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.
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.
Escorted Tour To Vietnam And Cambodia
Angkor Wat Private Tour
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.
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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“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.”
“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.”
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.
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.
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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