Located in the northwestern part of Cambodia, Siem Reap is known as home to the world’s largest religious monument, Angkor Wat, and other Khmer ancient temples. Its Southern part sits on the shores of the Tonle Sap Lake, an essential water reservoir to Southeast Asian countries. The province covers 10,299 square kilometers of land. Its wet area is known to favor the agricultural sector. Its inhabitants count 1,167,456, which makes up 7.3% of the Kingdom’s total population.
Siem Reap Province is bordered with Preah Vihea to the East, Banteay Mean Chey and Battambang to the West, Boeung Tonle Sap and Kampong Thom to the South and Banteay Mean Chey to the North. The province is subdivided into 11 Districts and 1 City, which are further subdivided into 88 Communes (Khum), 12 Sangkats and 909 Villages (Phum).
|No||Code||Name in Khmer||Name in English||Commune||Sangkat||Village|
|01||1701||អង្គរជុំ ||Angkor Chum||7||0||86|
|02||1702||អង្គរធំ ||Angkor Thum||4||0||25|
|04||1704||ជីក្រែង ||Chi Kraeng ||12||0||155|
|08||1710||ក្រុងសៀមរាប||Siem Reap ||0||12||99|
|10||1712||ស្រីស្នំ ||Srei Snam ||6||0||39|
|11||1713||ស្វាយលើ||Svay Leu ||5||0||34|
Because of its archaeological park, Siem Reap hosts the busiest airport in Cambodia. This world heritage site has turned Siem Reap into the most visited destination, appealing to both local and foreign investors. Yet, agriculture dominates most areas of the province, whereas the sub-sectors, like hospitality and lifestyle, make Siem Reap city vibrant and modern, according to Siem Reap Tour.
Established investments and ongoing projects in Siem Reap provide a wide variety of jobs to the local people and their neighbors. Despite its prosperity in the tourism industry, the rural area in the Siem Reap has remained one of Cambodia’s poorest, according to GIZ Cambodia. This implies a great demand in the development sector.
Siem Reap invites tourists from all over the world to visit its sought-after ruins and such a proclaimed world heritage as Angkor Wat. The number of tourists has increased, mostly departing from Asian countries, but a flat growth was reported last year to be a 4.21 percent increase. It does not suffice to spend the daytime touring the famous temples, for the night appears with another vibe for tourists, to what is commonly known as ‘ Pub Street’. Enjoying pubs, street food, shopping and fun activities with mixed music on, can make your trip to Siem Reap an unforgettable memory.
Sites of interest to not miss during the stay as recommended by Tourism of Cambodia, including Angkor Wat, Ta Prom, Phnom Bakheng, Banteay Srei, Beoung Mealea, Angkor National Museum, the floating village in the Great Lake, crocodile farms, Phnom Koulen National Park, Kbal Spean, and many more.
It is very convenient to reach Siem Reap both at daytime and nighttime, while the price ranges are available in more options. Buses, VIP vehicles, small cars can be booked with most Cambodian travel agencies. Air travel can be a great option, as it takes only 40 minutes. A road trip takes 5 to 6 hours, from the Phnom Penh to Siem Reap.