Siem Reap town is small, quaint and centred around the small river running through it. Right next to the river is the Old Town, known as the French quarter, which is nestled around the Old Market.
Though the country went through its own self-destructive turmoil under the rule of the Khmer Rouge (1975-1979), today the country is developing: roads are being built, electricity runs continuously and streets are not flooded any longer. Yet, this new modernization has not spoilt the natural beauty of the Cambodian scenery, as farmers work the rice fields, children skip to school and palm trees dot the landscape.
In the city center you can lose yourself in the small side streets and browse through the many small boutiques. At night the area comes alive and the main street is full of people. Have a cold beer, enjoy a foot massage or wander through the gift shops.