Located four miles north of Siem Reap, the Angkor Temples are the main attraction in Siem Reap. Constructed in the 12th century, this ancient temple complex has been left behind from the days of the Khmer Empire, and many remain in spectacular condition. Today, this UNESCO World Heritage site attracts over a million visitors a year and it has to be seen to be believed.
As the country continues to revive its culture after the oppression of the Khmer Rouge, artisans and craftspeople are taking centre stage. Les Chantiers Écoles is a wonderful example of this in action. It teaches local people the traditional skills and crafts such as silk painting and lacquerware, and is well worth a visit. The guided tours not only give you a chance to see skilled artisans in action but to also support the school by buying some exquisite and unique souvenirs while you’re there.
Wat Damnak is a peaceful haven right in the heart of the city. Take a walk around the colourful gardens and admire the immaculate shrines, statues and carvings. You can visit the temple, too, as well as a public library with the country’s biggest collection of books.