72 Hours In Phnom Penh
3 day dilema Phnom Penh, Cambodia’s capital city is an enthralling tapestry of streets that weave into each other, spilling over with motorbikes carrying entire families, street vendors, children playing tag, tuk tuks ambling along and men squatting over a game of local chess. Sitting on the quiet banks of the Tonle Sap, this vibrant city that is rushing full steam ahead into the future, still holds much of Cambodia’s dark past. Often looked over by hasty travellers on a highlights tour, there is plenty to be seen and done in Phnom Penh. With that in mind, we’ve created this 72 hour guide for you… Day 01 : Delve into Cambodia’s history and try undertaking the gut wrenching task of wrapping your head around the Khmer Rouge Regime, a chapter in time so dark that it is surprising how unknown it is to most. Start the day at the former Tuol Svay Pray High School, which was converted to a torture interrogation and execution centre in 1976 by the Khmer Rouge Regime and re-named S21. Allow for two hours of slowly making your way through the rooms and courtyard. Literally retrace history’s steps and continue your day by following the path […]
72 Hours In Siem Reap
3 day dilemma Once a sleepy little riverside village, the vibrant city of Siem Reap is now a bucket-list destination for travellers the world over. Finding its fame as the home of Angkor Wat, a visit to the mighty temple quite rightly tops most people’s list of ‘things to do’, but there’s plenty more to see and experience in arguably Cambodia’s most charming corner. With that in mind, here’s our guide to getting the most out of 72 hours in Siem Reap… Top tip: If you’ve got the cash to spare, we strongly recommend investing in a 3-day pass to the Angkor Temples. This will set you back $62 (as opposed to $37 for a one day ticket), but allows you the freedom and flexibility to enjoy the magnificent ruins and surrounding Archaeological Park at a relaxed pace, rather than trying to cram everything into one day and risking both heat exhaustion and temple burn-out in the process. Day 1 Meet your tuktuk driver (and guide if you’d like one) at 4.45am to buy your entrance tickets, before making your way across the moat (bring a torch if you can!), through the stone entrance, and across the causeway to find […]
Siem Reap has plenty of affordable and stylish options.
A range of budget to affordable, luxurious to boutique accommodation options.
Apsara Dinner Dances
Dance Dinner Shows One of the highlights of any visit to Siem Reap should be a performance of classical Cambodian dance, known as Apsara dance. Shows typically take place in the evening, accompanied by a buffet dinner. Prices vary, so here’s a selection of what’s on offer. Smile of Angkor Location: St. 60 Tel: 077 316 160 Entry Fee: $48 (Zone A) $38 (Zone B) Start Times: Daily – Dinner, 5:30pm / Show 7:15pm Duration: 1 hr 15 mins Show Type: Traditional Khmer Dancing, Khmer Martial Arts, Broadway-style Stage Show Setting: Indoor Meal Type: Western & Asian Buffet Crystal Angkor Location: St. 30, Krous Village, Svay Dangkum Tel: 012 786 786 Entry Fee: Adults: $20, Children (under10 yrs): 1/2 price Start Times: Daily – Dinner 7pm / Show 7:30pm Duration: 1 hr Show Type: Traditional Khmer Culture Setting: Indoor Meal Type: Western & Asian Set Menu Apsara Terrace Location: Raffles Grand Hotel d’Angkor Tel: 063 963 888 Entry Fee: Adults: $35 Children (under 12 yrs): $17 Start Times: Wed, Fri & Sun – Dinner 7pm / Show 7:45pm Duration: 1 hr Show Type: Apsara Dancing, Khmer Martial Arts Setting: Outdoor Meal Type: Set Menu Apsara Theatre Location: […]
Arts & Culture
What’s on offer in the Kingdom’s cultural capital.
Away From The Traffic
Venture out and explore the many charming lanes and alleyways of Temple Town.
The capital’s reputation as a place to shop is developing quickly.
Siem Reap is a true coffee lover’s delight, with no shortage of places to catch up with friends or do a spot of light reading over an enriching brew. Each venue is air-conditioned and offers Wi-Fi access (usually free but conditions may apply) should you want to check your email, chat to your Facebook friends or upload your holiday snaps. Most have a wide range of coffee styles available, including espresso and cappuccino. If you’re after something different, seek out a local café where you can find Cambodian or Vietnamese coffee, usually served with sweetened condensed milk. Whatever your cup, here’s a few places to check out to get started, with plenty more found online by following the QR code below… Blue Pumpkin A French bakery, patisserie, restaurant, and ice cream parlour rolled into one – get comfortable and out of the heat in their bright and lively atmosphere with signature white sofa beds, along with cool air con. • Coffee: Malongo • Espresso Price: $2.00 • Sweet Treat: Ice Cream Find BLUE PUMPKIN now Bloom Café Ordering a handcrafted espresso is easy. The real task is to choose from the vibrant selection of gourmet cupcakes, cake pops, tarts and […]
Get yourself out of town to see so much more.
A legion of chefs, food adventurers, restaurateurs, and wine-buffs have made their home here.
You’ll never be short of options.
Dining For A Cause
Dine and support free education and vocational training programmes, which aim to help alleviate poverty.
Dining For A Cause
Impact people’s lives in a positive way.
Siem Reap has been built on understanding the thirsts inspired by a day of temples.
We show you the best options around.
Phnom Penh has plenty of attractions that afford fun for the whole family.
Sometimes all you really want is the comforting taste of home: find international chains and restaurants in Siem Reap.
International chains and restaurants in Phnom Penh.
Getting Around The Temples
Tips and pointers to guide your through your adventure.
Drinking Deals Siem Reap is home to a huge number of bars vying for your attention with a range of special offers to help you stretch your budget even further tan usual. Are you looking for a way to kick off your evening after finishing off a long day of trekking around the temples? Watching your wallet? Or maybe you’re just in a party mood! Here is a selection of drinks offers to get you started. And this is just a small selection of the town’s happy hour deals – check our listings and look for the symbol for more offers. Many bars catering to the budget traveller, especially on Pub Street, offering cheap draft beer all day. Or for a more local experience, the town’s beer gardens offer cheap draft beer from as little as $2 a jug. FCC Angkor – 5-7pm daily Discounted but dignified drinks can be had at this waterfront location, with its chic colonial surroundings overlooking the Siem Reap river. Thanks to their special deal, Angkor and Ganzberg draft are offered for only $1.75, and $3 for cocktails and other house spirits. Find FCC Angkor now Hard Rock Cafe – 5-7pm daily With music star […]
Health & Beauty
Use our guide to Phnom Penh pampering and take some time for self-indulgence.
Well being basics There can be few things as frustrating as waiting months to go on your holiday and then have it ruined by getting sick once you are there. Cambodia has its fair share of things to make you ill, and many dangers come and go with the seasons. During the wet season (June-October), it can unsurprisingly get very wet and humid, with flooding on the streets common all over town. With the rain and flooding comes an increase in health hazards. Mosquitos will be out in enforced numbers, and crossing the road may well mean getting your feet wet. Take care of yourself this season by following a few simple tips: NEVER LEAVE HOME WITHOUT A RAINCOAT Don’t get caught out in a downpour. Plastic ponchos are easy to pack. DON’T WALK INTO FLOODED AREAS Debris can be hidden in the water and cut your feet. Cleanse cuts thoroughly with soap and water, apply antibiotic cream, and cover until healed. PROTECT YOURSELF FROM MOSQUITOS Keep away mosquitos carrying dengue and viruses with insect repellent containing DEET or picaridin. You can also spray permethrin on clothes and linens while not using them (dry thoroughly before wearing). Use screens or […]
Cambodian cooking boasts a fusion of strong and vibrant flavours.
Khmer cuisine has much to offer.
There’s plenty more to Siem Reap than just the offerings of Angkor.
Activities catering to every taste.
Sure to impress, Temple Town’s markets leave no one indifferent.
The markets in the capital are a mecca for shopaholics.
Get to the party going on well into the early hours.
Nocturnal bargains Unlike neighbours Thailand, Vietnam, and even Laos – as well as many other countries in the region – Cambodia did not have any after-hours trading centres to offer shopaholics a nocturnal fix until early 2007. The scene changed with the opening of the Angkor Night Market in Siem Reap. Ten years on, and you can still peruse more than 200 Khmer-style huts built from natural materials and stocked with traditional Cambodian handmade products, including clothing, silks, art, jewelry, wood and stone carvings and other handicrafts – often produced by orphans and handicapped people who are allocated stalls at a discounted price. Opposite the original night market is Noon Night Market, boasting around 100 stalls selling handicrafts and souvenirs from 12 noon til 12 midnight. Over on the east bank of the Siem Reap River, opposite the Old Market, you’ll find Siem Reap Art Center Market, with its range of clothing, accessories, silk products, handicrafts and artwork, toys, and decorations. Traditional Apsara dance is performed nightly from 8pm. The market is open daily from 8am-10pm, but be aware many stalls tend to close around 5pm. A little further up the river and inside the King’s Road Angkor complex, the […]
In Siem Reap you’ll find the full spectrum of shopping venues, from boutiques to malls.
Modern malls, design emporiums and artisan boutiques.
Shopping For A Cause
Feel good about spending.
Spas & Massage
A host of treatment and massage options, from Swedish, Thai, Balinese, Japanese and Chinese to Hawaiian and traditional Khmer.
Time For Action!
All about the app Whether you use them to find out more about the Angkor temples or get help locating the trendiest spot in town, everyone can benefit from mobile mastery. Google Maps and Street View: With the updates to the Google StreetView having taken place in 2014, Siem Reap and the Angkor Wat complex have been digitised to help you explore the vast historical site. The Street Maps are still an invaluable tool for helping you find your way around the immense and iconic temple, or for aiding you in your quest to find that elusive restaurant in town! Angkor Wat Cambodia Tour Guide: This excellent app from Guiddoo will help educate you about the temple complex with its fantastic audio-visual travel guide explaining the history and the most popular temples around. It provides you with enough information to go exploring the vast site solo, if that’s how you roll. Cambodia Language Guide: Created by World Nomads, this app can help you in a sticky language situation, which is bound to happen if you don’t have any Khmer in your vocab. With a directory of phrases, you can attempt the local language, and the audio is on hand to assist your pronunciation […]
Top 10 Must Sees
Don’t miss a thing You can’t truly say you have been to Siem Reap until you’ve checked these must see attractions off your travel list. Along with the temples, there’s so much to see and do in Siem Reap that you might not have time to squeeze everything in. So we’ve put together a list of the Top 10 must sees and dos in temple town to help you make sure you make the most of your trip. Start here, and then jump online for the full list… 1. Visit the Angkor National Museum – Opened in 2008, the museum contains eight galleries of artifacts from the Angkorian era and more recent periods. Admission is $12 per head and there is also a “cultural mall” should you wish to buy a souvenir or two. 2. Visit the local markets – No trip to Siem Reap would be complete without a visit to one of the traditional markets, though they can be a little cramped and hot in the middle of the day. Don’t miss the Night Market too, which features over 100 outlets. 3. Enjoy a traditional dance performance – Dance is an integral part of Khmer culture, combining Apsara dances, folk dances and shadow puppetry. Several restaurants […]
Top 10 Must Sees
Get outta town There is much more to see in Cambodia than the temples of Angkor and the capital city of Phnom Penh; the Kingdom’s offering of exciting destinations is rich and plentiful. There are the beaches at Sihanoukville, Irrawaddy dolphins in Kratie, the hill tribe areas of Mondulkiri and Ratanakiri just to name a few, and they’re all easy to get to with a little forward planning. The roads have mostly been and there are now more areas covered by regular bus services. The route between Siem Reap and Phnom Penh has the most options with buses leaving hourly from 6:30am-2:30pm – the Giant Ibis bus with Wi-Fi on board and lots of leg space has proven to be very popular. There are now a few companies providing a faster service by minivan that carry fewer passengers. Capitol and Sorya also have coaches to Battambang, Kratie, Kampot/Kep, Sihanoukville, Ratanakiri and all the towns in between. Taxis are a popular choice, especially if you’re in a small group, and allow you to shave a bit of time off and stop at places along the way. A one-way journey to Phnom Penh will cost you from $65 upwards, depending on the quality […]
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