Siem Reap is a buzzing city located in the northwest of Cambodia. It has risen to popularity because of the Angkor temples scattered throughout the province (they even have a beer named after Angkor) which have become a bucket list destination for all travellers.
Temples are a big part of tourism not only in Siem Reap but throughout Cambodia, however Siem Reap offers a lot more than just it’s beautifully crafted temples.
Within the streets of Siem Reap you are able to experience culture, food and the lively atmosphere of the people and speedy Tuk Tuks.
Arriving in Cambodia you must have a visa otherwise you will be denied entry and sent packing your bags.
Getting a Cambodian visa isn’t hard, you are able to purchase one at the airport (visa control) or at the border crossings (as I did entering the country from Thailand) for US$45. If you are worried about anything to do with the visa, you are also able to purchase one from your local Cambodian embassy in your currency prior arrival in Cambodia.
Exploring a new city is my favourite thing to do. And in Siem Reap, this was no exception. Exploring the city, you are able to put yourself right in the middle of the culture, food, people and atmosphere.
Exploring the city you are in is a must do (even if it’s for a few hours) and I encourage you to explore the streets of Siem Reap, they are truly incredible and lively.
Street food in south east Asia is a big thing, so no surprise through the streets of Siem Reap it was buzzing with street food stalls. The street food in Cambodia is not like anything else, you have a choice of spiders, yabbies, cockroaches and slugs. I wasn’t game enough to do this, but they are very popular.
Pub Street in Siem Reap is big on food (and drinks). It is the dinner destination in this city and somewhere you have to visit. Pub street is just off the Main Street of Siem Reap, and is always crowded by tourists and pub crawlers (if you are out late enough to catch them). Not only does Pub street have traditional Cambodian cuisines, but you have an array of choices such as pizza, seafood, other Asian dishes and barbecue and burger joints.
Siem Reap is extremely easy to get around in, and you never really need to travel very far. A Tuk Tuk is how locals, tourists, backpackers and any other kind of travel junkie get around the city. For rides within the city it is normally a set price of $US2, whether it is for you or a full Tuk Tuk of four people.
Tuk Tuks are ideal for a quick run around the city.
If you want to go out to Angkor Wat, calling a pre-paid taxi from your hotel or calling a private shuttle bus is a better option than taking a Tuk Tuk. It is a bit more expensive, but Angkor Wat is about 20-25 minutes out of Siem Reap and with a Tuk Tuk it would take double the amount of time.
Siem Reap has a number of hotels for you to choose from. If you are a single traveler, then a hostel is an option as you can meet people (breakfast is normally included) and also ideal if you are on a budget. These hostels do provide a safe in the room, so you can keep all your valuables such as passport, documents and large amounts of money here.
I wouldn’t stay in a hotel/hostel without a safe!
For families, there are plenty of hotels you can choose from. They are very safe, all the people are extremely friendly and willing to help you answer any questions you may have.
The Angkor Temples attract over 2 million people yearly ever since making it onto the UNESCO World Heritage Site.
These temples are located throughout and will take up a majority of your time if you devote it to exploring the ancient ruins of these magnificent places.
Be inspired here by the Angkor Temples.
The Night Markets
The night markets are kind of a big deal here in Siem Reap. They have everything you can think of from US$2 foot massages to spices and hand crafted jewellery.
Bargaining is very common here in the night markets so give it a try, also they are super lively and full of amazing things to see and cool gypsy pants to buy.
The night markets are located in several different locations around Siem Reap, however they are all walking distance to one another, so you are able to do them all in one night.