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Siem Reap

Travel Guide
Siem Reap showing building ruins

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.

Unity Hostel
Unity Hostel
1.5 out of 5
01-13, Wat Damnak, Sala Kamraeuk, Siem Reap, Siem Reap
Fully refundable
The price is P344 per night from 22 Aug to 22 Aug
Located in Downtown Siem Reap, this hostel is within a 5-minute walk of Siem Reap Art Center Night Market, Pub Street, and Old Market Area. Angkor Night Market ...
4.7/5Exceptional! (9 reviews)
My favorite spot.
"I have been here several times and will come back. The hostel is just on the right spot. The owner will do anything to help you with anything you ask for."

Reviewed on Jul 26, 2020

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Fabulous Psar Kraoum Hostel
Fabulous Psar Kraoum Hostel
2 out of 5
Group 2, Vihear Chen, Svay Dangkum, Siem Reap, Siem Reap
The price is P638 per night from 1 Aug to 1 Aug
Situated in Siem Reap, this hostel is within 1 mi (2 km) of Siem Reap Art Center Night Market, Pub Street, and Old Market Area. Angkor Night Market and Siem ...
Fabulous Psar Kraoum Hostel
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 P6,267 per night from 2 Aug to 2 Aug
This family-friendly Siem Reap resort is located near the airport, within a 15-minute walk of Charles de Gaulle Road and Royal Garden. Angkor Wat and Siem Reap ...
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 Nov 11, 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.
Koulen Hotel
Koulen Hotel
4.5 out of 5
Oknha Oum Chhay Street, Mondul II Village, Svay Dangkum Commune, Siem Reap, Siem Reap
The price is P3,061 per night from 3 Aug to 3 Aug
This family-friendly Siem Reap aparthotel is located in a shopping district, within a 5-minute walk of The Heritage Walk and Royal Garden. Pub Street and Angkor ...
4.7/5Exceptional! (77 reviews)
"From the moment we stepped into the Koulen Hotel we knew we were at an amazing place. Everything from the staff, the rooms, and the location were beyond our expectations. In regards to the staff, they are all extremely accommodating and some of the kindest people I've ever met. They made myself, ..."

Reviewed on Feb 24, 2020

Koulen Hotel
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 mi (2 km) of Wat Damnak, Pub Street, and Old Market Area. Angkor Night Market and Siem Reap Royal Residence ...
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 Oct 7, 2019

Golden Vishnu Villa
Java Wooden Villa & Residence
Java Wooden Villa & Residence
4 out of 5
Phum Krous Village, Svay Dangkum, Siem Reap
The price is P3,343 per night from 22 Aug to 22 Aug
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 Feb 12, 2020

Java Wooden Villa & Residence
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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