26 Oct 2019 - 27 Oct 2019
2 guests - 1 room
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An intoxicating combination of French colonial architecture and Asian temples, Siem Reap is much more laid back than frenzied Phnom Penh.
Small and flat, it is easy to get around by bicycle or if you prefer to live dangerously, by tuk tuk and motorcycle taxi -- and once you've arrived on your flight to Siem Reap, it's only a short ride into town. Angkor Archaeological Park is the main attraction in Siem Reap, boasting an Archaeological Museum, the ancient Wat Bo temple and the more modern lotus design of Wat Preah Prom Rath temple with its crocodile and Buddha reliefs. Breath-taking Angkor Wat is just a few miles from the city and possibly the area’s most famous tourist spot.
You will have no problem finding Siem Reap hotels. There are many super-cheap backpacker hostels like the Hostelling International, Bun Kao Guesthouse and the popular Green Town Guesthouse complete with restaurant and bar. The lovely wooden Khmer style Big Lyna Villa is a nice mid-priced choice while the Paradise Eco Resort Siem Reap has a swimming pool and lush gardens. There are boutique options like Central Boutique Angkor and Soria Moria and the River Garden Siem Reap which has private cottages for rent. You can splash out in French Colonial splendour at The One Hotel or the very luxurious Victoria Angkor Resort & Spa. Raffles Grand Hotel is the oldest in Siem Reap, opening in 1932.
Central and Psar Chas markets are lively, loud and aromatic, selling all manner of kitsch weird and wonderful objects to haggle for, while Angkor Trade Centre offers a more air-conditioned shopping experience. Theam's House Gallery, Khmer Ceramics and Fine Arts Centre and Artisans d'Angkor show off the intricate local arts and crafts while Samatoa is the place to buy traditional Cambodian silk.
Siem Reap hosts a photography festival in November, an annual Street Puppet Festival and a spectacular Water Festival in October. Dating back to ancient times, a million people flock to the banks of the Mekong River to watch hundreds of blazingly coloured boats do battle on the water.
With cooking classes, blissful massages, cultural performances and fantastic street food, Siem Reap is a great place to being your Asian adventure.
Did you know..?
Siem Reap translates as ‘Defeat of Siam’ in Khmer.
West Baray is a place known mostly just to the locals – a beautiful fresh water reservoir where hammocks swing on wooden decks. Peaceful, quiet and tourist free, this is a lovely place to unwind.
If you want to give something back on your trip to Siem Reap, stop off at Sunrise Children’s Village where you can volunteer and help the children practice their English. Their smiles alone are guaranteed to make it a very worthwhile experience.
I had a great time visiting there. I am pleased to recommend this beautiful place.
Awesome town in Northern Cambodia. Accommodation for all types of travelers. Night bazar that will surely amaze anyone. Great restaurants at affordable prices.
Siem Riep is a backpackers destination. With tons of hostels and night life, any backpacker is sure to make friends in this city. Angkor Wat is a must see, just keep in mind it can get uncomfortably hot so either go early morning or later in the evening.
Incredible concentration of world class temples. But not only as there are more and more activities, like massage, bike tour in the countryside, visit of workshops, cooking or cocktail classes, excellent restaurants, etc.