Despite Siem Reap’s rapid growth, the Old Quarter has retained many of its Colonial-style buildings, and a safe and friendly vibe exists. Step away from the town and you'll find that the life of the surrounding rural communities is unaffected by modernity. Additionally, there has been a revival of traditional arts and crafts, with a growing number of workshops, galleries and co-operatives springing up in the region.
The main draw is, naturally, the vast Angkor Wat temple complex, which has been designated a UNESCO World Heritage Site. However, Siem Reap is no one-trick-pony, and has more to offer than just a day or two exploring Angkor Wat. It’s fast becoming a popular destination for light-adventure, with opportunities for camping beside outlying temples, kayaking on the Tonle Sap, taking a microlite flight over the temples, or cycling through Khmer villages.
The town also boasts a bustling nightlife with stylish bars and an impressive variety of eateries offering everything from street food to fine dining.