City Guide Siem Reap, Cambodia

Visiting Siem Reap

Meaning ‘Siamese Defeated’, Siem Reap is Cambodia’s most popular destinations with travellers thanks to its proximity to the country’s famed temples of Angkor. With a constant flow of travellers in the town, whether you are going to the temples or not it is a great place to visit.

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Siem Reap City Reviews

  • 30%


    I hated Cambodia

    I don't know why people say Cambodia is so cheap. We were overcharged for everything. Our visa, our transport, and especially the food. ($5 for one pancake and a sliced banana?!) Ankor Wat is lovely and I'm glad I saw it, but after the horror of customs and constantly getting ripped off, we decided to leave early. And then got screwed again at the aiport by being overcharged to check bags. Maybe other cities are better. I don't plan to return to find out.

    Insider Tip:You DO NOT need U.S. dollars. We found people to take our Thai Baht and Chinese RMB with no trouble. Our tuktuk driver (the one honest person we dealt with) took them, Ankor Wat will take them, convenience stores take them, and so do the restaurants. Don't bother getting Cambodian money unless you plan to spend a lot of time outside the cities. We only had to use it once. I live in China, and I didn't want to pay multiple exchange fees to have dollars so we just skipped it. It was fine.

  • 50%


    Temples, night out, and get out

    Siem Reap is a boom town. Lots of bars and restaurants, with little cultural offer of its own. Locals lie very casually, scams and aggression are omnipresent. Corruption everywhere. Spend more time in Thailand, Vietnam or Lao.

    Insider Tip:Always arrange your tuktuk through your accommodation and fix the price. Never ask tuktuks on street to take you to Angkors.

  • 90%


    Nature, City, Party

    This is definitely the place to go for connecting with the Angkorian Temples. It is a valuable experience to visit if you make it one - most people just take pictures, but the land has a lot to offer. Take your time out there :) The city of Siem Reap is great for shopping - there are so many things to buy! It's also a place to party, with lots of bars and street life.

    Insider Tip:Tuk Tuk drivers can be a hassle - give a firm "no thank you." Haggling - be sure to start lower than you'd actually pay! Also, foreigners are not aloud to ride motorbikes - don't let moto-go rental let you use a bike because the police will confiscate it. the electric bikes only go for 35 km so don't plan a long trip with them. Around the temples - drivers like for you to pay for a tour for the whole day. I found it easier to have rides from one stop to another and changing drivers.

  • 90%



    Siem Reap is city with a obvious historical draw but is expanding its bar scene and tourism appeal. For classic Cambodia visiting sooner rather than later would be good, but anytime would be great as they are trying to draw in more tourist to the nation

    Insider Tip:Drink bottled water, Give some credit for Cambodia not having a hugely vast tourism history before judging.

  • 80%


    Time in Siem Reap

    My main objective in Siem Reap was to visit Angkor Wat and the surrounding temples. The Pub Street was a good way to have a big memorable night and the markets were a good place to take home cool souvenirs. Overall though I wouldn't stay more than 3 days in hindisght.

    Insider Tip:Tuk tuk to see the main temples including Angkor Wat should be around $15

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