While, the main attraction for tourists traveling to Siem Reap is to visit the temples of Angkor Wat, the town itself offers worthwhile diversions when not templing.
Although much quieter and less crowded than Phnom Penh, Siem Reap still has a lively night scene in the blocks surrounding Pub Street and Night Market.
According to my driver, most of the buildings are less than 10 years old. The town has grown, along with the tourist trade, with a frenzy of brand new hotels and restaurants. Even the main highway which leads to Phnom Penh is less than a decade new. I spoke with an Irish expat who grumbled that even in the four years he had been coming to Cambodia, he has seen so much change that he barely recognizes the country that he had fallen in love with. Yet, he admits, it is a price to pay for progress.