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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

From The Temples of Angkor To The Mekong Delta

23 sailing dates July 2021 to December 2021
10 Nights From Siem Reap, Cambodia to , Saigon (Ho Chi Min City)
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Chengdu

Vietnam, Cambodia & China Discovery

6 sailing dates March 2021 to October 2021
26 Nights From Siem Reap, Cambodia to , Shanghai
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Angkor Wat

Majestic Mekong Cruising

18 sailing dates July 2022 to November 2022
8 Nights From Siem Reap, Cambodia to , Saigon (Ho Chi Min City)
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Hanoi

Imperial Vietnam, Cambodia and Myanmar

4 sailing dates September 2021 to January 2022
30 Nights From Hanoi (Ha Long Bay), Vietnam, Vietnam to Myanmar , Yangon
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Phnom Penh

Vietnam & Cambodia Discovery

28 sailing dates March 2021 to December 2022
16 Nights From Hanoi (Ha Long Bay), Vietnam, Vietnam to , Saigon (Ho Chi Min City)
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Angkor Wat

Vietnam & Cambodia Highlights

34 sailing dates March 2021 to December 2022
12 Nights From Siem Reap, Cambodia to , Saigon (Ho Chi Min City)
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Angkor Wat

Majestic Mekong Cruise

20 sailing dates July 2021 to August 2022
8 Nights From Saigon (Ho Chi Min City), to Cambodia , Siem Reap
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Siem Reap

Spiritual Cambodia & the Mekong

37 sailing dates March 2021 to December 2022
10 Nights From Siem Reap, Cambodia to , My Tho
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Angkor Wat

Best of Vietnam & Cambodia

33 sailing dates March 2021 to November 2022
21 Nights From Hanoi (Ha Long Bay), Vietnam, Vietnam to Cambodia , Siem Reap
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Luke Nguyen's Vietnam & Mekong River Cruise

2 sailing dates November 2021 to November 2022
13 Nights From Saigon (Ho Chi Min City), to Cambodia , Siem Reap
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Phnom Penh

Vietnam & Cambodia Discovery

18 sailing dates March 2021 to March 2022
16 Nights From Hanoi (Ha Long Bay), Vietnam, Vietnam to Cambodia , Siem Reap
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Yangon

Highlights of Cambodia, Vietnam and Myanmar

3 sailing dates October 2021 to January 2022
26 Nights From Siem Reap, Cambodia to Myanmar , Yangon
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Hanoi

Discover Vietnam and Cambodia

1 sailing date July 2022
17 Nights From Hanoi (Ha Long Bay), Vietnam, Vietnam to , Saigon (Ho Chi Min City)
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Phnom Penh

Natural Wonders of Vietnam & Cambodia

33 sailing dates July 2021 to November 2022
23 Nights From Hanoi (Ha Long Bay), Vietnam, Vietnam to Cambodia , Siem Reap
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Angkor Wat

Luxury Mekong from Ho chi Minh

37 sailing dates August 2021 to May 2023
11 Nights From UK, to UK
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Angkor Wat

Vietnam & Cambodia Discovery - Hanoi to Siem Reap

26 sailing dates July 2021 to November 2022
18 Nights From London, United Kingdom to London
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Phnom Penh

Vietnam & Cambodia Discovery - Hanoi to Ho ChiMinh

27 sailing dates July 2021 to November 2022
18 Nights From London, United Kingdom to London
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Kampong Chhnang

From the Mekong Delta to Siem Reap

5 sailing dates October 2021 to December 2021
8 Nights From Saigon (Ho Chi Min City), to Cambodia , Siem Reap
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Chau Doc

From the Mekong Delta to the Temples of Angkor

11 sailing dates July 2021 to December 2021
16 Nights From Hanoi (Ha Long Bay), Vietnam, Vietnam to , Angkor
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Chau Doc

From Siem Reap to the Mekong Delta

6 sailing dates October 2021 to December 2021
8 Nights From Siem Reap, Cambodia to , Saigon (Ho Chi Min City)
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