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Siem Reap

Everything You Need to Know About Siem Reap

Siem Reap is widely renowned as the gateway to Angkor Wat, the millennium-old temple ruins of the Khmer Empire. Set along the Siem Reap River, this small provincial capital boasts hundreds of sightseeing opportunities such as well-preserved colonial buildings, unique museums, traditional markets, cultural performances, and verdant parks. This small but lively town close to the northern shore of Tonle Sap Lake has seen phenomenal growth as a tourist destination in recent years, and now offers all the facilities expected by experienced world travellers.

There's also plenty of restaurants serving authentic Khmer, Asian, European, and western fare while its vibrant nightlife scene is ideal for bar-hopping and partying with like-minded travellers until dawn. As Cambodia's unofficial tourism capital, Siem Reap offers a wide range accommodation options, from quaint guesthouses and boutique hotels to sprawling five-star resorts with ample recreational facilities. If you're planning on visiting the historical town for the first time, here's our detailed guide on everything you need to know about Siem Reap.

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Where to Stay in Siem Reap

The city of Siem Reap has an exceptional range of accommodation options, from budget hostels and guesthouses to luxury hotels and resorts. When it comes to picking where to stay, you can narrow your search by filtering for your preference of location, style and budget, among other factors. Check out our Top 10 Hotels in Siem Reap page, which is a great place to start as it gives you an idea of the best that the city can offer.

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Angkor Archaeological Park

While Angkor Wat is undoubtedly a beautiful temple, it is just the centrepiece of a massive selection of stunning ancient temples, monasteries, palaces, walls and other structures. This was once the heart of the Khmer Empire, built up over centuries before being swallowed by the Cambodian jungle. The ruins of the once mighty civilisation are among the must-see sights in all of Asia, if not the world. Find out more about this stunning area near Siem Reap here.

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    Angkor Wat

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Siem Reap Tours & Activities

There’s a lot to see in and around Siem Reap, from the beautiful temples and Tonle Sap Lake to the interesting museums and cultural centres. While getting around the city isn’t too difficult, booking an organised tour saves you a lot of time, energy and money on arranging transport, guides and activities. A carefully picked selection of tours will ensure that you get the most out of Siem Reap, no matter how long or short your time there is.

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Most Popular Nightlife in Siem Reap

The nightlife scene in Siem Reap mostly centres around Street 08 – commonly known as “Pub Street”, for obvious reasons. Basically the Cambodian equivalent of Bangkok’s Khao San Road, every other building is a club or bar, usually serving draught local beer at the incredible price of US$0.50 per glass. However, that’s not all there is to do in Siem Reap after dark. There are also fantastic cultural shows to enjoy.

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Most Popular Dining in Siem Reap

Siem Reap has an excellent choice of restaurants, from fairly basic, budget local eateries to very high-end establishments with famous chefs. The selection of cuisines represented is also quite impressive, including Tex-Mex, Italian, French, Vietnamese, Thai, British, Japanese and, of course, Khmer. No matter your tastes or budget, you should be able to find a venue to suit you in Siem Reap, and you should be able to find out where it is right here.

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Most Popular Shopping in Siem Reap

While Siem Reap is not the sort of place you would call a shopper’s paradise, it does have an extraordinary focus on small local shops and markets. The Old Market is particularly special, being practically an attraction in its own right. Combining a bustling wet market, souvenir market and dry goods market in a single building, a walk through the winding corridors is quite a unique journey, full of remarkable sights, sounds and smells. The city’s various cultural attractions also boast unique artisanal wares for sale as fantastic momentos.

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    Angkor Night Market

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Most Popular Activities in Siem Reap

Exploring the temples of the Angkor Archaeological Park will almost certainly take up most of your time in Siem Reap, but the city does offer a number of other great activities to enjoy in the meantime. Chief among them are opportunities to relax and unwind after a day of exploration, with massages spas being especially popular options. You can also give something back through volunteering programmes, or take classes in traditional Khmer arts to learn new and interesting skills.

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Siem Reap Travel Guide

There’s a lot to consider, when planning your trip to Siem Reap. How do you get from the airport to your hotel? How do you get around the city? Where are the temples and how do you best explore them? When is the weather at its best? What kind of electrical plugs are used? Fortunately, our travel guide is here to help, answer all of these questions and more, and giving you all of the information you need to plan and prepare for an unforgettable time in Siem Reap.

Siem Reap Area Guides

Siem Reap Area Guides

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Siem Reap Attractions

Siem Reap Attractions

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Siem Reap Restaurants

Siem Reap Restaurants

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Siem Reap Nightlife

Siem Reap Nightlife

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Siem Reap Shopping

Siem Reap Shopping

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Siem Reap Activities

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Siem Reap Information

Siem Reap Information

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Siem Reap Map

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