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Our main reason for going to Siem Reap was to visit the legendary Angkor Wat archaeological phenomenon. It did not let us down. We had 2 1/2 days to see everything and were travelling with 2 teenage boys. To see everything you need to be prepared to be on the go from dawn till sunset and beyond; just in case you dont make it back to Siem Reap. It is about being able to view this wonder of the world, to experience how the People of Cambodia and their Country.

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  • History Buff
  • Art and Architecture Lover
  • Nature Lover
  • Foodie
  • Peace and Quiet Seeker
  • Luxury Traveler
  • Thrifty Traveler
  • Like a Local

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15 Places

The Cashew Nut Villa.

Hotels

Angkor National Museum

Specialty Museums

Angkor Wat

Ancient Ruins

Terrace of the Elephants

Ancient Ruins

Angkor Thom

Ancient Ruins, Historic Sites

Preah Khan

Ancient Ruins

Bayon Temple

Ancient Ruins

Banteay Srei

Sacred & Religious Sites

Ta Prohm

Ancient Ruins, Sacred & Religious Sites

Phnom Bakheng

Ancient Ruins, Sacred & Religious Sites, Historic Sites, Points of Interest & Landmarks

Prasat Phnom Krom

Valleys

Angkor Archaeological Park

Ancient Ruins, Historic Sites

Baphuon Temple

Ancient Ruins, Historic Sites

Terrace of the Leper King

Ancient Ruins

Angkor Night Market

Flea & Street Markets

Karen R's City Tips

  • We had a Tuk Tuk driver called Sahi. A young man who was studying and holding down two jobs so we gave him extra towards his studies than what was quoted. Also he had some misfortune with a few flats - this would have eaten into his earnings completely so we paid for these - equivalent to $25.
  • We caught a bus (recommended by Cashew Nut) to get to Phnom Phen so we could see the country side. Please be away this was a great experience but it was bumpy at times. We had a short lunch/toilet stop - order food first then use the bathrooms while waiting for order).
  • Go to the Night Markets and eat at the local food stores - the food is delicious and local. We steered away from anything that was too touristy as the food was not usually as good and too Westernised. We went to Cambodia to experience how the locals eat.
  • Cashew Nut was in a good location away from the Main Tourist strip - it was quiet. They were very knowledgeable and keen to let you know highlights that were off the beaten track that would take your breath away.
  • We got a one day pass to Angkor Watt. We started at Angkor's main temple to see the sunrise and saw everything else that it gave access to in one day - it was exhausting but exhilarating. Note: A 3 day pass at the time we went did not give any discount advantage so when we returned and got another one day pass to see things we'd missed after visiting the Museum we were not disadvantage price wise. (Approximately $US20 per day for a 1 day pass; $60US 3 day pass per person when we visited)
  • Attend the Siem Reap Museum first if it is possible. This will give you a great overview of Angkor Wat to ensure you see it all. We saw this last and realised we had not seen the whole of Angkor Wat - luckily we had an extra 3 hours to go back and see this before leaving Siem Reap.
  • Staying in one of the boutique smaller hotels and/or B&B's you can get away from being caught up in all the Tourist hype and yet experience a good level of comfort for those who dont want to rough it. There reputation is based on their "customer service" so it is important to make sure you are looked after.
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    The Cashew Nut Villa.
    Hotels
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    Karen R Says:

    The staff were helpful. They organised trustworthy Tuk Tuk driver; recommended off the beaten track highlights; suggested great food places to get local food. Clean and comfortable but basic. Caters for families; young people and older people with a level of fitness.

    Good for
    • Solo
    • Friends
    • Couples
    • Senior
    • Family
    Tips
    • There are stairs, no lifts. Roof top area where you can bring take away or just sit and relax on a balmy evening.
    From the community
    Ranked #53 of 520 Bed and Breakfasts in Siem Reap
    Certificate of Excellence 2014
    • Great Place to Stay 09/16/2017
    • Fun and memorable trip 08/06/2017
    • The Cashew Nut Villa.
    Address:
    Psaar Krom Road
    Vahear Cham Village, Svay Dankum Commune
    Siem Reap
    Cambodia
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    Angkor National Museum
    Specialty Museums
    Karen R Says:

    Gives a great overview of the Angkor Wat. Interesting history of Siem Reap and Cambodia's past.

    Good for
    • Peace and Quiet Seeker
    • Luxury Traveler
    • Thrifty Traveler
    • Solo
    • Friends
    • History Buff
    • Couples
    • Senior
    • Family
    • Art and Architecture Lover
    Plan to stay:/
    1-2 hours
    From the community
    Ranked #24 of 184 things to do in Siem Reap
    Certificate of Excellence 2014
    • Good intro before visiting temples 01/15/2018
    • Excellent and comprehensive exhibitions 01/14/2018
    • Angkor National Museum
    Address:
    968 Vithei Charles de Gaulle Blvd
    Khrum 6
    Siem Reap
    Cambodia
    Phone:
    +855 63 966 601
    Other:
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    Angkor Wat
    Ancient Ruins
    Karen R Says:

    Breathtaking not just because it is one of the Ancient World's wonders but its shear size. The work and time it would have taken to build, plan, carve is almost unfathomable. Truly a lasting memory that is not to be missed.

    Good for
    • Must See
    • Hidden Gems
    • Like a Local
    • History Buff
    • Art and Architecture Lover
    • Nature Lover
    • Peace and Quiet Seeker
    • Luxury Traveler
    • Thrifty Traveler
    • Trendsetter
    • Solo
    • Friends
    • Couples
    • Senior
    • Family
    Tips
    • Go to see the Sunrise over Angkor Wat - It gets crowded so we made our way to extreme left side of the lake (when facing Angkor Wat to get best view). Then go and explore rest of Angkor Wat - or come back to see the rest later in the day - 1 hour to see Sunrise (enter via west gate) and then return later to see the rest (enter via east gate)
    Plan to stay:/
    2-3 hours
    From the community
    Ranked #1 of 184 things to do in Siem Reap
    Certificate of Excellence 2014
    • Underwhelmed! 01/16/2018
    • Early Morning visit to Agkor Wat 01/16/2018
    • Angkor Wat
    Hours:
    Wed
    7:00 pm - 9:00 pm
    Thu - Tue
    7:00 am - 9:00 pm
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    Terrace of the Elephants
    Ancient Ruins
    Karen R Says:

    Use your imagination to see how this magnificent stage was used by the Rulers of Angkor. Enjoy the magnificent carvings.

    Good for
    • Must See
    • Peace and Quiet Seeker
    • Luxury Traveler
    • Hidden Gems
    • Solo
    • Friends
    • History Buff
    • Couples
    • Senior
    • Family
    • Art and Architecture Lover
    • Nature Lover
    Tips
    • Your Tuk Tuk driver can pull up on side of the road and you can walk over to see these carvings.
    Plan to stay:/
    Less than 1 hour
    From the community
    Ranked #32 of 184 things to do in Siem Reap
    Certificate of Excellence 2014
    • Gorgeous decorations 01/12/2018
    • A place for elephant lovers to go 01/12/2018
    • Terrace of the Elephants
    Address:
    Angkor Thom
    Terrace of the Elephants
    Siem Reap
    Cambodia
    Other:
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    Angkor Thom
    Ancient Ruins, Historic Sites
    Karen R Says:

    Daunting, amazing, breathtaking. Magnificent art and architecture. You will wish to be spirited away in time

    Good for
    • Must See
    • Hidden Gems
    • History Buff
    • Art and Architecture Lover
    • Nature Lover
    • Peace and Quiet Seeker
    • Luxury Traveler
    • Thrifty Traveler
    • Solo
    • Friends
    • Couples
    • Senior
    • Family
    Plan to stay:/
    Less than 1 hour
    From the community
    Ranked #4 of 184 things to do in Siem Reap
    Certificate of Excellence 2014
    • One of the must go at the Angkor Complex 01/15/2018
    • Very impressive 01/15/2018
    • Angkor Thom
    Address:
    Angkor Wat
    Siem Reap 17259
    Cambodia
    Hours:
    Sun - Sat
    12:00 am - 11:59 pm
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    Preah Khan
    Ancient Ruins
    Karen R Says:

    We loved these ancient ruins set in the middle of the jungle. It was full of wonderful statues, mystery and mystic. The locals still worship here. Try and find the Temple/Shrine where Buddha is worshiped.

    Good for
    • Must See
    • Hidden Gems
    • History Buff
    • Thrill Seeker
    • Art and Architecture Lover
    • Nature Lover
    • Peace and Quiet Seeker
    • Luxury Traveler
    • Thrifty Traveler
    • Solo
    • Friends
    • Couples
    • Senior
    • Family
    Tips
    • A mysterious man appeared out of no-where and lead me to this sacred place the locals worship Buddha. Small tight passages we wove through; no-one else was around. Just as I thought I was being lead to a dead end of nothing I rounded a corner to see a serene carving of a Buddha surrounded by offerings. I had to crouch down to see it fully. I could feel its sacredness and beauty. See if you can find this small Temple within a Temple.
    Plan to stay:/
    Less than 1 hour
    From the community
    Ranked #11 of 184 things to do in Siem Reap
    Certificate of Excellence 2014
    • loved this one 01/16/2018
    • Interesting 01/13/2018
    • Preah Khan
    Address:
    Angkor Wat
    Siem Reap
    Cambodia
    Other:
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    Bayon Temple
    Ancient Ruins
    Karen R Says:

    Magnificent. Awesome. Mesmerizing. Serene. Full of the most heartfelt faces of the Buddha. Breathtaking. A living memory which will be with you always.

    Good for
    • Must See
    • Hidden Gems
    • Like a Local
    • History Buff
    • Art and Architecture Lover
    • Nature Lover
    • Peace and Quiet Seeker
    • Luxury Traveler
    • Thrifty Traveler
    • Solo
    • Friends
    • Couples
    • Senior
    • Family
    Plan to stay:/
    Less than 1 hour
    From the community
    Ranked #2 of 184 things to do in Siem Reap
    Certificate of Excellence 2014
    • Fantastic Guided Tour of Bayon with Sambath Reas, Intrepid Tour - Classic Cambodia 01/16/2018
    • Another part of an amazing day 01/16/2018
    • Bayon Temple
    Address:
    Angkor Thom
    Siem Reap
    Cambodia
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    Banteay Srei
    Sacred & Religious Sites
    Karen R Says:

    A must see Temple - full of intricate carvings and amazing beauty. A glorious place to walk around. The colours of this Temple are gorgeous.

    Good for
    • Must See
    • Peace and Quiet Seeker
    • Luxury Traveler
    • Thrifty Traveler
    • Solo
    • Friends
    • History Buff
    • Couples
    • Senior
    • Family
    • Art and Architecture Lover
    • Nature Lover
    Plan to stay:/
    Less than 1 hour
    From the community
    Ranked #7 of 184 things to do in Siem Reap
    Certificate of Excellence 2014
    • Lovely colour stone 01/15/2018
    • Beautiful Pinkish Temple 01/15/2018
    • Banteay Srei
    Phone:
    +855 93 633 030
    Other:
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    Ta Prohm
    Ancient Ruins, Sacred & Religious Sites
    Karen R Says:

    A place of mystic and wonder. Magnificient tree roots drape themselves over buildings and walls as the Jungle is attempting to take over these ruins.

    Good for
    • Must See
    • Hidden Gems
    • Like a Local
    • History Buff
    • Art and Architecture Lover
    • Nature Lover
    • Peace and Quiet Seeker
    • Luxury Traveler
    • Thrifty Traveler
    • Trendsetter
    • Solo
    • Friends
    • Couples
    • Senior
    • Family
    Plan to stay:/
    1-2 hours
    From the community
    Ranked #3 of 184 things to do in Siem Reap
    Certificate of Excellence 2014
    • World Heritage Site: Ta Prohm pesents an incredible Presence. 01/16/2018
    • Amazing temple, but construction did not allow us inside. 01/16/2018
    • Ta Prohm
    Address:
    National Road #6
    Siem Reap 17252
    Cambodia
    Hours:
    Sun - Sat
    12:00 am - 11:59 pm
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    Phnom Bakheng
    Ancient Ruins, Sacred & Religious Sites, Historic Sites, Points of Interest & Landmarks
    Karen R Says:

    Watch the sun set over the surrounding areas of the Siem Reap countryside. Just walk up the road - as it is steep take your time as there are some resting points.

    Good for
    • Peace and Quiet Seeker
    • Luxury Traveler
    • Thrifty Traveler
    • Hidden Gems
    • Solo
    • Friends
    • History Buff
    • Couples
    • Family
    • Art and Architecture Lover
    Tips
    • It will take about 20-35 minutes depending on how fit you are or how young the kids are.
    • Your view will depend on the weather - it was hazy the day we went up there so we explored the Temple and then made our way down.
    • The steps are very steep when you leave the upper parts of the Temple Ruins - so if you are leaving after Sunset take a torch as there are no lights and it gets very dark.
    Plan to stay:/
    Less than 1 hour
    From the community
    Ranked #66 of 184 things to do in Siem Reap
    • Sunset chillout for 300 visitors 01/14/2018
    • Sunset 01/12/2018
    • Phnom Bakheng
    Address:
    7 Makara Street, Wat Bo Village
    Salakamreuk Commune
    Siem Reap
    Cambodia
    Phone:
    +855 12 326 371
    Other:
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    Prasat Phnom Krom
    Valleys
    Karen R Says:

    Another great Temple to watch sunset from. We visited this Temple on our first day and were rewarded by a spectacular sunset with perfect weather (we arrived in Siem Reap mid afternoon).

    Good for
    • Must See
    • Hidden Gems
    • Like a Local
    • History Buff
    • Art and Architecture Lover
    • Nature Lover
    • Peace and Quiet Seeker
    • Luxury Traveler
    • Thrifty Traveler
    • Trendsetter
    • Solo
    • Friends
    • Couples
    • Senior
    • Family
    Tips
    • We travelled here by our Tuk Tuk driver who took us via a local village and the starts of a new Buddhist Temple being built by the monks.
    Plan to stay:/
    1-2 hours
    From the community
    Ranked #84 of 184 things to do in Siem Reap
    • Getting there is half the fun 10/08/2017
    • Non-touristy beautiful temple 08/13/2017
    • Prasat Phnom Krom
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    Angkor Archaeological Park
    Ancient Ruins, Historic Sites
    Karen R Says:

    This entry gives an overview of the sites contained in Angkor's Archaeological Park area. As we road around in our Tuk Tuk along the roads built in ancient times, passing through magnificently carved arches one could be spirited away to truly imagine what it was like to be living here when Angkor was a thriving metropolis.

    Good for
    • Peace and Quiet Seeker
    • Must See
    • Solo
    • Friends
    • History Buff
    • Couples
    • Senior
    • Family
    • Art and Architecture Lover
    • Nature Lover
    Plan to stay:/
    More than 3 hours
    From the community
    Ranked #5 of 184 things to do in Siem Reap
    Certificate of Excellence 2014
    • Mind blowing experience 01/14/2018
    • Lovely 01/12/2018
    • Angkor Archaeological Park
    Phone:
    +855 92 501 691
    Other:
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    Baphuon Temple
    Ancient Ruins, Historic Sites
    Karen R Says:

    Another magnificent Temple contained within the recommended Historical sites near Siem Reap to explore and appreciate its unique beauty.

    Good for
    • Peace and Quiet Seeker
    • Luxury Traveler
    • Thrifty Traveler
    • Like a Local
    • Solo
    • Friends
    • History Buff
    • Couples
    • Family
    • Art and Architecture Lover
    • Nature Lover
    Plan to stay:/
    Less than 1 hour
    From the community
    Ranked #21 of 184 things to do in Siem Reap
    Certificate of Excellence 2014
    • Finest temple in Angkor Thom 01/10/2018
    • Very good 01/09/2018
    • Baphuon Temple
    Address:
    Angkor Tom
    Siem Reap
    Cambodia
    Other:
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    Terrace of the Leper King
    Ancient Ruins
    Karen R Says:

    Magnificent serene carvings that are well preserved. Well worth the visit to explore.

    Good for
    • Peace and Quiet Seeker
    • Luxury Traveler
    • Thrifty Traveler
    • Hidden Gems
    • Solo
    • Friends
    • History Buff
    • Couples
    • Family
    • Art and Architecture Lover
    • Nature Lover
    Plan to stay:/
    Less than 1 hour
    From the community
    Ranked #37 of 184 things to do in Siem Reap
    Certificate of Excellence 2014
    • North to the elephants terrace 01/04/2018
    • Part of the beautiful Angkor Thom 12/23/2017
    • Terrace of the Leper King
    Address:
    Angkor Thom
    Siem Reap
    Cambodia
    Other:
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    Angkor Night Market
    Flea & Street Markets
    Karen R Says:

    We went here to enjoy local food. We stayed away from the touristy end. Walk under the night market sign until you get to the end with the little local restaurants. The local food is delicious.

    Good for
    • Must See
    • Hidden Gems
    • Like a Local
    • Shopping Fanatic
    • Art and Architecture Lover
    • Nightlife Seeker
    • Luxury Traveler
    • Thrifty Traveler
    • Solo
    • Friends
    • Couples
    • Senior
    • Family
    Plan to stay:/
    1-2 hours
    From the community
    Ranked #47 of 184 things to do in Siem Reap
    • Fun and safe 01/13/2018
    • Bargain! 01/13/2018
    • Angkor Night Market
    Address:
    Angkor Night Market St
    Stung Thmey Village, Sankat Svay Dangkum
    Siem Reap 17259
    Cambodia
    Phone:
    +855 93 800 811
    Hours:
    Sun - Sat
    5:00 pm - 12:00 am
    Other:
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