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Siem Reap is mostly renowned as a gateway to the ancient ruins of Angkor Wat, but this small city has a whole bounty of other charms. As well as the spectacular Angkor complex, you’ll discover thousands of hidden temples, remarkable floating villages, bustling markets and lush national parks during your holiday in Siem Reap.

One of the largest religious monuments in the world, Angkor Wat was once the thriving heart of a grand ancient civilisation - up there with the most incredible architectural feats in the world. Visit Angkor Wat at sunrise for golden light, fewer visitors and a cooler time of day to explore.

Discover Cambodia’s rich heritage in Siem Reap

You could spend your entire Siem Reap holiday roaming from temple to temple; like parts of Angkor Wat, many of which have been reclaimed by nature’s green tendrils. There’s the forest-clocked Sambor Prei Kuk; vast and isolated Preah Khan of Kompong Svay; and the tiered-pyramid of Koh Ker located deep in the Cambodian jungle. Enjoy a lovely day trip at Phnom Kulen National Park, where you can climb to the majestic reclining Buddha perched on the mountaintop outside Phnom Kulen Temple. Alternatively, you can swim at the three-tiered waterfall and contemplate the famous River of 1000 Lingas (1000 stone sculptures carved into the river bed).

Experience local Cambodian life at the extraordinary floating villages on Tonle Sap Lake - the schools, markets and churches of Chong Kneas are all anchored on rafts in the middle of the enormous lake, or perched on stilts at Kompong Phluk. Nearby, spot the dance of countless birds at Prek Toal Bird Sanctuary.

Siem Reap’s cultural scene offers everything from performances at the Circus Phare, and art and sculptures at Theam’s House Gallery, to the traditional artisans of Angkor Silk Farm. For your evenings, there’s an array of world-class restaurants, hip bars and music venues to explore. Excited? Begin planning your Siem Reap travel with us today.

From finding serenity at crumbling ancient temples to getting lost in vibrant markets, there’s much to explore in Cambodia. Pair your Siem Reap travel with adventures elsewhere.

Destination Highlights

  • Discover Siem Reap’s countless temples, from Angkor Wat to remote temples like Beng Mealea, Preah Vihear or Koh Ker
  • Explore the floating and stilted fishermen’s villages of Tonle Sap, Kompong Khleang and Kompong Phluck, and the beautiful flooded forests
  • Uncover Cambodia’s vibrant art traditions with visits to the Circus Phare, Artisans Angkor, Silk Farms, and the National Museum
  • Revel in Siem Reap’s nightlife and local street food activities on the riverside and famous Road 60 Night Market

Great sample itineraries


Get inspired by our selection of popular itineraries for Siem Reap holidays. With so many options for your Siem Reap holiday package, we recommend you talk to one of our Destination Specialists to make the perfect tailor made holiday just for you.

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Cambodia Private Tour

  • 5 Days
Available for departures from 1st October 2019. Our Classic Cambodia escorted tour is perfect for those who have limited time...
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Escorted tours holidays
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Escorted Tour To Vietnam And Cambodia

  • 12 Days
  • Guide Price £3,099 PP
Time to tick a holiday in Vietnam and Cambodia off your bucket list. Our Classic Vietnam and Cambodia tour takes...
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Couples Holidays
Angkor Thom

Angkor Wat Private Tour

  • 3 Days
  • Guide Price £499 PP
Experience the amazing ruins of the once mighty Khmer Empire at Angkor, an ancient city of temples and palaces built...
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Honeymoons
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Singapore And Cambodia Holiday

  • 11 Days
  • Guide Price £2,199 PP
Singapore has something for everyone, from theme parks, golf courses and gardens to vibrant markets and enormous shopping malls, some...
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Couples Holidays

Explore Siem Reap

Prek Toal Bird Sanctuary

In the dense marshes of Cambodia's great lake, Tonle Sap Lake, Prek Toal Bird Sanctuary is one of the most important breeding grounds for water birds in Southeast Asia. Tour the sanctuary in the dry season when flocks of birds descend on the sanctuary. Take a boat tour to see greater and lesser adjuncts, spot-billed pelicans, Asian open bills, and grey-headed fish eagles around the reserve.

Cambodian Cooking Classes

Foodies on holiday in Siam Reap will delight in the many opportunities for learning to cook authentic Cambodian dishes. Numerous restaurants teach you about the culture of Cambodia by letting you taste the unique textures and flavours of their food and showing you how different herbs and spices are used to create new and surprising flavours.

Wat Thmei

Like its counterpart in Phnom Penh, Wat Thmei commemorates the victims killed during the atrocious Khmer Rouge regime. A glass-walled stupa holds the bones and skulls of some of the massacre victims as a stark reminder of the people killed during one of Cambodia's darkest periods of history.

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  • Good Weather
  • Average Weather

Average Weather in January

Destination Destination Avg Temp Avg Temperature Avg Rainfall Avg Monthly Rainfall
Hoi An
25° C
97 mm
Luang Prabang
21° C
17 mm

Average Weather in February

Destination Destination Avg Temp Avg Temperature Avg Rainfall Avg Monthly Rainfall
Hoi An
26° C
39 mm
Luang Prabang
23° C
19 mm
Phnom Penh
27° C
12 mm
Phnom Penh
27° C
12 mm

Average Weather in March

Destination Destination Avg Temp Avg Temperature Avg Rainfall Avg Monthly Rainfall
Hoi An
28° C
30 mm
Luang Prabang
32° C
25 mm
Phnom Penh
29° C
7 mm
Phnom Penh
29° C
7 mm

Average Weather in April

Destination Destination Avg Temp Avg Temperature Avg Rainfall Avg Monthly Rainfall
Hoi An
31° C
31 mm
Luang Prabang
28° C
99 mm

Average Weather in May

Destination Destination Avg Temp Avg Temperature Avg Rainfall Avg Monthly Rainfall
Hoi An
33° C
54 mm
Luang Prabang
29° C
156 mm
Phnom Penh
30° C
5 mm
Phnom Penh
30° C
5 mm

Average Weather in June

Destination Destination Avg Temp Avg Temperature Avg Rainfall Avg Monthly Rainfall
Hoi An
34° C
89 mm
Luang Prabang
29° C
171 mm
Phnom Penh
29° C
35 mm
Phnom Penh
29° C
35 mm

Average Weather in July

Destination Destination Avg Temp Avg Temperature Avg Rainfall Avg Monthly Rainfall
Hoi An
34° C
72 mm
Luang Prabang
28° C
234 mm
Phnom Penh
28° C
16 mm
Phnom Penh
28° C
16 mm

Average Weather in August

Destination Destination Avg Temp Avg Temperature Avg Rainfall Avg Monthly Rainfall
Hoi An
34° C
113 mm
Luang Prabang
28° C
295 mm
Phnom Penh
29° C
40 mm
Phnom Penh
29° C
40 mm

Average Weather in September

Destination Destination Avg Temp Avg Temperature Avg Rainfall Avg Monthly Rainfall
Hoi An
31° C
327 mm
Luang Prabang
28° C
171 mm
Phnom Penh
28° C
61 mm
Phnom Penh
28° C
61 mm

Average Weather in October

Destination Destination Avg Temp Avg Temperature Avg Rainfall Avg Monthly Rainfall
Hoi An
29° C
532 mm
Luang Prabang
26° C
79 mm
Phnom Penh
27° C
66 mm
Phnom Penh
27° C
66 mm

Average Weather in November

Destination Destination Avg Temp Avg Temperature Avg Rainfall Avg Monthly Rainfall
Hoi An
27° C
388 mm
Luang Prabang
24° C
28 mm
Phnom Penh
27° C
23 mm
Phnom Penh
27° C
23 mm

Average Weather in December

Destination Destination Avg Temp Avg Temperature Avg Rainfall Avg Monthly Rainfall
Hoi An
25° C
214 mm
Luang Prabang
21° C
14 mm
Phnom Penh
26° C
2 mm
Phnom Penh
26° C
2 mm
Barbara, Destination Specialist

“Whether you’re sporty or not, choose to cycle to the temples over any other type of transport. You’ll feel the freedom of being able to decide where to go and how long to spend at sights, and discover more going through hidden jungle paths than simply taking the classical routes.”

Barbara
Destination Specialist
Isla, Destination Executive

“Siem Reap is great for shopping. The Old Market, near Pub Street, offers anything you’re looking for in terms of souvenirs, but for more local, hip and high-end boutiques visit Kandal Village.”

Isla
Destination Executive

Events & Festivals

Festivals and events are wonderful to include during your Siem Reap holiday, offering a glimpse into the country’s authentic culture and traditions. A few celebrations occur during Siem Reap each year, but for Khmer New Year the city truly comes into its own. Plan your Siem Reap holiday for April and join the excitement.

Khmer New Year

During Khmer New Year in April, the small city of Siem Reap is packed with locals enjoying the week-long festivitie. Siem Reap has become the number one destination for local celebrations. Expect to be showered by water guns and coated in baby powder while walking or driving through the streets.

Local Cuisine

Get a flavour of the local culture through your palate during your Siem Reap holiday. You’ll find delicious Khmer cuisine - both modern and traditional - all over Siem Reap, from roadside stalls and small family restaurants to boutique cafes and gourmet restaurants. The abundance of spices, fresh vegetables and native ingredients make for an exciting culinary adventure.

Street Food

While Siem Reap has a huge selection of great restaurants, the city’s street food is an experience not to be missed. From 5 pm onwards, stroll along the riverside or take a tuk-tuk to the Road 60 Night Market. Be adventurous! You’ll find an array of dishes, from fried noodles to meat skewers, and even deep-fried insects.

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