Siem Reap town is small, quaint, and centred around the small river that runs through it. Right next to the river is the Old Town, known as the French Quarter, which is nestled around the Old Market.
Though Cambodia 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 in the rice fields, children skip to school, and palm trees dot the landscape.
In the city centre, you may lose yourself in the small side streets and browse through 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.