Do the locals in Siem Reap speak English?

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Natalie Bailey

Many locals in Siem Reap do speak English — and probably another language, too. Khmer is the national language in Cambodia, but you’ll find it easy to strike up a conversation with almost anyone and everyone. Not only can you talk politics, but you’ll probably be laughing uproariously thanks to the general love for life you’ll find in the kingdom. Cambodians speak so many languages it will astonish you. Whether you are an English, French, German, Spanish or even Korean speaker, you will likely be able to find a guide who can deliver a tour in your native tongue. The impressive bilingual culture can be traced to the colonization of Cambodia by the French, as well as to the burgeoning tourist industry.

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