Siem Reap owes much of its popularity as a tourist destination to the fact that it is the gateway to Angkor Wat, one of Cambodia’s prime attractions. Thanks to the ancient temples nearby, Siem Reap has turned into a focal point of Cambodian tourism, with dozens of hotels and guesthouses springing up over the past couple decades.
Siem Reap itself features a combination of Khmer, Chinese and colonial architectural styles. Old Market is one of the town’s more vibrant, traditional areas. Siem Reap is also the capital of the province Siem Reap.