Siem Reap, Cambodia: A Short Travel Guide
Updated: Nov 12
Located in northwestern Cambodia, Siem Reap is a bustling city known for its remarkable temples and rich cultural heritage. Visitors come here primarily to see Angkor Wat, the nation's main tourist draw. However, thanks to the town's increasing popularity among travelers, many other activities and attractions have emerged, offering other things besides just temple-hopping. In this travel guide, we share our top things to do in Siem Reap as well as great places to stay, eat, and drink.
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Best Things To Do In Siem Reap
Discover Pub Street
Stroll Around Angkor Botanical Garden
Eat The Famous Palm Cakes (Preah Dak village)
Shop At One Of The Markets (Old Market, Angkor Night Market, the Art Centre Night Market, and Made In Cambodia Market)
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Day Trip To The Kulen Mountains (book the tour we joined!)
Explore Angkor Archeological Park (Small Circuit & Big Circuit)
Watch the sunrise at Angkor Wat
Places To Stay In Siem Reap
Onederz ($): Simple dorms & private rooms in a sociable hostel offering a rooftop pool, a cafe/bar & a terrace.
The Twizt - Lifestyle Hostel (where we stayed - $$): mid-range hostel with private and dorm rooms. Fantastic rooftop pool, live music, and restaurant/bar
Two Seasons Siem Reap Hotel ($$$): Elegant rooms & suites in an upmarket hotel offering a rooftop bar, infinity pool & sauna
Places To Eat And Drink In Siem Reap
Amun bar & restaurant: good ambiance but bit more pricier, variety of local and Western food options
CROQ’me: delicious sandwiches, paninis and burgers
Lotus dosa corner: authentic South Indian cuisine with delicious dosas, curries, and naans
Mesa restaurant: best restaurant in Pub Street with authentic Khmer cuisine (as well as international dishes) but a bit more pricey. Try one of the menu's as you get to try a selection of local dishes!
Palm cake shop (road 810 in Preah Dak village): any of the shops along the road will sell the palm cakes, but this one specifically is very popular
Peace cafe vegetarian restaurant: peaceful location and lots of great vegan dishes, including Khmer cuisine
Sambo Khmer & Thai Restaurant: popular restaurant because of its high-quality but affordable Thai and Khmer cuisine, including vegan options.
Sister Srey Café: great breakfast restaurant with lots of Western food options
The chef 1950 n steakhouse: amazing drink specials and affordable local food options
The sugar palm: come here for the ambiance and the delicious Khmer-inspired cuisine
Thy Phalla restaurant: very local restaurant with affordable Khmer dishes
Tonlé Sap Restaurant: enjoy a buffet dinner with local and international dishes while watching an Apsara dance performance
Wat else café: nice coffee place with a lot of delicious breakfast options, like smoothie bowls and Banh Mi (Vietnamese sandwich).
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Use These Websites To Save Money On Your Trip To Siem Reap
Booking.com for places to stay
Skyscanner for cheap flights
GetYourGuide for local tours
Rentalcars.com for affordable car rentals
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