Siem Reap travel and tourist guide

Located conveniently close to the Angkor temple complex, the small city of Siem Reap is a great place to stay and visitors will find a large number of restaurants, bars and hotels that cater specially to tourists. Most travellers in Cambodia end up in Siem Reap at some time or another as there are many interesting tourist attractions to keep visitors entertained.

After spending the entire day wandering around ancient temples and marvelling at the detailed engravings, it is time to relax and unwind with a good meal and a drink or two. The restaurants in Siem Reap serve everything from traditional Khmer cuisine and authentic Indian curries to pizza, pasta, burgers and fries. Most of the restaurants are located down two intersecting streets in the heart of the city, which makes it easy to see what’s available.

Attractions

Visitors need to allow at least three days to explore all the top attractions here, which include museums such as the Cambodia Landmines Museum, Cultural Village and Miniature Replicas...more

Angkor temples

The Angkor temples complex is rightly considered one of the seven wonders of the ancient world and is comprised of an astonishing array of elaborate temples built centuries ago...more

Tonle Sap

Explore the Southeast Asia’s largest freshwater lake which is home to rare Irrawaddy dolphins, giant Mekong catfish, indigenous floating villages designated a UNESCO biosphere...more

Restaurants

Whatever your taste, it is sure to be satisfied in Siem Reap. Traditional Khmer cuisine can be found all over the city, with plenty of restaurants offering Western food such as burgers...more

Hotels & lodging

There is no shortage of places to stay in Siem Reap and visitors can choose from luxurious five-star hotels where comfort and style are the main concerns to cheap rooms...more

Transportation

The Cambodian public transport system is hardly the most developed so getting around can be a trial at times. But we’ve got all the information you need right here...more

Brief guide to Siem Reap

A number of full-sized modern temples are located around Siem Reap with Wat Bo particularly striking as it features colourful murals and paintings. Also nearby is the royal palace of Wat Dam Nak, and visitors are permitted to venture inside this elaborately decorated temple.

But still the Angkor temple complex is by far the stand-out attraction of the area. Passes are available for one, three or seven days and most people choose to spend at least two exploring as there are dozens of ancient relics to see here. The best way to start exploring is by visiting the temple of Phnom Bakheng at sunset. Set atop a high hill, large numbers of people take up perches on the gently crumbling temple walls to watch the sun slowly set over the countryside.

It is a good idea to get up early the next morning, hiring a moto with a driver for the entire day and travelling around the city of Angkor in style. Many people head to Angkor Thom first, which is surrounded by a huge moat, before moving on to the Terrace of the Elephants, which stretches for over 300m.

Suggested hotels in Siem Reap Central Area

It is best to spend the entire first day visiting smaller sites such as Preah Khan, Neak Pean, Preah Rup and Ta Keo as it takes at least four hours to fully explore Angkor Wat. This impressive temple was built over the course of 30 years and measures 65m in height, while the structure covers an incredible 500 acres.

The bars in Siem Reap come in every shape and size and are generally scattered in between the restaurants. There are a number of popular backpacker hangouts here such as Angkor What?, which tempts tourists with its light and friendly atmosphere, free pool table and an extensive drinks menu.

Siem Reap is also a great place to shop for souvenirs. Market stalls and stores stay open from early in the morning until late at night with just about anything and everything for sale from second hand books to locally made handicrafts and postcards.

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