Siem Reap Location Profile

Siem Reap Location Profile


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Known affectionately as Temple Town, Siem Reap is one of the most intriguing places in Southeast Asia. Because of this, it’s no surprise that many foreign nationals choose to relocate here every year. The contrast of ancient beauty and modern metropolis is striking in Siem Reap. Here’s Realestate.com.kh’s rundown of what it is like living in Siem Reap: Still on the fence about where to live? We have a whole host of location profiles and guides for areas across the Kingdom. Siem Reap is one of the most popular areas in the country to start businesses. There’s no doubt it is prime for any tourism operation. To find out more about how the hospitality industry in the Kingdom is growing, click over to our investment guide.

Key Information

In 802 AD, King Jayawaman II unified the Kingdom of Khmer and built the capital on the north bank of Tonle Sap Lake, named "Angkor". The kings of all dynasties have been constructing palaces and temples, and Angkor has gradually become the religious and spiritual center of the entire Khmer people. In 1431, the Thais invaded Khmer and the Khmers were forced to leave Angkor and establish a new capital in Phnom Penh. From then on, Angkor was annihilated in the jungle and was forgotten by the world.

Visitors to Siem Reap, however, are beginning to see a moderation of sorts. Tourist growth has stabilized at 5.4% year-on-year. According to data from the Ministry of Tourism, almost 40% of tourist arrivals in Cambodia are from China while tourists from Western countries are on a steady decline.

The population of the province is approximately a little over 1,000,000 residents, according to the General Population Census 2019.

Things To Do in Siem Reap

The increase in tourists and permanent residents, presents a ripe opportunity for retailers planning to enter Siem Reap. Shophouses and small scale markets continue to line Siem Reap’s main roads to complement tourism activities. But these traditional retail forms are slowly facing competition from purpose-built malls - which shows an interest in the local market for something new. According to Knight Frank, Siem Reap currently has 22,000 sqm NLA of retail space, mainly coming from T Galleria, Angkor Duty Free, and The Heritage Walk. The completion of other projects in Siem Reap is set to increase the cumulative retail space to 70,500 sqm NLA.

Siem Reap may not be the biggest city in Cambodia. It might have the biggest variety of food in the nation, however. Since the tourist industry is so huge there are plenty of restaurants that run the gamut of super cheap to luxurious. Of course, if you’re an expat you may want to cook at home instead of eating out. There are definitely a few supermarkets like Lucky or Thai Huot where you can fill up your pantry with cooking supplies. Furthermore, at the local markets, you can find produce and dry goods at low prices. If you want to go out to eat, however, you won’t be starved for options. Siem Reap has cuisine from nearly every culture on earth. There are Indian restaurants, Western, Japanese, Chinese, Vietnamese, Thai and, of course, Khmer.

The expat community is very social in Cambodia. That often means meeting up in the evenings for drinks. Miss Wong is great for an evening cocktail or perhaps go to Siem Reap BrewPub if you want something on tap. Finally, we can’t forget about Pub Street. Though this area is mainly filled with tourists, it can be a fun place to visit every once in a while if you are living in Siem Reap. If you want to dance they definitely have the music pumping.

Tuk Tuk,this kind of vehicle can seat up to 4 people, the price is usually about $2 for city-wide activities. In and around Siem Reap, it is not allowed to rent motorcycles to foreigners. Bicycles are becoming more and more popular and can be rented from hotels and shops in the city at a price of $ 1-2 a day. It is a quick way to travel by taxi around the city, the price is about $0.5-1, doubled in the middle of the night. If you rent a long-term rental, the price varies from $ 15 to $ 20 per day.

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