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Siem Reap

In ‘normal’ years Siem Reap, north west Cambodia, attracts millions of tourists wanting to see the Angkor temples. However, most go directly to Siem Reap city and not witness the beauty of the surrounding areas. Siem Reap province is located 300km north west of Phnom Penh and covers a total area of around 10,300km2. It borders Oddar Meanchey (north), Preah Vihear and Kampong Thom (east), Battambang (south) and Banteay Meanchey (west). It borders the Tonle Sap (the largest fresh water lake in SE Asia) and Phnom Kulen, an isolated mountain and highest point in the province, standing at 487m. Siem Reap city is the 5th largest urban centre in Cambodia after Takhmau, Battambang, Serei Saophoan and Phnom Penh. Siem Reap province has 12 districts, 100 communes and around 875 villages. Most of the villages are located in Angkor Chum, Chi Kreng, Krolanh, Puk and Sot Nikum. Angkor Thom district is best known for Angkor Wat and Angkor Thom.
Siem Reap nature
Most of Siem Reap is full of wet plains, particularly in the south near Tonle Sap. In the wet season, rice fields and other plantations are well irrigated and the north covered in thick, green jungle. The Mekong River is narrow as it passes through Siem Reap but is an important source of water for the region, flowing from Phnom Kulen to the lake.
Real estate
Siem Reap is a major (non-Covid) tourist destination and the demand for real estate has grown steadily. It has a wide range of hotels, offices, commercial spaces and residential properties catering to any budget. These are the most popular places to rent or buy in Siem Reap:
Sala Kamreuk:
Popular expat area with many residential and commercial properties. Apartments range $200 – $1,500/month to rent and land $300 – $400/sqm to buy.
Svay Dangkum:
A residential area popular with locals and long term expats where many good villas are located. Apartments range $60 – $900/month, villas $1,000 – $2,000/month and land $300 – $1,500/sqm to buy.
Wat Bo:
Mostly commercial with some residential properties near Pub Street. Apartments range $200 – $1,500/month and the price of land ranges $400 – $2,500/sqm to buy.
Night Market:
Popular tourist area comprised mostly of restaurants, bars, hotels, and guesthouses and some residential properties. Apartments range $300 – $1,000/month and land $600 – $2,000/sqm to buy.
Slor Kram:
Near Wat Bo, popular with locals and long term expats due to its proximity to the centre. Apartments range $250 – $700/month and the price of land $250 – $700/sqm to buy.
Wat Damnak:
Comprised mostly of commercial establishments, bars, restaurants, hotels, shops and apartment buildings. Apartments range $300 – $1,500/month and land $400 – $1,200/sqm to buy.
Chreav:
A rural area full of rice fields. Development is underway because of a new ring road under construction an land is being subdivided and developed. Houses can be rented for $300 – $500/month and land bought at $30 – $60/sqm.
Bakong:
A temple area known for its floating villages and rice fields. Land is available to buy at $6 – $30/sqm.
Wat Athvear:
A semi-rural area on the road to the floating villages. Apartments and villas are generally not available, but land is cheap at $100 – $250/sqm.
Kouk Chak:
A semi-rural area becoming more developed. Apartments are available to rent for $200 – $400/month. Land is available to buy at $150 – $400/sqm.
Sambour:
A rural area with good access to roads, to be developed in coming years as land can be bought for $60 – $120/sqm.
The French Quarter:
Where most commercial establishments (restaurants, bars, banks and hotels) are located. There are no apartments here and land is generally more expensive at $1,000 – $3,000/sqm.
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