Siem Reap

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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

Jasmine Family Hostel
Jasmine Family Hostel
3 out of 5
Salakanseng village, Svay Dangkheum commune, Siem Reap
The price is Rs937 per night from 26 Sep to 26 Sep
Situated in Siem Reap, this hotel is within a 15-minute walk of National Road 6 and Old Market Area. Pub Street and Siem Reap Royal Residence are also within ...
3.6/5Good! (25 reviews)
Good value for money but not excellent service
"The fans inside the room were controlled by the reception and they didn't turn it on when we checked in and we had to go and tell them before they turn on the main switch at the reception area, which is considered as poor service and inefficient."

Reviewed on 4 Feb 2018

Jasmine Family Hostel
Chheng Residence
Chheng Residence
4 out of 5
Ta Phul Village, Svay Dangkum District, Siem Reap, Siem Reap
The price is Rs3,578 per night from 24 Sep to 24 Sep
Located in the heart of Siem Reap, this spa hotel is within a 15-minute walk of Old Market Area and Pub Street. Angkor Wat and Siem Reap Royal Residence are ...
4.8/5Exceptional! (75 reviews)
Nice stay good location
"Good hotel for the price range. Pool great. Convenient to access everything. Quiet and safe. Bed was hard as a rock. Breakfast was a winner - recommend the eggs Benedict and the waffles. Our son loved the fried rice"

Reviewed on 27 Feb 2020

Chheng Residence
Sofitel Angkor Phokeethra Golf & Spa Resort
Sofitel Angkor Phokeethra Golf & Spa Resort
5 out of 5
Vithei Charles De Gaulle, Khum Svay Dang Kum, Angkor, Siem Reap
The price is Rs9,225 per night from 27 Sep to 27 Sep
This family-friendly Siem Reap resort is located near the airport, within 1 mi (2 km) of Charles de Gaulle Road, Angkor Wat and Siem Reap Royal Residence. Pub ...
4.7/5Exceptional! (210 reviews)
Fantastic time there
"We had a wonderful time and looking forward to spend some holydays there any time soon!"

Reviewed on 11 Nov 2020

Sofitel Angkor Phokeethra Golf & Spa Resort
Lowest nightly price found within the past 24 hours based on a 1 night stay for 2 adults. Prices and availability subject to change. Additional terms may apply.
Java Wooden Villa & Residence
Java Wooden Villa & Residence
4 out of 5
Phum Krous Village, Svay Dangkum, Siem Reap
The price is Rs5,010 per night from 24 Sep to 24 Sep
Situated in the historical district, this villa is within 1 mi (2 km) of National Road 6 and Cambodian Cultural Village. Angkor Wat and Old Market Area are also ...
4.6/5Exceptional! (71 reviews)
"Stunning Khmer architecture, zen setting. Secluded, staff so kind and gracious and attentive. This would be a 5 star property anywhere in the world. If in my hometown DC this would cost $300 per night. Def a 5 star property. 10 private villas. I love this place. Superbly appointef"

Reviewed on 12 Feb 2020

Java Wooden Villa & Residence
Golden Vishnu Villa
Golden Vishnu Villa
4 out of 5
7 Makara St, Siem Reap, Siem Reap Province
Located in the heart of Siem Reap, this villa is within 1 mile (2 km) of Wat Damnak, Pub Street and Old Market Area. Angkor Night Market and Siem Reap Royal ...
5/5Exceptional! (1 review)
"とても親切でクリーンスタッフ含め笑顔が素敵な方々ばかりでした。アットホームな空間で綺麗なホテルでした。 また行きたいと思えました。 一番はスタッフの心配りに素敵な時間を過ごす事ができました。"

Reviewed on 7 Oct 2019

Golden Vishnu Villa
Katy Resident and Spa
Katy Resident and Spa
3.5 out of 5
Oum Khun Street, Siem Reap, Siem Reap
Located in Downtown Siem Reap, this aparthotel is within a 5-minute walk of Charles de Gaulle Road and Siem Reap Royal Residence. Pub Street and Old Market Area ...
5/5Exceptional! (4 reviews)
"Two bedroom hotel just for me, steps that lead to a pool in your own room, nice kitchen, cooktop, and full size fridge, couch, two bathrooms, table, chairs, couch, waterfall pool in room with jets and changing lights, panoramic views in the room. Steam room, sauna, and pool downstairs, nice staff! ..."

Reviewed on 25 Dec 2020

Katy Resident and Spa
Lowest nightly price found within the past 24 hours based on a 1 night stay for 2 adults. Prices and availability subject to change. Additional terms may apply.

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