• Sunrise at Angkor

Siem Reap Holidays

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
  • 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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Average weather in January

Best travel weather

Avg. temp
Avg. rainfall
Sihanoukville
27ºC
28mm
Hoi An
25ºC
97mm
Luang Prabang
21ºC
17mm
Phnom Penh
26ºC

Average weather in February

Best travel weather

Avg. temp
Avg. rainfall
Sihanoukville
27ºC
26mm
Hoi An
26ºC
39mm
Luang Prabang
23ºC
19mm
Phnom Penh
27ºC
12mm

Average weather in March

Avg. temp
Avg. rainfall
Sihanoukville
28ºC
111mm
Hoi An
28ºC
30mm
Luang Prabang
32ºC
25mm
Phnom Penh
29ºC
7mm

Average weather in April

Avg. temp
Avg. rainfall
Sihanoukville
29ºC
118mm
Hoi An
31ºC
31mm
Luang Prabang
28ºC
99mm
Phnom Penh
31ºC

Average weather in May

Avg. temp
Avg. rainfall
Sihanoukville
29ºC
300mm
Hoi An
33ºC
54mm
Luang Prabang
29ºC
156mm
Phnom Penh
30ºC
5mm

Average weather in June

Avg. temp
Avg. rainfall
Sihanoukville
28ºC
472mm
Hoi An
34ºC
89mm
Luang Prabang
29ºC
171mm
Phnom Penh
29ºC
35mm

Average weather in July

Avg. temp
Avg. rainfall
Sihanoukville
27ºC
647mm
Hoi An
34ºC
72mm
Luang Prabang
28ºC
234mm
Phnom Penh
28ºC
16mm

Average weather in August

Avg. temp
Avg. rainfall
Sihanoukville
27ºC
697mm
Hoi An
34ºC
113mm
Luang Prabang
28ºC
295mm
Phnom Penh
29ºC
40mm

Average weather in September

Avg. temp
Avg. rainfall
Sihanoukville
27ºC
609mm
Hoi An
31ºC
327mm
Luang Prabang
28ºC
171mm
Phnom Penh
28ºC
61mm

Average weather in October

Avg. temp
Avg. rainfall
Sihanoukville
27ºC
328mm
Hoi An
29ºC
532mm
Luang Prabang
26ºC
79mm
Phnom Penh
27ºC
66mm

Average weather in November

Best travel weather

Avg. temp
Avg. rainfall
Sihanoukville
27ºC
130mm
Hoi An
27ºC
388mm
Luang Prabang
24ºC
28mm
Phnom Penh
27ºC
23mm

Average weather in December

Best travel weather

Avg. temp
Avg. rainfall
Sihanoukville
27ºC
32mm
Hoi An
25ºC
214mm
Luang Prabang
21ºC
14mm
Phnom Penh
26ºC
2mm
  • Barbara, Destination Specialist

    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.”

  • Isla, Destination Executive

    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.”

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.

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.

Types of Siem Reap holidays

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Siem Reap Multi Centre Holidays

Multi Centre Holidays

Frequently Asked Questions

The average length of time is three days, but this is a vast temple complex spread over almost 400 square miles so you can also purchase seven day passes if you wish to go a little more in depth. The main and most famous temple is of course Angkor Wat but you should definitely also visit Angkor Thom, Ta Phrom, Banteay Srei and the Bayon Temples.

Siem Reap is a charming town with a lovely night market and flourishing dining scene. On an evening it is definitely worth having a wander around the night market followed by a nice meal and perhaps a nightcap at one of the lively bars on pub street. The Prek Toal Bird Sanctuary near Tonle Sap Lake is also worth a visit.

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