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Siem Reap
Travel Guide

Siem Reap featuring a ruin

This Cambodian city borders the fascinating Angkor Archaeological Park, making it a must-stop location on any Southeast Asian trip.

Siem Reap is one of Cambodia’s premier tourist destinations, thanks to its central location and abundance of cultural activities.

Nicknamed the “Great Gate to Angkor”, the city is best known for its close proximity to Angkor Archaeological Park, which is less than 6 kilometres (4 miles) away. This is the site of the ancient Khmer Empire, which ruled during the ninth to 15th centuries. Ruins of the ancient city are scattered throughout the park.

Angkor Wat Temple and Bayon Temple are the focal points of the area. Both are covered with intricate carvings and are beautifully preserved. Get your camera out at Ta Prohm Temple; the trees growing into the structure make it a prime photography spot. You can easily access the archaeological park from Siem Reap on a tour bus, bicycle or tuk-tuk. Within the park, you can even rent an elephant to get around.

The city of Siem Reap does have charms of its own as well. Be sure to enjoy some of the local cuisine. Many of the restaurants feature outdoor seating so that you can relax on the patio for the afternoon while savoring a Khmer curry. End your evening in the Red Lantern District, Siem Reap’s central nightlife area. Venues here range from pubs offering cheap jugs of beer, to vintage-style bars serving inventive cocktails.

Siem Reap is packed with day spas, where you can get traditional treatments and massages to unwind after a day of exploring.

Fill your suitcase with handmade goods that you can find at the street markets. The area specialises in silk and it’s hard to resist the gorgeous fabrics, robes, and home items that vendors sell.

Siem Reap International Airport has daily arrivals and departures from all over the world. Visitors can also get buses into the city from Vietnam, Thailand, and Laos. Many people opt to rent a taxi from the border of Cambodia if they’re doing a multiple country tour.

Where to stay in Siem Reap

Angkor City View Hotel
Angkor City View Hotel
3.5 out of 5
Funky LN Road, Siem Reap
Free cancellationReserve now, pay when you stay
The price is £18 per night from 11 May to 11 May
Located in the heart of Siem Reap, this hotel is within a 10-minute walk of Angkor Night Market and Pub Street. Royal Garden and Angkor Wat are also within 3 ...
3.5/5Good! (19 reviews)
"This is one of the best hotels I've stayed in, for its rating. Huge room with modern fixtures, smiling room service, and 500 metres to the Pub Street /Night Market area."

Reviewed on 30 Apr 2019

Angkor City View Hotel
Angkor Aurora
Angkor Aurora
5 out of 5
No. 162, Street 27, Wat Bo, Siem Reap, Siem Reap
The price is £21 per night from 13 May to 13 May
Located in the centre of Siem Reap, this family-friendly hotel is within a 10-minute walk of Made in Cambodia Market, Pub Street and Old Market Area. Angkor ...
4.7/5Exceptional! (165 reviews)
"We liked this hotel and the pool. The dining room as small but the food for breakfast was good, we also ate dinner there and the food was good (a bit pricey). The location is quiet with a couple restaurants and corner stores near by. The bathroom was clean and had nice shower heads (3 different ..."

Reviewed on 20 Apr 2020

Angkor Aurora
Sarai Resort & Spa
Sarai Resort & Spa
5 out of 5
Wat Damnak Village, Salakamreuk, Siem Reap
The price is £54 per night from 1 Jun to 1 Jun
This family-friendly Siem Reap resort is located near the airport, within a 10-minute walk of Wat Damnak and Old Market Area. Pub Street and Angkor Night Market ...
4.7/5Exceptional! (432 reviews)
"Wonderful! Beautiful and unique hotel with friendly staff. Hotel representatives were eager to help with activities planning and their assistance was invaluable! Delicious breakfast, relaxing spa, and great to enjoy happy hour at their gorgeous pool after a long day of temple-hopping!"

Reviewed on 7 Mar 2020

Sarai Resort & Spa
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Reviews of Siem Reap


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15 Mar 2020

Loved it ! absolutely to be recommended & would live to visit it again ! People are super nice , city is airy , alot of options & facilities for tourists!

5/5 - Excellent

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8 Mar 2020

It is a fabulous destination for a weeks break. It is very quiet at the moment and the Cambodian people really appreciate visitors coming to the area, they cannot do enough to make your visit special.

4/5 - Good

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2 Mar 2020

Phare was a great experience

4/5 - Good

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25 Feb 2020

We used Tuk Tuks to get around and felt safe all the time we were there. Because of the Corona Virus it was quietl, so the tourists there had a lot of attention from drivers and stall holders but never any issues, be polite and you will be fine.

4/5 - Good


25 Feb 2020

Siem Reap is a lovely, quiet yet vibrant city. Food is cheap and there’s no traffic congestion. The locals are some of the friendliest.

5/5 - Excellent

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7 Feb 2020

Siem Reap was incredible. I am so thankful that we decided to make this quick trip to Cambodia to see it.