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Siem Reap Travel Guide and Itinerary

Siem Reap (pronounced siim rrip) is a capital city located in the province of Siem Reap in the northwestern Kingdom of Cambodia. Its name is derived from the words Siam Defeated, which points to a period in its history where it defeated the people of Siam, the present day Thailand.

It is the gateway to the Angkor Archeological Site, a series of 9th to 15th century Khmer temple architecture that’s inscribed as part of the UNESCO World Heritage site, including the famous Angkor Wat and Angkor Thom.

The area is a favorite backpacking destination for tourists around the world due to its number of historic temples and thriving night life. The fact that a stay in the area is inexpensive is a bonus.

This travel guide is for both new and returning travelers to Siem Reap. The area has so much to offer, that unless one is staying for weeks on end, you probably won’t be able to cover all the temples in the province. A travel itinerary is also provided for on the last part, flexible for both short and long stays.


HOW TO GET TO SIEM REAP

From the Philippines, Cebu Pacific Air has the only direct flight available to Siem Reap. For this reason, flights are quite expensive. An alternative way to travel to Siem Reap is via the Kuala Lumpur hub. Three airlines fly to KL from Manila, where you can save a bit especially during seat sales.


Traveling to Siem Reap via ManilaVIA METRO MANILA
► CEBU PACIFIC AIR - (02) 7020-888 
Flies directly, three times weekly, to Siem Reap, Cambodia (2 hours, 45 minutes)


Traveling to Siem Reap via KLVIA MANILA - KUALA LUMPUR
► AIRASIA ZEST - (02) 742-2742
Flies daily to Kuala Lumpur (3 hours, 45 minutes) > Daily flights from KL to Siem Reap (2 hours)
► CEBU PACIFIC - (02) 7020-888 
Flies daily to Kuala Lumpur (3 hours, 45 minutes)
► MALAYSIA AIRLINES - (02) 887-3215 | (02) 889-2347 | (02) 843-6674
Flies daily to Kuala Lumpur (3 hours, 45 minutes) > Daily flights from KL to Siem Reap (2 hours)


GETTING AROUND SIEM REAP

Getting Around in Siem Reap

The most common mode of transportation in Siem Reap is the tuk-tuk. It’s a bit like the Philippine calesa, but instead of a horse pulling the carriage out back, it’s a motorcycle. It can comfortably seat four individuals. Most tourists, especially those on a tight budget prefer renting a bicycle for about 1 to 5 USD (renting motorbikes to foreigners are prohibited). The Angkor Archeological Site is near enough that cycling to it can be a pretty good and enjoyable alternative.



SIEM REAP TOURS

Tours in Siem Reap

Most lodgings in Siem Reap offer tuk-tuk tours around the Angkor Area. During my first and second visit to Siem Reap, I availed of tours from Happy Guesthouse (40 USD for three days), which included the tuk-tuk, driver and gas. Most drivers has a basic grasp of the English language, so communication isn’t really much of a problem.




SIEM REAP MONEY

Siem Reap Currency

Riel is Cambodia’s official denomination, although it is interesting how most people in Siem Reap uses US dollars as much as riel. One of the reasons may be due to the weak value of the local currency, with 1 USD amounting to about 4,000 KHR. It’s not uncommon to use both currencies when transacting, dollars for the larger amount and riel for the change. ATM’s in Siem Reap dispenses both riel and dollars.


SPEAK SIEM REAP

Khmer is the national language of the Cambodian people (which are also called Khmer, by the way). Most young locals I met have a basic understanding of the English language compared to the older generations. The language barrier is quite thick in the region, especially on the non-touristy areas.

 

Siem Reap Language

Thank You – Aw-koon
Good Morning – Arunn Sous-dey
Good Afternoon – Tiveah Sous-dey
Good Evening – Sayoan Sous-dey
How Much? – Tlay Bonmaan?
Cheers! – Choul Mouy!


WHERE TO STAY IN SIEM REAP

Siem Reap has a multitude of lodgings for all type of travelers. Along the National Road 6 are the huge, high end hotels; while the backpacker district can be found along Wat Bo and the Old Market Area. An overnight stay can be as low as 6.00 USD and can be as high as hundreds of dollars; everything depending on your budget and taste.


Siem Reap Budget Accommodation

Angkor Tropical Resort, Siem Reap

ANGKOR TROPICAL RESORT
Room Rates: Click Here
Address: National Highway 6, Phsa Leu Road, Siem Reap, Cambodia
Contact Number: (+855) 12-453-723
Email: booking@angkortropicalresort.com
GPS Coordinates: 13°21'41.3"N 103°52'40.4"E

Bou Savy Guesthouse, Siem Reap

BOU SAVY GUESTHOUSE 
Room Rates: Click Here
Address: Road 6, Salakanseng Village, Svay Dangkum Commune, Siem Reap
Contact Number: (855) 12-898-627
Email: services@bousavyguesthouse.com
GPS Coordinates: 13°21'55.1"N 103°51'15.5"E

Happy Guesthouse, Siem Reap

HAPPY GUESTHOUSE 
Room Rates: Click Here
Address: Wat Bo Village, Salakamroeuk Commune, Siem Reap, Cambodia
Contact Number: (855) 12-960-879 | (855) 63-963-815
Email: info@happyangkorguesthouse.com
GPS Coordinates: 13°21'35.0"N 103°51'43.7"E

Victory Guesthouse, Siem Reap

VICTORY GUESTHOUSE
Room Rates: Click Here
Address: Road 6 Taphoul Village, Svaydungkom Commune, Siem Reap
Contact Number: (855) 12-516-566
Email: info@victoryguesthouse.com
GPS Coordinates: 13°21'50.1"N 103°51'11.1"E

Siem Reap Midrange Accommodation

Claremont Angkor Boutique Hotel, Siem Reap

CLAREMONT ANGKOR BOUTIQUE HOTEL
Room Rates: Click Here
Address: Phum Wat Bo, Sala Kamreuok, Siem Reap Central Area, Siem Reap
Contact Number: (855) 63-900-023
Email: info@claremontangkorhotel.com
GPS Coordinates: 13°21'26.5"N 103°51'33.6"E

Ree Hotel, Siem Reap

REE HOTEL
Booking and Rates: Click Here
Address: National Highway 6, Phum Krous Sangkat Svay Dangkom, Siem Reap
Contact Number: (855) 63-766-888
Email: online@reehotel.com
GPS Coordinates: 13°22'32.5"N 103°50'11.9"E

Siem Reap Luxury Accommodation

AMATAO TROPICAL RESIDENCE
Room Rates: Click Here
Address: Svay Prey Village Rd, Siem Reap, Cambodia
Contact Number: (855) 12-590-645
Email: gm@amatao.com
GPS Coordinates: 13°20'11.7"N 103°49'47.8"E

RAFFLES GRAND HOTEL D'ANGKOR
Room Rates: Click Here
Address: 1 Vithei Charles de Gaulle, Khum Svay Dang Kum, Siem Reap
Contact Number: (855) 63-963-888
Email: siemreap@raffles.com
GPS Coordinates: 13°21'53.2"N 103°51'35.7"E


Sokha Angkor Resort, Siem Reap

SOKHA ANGKOR RESORT
Room Rates: Click Here
Address: National Road 6 & Sivatha Street Junction, Siem Reap
Contact Number: (855) 63-969-999
Email: reservations.sr@sokhahotels.com
GPS Coordinates: 13°21'51.2"N 103°51'22.3"E


THE PRIVELEGE FLOOR
Room Rates: Click Here
Address: National Road 6, Banteay Chas, Siem Reap, Cambodia
Contact Number: (855) 63-969-300
Email: info@privilegefloor.com
GPS Coordinates: 13°21'34.7"N 103°51'59.9"E



WHERE TO EAT IN SIEM REAP

Khmer cuisine can be found everywhere in Siem Reap and they’re quite easy on the wallet too. Unlike its neighboring countries, local Cambodian dishes are generally not spicy. And since most Cambodians are Buddhist, pork can be found on most restaurants. Pub Street along the Old Market Area has a good variety of restaurants serving both Khmer and western dishes. Just don’t expect any McDonald’s or Starbucks Coffee here, the only western fast food joint in Siem Reap is KFC.
 

Angkor What?, Siem ReapANGKOR WHAT? BAR
Type: Bar
Address: Pub Street, Old Market Area, Siem Reap, Cambodia
GPS Coordinates: 13°21'17.2"N 103°51'17.6"E



Khmer Kitchen Restaurant, Siem Reap

KHMER KITCHEN RESTAURANT
Type: Khmer Food
Address: Old Market Area, Siem Reap, Cambodia
Contact Number: (855) 77-688-677
GPS Coordinates: 13°21'14.4"N 103°51'15.8"E


Koulen Restaurant, Siem Reap

KOULEN RESTAURANT
Type: Khmer Food
Address: Street 02, Sivatha Rd, Siem Reap, Cambodia
Contact Number: (855) 92-630-090
GPS Coordinates: 13°21'43.4"N 103°51'23.0"E
PHOTO BY MARK JULIUS ESTUR

Leu Market, Siem Reap

LEU MARKET
Type: Khmer Food
Address: National Highway 6, Phsa Leu Road, Siem Reap, Cambodia
GPS Coordinates: 13°21'35.9"N 103°52'28.6"E



Lucky Shabu House, Siem Reap

LUCKY SHABU HOUSE
Type: Shabu Shabu, Buffet
Address: 3rd Floor, Lucky Mall, Sivatha Road, Siem Reap, Cambodia
Contact Number:
GPS Coordinates: 13°21'43.5"N 103°51'19.7"E
PHOTO BY DOI DOMASIAN

The Yellow Sub, Siem Reap

THE YELLOW SUB 
Type: Bar, Burgers, Salads, Khmer Food
Address: 9A The Lane, Siem Reap, Siemreab-Otdar Meanchey, Cambodia
Contact Number: (855) 88-665-5335
GPS Coordinates: 13°21'18.7"N 103°51'16.5"E
PHOTO BY KARA SANTOS


WHAT TO SEE AND DO IN SIEM REAP

There are over a thousand temples in and around the Angkor area in Siem Reap. You can just imagine how overwhelming it is to tour everything (which is probably nearly impossible in my estimation). The tours in Siem Reap are generally categorized into three parts; the Angkor tour, the Little Circuit, the Big Circuit, the Roluos Group and the Tonle Sap Lake tour. The Angkor and the Little Circuit can be combined in a day, so are the Roluos Group and the Tonle Sap Lake tour.

Besides those, there are still other temples on the outskirts and outside the city that one can visit. The most notable of these are the Beng Mealea and the Koh Ker temples. North of the city, one can find the Phnom Kulen National Park. It has two waterfalls and a number of small Angkorian temples in various states of ruin.

Before going on a tour, make sure to drop by the APSARA (Authority for the Protection and Management of Angkor and the Region of Siem Reap) office. Your tuk-tuk driver will take you there, en route to your first tour, to get a Temple Pass. Without this, you wouldn’t be able to enter any temple in the area. They have three kinds of passes, a one-day pass (20.00 USD), three-day pass (40.00 USD) and a seven-day pass (60.00 USD).


Angkor Wat, Siem Reap

ANGKOR WAT
Address: Angkor Wat, Angkor, Siem Reap, Cambodia
Entrance Fee: Temple Pass
GPS Coordinates: 13°24'44.9"N 103°51'57.9"E



Angkor Thom, Siem Reap

Baphuon, Siem Reap

BAPHUON
Address: Angkor Thom, Angkor, Siem Reap, Cambodia
Entrance Fee: Temple Pass
GPS Coordinates: 13°26'37.5"N 103°51'22.3"E



Bayon, Siem Reap

BAYON
Address: Angkor Thom, Angkor, Siem Reap, Cambodia
Entrance Fee: Temple Pass
GPS Coordinates: 13°26'28.7"N 103°51'32.4"E



Elephant Terrace, Siem Reap

ELEPHANT TERRACE
Address: Angkor Thom, Angkor, Siem Reap, Cambodia
Entrance Fee: Temple Pass
GPS Coordinates: 13°26'46.0"N 103°51'31.6"E
PHOTO BY MAGNIFIER


Phimeanakas, Siem Reap

PHIMEANAKAS
Address: Angkor Thom, Angkor, Siem Reap, Cambodia
Entrance Fee: Temple Pass
GPS Coordinates: 13°24'45.0"N 103°51'60.0"E



Phnom Bakheng, Siem Reap

PHNOM BAKHENG
Address: Angkor Thom, Angkor, Siem Reap, Cambodia
Entrance Fee: Temple Pass
GPS Coordinates: 13°25'27.1"N 103°51'21.6"E
PHOTO BY 松岡明芳


Terrace of the Leper King, Siem Reap

TERRACE OF THE LEPER KING
Address: Angkor Thom, Angkor, Siem Reap, Cambodia
Entrance Fee: Temple Pass
GPS Coordinates: 13°26'51.2"N 103°51'32.2"E



Big Circuit Tour, Siem Reap

Banteay Samre, Siem Reap

BANTEAY SAMRE
Address: Angkor, Siem Reap, Cambodia
Entrance Fee: Temple Pass
GPS Coordinates: 13°26′48″N 103°55′12″E
PHOTO BY MARK RODEL DELA ROSA


East Mebon, Siem Reap

EAST MEBON
Address: Angkor, Siem Reap, Cambodia
Entrance Fee: Temple Pass
GPS Coordinates: 13°26′48″N 103°55′12″E
PHOTO BY JASSONEPPINK


Neak Pean, Siem Reap

NEAK PEAN
Address: Angkor, Siem Reap, Cambodia
Entrance Fee: Temple Pass
GPS Coordinates: 13°27'48.7"N 103°53'41.2"E 


 

Preah Khan, Siem ReapPREAH KHAN
Address: Angkor, Siem Reap, Cambodia
Entrance Fee: Temple Pass
GPS Coordinates: 13°27'43.0"N 103°52'17.7"E



Pre Rup, Siem Reap

PRE RUP
Address: Angkor, Siem Reap, Cambodia
Entrance Fee: Temple Pass
GPS Coordinates: 13°26'06.1"N 103°55'13.8"E



Ta Som, Siem Reap

TA SOM
Address: Angkor, Siem Reap, Cambodia
Entrance Fee: Temple Pass
GPS Coordinates: 13°27'52"N 103°54'46"E



Little Circuit, Siem Reap

Banteay Kdei, Siem Reap

BANTEAY KDEI
Address: Angkor, Siem Reap, Cambodia
Entrance Fee: Temple Pass
GPS Coordinates: 13°25′47″N 103°53′54″E



Prasat Kravan, Siem Reap

PRASAT KRAVAN
Address: Angkor, Siem Reap, Cambodia
Entrance Fee: Temple Pass
GPS Coordinates: 13°25'11"N 103°53'59"E
PHOTO BY DIEGO DELSO


Srah Srang, Siem Reap

SRAH SRANG
Address: Angkor, Siem Reap, Cambodia
Entrance Fee: None
GPS Coordinates: 13°25′ 51.6” N, 103° 54′ 24.15″ E



Ta Keo, Siem Reap

TA KEO
Address: Angkor, Siem Reap, Cambodia
Entrance Fee: Temple Pass
GPS Coordinates: 13°26'40.9"N 103°52'55.2"E
PHOTO BY BALDIRI


Ta Prohm, Siem Reap

TA PROHM
Address: Angkor, Siem Reap, Cambodia
Entrance Fee: Temple Pass
GPS Coordinates: 13°26'05.7"N 103°53'21.7"E



Roluos Group, Siem Reap

Bakong, Siem Reap

BAKONG
Address: Roluos, Siem Reap, Cambodia
Entrance Fee: Temple Pass
GPS Coordinates: 13°20'09.5"N 103°58'28.4"E



Lolei, Siem Reap

LOLEI
Address: Roluos, Siem Reap, Cambodia
Entrance Fee: Temple Pass
GPS Coordinates: 13°21'09.9"N 103°58'26.1"E



Preah Ko, Siem Reap

PREAH KO
Address: Roluos, Siem Reap, Cambodia
Entrance Fee: Temple Pass
GPS Coordinates: 13°20'38.6"N 103°58'23.3"E



Tonle Sap Lake, Siem Reap

Kompong Phluk Floating Village, Siem Reap

KOMPONG PHLUK FLOATING VILLAGE
Address: Stoeng Tahas, Tonle Sap Lake, Siem Reap, Cambodia
Entrance Fee: 25.00 USD 
Lolei GPS Coordinates Map: 13°12'35.3"N 103°58'25.0"E



Flooded Forest, Siem Reap

FLOODED FOREST
Address: Stoeng Tahas, Tonle Sap Lake, Siem Reap, Cambodia
Entrance Fee: 5.00 USD
GPS Coordinates: 13°12'12.3"N 103°58'26.5"E



Phnom Krom, Siem Reap

PHNOM KROM 
Address: Tonle Sap Lake, Siem Reap, Cambodia
Entrance Fee: Temple Pass
GPS Coordinates: 13°17'07.7"N 103°48'44.4"E
PHOTO BY STEFAN FUSSAN


Tonle Sap Lake, Siem Reap

TONLE SAP LAKE
Address: Tonle Sap Lake, Siem Reap, Cambodia
Entrance Fee: None
GPS Coordinates:





Bateay Srei, Siem Reap

BANTEAY SREI
Address: Angkor, Siem Reap, Cambodia
Entrance Fee: Temple Pass
GPS Coordinates: 13°35'56.1"N 103°57'47.8"E



Beng Mealea, Siem Reap

BENG MEALEA 
Address: Siem Reap, Cambodia
Entrance Fee: 5.00 USD
GPS Coordinates: 13°28'35.0"N 104°14'18.0"E
PHOTO BY JACK FRENCH


Kbal Spean, Siem Reap

KBAL SPEAN 
Address: Kulen Hills, Siem Reap, Cambodia
Entrance Fee: Temple Pass
GPS Coordinates: 13°42'30.1"N 104°01'32.1"E
PHOTO BY PRERIT


Koh Ker, Siem Reap

KOH KER
Address: Srayong Cheung Village, Srayong Commune, Kulen District, Cambodia
Entrance Fee: 10 USD
GPS Coordinates: 13°46'59.4"N 104°32'15.8"E
PHOTO BY THOMAS WANHOFF




Angkor National Museum, Siem Reap

ANGKOR NATIONAL MUSEUM
Address: Vithei Charles de Gaulle, Khrum 6, Khom Svaydangum, Siem Reap
Entrance Fee: 12 USD
Contact Number: (855) 63-966-601
GPS Coordinates: 13°21'59.8"N 103°51'35.6"E
PHOTO BY Dltl2010

Phnom Kulen National Park, Siem Reap

PHNOM KULEN NATIONAL PARK
Address: Svay Leu District, Siem Reap, Cambodia
Entrance Fee: 20 USD
GPS Coordinates: 13°38'37.2"N 104°08'48.0"E
PHOTO BY NARITH5




WHAT TO BUY IN SIEM REAP

For souvenirs to bring back home, the best place to shop is at the Old Market Area in Siem Reap. Here you can find all the usual knick knacks tourists just love to buy; fridge magnets, key chains, shirts, carvings, antiques and what-nots. Be sure to haggle, as most stores expect you to.


Krama Scarves, Siem Reap

KRAMA SCARVES
Where to Buy: Old Market Area 
Address: Old Market Area, Siem Reap, Cambodia
Contact Number:



Khmer Art, Siem Reap

KHMER ART
Where to Buy: Temples / Old Market Area
Address: Angkor, Siem Reap, Cambodia
Contact Number:



Papaya Best Shirts, Siem Reap

PAPAYA BEST T-SHIRTS
Where to Buy: Papaya Best T-Shirt Clothes and Souvenirs
Address: Between Hard Rock Cafe & Hip Hop Club, Siem Reap, Cambodia
Contact Number: (855) 63-963-812



Sombai Bottle, Siem Reap

SOMBAI BOTTLE
Where to Buy: Around Siem Reap
Address: 176 Sombai Road, Salakamreuk Village & Commune, Siem Reap
Contact Number: (855) 95-810-890



Souvenirs, Siem Reap

TOURIST SOUVENIRS
Where to Buy: Old Market Area
Address: Old Market Area, Siem Reap, Cambodia
Contact Number:





SIEM REAP TOURIST SPOTS MAP

Siem Reap Tourist Spots Map 

 

SIEM REAP SAMPLE ITINERARY

A two-day weekend tour of Siem Reap is possible, although you’d really barely scratch Angkor’s massive surface. It would be ideal if you can spend at least three full days exploring the area. That way, you get to see the lake, the smaller temples and the major Angkor temples. If you have more days to spend, you can either visit the far temples outside the city or simply leisurely spread your temple visits, it is easy to get templed-out while exploring Siem Reap, what with the number of temples you visit each day.

If it were up to me and I have a week or two around Siem Reap, I’d bike around and simply visit one or two temples a day, finishing up at Pub Street every night, of course.

This itinerary is very packed, you’d probably find yourself very tired and sick of temples at the end of each day. I purposely started from the minor temples, building up the major ones. In my experience, once you see Angkor Wat and Angkor Thom, you won’t appreciate the other smaller temples as much.

And of course, each tour days can be switched over or omitted, the temples switched between tours (check the map for easier planning) depending on how long you’re staying in Siem Reap.


D A Y  1
Depart Manila (or KL) very early in the morning
Morning arrival
Check in at hotel and breakfast
Buy Temple Pass with your tuk-tuk driver
Explore Tonle Sap Lake
   - Kompong Phluk Floating Village
   - Flooded Forest
   - Tonle Sap Lake
   - Lunch at floating restaurant (optional)
Visit Roluos Group of temples
   - Lolei
   - Preah Ko
   - Bakong
Buy souvenirs at the Old Market Area
Dinner & drinks at Pub Street

D A Y  2
Breakfast
Big Circuit Tour
   - Pre Rup
   - East Mebon
   - Ta Som
   - Lunch
   - Neak Pean
   - Preah Khan
   - Banteay Samre (optional)

Dinner & drinks at Pub Street

D A Y  3
Angkor + Small Circuit Tour
   - Angkor Wat Sunrise
   - Breakfast 
   - Srah Srang
   - Banteay Kdei
   - Ta Prohm
   - Lunch
   - Angkor Thom
        - Terrace of the Leper King
        - Elephant Terrace
        - Phimeanakas
        - Baphuon
        - Bayon
        - Phnom Bakheng Sunset
   - Prasat Kravan (optional)
   - Ta Keo (optional)

Dinner & drinks at Pub Street

D A Y  4

Breakfast
Tuk-tuk to Airport  PLANE TO MANILA - END OF 4-DAY ITINERARY


Siem Reap Travel Guide & Itinerary
SIEM REAP TRAVEL GUIDE AND ITINERARY 
UPDATED AS OF MARCH 23, 2015

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Posted by Christian Sangoyo on Tuesday, March 24, 2015

10 comments:

  1. Hello po! Ask ko lang po if nakapunta kayo sa beng mealea annd koh ker?

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    1. Hi Steph, haven't been to Beng Mealea and Koh Ker. I heard the former is easier to go to than the latter :)

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  2. Hi Christian! Thanks for the reply:)

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    1. No problem Steph, enjoy your Siem Reap tour! :)

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  3. Hi! Magkano po ang estimated budget niyo for that 4 day trip? Thanks! :)

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    1. Hi, will put up a siem reap budget guide here soon :)

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  4. Hi, would you recommend this for solo travel? I'm planning to visit Cambodia for my bday kasi. :)

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    1. Hi Gelica, solo travel in Siem Reap is very doable and very safe! :)

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  5. Hi! How much is your budget for 4 days? Thank you!

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  6. Hi! How much is your budget for 4 days? Thank you! :)

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