart UK, to Arrive UK
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Kampong Chhnang

Vietnam & Cambodia

1 sailing date August 2019
14 Nights From London (Dover), United Kingdom to London (Dover)
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Phnom Penh

Treasures of the Mekong

21 sailing dates July 2019 to April 2020
15 Nights From Depart UK, to Arrive UK
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Ho Chi Minh City

Luxury Mekong & Temple Discovery

21 sailing dates January 2019 to April 2020
13 Nights From Depart UK, to Arrive UK
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Ho Chi Minh City

Mystical Irrawaddy & Treasures of the Mekong

2 sailing dates October 2019 to February 2020
27 Nights From Fly From UK, to Silk Islands
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Ho Chi Minh City

Indochina Explorer & Luxury Mekong

4 sailing dates July 2019 to March 2020
22 Nights From Fly From UK, to Silk Islands
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Ho Chi Minh City

Highlights of Vietnam, Cambodia & Luxury Mekong

19 sailing dates June 2019 to April 2020
19 Nights From Fly From UK, to Arrive UK
Scenic River Cruises logo FROM £5699pp
Siem Reap

Essence of Vietnam, Cambodia & Luxury Mekong 24 Da

14 sailing dates June 2019 to April 2020
23 Nights From Fly From UK, to Arrive UK
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Siem Reap

Ho Chi Minh City to Hanoi

1 sailing date December 2019
14 Nights From Ho Chi Minh City, to Vietnam , Hanoi
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Siem Reap

Ultimate Southeast Asia & the Majestic Mekong

1 sailing date January 2019
21 Nights From UK, to UK
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Ho Chi Minh City

Ultimate Southeast Asia & the Majestic Mekong

1 sailing date August 2019
22 Nights From UK, to UK
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Siem Reap

Heart of Cambodia & Vietnam - Southbound

47 sailing dates January 2019 to April 2020
19 Nights From UK, to UK
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Ho Chi Minh City

Siem Reap to Ho Chi Minh City

1 sailing date December 2018
14 Nights From Siem Reap, Cambodia to , Arrive UK
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Chau Doc

Ho Chi Minh City to Siem Reap

1 sailing date December 2018
14 Nights From Ho Chi Minh City, to Arrive UK
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Ho Chi Minh City

Siem Reap to Ho Chi Minh City

35 sailing dates January 2019 to December 2019
14 Nights From UK, to UK
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Siem Reap

Ho Chi Minh City to Siem Reap

37 sailing dates January 2019 to April 2020
14 Nights From UK, to Arrive UK
Avalon Waterways logo FROM £4589pp
Siem Reap

Essential Vietnam and Cambodia

1 sailing date February 2020
11 Nights From Ho Chi Minh City, to Cambodia , Siem Reap
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Yangon

Wonders of the Irrawaddy and the Mekong

3 sailing dates January 2019 to March 2019
26 Nights From Mandalay, Myanmar to , Ho Chi Minh City
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