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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

Phnom Penh

Fascinating Vietnam - Ho Chi Minh City to Bangkok

56 sailing dates August 2021 to November 2023
15 Nights From Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam, to Bangkok, Thailand
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Phnom Penh

Fascinating Vietnam, Cambodia & The Mekong River

18 sailing dates August 2021 to December 2021
15 Nights From Hanoi, Vietnam to Cambodia , Siem Reap
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Siem Reap

The Heart Of Cambodia & Vietnam With Bangkok

54 sailing dates August 2021 to December 2023
20 Nights From Bangkok, Thailand, to Vietnam , Hanoi
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Chau Doc

Fascinating Vietnam, Cambodia & The Mekong River

55 sailing dates August 2021 to December 2023
15 Nights From Hanoi, Vietnam to , Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam
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Phnom Penh

Fascinating Vietnam, Cambodia & The Mekong River

56 sailing dates August 2021 to December 2023
15 Nights From Siem Reap, Cambodia to , Bangkok, Thailand
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Magwe

Treasures of the Mekong & Mystical Myanmar

1 sailing date October 2021
31 Nights From Siem Reap, Cambodia to Myanmar , Yangon, Myanmar
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Ho Chi Minh City

Grand Indochina & Luxury Mekong

2 sailing dates August 2021 to September 2021
27 Nights From Hanoi, Vietnam to , Bangkok, Thailand
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Ho Chi Minh City

Journey along the Mekong from Ho Chi Minh City

2 sailing dates September 2021 to October 2021
17 Nights From Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam, to Bangkok, Thailand
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Angkor Wat

Hanoi to Ho Chi Minh City

17 sailing dates September 2021 to November 2022
17 Nights From Hanoi, Vietnam to , Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam
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Ho Chi Minh City

Ho Chi Minh City To Siem Reap

22 sailing dates September 2021 to May 2023
12 Nights From Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam, to Cambodia , Siem Reap
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Hanoi

Highlights of Vietnam, Cambodia & Luxury Mekong

9 sailing dates September 2021 to May 2022
17 Nights From Hanoi, Vietnam to Cambodia , Siem Reap
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Phnom Penh

Essence of Vietnam, Cambodia & Luxury Mekong 1

21 sailing dates August 2021 to April 2023
21 Nights From Hanoi, Vietnam to , Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam
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Phnom Penh

Essence of Vietnam, Cambodia & Luxury Mekong 2

22 sailing dates August 2021 to April 2023
21 Nights From Hanoi, Vietnam to Cambodia , Siem Reap
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Ho Chi Minh City

Treasures of the Mekong-HoChi Minh CityToSiem Reap

28 sailing dates September 2021 to December 2022
12 Nights From Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam, to Cambodia , Siem Reap
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Angkor Wat

Siem Reap To Ho Chi Minh City

21 sailing dates September 2021 to December 2022
12 Nights From Siem Reap, Cambodia to , Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam
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Ho Chi Minh City

Hanoi to Siem Reap

20 sailing dates September 2021 to May 2023
17 Nights From Hanoi, Vietnam to Cambodia , Siem Reap
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Angkor Wat

Highlights of Vietnam, Cambodia & Luxury Mekong

13 sailing dates September 2021 to October 2022
17 Nights From Hanoi, Vietnam to Cambodia , Siem Reap
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Ho Chi Minh City

Treasures & Temples of Vietnam & Cambodia

11 sailing dates November 2021 to April 2023
16 Nights From Hanoi, Vietnam to , Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam
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Phnom Penh

Siem Reap To Ho Chi Minh City

9 sailing dates September 2021 to May 2022
12 Nights From Siem Reap, Cambodia to , Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam
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Siem Reap

Indochina Explorer & Luxury Mekong

2 sailing dates September 2021 to November 2021
22 Nights From Depart UK, to Arrive UK
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