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Connecting with the culture in Siem Reap

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Siem Reap is rich with history and culture. Respect the people as you learn about their history. If you only have one day, emphasize the positive - Angkor Wat - rather than the recent wars.

Good for
  • History Buff
  • Art and Architecture Lover
  • Peace and Quiet Seeker
  • Thrifty Traveller
  • Like a Local

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2 City Tips

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7 Places

Olive Cuisine de Saison

Restaurants

Viva Restaurant

Restaurants

Angkor Wat

Ancient Ruins

The Crocodile River Bistro

Restaurants

Terrace of the Elephants

Ancient Ruins

Angkor Archaeological Park

Ancient Ruins, Historic Sites

Angkor Thom

Historic Sites, Ancient Ruins

1Wisetraveller's City Tips

  • Tipping is not a tradition in Cambodia, and the local people really do not want that to change. If you want to give back, provide a gift to a local hospital charity fund, rather than tipping.
  • The biggest mistake tourist make when they come to Siem Reap is failing to recognize that the temples are .... temples! And that modesty is a part of the Cambodian culture. Yes, the weather is warm, but no, that does not give you license to dress in a way that the local people see as "going naked" - particularly in their temples. Women, wear light cotton shifts that cover your knees, or the blousy long pants that are found in the markets, and please, cover your shoulders! Long shorts or lightweight trousers are fine for men.
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    Olive Cuisine de Saison
    Restaurants (Mediterranean, French, European)
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    1Wisetraveller Says:

    For a delightful semi-formal meal after a long day at the temples, try Olive. French food at reasonable prices. Quantities are typical of European restaurants.

    Good for
    • Solo
    • Friends
    • Couples
    • Senior
    Tips
    • The salads are delightful here.
    Plan to stay:
    Less than 1 hour
    From the community
    Ranked #49 of 821 restaurants in Siem Reap
    Certificate of Excellence 2014
    • My Husband's Favourite Restaurant in Siem Reap! 14/07/2018
    • Styled Cusine 10/07/2018
    • Olive Cuisine de Saison
    Address:
    Street 9
    Next to Pizza Company, Old Market area
    Siem Reap Siem Reap
    Cambodia
    Phone:
    +855 63 769 899
    Price range:
    US$25 - US$35
    Hours:
    Sun - Sat
    11:00 - 22:00
    Other:
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    Viva Restaurant
    Restaurants (Mexican)
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    1Wisetraveller Says:

    Even the Cambodians have caught the Mexican food bug. No, your meal will not be authentic, but yes, it will be good, and prices are reasonable. Fast service close to the markets make this restaurant appealing.

    Good for
    • Thrifty Traveller
    • Solo
    • Friends
    • Couples
    • Senior
    • Shopping Fanatic
    • Family
    Tips
    • Cambodian food is on the menu, but be forewarned that Cambodian food tends to be bland.
    Plan to stay:
    Less than 1 hour
    From the community
    Ranked #158 of 821 restaurants in Siem Reap
    • Lovely food and Margaritas 17/07/2018
    • Classic Mexican with a Twist 14/07/2018
    • Viva Restaurant
    Address:
    No #697, 2Thou Street
    Old Market
    Siem Reap
    Cambodia
    Phone:
    +855 92 209 154
    Price range:
    US$1 - US$14
    Hours:
    Sun - Sat
    07:00 - 23:59
    Other:
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    Angkor Wat
    Ancient Ruins
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    1Wisetraveller Says:

    This is probably why you came to Siem Reap. On our small van tour, our guide discussed current Cambodian culture as well as the cultures of the various kings who constructed the temples. His insights were valuable, and considering the price of a tuk-tuk to and from Siem Reap, the tour was not much more costly than going on our own.

    Good for
    • Must See
    Tips
    • Please dress appropriately (see earlier tip). There are a few places within Angkor Wat that even the hospitable Cambodians will not permit "naked" tourists to enter.
    • Bring a water bottle any time of year, and a disposable poncho in the rainy season.
    Plan to stay:
    More than 3 hours
    From the community
    Ranked #2 of 200 things to do in Siem Reap
    Certificate of Excellence 2014
    • Be physically and mentally prepared 18/07/2018
    • Thee day pass 18/07/2018
    • Angkor Wat
    Hours:
    Sun
    00:00 - 23:59
    Mon - Tue
    07:00 - 21:00
    Wed
    19:00 - 21:00
    Thu - Sat
    07:00 - 21:00
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    The Crocodile River Bistro
    Restaurants (German, Thai, Central European, French, Belgian)
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    1Wisetraveller Says:

    For large portions in a delightful off the beaten path atmosphere, venture to this German and Thai restaurant, run by a Belgian man and his Thai wife.

    Good for
    • Foodie
    • Peace and Quiet Seeker
    • Thrifty Traveller
    • Hidden Gems
    • Solo
    • Friends
    • Couples
    • Senior
    • Family
    Tips
    • My large husband and I split the schnitzel plate, supplemented with an additional side.
    Plan to stay:
    Less than 1 hour
    From the community
    Ranked #57 of 821 restaurants in Siem Reap
    Certificate of Excellence 2014
    • A little Europe at Cambodia 09/07/2018
    • Dangerously addictive 08/07/2018
    • The Crocodile River Bistro
    Address:
    Tonle Sap Road
    Siem Reap 855
    Cambodia
    Phone:
    +855 77 996 100
    Price range:
    US$3 - US$13
    Hours:
    Sun
    12:00 - 22:30
    Tue - Sat
    17:00 - 22:30
    Other:
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    Terrace of the Elephants
    Ancient Ruins
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    1Wisetraveller Says:

    The statues are stunning, but the main appeal of this area is that it goes on and on. Imagine what it looked like when this was a kingdom of a million people!

    Good for
    • Hidden Gems
    • Like a Local
    • Art and Architecture Lover
    • Nature Lover
    • Foodie
    • Peace and Quiet Seeker
    • Luxury Traveller
    • Thrifty Traveller
    • Solo
    • Friends
    • Couples
    • Senior
    • Family
    Tips
    • Walk through all the narrow pathways between walls.
    Plan to stay:
    Less than 1 hour
    From the community
    Ranked #58 of 200 things to do in Siem Reap
    Certificate of Excellence 2014
    • Too much to take in 14/07/2018
    • Imagine the sight of many elephants carrying dignitaries to visit here. 03/07/2018
    • Terrace of the Elephants
    Address:
    Angkor Thom
    Terrace of the Elephants
    Siem Reap
    Cambodia
    Phone:
    +855 93 633 030
    Other:
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    Angkor Archaeological Park
    Ancient Ruins, Historic Sites
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    1Wisetraveller Says:

    It helps with perspective to see more than one temple. Some are older than others, and some are more well preserved. Hinduism gave way to Buddhism, and the carvings reflect this change.

    Good for
    • Must See
    Tips
    • Be sure to wear walking shoes, as some of the temple walkways are not in good repair.
    Plan to stay:
    More than 3 hours
    From the community
    Ranked #16 of 200 things to do in Siem Reap
    Certificate of Excellence 2014
    • Brillian 17/07/2018
    • Bucket list check off 16/07/2018
    • Angkor Archaeological Park
    Phone:
    +855 92 501 691
    Other:
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    Angkor Thom
    Historic Sites, Ancient Ruins
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    1Wisetraveller Says:

    This temple is quite different from Angkor Wat. It is interesting to compare and contrast them.

    Good for
    • Must See
    Tips
    • Climb to the upper areas if you have the time.
    Plan to stay:
    Less than 1 hour
    From the community
    Ranked #21 of 200 things to do in Siem Reap
    Certificate of Excellence 2014
    • This place one can visit in the whole day temple tour 18/07/2018
    • The Most Memorable Faces in Cambodia 17/07/2018
    • Angkor Thom
    Address:
    Angkor Wat
    Siem Reap 17259
    Cambodia
    Hours:
    Sun - Sat
    00:00 - 23:59
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