Siem Reap is the capital city of Siem Reap Province in northwestern Cambodia, and is the gateway to Angkor region.
Siem Reap has colonial and Chinese-style architecture in the Old French Quarter, and around the Old Market. In the city, there are traditional Apsara dance performances, craft shops, silk farms, rice-paddy countryside, fishing villages and a bird sanctuary near the Tonle Sap Lake.
The city of Siem Reap is built along the banks of the Siem Reap River. It is made up of a series of villages, each with their own Buddhist pagoda, called a Wat. Although Siem Reap is attracting increasing numbers of tourists, is it so far retaining its cultural identity.
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