Siem reap and Angkor Wat tourist information, weather, seasons, time
Siem reap (Siem Reap, also Siemreap, Simrep, Siem reap, etc.) is a city in the North of Cambodia, the main stopping place for tourists to access the temples of Angkor archaeological Park (often referred to simply and mistakenly Angkor Wat). The city was founded in the year of 802, and its name literally means "Siam defeated". This city derived its name in the 16th century in honor of the victory over Thailand.
Detailed information about the temple complex of Angkor presented in a separate section.
Many disputes arise in connection with the correct spelling and pronunciation of the city name in Russian. According to the Great Soviet Encyclopedia and others later encyclopedias, the name of the city in Russian is spelled exactly as in Siem reap. Although this spelling does not accurately represent the pronunciation of a word, we stick to it, and all the critics immediately sent to the TSB for clarification. Don't rename the same to us the name "Australia" in "Australia" as it is more correctly pronounced with the original.
From a tourist point of view to consider Siem reap as a tourist interesting place without Angkor is not worth it. It is for the inspection of temple complexes of Siem reap is annually visited by a huge number of tourists. Thanks to the Angkor city is very popular and here began to develop the tourist infrastructure. Well, until in the early 19th century, the French explorers re-opened Angkor, Siem reap was simply a village.
Today, Siem reap is a tourist town with lots of hotels, cafes and restaurants, and in addition to the temples of Angkor there are other attractions and entertainment. Close to town, built an international airport ready to receive flights from all over the world. The city's population is 171 800 people (as of 2009).
A beach holiday in Siem reap not, and will be able to sunbathe, except that pool.
If you stay in Siem reap for a few days and you will be free from visiting the temples of Angkor days, the city will do. Here is quite interesting and very modern Angkor national Museum, you can take time in the "Cultural village of Cambodia". However, the main entertainment starts in the evening, with the coming of darkness. In the centre starts to work a few night markets where you can buy original Souvenirs, all kinds of fake and even genuine works of art by local artists. The famous Pub street (Pub Street) in bars and restaurants is accumulated a huge number of tourists. Many traditional massage parlors and salons "fish massage" beckoning tourists for a little money to do the massage. Hopes and adult nightlife. In General we can say that the night life in Siem reap is boiling, and every year more and more.
If you wish to further explore Siem reap before the trip, read information:
- How to get to Siem reap;
- Transport, than to move on;
- Hotels Siem Reap;
- Sights Of Siem Reap;
- Maps of Siem Reap and Angkor
The climate of Siem Reap is tropical, wet and hot all year round. The average daily temperature throughout the year never drops below 30 degrees.
As usual in Asia, the year is divided into wet season (rainy season) and dry season:
The rainy season in Siemreap (low season) lasts from April to November, with the wettest months September and October.
Dry season (high season) lasts from December to March. In these months, rain almost never happens, especially in January.
The best time to visit Siem Reap and the high tourist season falls on the winter months, i.e. during the dry season. In addition, during the most of festivals and holidays. In April, November and August average rainfall is also less and the chances of rainy weather not less. In General, given the not beach holiday in Siem reap, you can visit it throughout the year, just in the rainy months will be much more likely to get wet in the rain during the inspection of the temples.
Average weather in Siem reap during the year:
|Average high °C (°F)||32.0
|Average low °C (°F)||19.7
|Precipitation is mm.||0.7||3.5||28.0||61.2||175.9||221.3||236.6||151.0||276.1||248.0||81.7||10.1||1,494.1|
Time in Siem reap
Time in Siem reap, like Phnom Penh, ahead of Moscow in summer and winter, to +4 hours. Current time in Phnom Penh:
Guides. Almost all the hotels in Siem Reap can get for free are very useful guides to the temples of Angkor "Siem Reap Angkor Visitors Guide" and Siemreap "Siem Reap Pocket Guide". Both English guidebook.
Markets. Prices in the markets of Siem Reap initially may seem frighteningly high. But if you haggle, will be able to buy Souvenirs and all kinds of fakes for next to nothing.
Money. Do not rush to change dollars to local currency, riels (currency of Cambodia, the exchange rate). Almost all calculations in Cambodia is conducted in us dollars and local money you will need with the exception that as Souvenirs home.
The supermarket in Siem reap. Good supermarket Lucky Supermarket is located in the same shopping center on the street Sivatha road. Where you can buy drinks, semi-finished products, canned food. Another supermarket with wholesale prices located in the old market area on the same Sivatha road. All prices are, as usual, in dollars.