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Siem Reap province is located in northwest Cambodia. It is the major tourist hub in Cambodia, as it is the closest city to the world famous temples of Angkor (the Angkor temple complex is north of the city). The provincial capital is also called Siem Reap and is located in the South of the province on the shores of the Tonle Sap Lake, the greatest sweet water reserve in whole Southeast Asia. The name of the city literally means Siamese defeated, referring to the victory of the Khmer Empire over the army of the Thai kingdom in the 17th century.

Angkor Wat Temple

Angkor Wat Temple

Angkor Wat, in its beauty and state of preservation, is unrivaled. Its mightiness and magnificence bespeak a pomp and a luxury surpassing that of a Pharaoh or a Shah Jahan, an ...

Bayon Temple

Bayon Temple

We stand before it stunned. It is like nothing else in the land. The Bayon is located in the center of the city of Angkor Thom 1500 meters (4921 feet) from the south gate. Enter ...

Ta Prohm Temple

Ta Prohm Temple

Ta Prohm's state of ruin is a state of beauty, which is investigated with delight and left with regret. Ta Prohm is locating southwest of the East Mebon and east of Angkor Thom. ...

Tonle Sap - Overview

Tonle Sap - Overview

Tonle Sap is one of Cambodia's most famous Siem Reap attractions and ...

Bakong Temple

Bakong Temple

Bakong Temple is part of the original Hariharalaya (Jayavarman II's 8th century ...

Banteay Samre Temple

Banteay Samre Temple

Banteay Samre's history is very hard to trace and much is left to speculation and interpretation. The name translated as "Citadel of the Samre", is not a distinct reference to its ...

Banteay Srei History

Banteay Srei History

Banteay Srei or "Citadel of ...

Beng Mealea

Beng Mealea

To visit Beng Mealea is not like visiting other Angkor ...

Elephant Terrace & Terrace of Leper King

Elephant Terrace & Terrace of Leper King

There is evidence that the terraces were rebuilt and added to, although they are usually credited to Jayavarman VII at the end of the 12th Century, and display much Buddhist ...

East Mebon and Pre Rup History

East Mebon and Pre Rup History

East Mebon and Pre Rup were both built by King Rajendravarman in the middle of the 10th Century. East Mebon was completed in 953, and built in honor of his parents, lying due East ...

Kbal Spean Cambodia

Kbal Spean Cambodia

Kbal Spean really is a work of art in the true sense of the word. First came the part of Mother ...

Koh Ker Temple

Koh Ker Temple

The history of Koh Ker temple is linked to the obscure figure of King Jayavarman IV, about whom scholars cannot agree whether he was an usurper or not. About five years before he ...

Lolei - Roluos Temple

Lolei - Roluos Temple

Lolei is part of the Roluos group the modern name for the temples which were part of the ancient capital city of Hariharalaya, and Lolei was the last to be constructed in 893. ...

Neak Pean Temple

Neak Pean Temple

Neak Pean was built on the second half of the 12th century by King Jayavarman VII. It seems that the main pond was attributed curative powers by the Angkor inhabitants and it was ...

Phimeanakas Temple

Phimeanakas Temple

Built at the end of the 10th Century by King Rajendravarman II, the main function of Phimeanakas (which means "Celestial Temple") was either for religious ceremonies or for the ...