Siem Reap is home to historic temples, archaeological ruins, breath-taking waterfalls and verdant rice fields set amid lush rolling hills.
Our Cambodia Discovery tour sees you journeying from the bustling streets of Phnom Penh, its fascinating day and night markets and the grandeur of the Royal Palace, to the 12th century Angkor Wat complex – the largest religious monument in the world. Observe the 800 metre-long stretch of intricate carvings adorning its holy sandstone walls, and ascend the steps to the Bakan Sanctuary, enjoying scenic vistas of the dense woodlands and surrounding tranquil moat. Step further back in time with a visit to the Roluos monuments, dating as far back as the 9th century, before venturing to the ancient Ta Phrom temple – reclaimed by nature and shrouded in thick vines and roots.
Gaze up at the South Gate and meticulous stone faces of Prasat Bayon, depicting the mythological tale of the Churning of the Sea of Milk. Then discover the age-old city of Angkor Thom and its stunning Bayon architecture. Take in views of the Western Baray’s tranquil waters and in awe as a traditional Apsara dance show unfolds before you.
Alternatively, experience Siem Reap as part of our 15-day Grand Tour of Indochina. Weave through the lively streets of Hanoi by tuk-tuk, contemplate the serenity of Halong Bay aboard a traditional Vietnamese junk boat, and marvel at the contrasting glass high-rises and historic temples of thriving Ho Chi Minh City.
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“I highly recommend taking a boat trip along the Tonle Sap Lake. You’ll enjoy panoramic views of Cambodia’s sacred hills and glide past traditional stilted houses as local ‘leg rowers’ scan the waters for fish.”
“Try to appreciate the finer details in the architecture of Angkor Wat – there are around 3,000 mythical carvings lining its walls, all portraying Cambodia’s fascinating past.”
“Remember to haggle at the local markets – especially when visiting the more popular ones. Prices will typically be inflated, so part of the fun here is the bartering. Maintain a smile and a sense of humour, and you’ll likely leave with a bargain.”
Frequently Asked Questions
What should I wear to visit Siem Reap’s temples?
When visiting Siem Reap’s historical temples, please remember these sacred religious monuments are still in use by Buddhist monks and nuns today. It is required you wear appropriate and respectful clothing during your visit; cover your shoulders and legs below the knee. There may be vendors outside of temples offering sarongs for you to cover up, but you should not expect this.
What currency should I bring to Siem Reap?
Though the official currency of Cambodia is the Cambodian riel, US dollars are widely accepted across the country, and quite often preferred to riel. We recommend enquiring with vendors as to which they would prefer to be paid in. In most cases, riel will be given in change. Cash machines are frequent across Phnom Penh but become less so when visiting the more remote temples and ruins in Siem Reap. Please note that most banks will charge an international usage fee for withdrawals, and many cash machines will have a maximum withdrawal of $300.
What language is spoken in Siem Reap?
The official language of Cambodia is Khmer, and as such we suggest packing a Khmer phrasebook to make communication easier – especially when visiting local markets. French is also widely spoken here, with a growing number of universities teaching English as a second language.
Siem Reap offers an enchanting historical journey through mythical temples, ancient forests and emerald green hills. Discover timeless traditions, engage with local villagers and learn of Cambodia’s extraordinary past in this cultural hotspot.
Why you'll love Siem Reap...
• Admiring the ancient ruins and interlacing roots of Ta Phrom
• Watching a traditional Aspara dance show
• Gliding along the Tonle Sap Lake by boat
• Haggling for souvenirs at the Old Market in Siem Reap
• Enjoy fine-dining and sundowners at Pub Street
• Sitting in silence at historic Angkor Wat
• Witnessing local artisans craft ceramics and weave silk at Les Artisans d’Angkor
• Looking out over the peaceful Western Baray reservoir
• Wandering through the 12th century Buddhist sanctuary of Preah Khan
• Observing the intricate sculptures of Angkor Thom’s Elephant Terrace
Did you know?
• Although most travellers are aware of Angkor Wat, it is one part of a larger complex that also contains Angkor Thom and the Bayon Temple which are just as beautiful and fascinating.
• Angkor Wat is built within the ancient city of Angkor, which at its height was said to be home to one million citizens, making it the largest pre-Industrial Revolution city in the world.
• Cambodia is one of the only countries in the world never to have a McDonalds – along with Ghana and Yemen.
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