Siem Reap main street in the middle of the day while just about everyone is crawling over Angkor’s remains.
Siem Reap is an ideal base for the country’s prime attraction, Angkor Archaeological Park, which has no accommodation options and is situated 6 km north of the town. That being said there is a vast new hotel a couple of kilometres on the way to Angkor but tourists wouldn’t have evening of lively, varied dining, drinking, shopping options on their doorstep.
The town is developing and has become one of world’s most popular tourist destinations so there’s little chance of escaping some commercialism. However, it still offers a pleasant, relaxed ambience compared to Phnom Penh and Sihanoukville. There is an excellent choice of accommodation from budget hostels at less than $10 a night to lavish spa resorts at a thousands dollars a night, as well varied and fascinating dining options with Asian charm and some peculiarities.
Siem Reap river, crossing from the Old Market to a new ‘art’ center, ie souvenir shops.