Siem Reap Pictures Guide, Cambodia

Pub Street, Siem Reap, Cambodia

Pub Street in Siem Reap, a buzzing block of eating and drinking options just south of the Old Market.

Why stay in Siem Reap?

siem reap main street, cambodia

Siem Reap main street in the middle of the day while just about everyone is crawling over Angkor’s remains.

Siem Reap is an ideal base for the country’s prime attraction, Angkor Archaeological Park, which has no accommodation options and is situated 6 km north of the town. That being said there is a vast new hotel a couple of kilometres on the way to Angkor but tourists wouldn’t have evening of lively, varied dining, drinking, shopping options on their doorstep.

The town is developing and has become one of world’s most popular tourist destinations so there’s little chance of escaping some commercialism. However, it still offers a pleasant, relaxed ambience compared to Phnom Penh and Sihanoukville. There is an excellent choice of accommodation from budget hostels at less than $10 a night to lavish spa resorts at a thousands dollars a night, as well varied and fascinating dining options with Asian charm and some peculiarities.

siem reap river, cambodia

Siem Reap river, crossing from the Old Market to a new ‘art’ center, ie souvenir shops.

Best way to get to Angkor Archeological Park

Mid range hotels in Siem Reap, Cambodia

An average street in Siem Reap offering a number of mid range hotels, 5-10 minutes walk north to  Old Market and Pub Street, or $1 tuk-tuk ride.

• by minibus tour (about 8-10 passengers, excellent for the first day to orient yourself as it will include a guide of course)

• by pre-arranged tuk-tuk (best option for independence, comfort, safety and sun protection, even if you are traveling alone)

•  by motorcycle. You must have an International Driving Licence and it will be checked. If not, an immediate fine will be demanded. Also expect some areas – such as the red dirt roads around Angkor – to be very dusty/gritty and signposting minimal.

Bon Om Tuk festival

Full Moon day at beginning of November is time for Bon Om Tuk (the Water Festival), Cambodia’s biggest and most important festival. Locals go bananas celebrating a natural phenomenon (the reversing of the current of Tonlé Sap River), with boat races and fireworks. Nationwide but Phnom Penh and Siem Reap are the places to be.

Evenings in Siem Reap

siem reap, Wong bar, cambodia

One of many cute little bars around Pub Street/Old Market. A fine place to get the party started!

crunchy insect snacks, Siem Reap, Cambodia

And don’t forget to eat some nice crunchy street snacks to soak up that alcohol.

A fast food restaurant in Siem Reap, Cambodia

And follow up with a meal in a cheap ‘n’ cheerful restaurant – from a huge selection.

siem reap old market, cambodia

Then it’s time for a stroll and a little light shopping in the  Old Market, probably the town’s #1 Cambodian souvenir destination.

Pub Street masseuses, Siem Reap, Cambodia

Or maybe a Pub Street  massage.