72 Hours In Phnom Penh
Important Itineraries 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 1 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 the […]
72 Hours In Siem Reap
72 hours to thrill 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 […]
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 […]
Cup Of Joe Phnom Penh 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. Most venues are air-conditioned and offer Wi-Fi access should you want to check your email, chat to your Facebook friends or upload your holiday snaps. Most have a range of coffee styles available, including espresso and cappuccino. If you’re after something different, seek out a local cafe 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. 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 • Treat: Macaron Find Blue Pumpkin now The Shop A Phnom Penh legend not to be missed, with some of the towns’ best coffees and a range of their own bakery items, as well as delicious filling meals made of the finest ingredients, served in very peaceful surroundings. • Coffee: Feel Good […]
Alright Ales In the last three decades, craft beer culture has gained seemingly unstoppable momentum in every corner of the world. Microbreweries, nanobreweries and brewpubs continue to bloom, fulfilling every fantasy of an avid lover of ale. Fortunately, Cambodia is not immune to the charms of craft beer either. A number of new businesses have fattened up the craft beer market in the capital in the span of less than five years, from smaller ventures that produce a limited amount of kegs a month to major undertakings whose offerings also include substantial food menus to accompany their beverages. Craft Beer Garden by Cerevisia Brewery Official home of the Cerevisia CRAFT Brewery, this open airy space is the perfect setting to enjoy their range of hand crafted brews. Honey Blonde, Irish Red, Wheat Ale, Stout and IPA is on offer here, available in regular or large glasses, as well as a 3 beer tasting boards. Open 4-11pm daily. Himawari Microbrewery Set within the granduer of the Himawari Hotel looking out over the point where the Tonle Sap and Mekong River meet, here you can sample their range of house brews; Gem & Jade, Oats, CentenniAle, Bassac, and the recently introduced orange […]
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. 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 memorabilia such as Eminem’s shoes and Madonna’s hat rocking the walls, enjoy 50% off house spirits, cold $1.50 Angkor draft beers and $3.50 House Wines […]
Cheaper Chol Mouys Phnom Penh 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. Are you looking for a way to kick off your evening after finishing off a long day of sightseeing? 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. There are many bars catering to the thirsty traveller offering cheap beer deals all day. Or for a more authentic local experience, the city’s beer gardens offer draft beer from as little as $2 a jug. FCC A Phnom Penh institution not to be missed. Come here for 2-for-1 deals on Angkor draught beer, wines by the glass, cocktails, spirits, smoothies and soft drinks, in their classic colonial building with wide-open balconies overlooking the Tonle Sap river. 5-7pm daily. Find FCC now Hard Rock Cafe As you marvel at the memorabilia of music superstars displayed on the walls (including Madonna, Paul McCartney and Gwen Stefani), make sure you rock the buy one, get one free […]
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.
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 […]
Get to the party going on well into the early hours.
Location, location Phnom Penh’s nightlife has evolved considerably over the past few years and the city now offers something to cater to pretty much every taste and budget. Here’s a guide to some of the more popular evening entertainment areas: Riverside The iconic home of Phnom Penh’s nightlife, the Riverside area hosts everything from classic dining restaurants and chic cafes to pubs selling $1 (or even 50c) happy hour beers. Street 51 St.51 is Riverside’s mischievous younger cousin, tempting you into one of its many small bars with the promise of tequila-fuelled oblivion and plenty of outrageous stories to tell. Street 172 This laidback, cheap’n’cheerful strip between St.13 and St.19 fuses guesthouses, bars and family restaurants, keeping the old-school travelling vibe alive with expats frequently joining in the fun. Street 278 Located in the northern region of the city’s increasingly boutique BKK1 area, the “Wat Lanka” area is a mix of backpacker parties, open-till-late restaurants and chic cocktail spots. Meet a lively cast of backpackers, expats, regulars, and drop in visitors – a perfect backdrop for your time in the Penh. Street 308 Some may consider it pretentious, but the winding lanes of the Tonle Bassac area holds many cosy-but-classy […]
Phnom Penh Clubbing
Party people Phnom Penh’s club scene reflects the diversity of the city: you can chug buckets with backpackers, sing along to a cabaret, or sip cocktails on the dance floor with the city’s elite. Here’s our checklist of our clubbing favourites. One of the most innovative nightclubs in Phnom Penh, Pontoon has attracted a lengthy list of international guests, and a sterling roster of chart-topping live acts and DJs. Next to the main club is Pulse, for a more chilled-out house vibe. And when the action winds down, head next door to Pontoon Vibe, the “only after-hours club in PP”. With the very best in international music playing every night, Club Love is a late night dance club located above Duplex Restaurant. Guest DJ’s every night, cheap drinks, special events every weekend, free shots throughout the night, fun, high energy atmosphere with lovely staff. Heart Of Darkness is a resilient venue that’s managed to effortlessly transform into an impressive, cavernous mezzanine nightclub from its humble bar beginnings. NagaWorld is Cambodia’s best entertainment complexes offering Phnom Penh’s hottest night spots, such as Darlin’ Darlin’ and F-Club, with live bands, DJs, and regular events. Vito is a club completely devoted to dance […]
Phnom Penh Live Music
Play it again Phnom Penh’s live music scene continues to flourish. With a diverse offering of music catering for every weird and wonderful taste, you won’t have much trouble finding the perfect hangout to imbibe amidst awesome acts. Botanico isn’t only one of the city’s finest craft beer gardens serving up a refreshing array of home-brewed ales. It’s also one of the best live music venues with regular performances from local and international singer/songwriters. Find Botanico now Sharky Bar is Phnom Penh’s legendary live music venue and home of Penh Stock. Has had a make-over recently but is still the same great rock’n’roll bar, and generally hosts acts every week. Find Sharky Bar now Oscar’s on the Corner touts itself as the “best damn bar”, with live music performances seven nights a week from 10pm until late. The genres tend to vary so you’ve got plenty of choice here. Great vibes! Show Box has an open mic night every Wednesday, where impromptu cross cultural jams have been known to occur. Popular with a younger, more artistic crowd. Enjoy cheap drinks and great energy here! Find Show Box now
Phnom Penh Up Market
Live it up Phnom Penh has an ever increasing variety of places for that special night out. Located in Raffles Hotel Le Royal The Elephant Bar offers a glimpse into the splendour of the city’s colonial past. The Lounge Lobby & Bar of the InterContinental Hotel also offers five-star comfort, with deluxe sofas, bespoke spirits and single malts. The Himawari Microbrewery is a craft brewery and bar inside the hotel of the same name, a refreshingly original option. Bouchon Wine Bar features a fine selection of French wines, cocktails, craft beers and cocktails, housed inside (and outside) an authentic colonial mansion. Metro Hassakan on the Riverside combines chic decor and a cosmopolitan atmosphere. On the riverfront you’ll find KWest, a long-standing upmarket bar, while rooftop bar Le Moon offers a spacious area to sip a cocktail and enjoy the river vistas. Up the riverfront, Chinese House opens its majestic wooden doors for expertly-mixed cocktails and mouthwatering fusion food. The building alone is worth the visit, a beautifully restored but respected Chinese merchants house.
In Siem Reap you’ll find the full spectrum of shopping venues, from boutiques to malls.
Modern malls, design emporiums and artisan boutiques.
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Spas & Massage
A host of treatment and massage options, from Swedish, Thai, Balinese, Japanese and Chinese to Hawaiian and traditional Khmer.
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Supermarkets & Mini Marts
Staying stocked up Even the weary traveller will need some toothpaste, new batteries, packet noodles, and the occasional bottle of cheap rum to keep them going at some point. Fortunately Phnom Penh is awash with convenience store shopping, with a great variety of supermarket, mini mart and specialist store shopping available to you. Supermarkets vary, with each stocking a slightly different range of products aimed at bringing in customers of certain tastes, whether it be French, British, Australian or other. Mini marts are in abundance with one on almost every street. They are much the same, but the foreign owned ones tend to offer the most familiar products at fair prices. Super Duper Originally starting with just one location south of the Russian Market area, they have now branched out further north with two locations now in the heart of the tourist areas. They stock a large range of items which will be familiar to visitors from the US, Australian, and UK. Open 24 hours. Find Super Duper now Panda Mart There are more mini-marts in the city than we could count, but for a good range of products and familiar brands Panda Mart is possibly your best bet. They […]
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
Best of the best 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
Don’t miss a thing You can’t truly say you have been to Phnom Penh until you’ve checked these must see attractions off your travel list. We’ve put together a list of the Top 10 must sees and dos in the capital to help you make sure you make the most of your trip. Royal Palace & Silver Pagoda This royal complex is somewhat reminiscent of Bangkok’s Grand Palace. This can work to your advantage, however, because with an early start you can have the whole place to yourself. While the palace itself is off limits to visitors, there is plenty to explore. Entrance is $10. National Museum The museum houses numerous sculptures, relics and artefacts, but its main highlights are from the Angkorian period. Entrance is $10 (18yr +), $5 (10-17yr), and it’s waived for children under six. Taking pictures is not allowed inside the museum, just in the garden area and surroundings. Wat Phnom According to legend, the first pagoda on this site was erected in 1373AD to house four statues of Buddha deposited there by the waters of the Mekong river that were discovered by a women named Penh. The city is named after this wat, which is […]
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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