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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%

    Anonymous

    A great place

    The township adjacent to the wonderful Angkor Watt sites. Cambodia is struggling with poverty but all the people were lovely. It was very hot and humid when we were there as the monsoons were late.

  • 100%

    Anonymous

    Siem Reap, Cambodia

    A hidden gem, one of the best small towns I have ever been to and my favourite place in Cambodia so far. There is plenty to do such a shopping in the markets, eating at the many choice of restaurants in Pub St and the surrounding area, exploring the Angkor temples, and cooking classes

    Insider Tip:Hire a Tuk Tuk for the day to take you to see the temples. It should only cost no more than $15 all up. Don't jump on a tour bus, it's more fun to explore the temples on your own and climb up the narrow and steep steps to check out the views. Angkor Wat at sunrise might be a bit overrated when it is a cloudy day and their are many tourists around so don't feel like you have missed out if you miss the sunrise. Definitely also go check out the temples at Angkor Thom city and Ta Phrohm as a minimum.

  • 80%

    arjaysangalang

    Beyond What I Expected!

    I traveled from Bangkok to Siem Reap through the direct bus provided by the Transport Co. in Thailand. SR is definitely a must visit place. The Angkor Wat is the best ruin I have seen in my entire life. The people of SR are so friendly and warm that you'll enjoy getting along with them. WOW! I love Siem Reap so much! It definitely deserves a come back visit.

    Insider Tip:Get a guide in Angkor Wat. The history behind it is worth knowing.

  • 60%

    Anonymous

    hot wet no-wind city in late May

    honestly, it is not a cheap city as you think. US dollars can be used everywhere. The food and drinks are a little expensive. The price of accommodation is acceptable. The old temples are amazing, but temperature is high in late May and you cannot feel any wind in the forest, as a result, you sweat a lot, really a lot.

  • 60%

    Anonymous

    City built on tourism and nothing else.

    Don't come here if you want an authentic Cambodian experience. This whole town is built to make money off tourists-- and they'll do it at all costs. Tuk tuk drivers are the absolute worst. They'll hassle you for a tuk tuk ride several times even after we say no. Sometimes they'll even follow you. This is the kind of city where you have to watch your back (and stuff!). The only good thing about siem reap is the endless varieties of cuisine and ability to walk the whole city in less than 30 min.

    Insider Tip:Dont exchange USD to Cambodian currency because the city runs on Dollars. Don't say you're American because they'll try to get more money from you. Don't pay for a 3 day Angkor Wat pass because you'll be sick of it by day 1. Do go out to the bars, especially Angkor What which is really fun and cheap. also visit the Indian restaurants if you're sick of Khmer food. We loved Blue Pumpkin for coffee and breakfast. Don't pay more ban a dollar to get downtown. Only take IBIS VIP bus to travel to Phnom Penh.

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