Unlocking the Majestic Secrets of Siem Reap: The Definitive Travel Guide for an Unforgettable Cambodian Journey

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Siem Reap- where ancient wonders meet modern marvels located through the heart of Cambodia, where vibrant culture, awe-inspiring temples, and breathtaking landscapes await. Immerse yourself in the rich history, delectable cuisine, and create unforgettable memories in this enchanting city. In the midst of this city, you’ll find yourself transported back in time as you explore the legendary Angkor Wat. This UNESCO World Heritage Site stands as a testament to the ingenuity and craftsmanship of the Khmer Empire, with its intricate carvings and towering spires. Its awe-inspiring views as the rising sun casts a golden glow upon the temple complex, creating a picturesque spectacle that words cannot fully capture.

Beyond Angkor Wat, Siem Reap offers a myriad of ancient temples, each with its own unique story to tell. Uncover the secrets of Ta Prohm, where towering trees have intertwined with the temple ruins, or marvel at the grandeur of Bayon, adorned with countless serene stone faces. With every step, you’ll be immersed in a living history that will leave you forever in awe of Siem Reap’s architectural wonders. This comprehensive travel guide will unveil the true essence of Siem Reap, inviting you to experience the magic that lies within its captivating streets.


Angkor Wat 

  • What to see: The UNESCO World Heritage site, Angkor Wat, is the largest religious monument in the world. Built in the 12th century, it’s an architectural masterpiece. 
  • Price: One day pass is $37, three-day pass is $62-, and seven-day pass is $72. 
  • Hours: 5:00 AM – 6:00 PM daily. 

Angkor Thom and the Bayon Temple 

  • What to see: The ancient city of Angkor Thom and the majestic Bayon temple at its center. 
  • Price: Included in the Angkor pass. 
  • Hours: 7:30 AM – 5:30 PM daily. 

Ta Prohm 

  • What to see: Discover the temple where massive tree roots have grown through ruins, also known as the “Tomb Raider Temple”. 
  • Price: Included in the Angkor pass. 
  • Hours: 7:30 AM – 5:30 PM daily. 

Pub Street 

  • What to see: A lively street for nightlife, restaurants, and shopping. 
  • Price: Free to explore, costs depend on purchase. 
  • Hours: Most businesses are open from late afternoon until late at night. 

Artisans Angkor 

  • What to see: Watch local artisans at work and purchase traditional Cambodian crafts. 
  •  Price: Free to visit, costs depend on purchases. 
  • Hours: 7:30 AM – 6:30 PM daily. 

Tonlé Sap Lake and Kompong Phluk 

  • What to see: Experience the floating village life and unique ecosystem. 
  • Price: Boat tours range from $20-$30. 
  • Hours: Tour hours usually between 8:00 AM – 3:00 PM. 

Phare, The Cambodian Circus 

  • What to see: A blend of arts, music, dance, and acrobatics presented by talented young performers. 
  • Price: Tickets are around $18-$45 depending on the seat category. 
  • Hours: Show starts at 8:00 PM daily. 

Remember that opening times and prices may have changed due to the current global situation with COVID-19. Please check up-to-date information before planning your visit. 


  • Lightweight Clothing: Siem Reap can get quite hot and humid, so pack lightweight, breathable clothing. Include a lightweight jacket or sweater as indoor areas can be heavily air-conditioned. 
  • Cover-ups: For visiting sacred sites and temples, you’ll need to respect the dress code. This often means covering your shoulders and knees, so pack a scarf or shawl, as well as longer skirts, pants, or dresses. 
  • Walking Shoes: You’ll likely do a lot of walking, especially if you’re planning to explore the Angkor Wat complex, so comfortable shoes are a must. 
  • Sun Protection: Bring sunglasses, a hat, and high SPF sunscreen to protect yourself from the intense sun. 
  • Insect Repellent: Mosquitoes can be a nuisance, especially in rural areas and near the water, so pack insect repellent. 
  • Hydration Pack/Water Bottle: Stay hydrated throughout the day, especially when exploring temples and other outdoor sites.  
  • Travel Adapter: Cambodia uses Type A, C, and G outlets, so you may need a universal travel adapter to use your electronics. 
  • Toiletries: While most hotels will provide basic toiletries, it’s always a good idea to carry your own, especially any specific brands you prefer. Don’t forget travel-sized hand sanitizer and wet wipes. 
  • First Aid Kit: Include basics like band-aids, antiseptic wipes, and over-the-counter medicine for pain, fever, or stomach issues. 
  • Passport and Copies: Don’t forget your passport, and it’s a good idea to bring photocopies of your passport in case of loss or theft. 
  • Currency: Have some local currency (Cambodian Riel), though US dollars are widely accepted in Cambodia. 
  • Travel Insurance Information: Bring a copy of your travel insurance policy, including the contact number and policy number. 
  • Guidebooks and Maps: While digital guides and maps are great, having a physical copy can be helpful in areas with limited internet access. 
  • Snacks: Pack some snacks for when you’re on the move and need a quick energy boost. 

Remember, packing light and efficiently can make your trip more comfortable and enjoyable. Check your airline’s luggage restrictions before packing to avoid any issues at the airport. 


Onederz Siem Reap 

  • Address: Next to Angkor Night Market, Siem Reap, Cambodia 
  • Price range: Dorm rooms start at around $6 per night, while private rooms can range from $15-$30. 

Lub d Cambodia Siem Reap 

  • Address: 7 Makara St, Siem Reap, Cambodia  
  • Price range: Dorm rooms start at around $8 per night, and private rooms start from about $30 per night. 

One Stop Hostel Siem Reap 

  • Address: Sok San Road, Siem Reap, Cambodia 
  • Price range: Dorm rooms start around $6 per night. They do not offer private rooms. 

Mad Monkey Siem Reap 

  • Address: Sivatha Boulevard, Mondul 1, Svay Dangkum, Siem Reap, Cambodia 
  • Price range: Dorm rooms start around $8 per night, and private rooms start from about $20 per night. 

Bou Savy Guesthouse 

  • Address: #261 Group 17, Khum Svay Dangkum, Siem Reap, Cambodia 
  • Price range: Private rooms start from around $15 per night. 

The Siem Reap Chilled Backpacker 

  • Address: Wat Bo Road, Siem Reap, Cambodia 
  • Price range: Dorm rooms start at around $5 per night, and private rooms start from about $10 per night. 

Pool Party Hostel 

  • Address: Road 26, Wat Bo Village, Siem Reap, Cambodia 
  • Price range: Dorm rooms start at around $5 per night, and private rooms start from about $20 per night. 

Please note, these are average prices and can vary depending on the time of year, availability, and any additional amenities or services you choose. Be sure to check the exact location, read reviews, and understand what each accommodation offers before booking. 



  • Address: Chocolate Rd, Siem Reap, Cambodia 
  • What to eat: Swiss Beef Curry, Mango Lassi, and their delicious Chocolate Pudding. 
  •  Price range: $5-$15 per person. 


  • Address: #8A, B Phum Slokram, Siem Reap, Cambodia 
  • What to eat: Try the red tree ants with beef and holy basil or the crispy silkworms with garlic and black pepper. 
  • Price range: $7-$15 per person. 


  • Address: Sok San Road, Siem Reap 17252, Cambodia. 
  • What to eat: Beef Lok Lak, a traditional Cambodian dish made from stir-fried beef in a brown sauce, or the Fish Amok, a delicious Khmer curry. 
  • Price Range: $5-$12 per person. 

Embassy Restaurant 

  • Address: King’s Road Angkor Village, Achar Sva Street, Siem Reap 17259, Cambodia. 
  • What to eat: They offer a monthly seven-course Khmer gastronomy menu, which is always changing but always amazing.  
  • Price Range: $30-$60 per person. 

The Sugar Palm 

  • Address: Taphul Road, Taphul Village, Svay Dangkum Commune, Siem Reap, Cambodia. 
  • What to eat: Famous for its Fish Amok and Beef Lok Lak. 
  •  Price Range: $5-$15 per person. 

Mie Café 

  • Address: Phum Treng Khum, Siem Reap, Cambodia. 
  • What to eat: Try the Khmer tasting menu for a variety of local flavors. Prawn Red Curry is also very popular. 
  • Price Range: $8-$20 per person. 

Malis Restaurant 

  • Address: Pokambor Ave, Siem Reap, Cambodia. 
  • What to eat: Try the Royal Mak Mee, a traditional Cambodian dish that you mix yourself. 
  • Price Range: $10-$25 per person. 

Remember to check each restaurant’s hours and availability before visiting, as they may be affected by local COVID-19 measures. These are only averages, and prices may vary depending on the dish, the time, and the exact location. 


Angkor Night Market 

  • Address: Angkor Night Market St, Krong Siem Reap, Cambodia. 
  • What to buy: Silk scarves, wooden carvings, jewelry, and other local handicrafts. 
  • Price range: Prices are variable and bargaining is common, generally you can expect to spend between $1-$20 per item. 

Artisans Angkor 

  • Address: Stung Thmey Street, Siem Reap, Cambodia. 
  • What to buy: Silk fabric, lacquerware, stone and wood carvings, all handcrafted by local artisans. Their products are high quality and prices reflect this. 
  • Price range: $10-$200 per item. 

Made in Cambodia Market 

  • Address: King’s Road Angkor, Achar Sva St, Krong Siem Reap 17259, Cambodia. 
  • What to buy: Clothing, jewelry, and home decor made by local artisans. 
  • Price range: $5-$100 per item. 

Phsar Chas (The Old Market) 

  • Address: Psar Chaa Road, Siem Reap, Cambodia. 
  • What to buy: Silk, silver items, spices, and local food products. 
  • Price range: Prices generally range from $1-$50, with bargaining expected. 

Psar Leu Market 

  • Address: National Road No 6, Siem Reap, Cambodia. 
  • What to buy: Textiles, silverware, and local handicrafts. This is a local market, so it provides a more authentic experience. 
  • Price range: Prices range from under $1 to $30, bargaining is common. 

Louise Loubatieres 

  • Address: No. 7, Hup Guan Street, Krong Siem Reap, Cambodia. 
  • What to buy: beautiful homewares, ceramics, and textiles. 
  • Price range: $10-$100 per item. 

Theam’s House 

  • Address: 25 Veal, Kokchak commune, Krong Siem Reap, Cambodia. 
  • What to buy: High-quality artwork and artisan crafts in a gallery setting. 
  • Price range: $20-$500 per item. 

Remember that haggling over prices is typical at markets in Cambodia, so don’t be afraid to negotiate. These are only averages, and prices may vary depending on the item and the seller. And, as always, remember to check their business hours and potential COVID-19 measures. 

Siem Reap is not just a place you visit, but an experience that becomes a part of you. Whether you’ve explored the temples, embarked on a captivating river cruise, or delved into the bustling markets, you’ll leave with a deep appreciation for the rich heritage and the resilient spirit of this remarkable city. It will forever hold a special place in my heart, beckoning me to return and discover even more hidden treasures. So, venture forth, fellow travelers, and let the spirit of Siem Reap guide you on your next extraordinary adventure.

For more information about traveling to Cambodia, visit https://www.tourismcambodia.com. Follow more of my adventures on http://instagram.com/roselinni. Happy travels!


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  1. Hairstyles

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