Siem Reap Area Guides
Everything you Need to Know about Siem Reap Areas
Known as the gateway to Angkor Wat and other ancient sacred sites around it, Siem Reap is a major tourism hub for Cambodia and one of the fastest-growing cities in the country.
It has everything to offer visitors including hotels of all ranges from upscale and trendy hotels to budget accommodation. A good start might be near the town centre around the Old Market Area as well as along the road No.6.
The Old Market Area (aka City Centre)
The Old Market area, including the Pub Street and alley off Pub Street, is basically a very touristic area around the Old Market in the city centre. Many visitors use it as their base when visiting Siem Reap and Angkor Wat because there they can find most shops, restaurants, bars and pubs.
Popular venues include McDermott Gallery (known for its remarkable photography of Angkor), Smateria (unique fashion items created from recycled products), Wanderlust (lifestyle and clothing store) and the Angkor What? Bar. Most businesses in this neighborhood open from about 10:00 onwards. There are some night markets around where food is sold from afternoon till late.
Sivatha Boulevard and the Old French Quarter
Sivatha Boulevard is part of the Old French Quarter. Despite recent development, this lovely area is where visitors will find vintage and charming colonial buildings that are still standing strong.
As Siem Reap’s main street, it offers luxury accommodation such as the stylish Hotel de la Paix and the Prince d’Angkor Hotel & Spa. The famous Foreign Correspondence Club FCC Angkor Restaurant is also located in the area, together with many up-market restaurants and trendy shops.
The Siem Reap Airport Road is part of National Highway 6 that cuts across the northern section of town, passing one of the local markets called Psar Leu in the east of town and the Raffle Grand Hotel d’Angkor in the centre, and then heads to the airport.
It’s an up-and-coming area with a good range of large hotels such as La Palmeraie d'Angkor and La Tradition d’Angkor Boutique Resort. Enjoy traditional Khmer villages and performances as well as elephant shows at a big theme park and museum by the name Cambodian Cultural Village. It’s only about three kilometres from the airport. Read More...
Wat Bo Road
Located on the east side of the Siem Reap River, Wat Bo Road was once popular with budget travelers but things have changed lately. Wat Bo Road nowadays plays host to boutique hotels (such as Frangipani Villa Hotel and Soria Moria Boutiqe Hotel), up-market restaurants, garden-style restaurants and hip bars.
Foodies and locals who take their dining seriously come to this area for the city’s newest restaurant ventures. The main attraction of the lovely and quiet area is Wat Bo, one of the province’s oldest temples (other than Angkor Wat). Wat Bo Road is only about a 10-minute walk to the famous Old Market Area.
Main Road to Angkor
Officially called Charles de Gaulle Boulevard; the main road to the Angkor Wat connects the centre of Siem Reap with the Angkor Archaeological Park. It has several restaurants, shops and high-end accommodation including Raffles Grand Hotel d'Angkor, Le Meridien Angkor and Tara Angkor Hotel.
A must-visit venue along the road is the Angkor National Museum where over 1,300 items of Angkorian-era artifacts are displayed as well as multimedia presentations of the Angkorian period.
The ruins of Angkor Wat located inside Angkor Archaeological Park. With its five lotus-like towers rising 65 metres into the sky, it is truly a monumental and awe-inspiring sight. The structure as a whole is best viewed in soft light and the best lighting conditions are after 14:00. Still, many prefer to come early before sunrise to admire the amazing colours as the sun rises over the horizon.
Enjoy elephant riding, horse carriages and electric cars within the park. There are local food and drink stands in front of most ruins but head outside the park’s main entrance for a real dining experience. There is no hotel within the park but you will find plenty along the road. Read More...
- Location: About 20 minutes, by car or motorbike, from central Siem Reap