A gateway to an ancient world
Looking already for a destination to escape from the cold weather? - Why not travelling to Siem Reap?
Siem Reap is the name of the most well-known province of Cambodia and has become a popular destination for tourists from all over the world in recent years.
Due to its proximity to the world famous Angkor temples (Angkor Wat) a UNESCO World Heritage site, the biggest religious monument in the world, its probably the reason why you’re visiting Siem Reap in the first place.
Siem Reap is full of surprises. Everyone knows about the Angkor temples but this place has more to offer than that.
Of course, this is the number one thing to see in Siem Reap the Angkor Archaeological Park. For the Angkor Wat Park, however, you must buy a ticket, which currently costs $ 37 for a day.
You can also explore Angkor Wat on your own by bike or scooter, with organized tours or even with tuk tuks.
When you're templed out we give you our ultimate tips to make your visit to Siem Reap a culinary highlight and where you can find an oasis of peace and relaxation.
Siem Reap’s dining scene is a foodie wonderland serving culinary highlights from all over the world and for just about any budget and taste.
What distinguishes the area's cuisine is its unusual Khmer-French-Asian fusion, which combines traditional, colonial and international influences to create a vibrant dining culture that celebrates Cambodia's heritage.
Cuisine Wat Damnak
Cuisine Wat Damnak is an award-winning restaurant and the only restaurant in Cambodia to land on the Asia's Top 50 Restaurants list.
Chef Joannès Rivière is using market-fresh ingredients sourced from all over Siem Reap and blends authentic Cambodian flavors with creative French culinary techniques.
Malis menu is packed full of Khmer cuisine given a contemporary twist that takes diners on a culinary journey through Cambodia.
Located next to the Siem Reap River,it is also the perfect place to enjoy authentic and flavourful Cambodian cuisine in a delightful ambiance.
Marum is a training restaurant that carries the creative traditions with tapas-style dishes serving up some of the best local flavours with a twist.
The restaurant is staffed by former street kids who have undergone intensive training in hospitality.
Embassy Restaurant is your 5 star fine-dining experience in Siem Reap, offering a mouth-watering experimental menu that changes every month.
The restaurant specialises in a high-quality seasonal Khmer cuisine with delicious flavours.
This place offers insects in different preparations.
For example, as a soup, spring rolls, deep-fried or to steamed vegetables.
Definitely a crispy thing!
There is nothing disgusting: in Cambodia, all sorts of animals such as snakes and insects are on the menu.
Restaurant Chi offers five-star finesse with seasonal and market-fresh progressive Cambodian cuisine of German chef Kien Wagner.
Chi, which means "herb" in Khmer, do flourishe in the resort’s garden and get plucked fresh each day, to underline the flavourful menu.
The Sugar Palm
The Sugar Palm combines the best of traditional Khmer cooking with contemporary fusion styles.
Even Gordon Ramsey, one of Britain’s top chefs went there, to learn how to cook Khmer style cuisine.
Vibe Cafe (Vegan)
This Eco-friendly cafe is 100% plant based, nourishing and bursting with energy!
Vibe Cafe also offers gluten free, sugar free and raw options to the Temple Town’s health-conscious crowd.
With so much to do and see in this mystical city, you’ll need a good place to rest your head while staying in Siem Reap.
From affordable to stylish boutique, here’s our unique collection of hand picked jewls.
Viroths Hotel 5*
Feel like a VIP with the world class service at Viroth's Hotel, one of World's best hotel for 2018.
Surrounded by a private vertical garden, Viroth's Hotel is located in the vibrant Wat Bo district in the heart of Siem Reap.
The Old Market and the famous Pub Street are just a stone's throw away and the UNESCO World Heritage Site Angkor Wat, you’ll reach after 6.4 km.
Jaya House River Park 5*
Jaya House River Park offers accommodation set amongst tropical, hanging gardens away from the hustle and bustle of Siem Reap.
Angkor National Museum is just 750 meters away, while the lively Pub Street and Old Market are 2.3 km away. Angkor Wat is 5 km from Jaya House River Park.
Anantara Angkor Resort 5*
The Anantara Angkor Resort is an award-winning, luxurious hotel offering spacious suites with butler service.
Surrounded by landscaped gardens with fountains, the property offers free tuk-tuk transfers to the city center and back.
The resort is located near the Angkor Temples and the Cambodian Cultural Village.
Golden Temple Boutique 4*
Golden Temple Boutique is located in the heart of Siem Reap. It is just 100 meters from Angkor Night Market and 300 meters from lively Pub Street. Guests of the Golden Temple Boutique can rent bicycles free of charge to explore the area on their own. The World Heritage Site Angkor Wat is 7 km from the hotel.
Sala Lodges 4*
Sala Lodges offers accommodation in traditional Khmer-style wooden post houses, away from the hectic of Siem Reap.
Wat Damnak pagoda is a 5-minute and the Royal Residence, Post Office and the Angkor National Museum are a 15-minute walk away.
Maison 557 3*
In Siem Reap, the beautiful tropical garden surrounded Maison 557 welcomes you for a relaxing stay.
Located on the east side of the Siem Reap river, on Wat Bo Road, just a short walking distance from the old market area and the many restaurants, shops, cafes and bars.
THINGS TO DO BESIDE TEMPLES:
Siem Reap has become a trendy little city with hipster cafés, designer shops, art galleries and much more.
You can get lost in its tiny alleys, discovering new surprises in every corner. It's definitely worth a stop and it’s actually perfect to have a break from the temples.
At the Siem Reap Night Market there is no made in China, here it's all authentic and unique. A walk in the market is a perfect way to end your trip with a bit of shopping and some live music.
THEAM’S HOUSE GALLERY
Theam's House is the atelier of the Cambodian artist and designer Lim Muy Theam, who studied at one of France’s most prestigious art and design schools and decided to start his own project.
The handsome traditional wooden house-atelier is located 10min from the entrance of Angkor Wat temple. The showroom and gorgeous tropical garden are a must visit.
TAKE A RIDE IN A BATMOBILE
Traffic in Siem Reap is total chaos so getting around town – no matter your transportation it could be defined as crazy.
At Siem Reap, they offer batmobiles and superman tuk-tuks.
How cool is that!
Price: $2-20 (around $20 if you’re going to Angkor Wat)
if you’ve walked around Angkor Wat all day and need a recharge, have a dring at Angkor What, a must for many travelers. This bar is famous for their buckets and cool atmosphere.