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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

  • 80%

    adamwwatkins

    temples and partying

    The city is interesting with the Angkor national museum and the circus, the gem is Angkor archeological park just a few kilometres north. The days are hot, so go early to explore the ruins. Pub street is pretty awesome at night with Angkor What and Temple Club keeping people moving all night long with cheap alcohol. A few little side trips to consider as well, but this place is best enjoyed in groups as tuktuks take you everywhere. Sharing them will keep expenses down.

    Insider Tip:If you plan to bike the ruins, it is totally doable... But I'd recommend a mountain bike over the sqeaky $1 road bikes Stay on the southern side of the grand circuit for the most grand temples, though nice small ones are at the top. Take frequent breaks and drink lots of water. If you're not masochistic, each tuk tuk is $15 for the small circuit, $20 for the large circuit no matter how many pax. Go early to avoid seas of people. Tuk tuk rides within siem reap should cost $2 max per tuk tuk.

  • 30%

    JenniferRobin_china2361

    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%

    nlrkoi1

    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%

    Anonymous

    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%

    Anonymous

    Expanding

    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.

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