Siem Reap General information Siem Reap is a charming provincial town defined by a cluster of villages, Chinese-style shop houses and French-colonial architecture. As a gateway to the ancient temple ruins of Angkor, Siem Reap has experienced exponential growth in recent years with hotel and resort developments turning this once sleepy village into a mecca for tourism. Experiences in the town of Siem Reap include watching a traditional Cambodian “apsara” dance performance and participating in a Khmer cuisine cooking class. The rural outskirts offer plenty of interesting activities such as visiting craft shops and silk farms, taking a bike ride through the scenic countryside, participating in a humanitarian assistance program by making a pump well donation or helping children at an orphanage. TEMPLES OF ANGKOR The Angkor Archaeological Park was designated a World Heritage Site by UNESCO in 1992. The park encompasses dozens of temples ruins whose artistic and archaeological significance and visual impact place it alongside other wonders of the world, such as the Pyramids, Machu Pichu and the Taj Mahal. Built between seven and eleven centuries ago, the temples — about 100 of which are still standing — were devoted to Buddha and Hindu deities. Within the fortified city of Angkor Thom lies the Bayon temple, the third tier of which is lined by more than 200 huge, carved faces that stare down from 54 towers. Other highlights include the Buddhist temple of Ta Prohm, which was not been restored and looks just as it did when French explorers stumbled upon it in the 1860s and Angkor Wat, a vast temple dedicated to Vishnu in the early 12th century. Many of the temples are covered with fantastic carvings depicting religious stories and scenes from daily life. Weather Summary The climate here is tropical; the summer experiences a good amount of rainfall, while the winters experience very little. In April, temperatures reach their highest with averages of 29.7°C (85.5°F) and in December they reach their lowest with averages of 24°C (75.2°F). Siem Reap has an average annual temperature of 27.1°C (80.8°F) and an average rainfall of 1312 mm. January is the driest month with 0 mm of rainfall, while September is the wettest with 247 mm of average rainfall.