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Siem Reap River Cruises

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

Indochina Explorer & Luxury Mekong

5 sailing dates October 2020 to November 2021
22 Nights From Depart UK, to Arrive UK
Scenic River Cruises logo FROM £7149pp
Phnom Penh

From Siem Reap to the Morning Delta

5 sailing dates October 2020 to December 2020
8 Nights From Siem Reap, Cambodia to , Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam
CroisiEurope logo FROM £2099pp
Phnom Penh

The Heart of Cambodia & Vietnam (Northbound)

1 sailing date April 2021
17 Nights From Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam, to Vietnam , Hanoi (Ha Long Bay), Vietnam
Avalon Waterways logo FROM £5649pp
Ho Chi Minh City

Siem Reap to Ho Chi Minh City

21 sailing dates July 2020 to May 2021
11 Nights From Depart UK, to Arrive UK

Includes HUGE savings of up to £3,000 per couple plus a FREE two-night stopover in Dubai on selected sailings!

Scenic River Cruises logo FROM £3999pp
Ho Chi Minh City

Vietnam And Cambodia Highlights

1 sailing date December 2020
12 Nights From Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam, to Cambodia , Siem Reap
APT Cruising logo CALL
Siem Reap

Essence of Vietnam, Cambodia & Luxury Mekong

17 sailing dates July 2020 to December 2021
23 Nights From UK, to Arrive UK
Scenic River Cruises logo FROM £6069pp
Ho Chi Minh City

Siem Reap to Ho chi minh

12 sailing dates November 2020 to April 2021
13 Nights From Siem Reap, Cambodia to , Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam
APT Cruising logo FROM £5029pp
Ho Chi Minh City

Ho Chi Minh to Siem Reap

15 sailing dates July 2020 to March 2021
11 Nights From Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam, to Cambodia , Siem Reap

Includes HUGE savings of up to 35%! Cabins selling fast!

APT Cruising logo FROM £3049pp
Ho Chi Minh City

Essential Vietnam & Cambodia from Siem reap

15 sailing dates July 2020 to March 2021
12 Nights From Siem Reap, Cambodia to , Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam

Includes HUGE savings of up to 35%! Cabins selling fast!

APT Cruising logo FROM £2999pp
Phnom Penh

Luxury Vietnam & Cambodia from Siem reap

12 sailing dates November 2020 to April 2021
12 Nights From Siem Reap, Cambodia to , Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam

Fly FREE in Premium Economy!

APT Cruising logo FROM £4839pp
Kampong Chhnang

Luxury Vietnam & Cambodia from Ho Chi Minh City

12 sailing dates October 2020 to April 2021
12 Nights From Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam, to Cambodia , Siem Reap

Fly FREE in Premium Economy!

APT Cruising logo FROM £4839pp
Chau Doc

Fascinating Vietnam, Cambodia & the Mekong River

53 sailing dates August 2020 to December 2021
12 Nights From Siem Reap, Cambodia to , Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam

Includes HUGE savings plus FREE private home pick-up service!

Avalon Waterways logo FROM £4469pp
Siem Reap

Luxury Mekong & Temple Discovery from Ho Chi Minh

27 sailing dates October 2020 to December 2021
13 Nights From Depart UK, to Arrive UK

Includes HUGE savings of up to £3,000 per couple plus a FREE two-night stopover in Dubai on selected sailings!

Scenic River Cruises logo FROM £2929pp
Phnom Penh

Grand Tour of Vietnam & Cambodia from Hanoi

6 sailing dates July 2020 to April 2021
22 Nights From Depart UK, to Arrive UK

The choice is yours! Enjoy HUGE savings of up to £2,400 per couple OR upgrade your flight to Business Class for only £199pp!

Emerald Waterways logo FROM £4299pp
Siem Reap

Majestic Mekong - Ho Chi Minh City to Siem Reap

16 sailing dates July 2020 to May 2021
14 Nights From Depart UK, to Arrive UK

The choice is yours! Enjoy HUGE savings of up to £2,400 per couple OR upgrade your flight to Business Class for only £199pp!

Emerald Waterways logo FROM £2889pp
Ho Chi Minh City

Majestic Mekong - Ho Chi Minh City to Siem Reap

16 sailing dates July 2020 to May 2021
14 Nights From Depart UK, to Arrive UK

The choice is yours! Enjoy HUGE savings of up to £2,400 per couple OR upgrade your flight to Business Class for only £199pp!

Emerald Waterways logo FROM £2829pp
Ho Chi Minh City

Treasures & Temples of Vietnam & Cambodia

8 sailing dates August 2020 to May 2021
18 Nights From Depart UK, to Arrive UK

The choice is yours! Enjoy HUGE savings of up to £2,400 per couple OR upgrade your flight to Business Class for only £199pp!

Emerald Waterways logo FROM £3759pp
Angkor Wat

Timeless Wonders of Vietnam, Cambodia & the Mekong

19 sailing dates September 2020 to December 2021
12 Nights From Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam, to Cambodia , Siem Reap

Includes HUGE early booking savings of up to 10%!

Uniworld River Cruises logo FROM £4989pp
Hanoi

Grand Tour of Vietnam & Cambodia from Siem Reap

8 sailing dates July 2020 to April 2021
22 Nights From Depart UK, to Arrive UK
Emerald Waterways logo FROM £4499pp
Ho Chi Minh City

Treasures & Temples of Vietnam & Cambodia

8 sailing dates July 2020 to May 2021
18 Nights From Depart UK, to Arrive UK

The choice is yours! Enjoy HUGE savings of up to £2,400 per couple OR upgrade your flight to Business Class for only £199pp!

Emerald Waterways logo FROM £3999pp

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