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Siem Reap province is located in northwest Cambodia. It's 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.

Visitors come here to see the temples, of course, but there is plenty to do in and around the city when you're templed out. Siem Reap has reinvented itself as the epicentre of chic Cambodia, with everything from backpacker party pads to hip hotels, world-class wining and dining across a range of cuisines, sumptuous spas, great shopping, local tours to suit both foodies and adventurers, and a creative cultural scene that includes Cambodia's leading contemporary circus.

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When to visit

The average temperature is roughly 27°C and the minimum temperature is approximately 16°C. December and January are the coolest months, whereas the hottest is April.

  • Cool season (dry): November- March (23-29°C)
  • Hot season: March- May (27 -37°C)
  • Rainy season: May - October (24-33°C , with humidity up to 90%.)
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