This is the former capital of the Khmer Empire, which ruled this region between the 9th and 12th centuries. Angkor Archaeological Park evokes the rich historical, architectural and cultural past of the Khmers. The majestic Angkor complex offers temples galore, which are a marvel to explore. Each temple is unique, from the grandeur of Angkor Wat to the beauty of Bantey Srei, this dynastic ’village’ is spellbinding. You need a minimum of two days to explore. As the temples are spread out, transportation is required. Bicycles, motorbikes, tuk-tuks and air-conditioned cars are at your disposal. Guides can be sought through most hotels and guesthouses.
Tonle Sap Lake is the largest fresh-water lake in Southeast Asia. This vast expanse of water is at the heart of Siem Reap’s past and present lure. Cruising through the most popular village, Chong Khneas, you can see floating markets, a school and a bar. Around the lake’s mangrove forests live over 100 different waterfowl. Sunsets on the lake are recommended.
Mr Dy Proeung has, over the years, laboriously replicated Angkor’s famous temples. His passion for these Khmer marvels and his craftsmanship have been recognised by former King Norodom Sihanouk, who awarded him a special prize for his contribution to the Cambodian arts.
Browse around this workshop as craftsmen work and then cross the garden to the shop, which offers the finest silk designs and famous carvings. Also Silk Centre within will give you an interesting insight into the steps needed in the production of scarves and fashion fabrics.
This outdoor circus is built to keep and encourage the careers of Cambodian Artists. Different performances with music, dance, juggling and acrobatic tell the stories about Cambodian lives and society. When you visit this theatre, you also contribute to their wish to one day have an indoor venue.
The Angkor Centre for Conservation of Biodiversity (ACCB) can only be visited through booking a guided tour for one and a half hour. This centre rescues and rehabilitates local animals and gives visitors the chance to learn about Cambodian wildlife.
Cambodia still suffers from landmines spread out in the country. This is not only a museum but also a home and school for at-risk youth and landmine affected children. It tells a story of the 35 years of war and how the inhabitants are still working to get rid of these cruel hidden weapons.
To get into this national park, foreign persons must pay a toll fee. This place sits magically on the top the mountains that have been used to build the temples of Angkor Wat. The water in the beautiful waterfall is said to be holy and locals often bring a bottle of the water with them home.
Angkor Thom was the last and most enduring capital city of the Khmer empire. It is a compound containing many temples created by and for King Jayavarman VII. At the centre of the city is Jayavarman's state temple, The Bayon one of the most impressive temple. The tour is like walking in the past offering you a glimse of the earlier civilization.
One of the greatest treasures of Cambodia is Preah Kahn. It was build by King Indravarman I and has a mysterious and untouched aura. There are many gigant trees growing in and around the temple structures. Tour guides make the visit even more special as they can give insights into the details and history of the site.
The architecture, the grand entrance and the beautiful reliefs give this place a real sense of peace and tranquility. It is a wonderful temple with plenty of corridors, rooms and walkways. Take your time to enjoy the beautiful carvings and the skills of craftsmen that built the complex.
This is a family friendly restaurant with lots of entertainment for both younger and older kids. They are open all day so you can enjoy everything from breakfast to full dinner here. The food served here is mainly western dishes such as burgers, pastas, salads and pizzas and of course there is a kids menu.
This is a place where you can hang out all day. At Kanell you can enjoy more than just tasty French and Asian food, they also offer a cooling swimming pool with sunbeds in a lush garden to relax on. When it's time for dinner you can choose to sit on the terrace, inside their lounge or in a private lounge just for you and your company.
A traditional Khmer wood house with a nice relaxed atmosphere. They offer fresh and tasty cocktails with a variety of local ingredients. Next to beer, wine and cocktails you can enjoy excellent food. Here you can relax on comfortable seating or in swinging hammocks which give it a real lounge feel
If you want to explore the local liquors of Siem Reap, check into Georges Restaurant. Here you can get delicious jams, chillis and can join in a special rum tasting session. The event takes between 30 minutes and two hours and is best enjoyed with some friends. At the end, you can take home your favourites and hang out with the owner.
Relax in the laid back lounge setting of this chic bar in the heart of Siem Reap. The low light setting and glamorous décor make this gay-friendly bar a must visit for nightlife enthusiasts. If you step in between 17.00 and 19.00 you can enjoy the happy hour together with a great selection of cocktails, beer and wine.
For local artists, browse into the Asasax Art Gallery (Pub Street). For dramatic photographs of Angkor Wat go to McDermott Gallery (at FCC Angkor or Old Market area). Paintings of all kinds are also available, mainly around the Old Market and mainly depicting the temples or the former grandeur of the Angkorian Empire.
You want to buy authentic Cambodian souvenirs from fair trade? Then visit this handcraft association in the Trang Village. The non-profit organization supports craftspeople in the region who create traditional products such as silk, woodcarvings or pottery. Don’t miss this place on your shopping list.
This is not a usual coffeeplace, neither is it a common shopping boutique. Pages is a combination of art gallery and café where you can relax and enjoy artworks of recycled lamps or interior design. If you like an object you can purchase it directly. What are you waiting for?
Experience Siem Reap by night and drop by at Angkor Market. This evening shopping opportunity offers you clothes in bright colours, fabrics from all over Cambodia as well as locals crafts. Take home your favourites and grab a bite at one of the many food stalls. You shouldn't miss this night market.
Siem Reap International Airport opened in 2006. The airport is located 6 km away from the centre of town. There is an official taxi rank, so when you arrive you can get a taxi or a motor-taxi to town. Independent taxis and motorcycles wait just outside the airport. Most hotels offer free transportation from the airport, but you must notify them in advance of your arrival.
Siem Reap’s transportation consists mainly of motor-taxi drivers or tuk-tuks, most of whom speak English. Per day, renting a motor-taxi driver costs between $5-10 and tuk-tuks between $12-15. Tuk-tuks are convenient because they are covered and can seat at least two passengers. Bicycles are also available for rent and are a pleasant way to explore the temples and town. Most transportation can be organized through you hotel or guest house. No tourist is allowed to rent or drive a motorbike/tuk-tuk or car in Siem Reap.