Siem Reap Tourism
Explore the beautiful land of Siem Reap
Rated 4.5/5 (based on 201 reviews )
Best time to visit
Nov - Apr
About Siem Reap Destinations
The effervescent gateway town to the ancient temple complex is an enigma on its own and has built its own identity over the years. Siem Reap is made up with a perfect blend of euphoric and serene ambiance. There are vintage Indochina architectures, reminiscence of French colonialism, traditional Khmer souvenir shops selling equally traditional art and handicraft and Cambodian villages with their culture still embedded in the roots. On the other hand, Siem Reap reverberates with a certain vivacity both during the day and night time; Siem Reap tours, and the nightlife of the city can only be witnessed not imagined.
If Angkor Wat is the reason one is visiting Cambodia, then Siem Reap will be the first stepping stone in the way. Though most of the footfall in Siem Reap is still owed to the Angkor Wat Archaeological Park, Siem Reap, Cambodia has its own contribution to make.
Siem Reap Province of Cambodia borders the province of Oddar Meanchey to the north, Preah Vihear and Kampong Thom to the east, Battambang to the south and Banteay Meanchey to the west. The Tonle Sap freshwater lake demarcates Siem Reap in the south for a large part and remains seasonally inundated. This connects with the lower basin of Mekong River with a river of the same name and is home to an extensive biosphere reserve in this area. It is also where the floating village, the home to a Vietnamese neighborhood, floats.
The streets of the town bustle with the enthusiasm of temple visitors in the daytime. The mystifying appeal of Siem Reap Angkor Wat is the defining factor for Siem Reap tourism. In fact, the intricate stone bas-relief of the 12th-century temple is the central architecture in entire Cambodia. Its importance can be felt and understood in the fact that the flag of Cambodia has the figure of Angkor Wat right in the middle.
The fort-city of Angkor Thom and the Bayon Temple, Ta Prohm and its crumbling yet visually intriguing exterior, Banteay Srei dedicated to Lord Shiva, Preah Khan, Bakong, Terrace of the Elephants, Terrace of the Leper King and dozens of other small and big shrines make up most of Siem Reap city travel. The night time is not a loss either. In fact, Siem Reap nightlife might be one of the liveliest one has ever seen. The lined up establishments of Pub Street and the Angkor Night Market make up for most of the nocturnal activities. Other offbeat but soul-feeding activities would be to see the Circus of Phare. Influenced by the Canadian Cirque de Soleil, this organization performs an enchanting mixture of acrobats, drama, and humor to tell heartwarming or heart-wrenching tales of life. Witnessing the local artisans create art and craft out of raw material, only using their hands and tools is another delightful experience. Seeing other artists at their work from up close, moreover trying to preserve a fading form of art and culture, which in this case is Khmer, is more rewarding than anything else. Moreover, most of these places like Angkor Handicraft Association or Angkor d’Artisans strive tirelessly towards the betterment and development of the local communities of workers, training new artists and giving them a chance at reviving their art as well as earning their living.
The fort-city of Angkor Thom and the Bayon Temple, Ta Prohm and its crumbling yet visually intriguing exterior, Banteay Srei dedicated to Lord Shiva, Preah Khan, Bakong, Terrace of the Elephants, Terrace of the Leper King and dozens of other small and big shrines make up most of Siem Reap city travel.
The night time is not a loss either. In fact, Siem Reap nightlife might be one of the liveliest one has ever seen. The lined up establishments of Pub Street and the Angkor Night Market make up for most of the nocturnal activities.
Other offbeat but soul-feeding activities would be to see the Circus of Phare. Influenced by the Canadian Cirque de Soleil, this organization performs an enchanting mixture of acrobats, drama, and humor to tell heartwarming or heart-wrenching tales of life.
Witnessing the local artisans create art and craft out of raw material, only using their hands and tools is another delightful experience. Seeing other artists at their work from up close, moreover trying to preserve a fading form of art and culture, which in this case is Khmer, is more rewarding than anything else. Moreover, most of these places like Angkor Handicraft Association or Angkor d’Artisans strive tirelessly towards the betterment and development of the local communities of workers, training new artists and giving them a chance at reviving their art as well as earning their living.
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Places To Visit In Siem Reap
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Angkor Thom In Siem Reap
Angkor Thom, literally refers to "Great City", is a famous tourist attraction located in present-day Cambodia. Angkor Thom in Siem Reap was established by King Jayavarman in the late twelfth century. The entire place covers an area of 9 square km, and comprises of several monuments built during the early eras as well as tho...
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Beng Mealea In Siem Reap
Located 40 km east of the Angkor group of temples and 77 km from the city of Siem Reap, the Beng Mealea is also a Hindu temple built by Suryavarman II in the early 12th century. The temple is built from sandstones and has Buddhist motifs carved on its walls in a few places. The World Heritage Site has a largely unknown hist...
Preah Khan Temple In Siem Reap
The temple of Preah Khan was built by King Jayavarman VII to honor his father and is located North-West of the Angkor Thom. The temple houses a number of cravings related to the Hindu mythology and Buddhist motifs are also present. The temple has been left largely unrestored, and nature has reclaimed most of the structures ...
Neak Pean Temple In Siem Reap
Neak Pean Temple is a vintage throwback to how ancient Khmer healthcare looked like. Now the island temple looks like isolated remains of the olden days, but it was created keeping in mind extensive mythical references. Neak Pean Temple in Siem Reap is one of the many attractions in the Angkor Archaeological Park. Although ...
Bayon Temple In Siem Reap
Bayon Temple, known for its daunting, awe-inspiring series of smiling faces all around its uppermost tier, is the flagship construction of the ancient Khmer capital Angkor Thom. The temple sits right in the middle of the fortified city, though it took years for the historians to discover that fact owing to the dense outgrow...
Things To Do In Siem Reap
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Hot Air Balloon In Siem Reap
The temples of Angkor look fascinating from the ground. Imagine how strikingly imperial it might look from up above in the sky. Hot air balloon Cambodia allows the visitors of Angkor to catch a glimpse of the majestic architectures from the elevated vantage point. This would be a lifetime experience and not something one ca...
- Hot Air Balloon Ride
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River Cruise In Siem Reap
Siem Reap river cruise is one of the best alternatives of going around Cambodia. Usually, most people take the roadway to travel from one part to another and have their whole Siem Reap experience. But the water cruises undeniably add an edge to the entire thing. There are many different Siem Reap river tours as offered by t...
- River Cruise
Prek Toal Bird Sanctuary
There is a reason why the Prek Toal bird sanctuary within the Tonle Sap Lake Biosphere is called the most important breeding ground in South-East Asia for large water birds. Tonle Sap has three distinct ecological spheres within its vast expanse. Among them, Prek toal with its 31,280 hectares area of lowlands and swamps is ...
- Bird Watching
Travel to Siem Reap
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There aren't too many non-stop flights from Indian airports to Siem Reap airport, and they usually have a layover in another city before coming to the Siem Reap International Airport in Cambodia. There are more and more flights now due to the burgeoning tourism Industry in the current world. There are layovers in Singapore and Bangkok commonly before passengers then fly from Bangkok to Siem Reap. The flights take a varied amount of time to reach Siem Reap depending on which different part of India it is from, with an average time of 6 hours and 40 minutes for most of the flights.
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Safala Prasad Mahadik
Safala's 8 days trip to Siem ReapPunctual Service. Polite people. Beautiful Country. Polite people. Halong Bay was hands down the best part.
Lyeana's 6 days trip to Siem ReapThank you Hannah & Shubham for all the planning that went into this trip. Both were very prompt with messages and calls.. The drivers on the trip were very punctual always came in 15 mins before the given time which was really good as we didnt have to wait or call anyone. The package itself was very good. We changed it so many times but both Hannah and Shubham were very patient. All in all we had a very good trip. So thank you!
Chinmay Vinayak Joshi
Chinmay's 15 days trip to Siem ReapWell my testimonial matters the most because i am a hardcore critic when it comes to services. I was very skeptical while dealing with LVP Travels since i had read so many kinds of reviews online during my research and finalization. During my process of planning, i got lot of help from Jenny and she was very kind and happy to help. When i finally decided to go ahead with Jenny's company, i still had my doubts if the services will be delivered accurately without any hiccups. But I would say, Jenny did a commendable job in arrangement of the tour. She was in touch all through and wherever there were challenges she found out the way to deal with those to make my tour a memorable one. Just to mention, i had lots of discussions, agreements, disagreements with Jenny, but in the end the service was nice. Jenny you have earned this testimonial. Looking forward for more such associations.
Jaydeep's 2 days trip to Siem ReapIt was an awesome experience! All arrangements were as per itinerary promised. All pickups and activities were on dot time as mentioned. Henry, travel associate from S VIet was in constant touch and always available for any additional information or help. We were in good hands and good care was taken. Must say impressed and delighted with flawless planning. 10 on 10 for activities and accommodation, travel arrangements. I strongly recommend, if you are travelling Vietnam it has to be Travel Traingle and S VIet (Now Realistic Asia). I will definitely give first preference for my future holidays.
Karma Doma Bhutia
Karma's 7 days trip to Siem ReapThe trip was perfectly planned except for the lay over time everything went smoothly
Shruthi's 5 days trip to Siem ReapThank you Lana for a wonderful Cambodia vacation! Angkor wat , Ta prohm temple in Siem Reap and the royal palace in Phnom Penh
Prerna's 8 days trip to Siem ReapThank you Bamboo Hat Tours. My friend and I went to Cambodia and Vietnam. Just returned on the 12th. Sophie was really hands on. She coordinated everything perfectly and was just a call away. The hotels were very comfortable and the guides (The only guide with the red hat in Cambodia, Thom [May have got the name incorrect but she is 24 with a kid and fiercely independent for someone from her clan] in Sapa Valley and Tom at Halong Bay) were extremely efficient, helpful, and they put things across to us in simple, understandable english, which is a feat as english isn't their mother tongue and as guides who barely make 250 dollars a month during peak season, we were apperciative of the effort that they put in. I had read a lot on Angkor Wat, Sapa Valley and Halong Bay but what these guides told us was nothing short of a treasure trove of knowledge- straight from the horses' mouths, in this case, native Cambodians and Vietnamese. The staff at the hotels ((Mekong Angkor Palace, Diamond Legend Hotel, Apricot Cruise and Beautiful Sapa Hotel) were so so helpful as well. Everyone, including the lovely Pho lady and family beside Diamong Legend Hotel, was kind and uber hospitable. We are now planning a trip with Bamboo Hat for next April (Loas and Myanmar)...so will be contacting Sophie again. Why? Cause she and everyone associated with Bamboo Hat are damn good..thats why. :)
Jharna's 7 days trip to Siem ReapIt was a very well planned trip which covered all that we wanted ... my agent Shubham and Vicky (in Vietnam) were super promt and extremely efficient with everything .. overall we had an amazing time with no false promises or additional costs... only the 31st cruise party was disappointing and not as expected... also in Bana hills it was raining heavily (which we were not informed about) and so we couldn't do anything much and the day was almost wasted... MUA CAVES Exploring Hanoi Night market and DaNang adventure park was a lot of fun
Sumedha's 10 days trip to Siem ReapThe trip was great . Travel agents Ms. Julia & Ms. Jenny from LVP were extremely helpful. I thank them for their support. The guides & vehicles provided were also very good. Thanks for making our trip memorable.
Manjeet Singh Bhandari
Manjeet's 10 days trip to Siem ReapBut of problem faced with communicating with the hotel reception in general due to language issues, Nicely laid down International buffet breakfasts in all prpoperties and kudos to the attitude and humble attitude across stall in all hotels
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FAQ's of Siem Reap
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The best time to visit Siem Reap is during the winters. It is from November to February.
The currency of Cambodia is Riel. However, credit cards are accepted in many places, and ATM’s are available almost everywhere.
Yes, many in Siem Reap speak English, and they are very warm people. As the place is full of tourists most of the time, it has become a common thing there.
Siem Reap is a very nice place, and it is safe to travel alone. But, it is always better to take the necessary precautions.
Siem Reap offers both vegetarian and non-vegetarian options to the tourists. They also serve Asian food. The food is not so spicy and has a different flavor to it.
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