Top attractions in Siem Reap
This beautiful resort town is the perfect place to visit when in Cambodia, and a great place to stay when touring local Buddhist monuments. There's so much to see and do, but here are our top tips!
This interesting (and slightly bizarre) theme park assembles miniatures of famous historical buildings and structures of Cambodia, grouped into 11 villages.
One of many great Buddhist temples in the region, this artificial island is one of the more breathtaking!
This little (well not so little) oasis is a reservoir built by 10th Century Buddhists and is a tranquil tourist spot.
One of the most interesting and larger Buddhist monastic complexes in the region!
A magical place to visit, this largely unrestored temple is a mixture of beautiful architecture, now being reclaimed by the jungle around it.
One of the region's Hindu temples and a world heritage site.
Although slightly out of the way, when touring the temples of the region, this is one you don't want to miss.
One of the more impressive and larger temple complexes in the area, and a popular spot for some Hollywood blockbusters.
Another beautifully decorated and monumental temple in the region.
This is the largest religious monument in the world, and well worth taking a tour of.
You can visit Siem Reap all year round, however, make sure to look at the climate statistics before you go and while you are there and plan your days accordingly! The weather is tropical and variable. As a rule of thumb, the weather is driest from November to March, so if you want to avoid tropical rain, then this is perhaps the best time to book your trip!
Most tourists go to the region to visit the local temples. You can purchase different types of temple passes. However, a three day pass, and three nights in Siem Reap will be enough to fufill any temple-goers!
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- The driest months are from November to March, so plan your visit during this time to avoid tropical rain, but still enjoy warm weather.
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What people are saying about Siem Reap
Our guide Noy was super nice, told us all about the history of the Angkor temples but also about Cambodian history and culture, and the site restoration. He answered all our questions and was very clear! The staff was also really nice and kept giving us water and fresh scented towels throughout the day. The program is focused on the three most famous temples (Angkor Wat, Bayon, Ta Prohm) but it is enough for one day as it takes about 1 to 1,5 hours to see each temple (even longer for Angkor Wat). I would definitely recommend the tour if you only have one day to visit the Angkor temples, or as a first day to discover the main temples, and go more independantly with a tuk tuk or bikes the other days. For lunch they to us to a really good restaurant, but a bit more expensive than what you find in town (about $10 for main + drink)
A good way to experience the lake, see a bit of the lake inhabitants way of life and beautiful sunset vista. I could do without the crocodile, etc deck stopover but realise for some it could be interesting. The stop over at the lotus farm was a nice addition. There were only a few of us on the Queen Tara for the dinner part of the tour which made it very peaceful. The boat ride back in the dark is a bit of an adventure and again gives a good glimpse into the daily life of the rivers inhabitants. I enjoyed the tour, it was professionally handled, I would recommend it.
Great idea to show us tourists how to make some pottery. Our instructor was very friendly, but since he was deaf communication was reduced to him showing us what to do. This makes it hard to understand what we were doing wrong, what we should improve and what areas to focus on. They promise that you will create 5 pieces during the workshop. We did create those pieces, but in reality the instructor is doing all the work while you are mostly just sitting there watching him do it for you. Overall, very friendly people and nice experience.
Our guide Sam was very interesting and spoke great English, which he used to explain some background to the temples as well as the more modern and tragic history of Cambodia. The sites were great, and the bus was comfortable with cool water and towels which were needed. Wearing a skirt or shorts that just about reach your knees is fine for both sexes, jeans are a bad idea as there is a fair bit of walking involved. Comfortable shoes also highly recommended as the trails are dusty and rocky in some temples.
Bus collected us and returned us to hotel. Very good. We went in the dry season. So there was no "floating" village as such just a very tall village. The river was dry so no real boat trip, we went to a floating cafe and waited 2 1/2hrs for the sunset. With no way off... Still the beer was not too expensive and the sunset was awesome.. Chilled out trip if you can handle being "trapped" on a floating cafe. Enjoyed the experience, better in the rainyseason I bet.