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Making Siem Reap Homebase

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Siem Reap feels like home half way around the world. While we saw many amazing sites, people made all the difference in our enjoyment. This guide is divided among days close to Siem Reap, and day trips afield. A major enjoyment in our day trips was viewing the people as they went about their daily lives. Look and ask for these opportunities while you travel in Cambodia.

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  • History Buff
  • Art and Architecture Lover
  • Nature Lover
  • Foodie
  • LGBT

16 Places

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16 Places

Rambutan Resort - Siem Reap

Hotels

Angkor Archaeological Park

Ancient Ruins, Historic Sites

Angkor Wat

Ancient Ruins

The Sugar Palm

Restaurants

Angkor Thom

Ancient Ruins, Historic Sites

Bayon Temple

Ancient Ruins

Ta Prohm

Ancient Ruins, Sacred & Religious Sites

Abacus French Gastronomy

Restaurants

Flight of the Gibbon

Zipline & Aerial Adventure Parks

Beng Mealea

Ancient Ruins, Historic Sites

Viroth's

Restaurants

Tonle Sap Lake

Bodies of Water

Kompong Phluk

Points of Interest & Landmarks

AHA Wine Bar Restaurant

Restaurants

Bamboo Train

Railways

Preah Vihear Temple

Ancient Ruins, Architectural Buildings, Sacred & Religious Sites, Historic Sites

Karen G's City Tips

  • Hiring a private guide and car driver added to our enjoyment and was very inexpensive.
  • Traveling by tuk-tuk was available from our hotel to all around the city and the sites.
  • Rambutan Resort - Siem Reap
    Hotels
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    Karen G Says:

    The Rambutan (formerly the GB) was central to our enjoyment of Siem Reap and the area. Their manager, Tommy, sat down with us our first morning, listened to our wish-list and then crafted our entire visit to Siem Reap and Cambodia. I am a person who plans each detail of trips, and this was a first-time experience. We saw all we had ever hoped and even more under his behind-the-scenes planning. While promoted as a gay-friendly boutique hotel, we believe it is simply people friendly. Come here to relax by the pool or spend your days touring. Rambutan's restaurant has daily specials which are yummy, and great after a long day afield. Their guys at the bar whip up some wonderful drinks. My favorite was concocted with passion fruit!

    Good for
    • Solo
    • Friends
    • LGBT
    • Couples
    • Senior
    Tips
    • Put your trust in their expertise. They do not disappoint.
    • Good laundry service available.
    Plan to stay:
    More than 3 hours
    From the community
    Ranked #51 of 402 Hotels in Siem Reap
    Certificate of Excellence 2014
    • Best Boutique hotel in Siem Reap. 14/10/2018
    • Staff Made It! 10/10/2018
    • Rambutan Resort - Siem Reap
    Address:
    Kumm Sala komreuk, Krom 10
    Phum Wat Damnak
    Siem Reap
    Cambodia
  • Angkor Archaeological Park
    Ancient Ruins, Historic Sites
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    Karen G Says:

    The park and ticket cover the majority of the temple sites in the area.

    Good for
    • Must See
    • Art and Architecture Lover
    • History Buff
    Tips
    • Ticket price good for many areas and selections of days. Don't lose it.
    Plan to stay:
    More than 3 hours
    From the community
    Ranked #7 of 135 things to do in Siem Reap
    Certificate of Excellence 2014
    • 'WOW' 14/10/2018
    • Loved this place 13/10/2018
    • Angkor Archaeological Park
  • Angkor Wat
    Ancient Ruins
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    Karen G Says:

    Must see. Angkor Wat was the initial reason we traveled to Siem Reap as a new wonder of the world. It did not disappoint with it's vast outlying temples, a huge moat with a reconstructed bridge, and multi-leveled lotus central structure . . . . It is a fantastic archeological site. I was glad to have researched about the site beforehand so I could simply enjoy its grandeur.

    Good for
    • Must See
    • Art and Architecture Lover
    • History Buff
    Tips
    • Hire a private guide. Their knowledge is much too valuable to miss considering the small cost.
    • A tuk-tuk ride from Siem Reap will provide extra local flavor to the experience as the roads are traveled by tourists and those going about their daily lives.
    • Climb to the top of the Wat.
    • Go early to beat the crowds.
    Plan to stay:
    More than 3 hours
    From the community
    Ranked #2 of 135 things to do in Siem Reap
    Certificate of Excellence 2014
    • A large site - the scale, the Hindu temple and its views well worth braving the crowds 15/10/2018
    • Oh wow 15/10/2018
    • Angkor Wat
    Hours:
    Sun
    00:00 - 23:59
    Mon - Sat
    07:00 - 21:00
  • The Sugar Palm
    Restaurants (Asian, Cambodian)
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    Karen G Says:

    The food was wonderfully prepared Khmer food. For me, it was worth the expense to order tea just to have it served in a cute little elephant teapot. Their service was excellent. They were exceptionally busy the night we went, yet they still found a spot overlooking their terrace.

    Good for
    • Foodie
    • Solo
    • Friends
    • Couples
    • Senior
    Tips
    • Check to see if a reservation is needed.
    Plan to stay:
    1-2 hours
    From the community
    Ranked #132 of 850 restaurants in Siem Reap
    Certificate of Excellence 2014
    • Lovely dinner 09/10/2018
    • Tasty, but... 06/10/2018
    • The Sugar Palm
    Address:
    Street 27
    opposite Pannasastra University
    Siem Reap
    Cambodia
    Phone:
    +855 12 818 143
    Price range:
    US$5 - US$10
    Hours:
    Mon - Sat
    11:30 - 14:30
    18:00 - 22:00
    Other:
  • Angkor Thom
    Ancient Ruins, Historic Sites
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    Karen G Says:

    Angkor Thom is a large part of the Siem Reap area of temples. The ancient bridge, wall and gates give another taste of Khmer life. Within lies the Bayon, another must see.

    Good for
    • Must See
    • Solo
    • Friends
    • History Buff
    • Couples
    • Senior
    • Art and Architecture Lover
    Tips
    • Rent a tuk-tuk and driver to ride between sites. Angkor Thom is huge.
    • A private guide is able to point out details easily missed.
    Plan to stay:
    More than 3 hours
    From the community
    Ranked #8 of 135 things to do in Siem Reap
    Certificate of Excellence 2014
    • A must, but very crowded 14/10/2018
    • Great City 13/10/2018
    • Angkor Thom
    Address:
    Angkor Wat
    Siem Reap 17259
    Cambodia
    Hours:
    Sun - Sat
    00:00 - 23:59
  • Bayon Temple
    Ancient Ruins
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    Karen G Says:

    The Bayon Temple is a place of contemplation and great beauty. One truly feels small when surrounded by all of the faces carved into the structure. There were lots of people present the day we went, but with so many nooks and crannies, it was still possible to find a spot for a picture.

    Good for
    • Peace and Quiet Seeker
    • Solo
    • Friends
    • History Buff
    • Couples
    • Senior
    • Art and Architecture Lover
    Tips
    • A private guide explained much about the temple we would have missed on our own.
    Plan to stay:
    2-3 hours
    From the community
    Ranked #1 of 135 things to do in Siem Reap
    Certificate of Excellence 2014
    • Carvings and reliefs reflecting Buddhism, Hinduism and life some 800 years ago. A jewel in Angkor. 15/10/2018
    • nice place to visit once 15/10/2018
    • Bayon Temple
    Address:
    Angkor Thom
    Siem Reap
    Cambodia
  • Ta Prohm
    Ancient Ruins, Sacred & Religious Sites
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    Karen G Says:

    Atmospheric. Ta Prohm was my mind-picture of being within the ruins of a long ago civilization. If you have to remain close to Siem Reap, Ta Prohm is a site which gives the best feel of how temples were overgrown by the forest. The strangler fig trees were awesome with their roots threatening to encase the site.

    Good for
    • Must See
    • Art and Architecture Lover
    • History Buff
    Plan to stay:
    1-2 hours
    From the community
    Ranked #3 of 135 things to do in Siem Reap
    Certificate of Excellence 2014
    • ancient monument 15/10/2018
    • Another amazing must-see 15/10/2018
    • Ta Prohm
    Address:
    National Road #6
    Siem Reap 17252
    Cambodia
    Hours:
    Sun - Sat
    00:00 - 23:59
  • Abacus French Gastronomy
    Restaurants (French, European)
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    Karen G Says:

    Our favorite. The food was excellent and we enjoyed eating either in the garden or interior.

    Good for
    • Foodie
    • Solo
    • Friends
    • Couples
    • Senior
    Tips
    • Check to see if a reservation is needed.
    Plan to stay:
    1-2 hours
    From the community
    Ranked #82 of 850 restaurants in Siem Reap
    Certificate of Excellence 2014
    • Great place to taste France 03/10/2018
    • The best steak 01/10/2018
    • Abacus French Gastronomy
    Address:
    Abacus lane
    Siem Reap 17252
    Cambodia
    Phone:
    +855 12 644 286
    Price range:
    US$30 - US$70
    Hours:
    Sun - Sat
    11:00 - 22:00
    Other:
  • Flight of the Gibbon
    Zipline & Aerial Adventure Parks
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    Karen G Says:

    Just plain fun as a break from art, history and trekking. The staff is professional and we as a mature couple in our 50s and 70s had no problem. We enjoyed our time flying through the treetops. The staff even used our camera to take pictures of us.

    Good for
    • Solo
    • Friends
    • Couples
    • Thrill Seeker
    • Senior
    • Family
    Tips
    • Take your camera
    Plan to stay:
    1-2 hours
    From the community
    Ranked #0 of 0 things to do in Siem Reap
    • This was great fun 23/08/2017
    • Tree Top Magic 13/08/2017
    • Flight of the Gibbon
    Address:
    Angkor Archeological Park
    Siem Reap
    Cambodia
    Phone:
    +855 96 999 9101
    Price range:
    US$59 - US$59
    Other:
  • Beng Mealea
    Ancient Ruins, Historic Sites
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    Karen G Says:

    "Lost" in the forest, Beng Mealea is a must see if you are wanting to view a site close to how it was discovered. Walkways make viewing the ruins doable for most. I loved to see a site still captured by the strangler figs. Enjoy viewing Cambodian life today as you travel to the site.

    Good for
    • Art and Architecture Lover
    • Hidden Gems
    Tips
    • Partial day trip. Hire a car driver.
    • Approximately an hour needed here, but it is a distance from Siem Reap.
    Plan to stay:
    1-2 hours
    From the community
    Ranked #13 of 141 things to do in Siem Reap Province
    Certificate of Excellence 2014
    • A bit of a letdown 09/10/2018
    • A two hour scooter ride away, crowded with tour bus tourists 01/10/2018
    • Beng Mealea
    Address:
    40 km east of Angkor Wat
    Cambodia
    Phone:
    85517692736
  • Viroth's
    Restaurants (Asian, Cambodian)
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    Karen G Says:

    Hotel manager recommended Viroth's as one of his favorites in Siem Reap. The food, service and atmosphere were very special. We had salads, main courses and desserts all from their special daily menu board. It could have been an expensive meal in other parts of the world. In Cambodia it was fine dining without the fine dining price. Viroth's is a bit different than other eating experiences in Siem Reap and we are glad that we had the opportunity to dine with them.

    Good for
    • Foodie
    • Solo
    • Friends
    • Couples
    • Senior
    • Family
    Tips
    • Check to see if a reservation is needed.
    Plan to stay:
    1-2 hours
    From the community
    Ranked #120 of 850 restaurants in Siem Reap
    Certificate of Excellence 2014
    • Pleasant dining with relaxing ambience 14/10/2018
    • The best the best the best 05/10/2018
    • Viroth's
    Address:
    246 Wat Bo Street, Siem Reap
    Siem Reap 17252
    Cambodia
    Phone:
    +855 12 826 346
    Price range:
    US$6 - US$15
    Hours:
    Sun - Sat
    10:00 - 22:00
    Other:
  • Tonle Sap Lake
    Bodies of Water
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    Karen G Says:

    Don't miss a day on Tonle Sap Lake. It adds another layer of depth to a Cambodian vacation. The floating villages provide a completely different experience of people's day to day lives. Kayaking around the villages and taking a trip out to see the birds were fascinating. Traveling from Siem Reap to the Tonle Sap Lake boat, we walked past houses and a market which was another opportunity to see local life in Cambodia.

    Good for
    • Solo
    • Friends
    • Couples
    • Senior
    • Nature Lover
    Tips
    • Make sure you have water. It can get hot.
    • Bird watching is seasonal.
    Plan to stay:
    More than 3 hours
    From the community
    Ranked #86 of 141 things to do in Siem Reap Province
    • Astonishing water community 15/10/2018
    • HUGE lake near Siem reap 11/10/2018
    • Tonle Sap Lake
    Phone:
    +855 96 223 3559
    Other:
  • Kompong Phluk
    Points of Interest & Landmarks
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    Karen G Says:

    Kompong Phluk is a village of stilted houses located in the Tonle Sap Lake. It is possible to take a dugout canoe ride around the village and through the flooded forest of mangrove trees. I even got to paddle the canoe! It is Impressive to see people going about daily activities who have carved out lives within this environment.

    Good for
    • Solo
    • Peace and Quiet Seeker
    • Friends
    • Couples
    • Senior
    • Nature Lover
    Tips
    • Tip the person who gives canoe rides.
    • Plan on a significant portion of one day, considering travel time by land and boat.
    Plan to stay:
    More than 3 hours
    From the community
    Ranked #62 of 135 things to do in Siem Reap
    • Could be a highlight or a tourist trap depends on what you expect 13/10/2018
    • Kompong phluk floating village half day tour by easy travel 11/10/2018
    • Kompong Phluk
    Address:
    On the Tonle Sap
    Siem Reap
    Cambodia
    Hours:
    Sun - Sat
    06:00 - 19:00
  • AHA Wine Bar Restaurant
    Restaurants (Spanish, Asian, Contemporary, Cambodian)
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    Karen G Says:

    Another great restaurant in Siem Reap. The food not only tasted great, it was plated specially. Fun.

    Good for
    • Foodie
    From the community
    Ranked #0 of 0 restaurants in
    • Amazing steak, crazy prices & room for improvement 15/12/2016
    • Steak House formerly known as AHA Wine Bar Restaurant 13/12/2016
    • AHA Wine Bar Restaurant
    Address:
    Alley between Pub Street
    Siem Reap
    Cambodia
    Phone:
    +855 63 965 501
    Price range:
    US$7 - US$18
  • Bamboo Train
    Railways
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    Karen G Says:

    Day trip: Saw rice field work between Siem Reap and bamboo train. Bamboo platform ingenious use of rail line destroyed in Pol Pot era. Fun ride through countryside. Wanted to make this a part of our trip because it is not certain how long it will last before regular trains are running again. Interesting privately run brick kiln at end of ride.

    Good for
    • Solo
    • Friends
    • Couples
    • Thrill Seeker
    • Senior
    • Family
    Tips
    • The kiln is not part of the bamboo train experience. We tipped the owner for his gracious hospitality,
    Plan to stay:
    1-2 hours
    From the community
    Ranked #0 of 0 things to do in Battambang
    • So much fun 15/10/2018
    • Pleasant surprise 04/10/2018
    • Bamboo Train
    Address:
    NR6, Cambodia
    57 Road
    Battambang 02360
    Cambodia
    Phone:
    +855 93 602 500
    Price range:
    US$5 - US$5
    Hours:
    Sun - Sat
    05:00 - 17:00
    Other:
  • Preah Vihear Temple
    Ancient Ruins, Architectural Buildings, Sacred & Religious Sites, Historic Sites
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    Karen G Says:

    Long day trip from Siem Reap. Because of skirmishes in this area, I considered not adding it to this guide. However, the Preah Vihear area was one of the most memorable days we spent touring in Cambodia. The site overlooked Thailand and was beautiful. The architecture was different from what we had viewed elsewhere, and we had the opportunity to view the military presence of both Thailand and Cambodia in the area. The most challenging parts of our day were the ride in the back of a pick-up truck up the mountain and spotting a small non-poisonous snake. However, we had our Cambodian guide with us who assured us no hostilities were taking part in the area during that time.

    Good for
    • Art and Architecture Lover
    • Hidden Gems
    • Thrill Seeker
    Tips
    • Check on hostilities between Thailand and Cambodia in region before going.
    • Hire a private guide who can negotiate your way through this area.
    • Small gifts are appreciated by those working near and at the site.
    Plan to stay:
    More than 3 hours
    From the community
    Ranked #1 of 6 things to do in Preah Vihear Province
    Certificate of Excellence 2014
    • A temple built for contemplation, and accessible by public transport 01/10/2018
    • Ancient temple with a wonderful view 01/10/2018
    • Preah Vihear Temple
    Hours:
    Sun
    08:00 - 17:00
    Mon - Thu
    07:00 - 17:00
    Fri
    19:00 - 17:00
    Sat
    18:00 - 17:00
    Other:
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