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A visit to Siem Reap, Cambodia

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Siem Reap is not only about the famous Angkor temples, which are World heritage listed, but there is more in the town and the surrounds to see. I must admit you have to get up early to see Angkor Wat in all its glory but that is only one day. The rest of the time you can come and go as you please throughout the day (just look up the opening hours for each place that you wish to visit).

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  • History Buff
  • Art and Architecture Lover

20 Places

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20 Places

Terrace of the Elephants

Ancient Ruins

Angkor Wat

Ancient Ruins

Ta Prohm

Ancient Ruins, Sacred & Religious Sites

Angkor Thom

Ancient Ruins, Historic Sites

Bayon Temple

Ancient Ruins

Cambodia Landmine Museum

Specialty Museums

Angkor Archaeological Park

Ancient Ruins, Historic Sites

Banteay Srei

Sacred & Religious Sites

Banteay Samre

Ancient Ruins, Architectural Buildings, Historic Sites, Points of Interest & Landmarks

Artisans Angkor

Factory Tours, Gift & Specialty Shops,

Madame Butterfly

Restaurants

Meychrey Floating Village

Nature & Wildlife Areas

Wat Thmey (Killing Fields)

Historic Sites

Cambodian Cultural Village

Historic Sites

Chong Kneas Floating Village

Historic Sites

War Museum Cambodia

Military Museums

Terrace of the Leper King

Ancient Ruins

Preah Khan

Ancient Ruins

Angkor Wat Day Tour

Sightseeing Tours, City Tours, Historical & Heritage Tours, Private Tours, Day Trips

Angkor Night Market

, Flea & Street Markets

olie293's City Tips

  • There are a few things that you should be aware of when you eat out, if you like the service then a 10% tip is reasonable. It is not a traditional thing to tip but the country is so poor that a small tip ( the food meals are generally cheap) will go a long way. When you stay in a hotel then leave a small tip to the person who has been cleaning your room. The US dollar is the best currency to use and make sure that you get lots of $1.00 notes for easy tipping Get yourself a good guide book for Cambodia and read it prior to your trip as there is a lot to see and do. Lonely planet have a good book and it will tell you what, where and when to travel. The best time to come here is between November and February. When you get a ticket for the Angkor Site get a 3 day pass if you are staying in Siem Reap so you can go back again and avoid the ticket office rush.
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    Terrace of the Elephants
    Ancient Ruins
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    olie293 Says:

    This is an amazing place with all the carvings of the elephants, lions and other animals. It is fairly large and is 350m long

    Good for
    • Must See
    • Solo
    • Friends
    • History Buff
    • Couples
    • Senior
    • Family
    • Art and Architecture Lover
    Tips
    • Different times of the day you get different pictures, go at lunch time or in the early morning. Get a guide
    Plan to stay:/
    Less than 1 hour
    From the community
    Ranked #56 of 194 things to do in Siem Reap
    Certificate of Excellence 2014
    • Worth a look 05/06/2018
    • What’s a site for elephant fighting 05/03/2018
    • Terrace of the Elephants
    Address:
    Angkor Thom
    Terrace of the Elephants
    Siem Reap
    Cambodia
    Other:
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    Angkor Wat
    Ancient Ruins
    See more photos
    olie293 Says:

    Well this is the best part of all the sites and you should go early in the morning (just before sunrise) to get the best views. You will need a long time here seeing this amazing temple

    Good for
    • Must See
    • Hidden Gems
    • Solo
    • Friends
    • History Buff
    • Couples
    • Senior
    • Family
    • Art and Architecture Lover
    Tips
    • Always take a rain coat and an umbrella, take photos at any time as this place can get crowded fast.
    Plan to stay:/
    2-3 hours
    From the community
    Ranked #2 of 194 things to do in Siem Reap
    Certificate of Excellence 2014
    • Angkor Wat 05/23/2018
    • A place to see sunrise on history 05/23/2018
    • Angkor Wat
    Hours:
    Wed
    7:00 pm - 9:00 pm
    Thu - Tue
    7:00 am - 9:00 pm
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    Ta Prohm
    Ancient Ruins, Sacred & Religious Sites
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    olie293 Says:

    You could never imagine how trees can transform a place. Get here early otherwise it get too crowded.

    Good for
    • Must See
    • Hidden Gems
    • Solo
    • Friends
    • History Buff
    • Couples
    • Senior
    • Family
    • Art and Architecture Lover
    Tips
    • Get here early for the best views, it gets very crowded
    From the community
    Ranked #3 of 194 things to do in Siem Reap
    Certificate of Excellence 2014
    • Surreal! 05/23/2018
    • Breathtaking - Nature captures Temple complex 05/22/2018
    • Ta Prohm
    Address:
    National Road #6
    Siem Reap 17252
    Cambodia
    Hours:
    Sun - Sat
    12:00 am - 11:59 pm
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    Angkor Thom
    Ancient Ruins, Historic Sites
    See more photos
    olie293 Says:

    Just more fabulous temples. It is a place to visit as it is different from Angkor Wat

    Good for
    • Must See
    • Hidden Gems
    • Solo
    • Friends
    • History Buff
    • Couples
    • Senior
    • Family
    • Art and Architecture Lover
    Tips
    • Just take your time wandering around, it is a big place so get a local guide
    From the community
    Ranked #18 of 194 things to do in Siem Reap
    Certificate of Excellence 2014
    • Out of the world experience 05/21/2018
    • Superior temple 05/20/2018
    • Angkor Thom
    Address:
    Angkor Wat
    Siem Reap 17259
    Cambodia
    Hours:
    Sun - Sat
    12:00 am - 11:59 pm
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    Bayon Temple
    Ancient Ruins
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    olie293 Says:

    Great place as well to visit and explore. again get a guide or read a book about the place prior to coming

    Good for
    • Must See
    • Hidden Gems
    • Solo
    • Friends
    • History Buff
    • Couples
    • Senior
    • Family
    • Art and Architecture Lover
    Tips
    • get a guide
    Plan to stay:/
    Less than 1 hour
    From the community
    Ranked #1 of 194 things to do in Siem Reap
    Certificate of Excellence 2014
    • Rocks with faces 05/23/2018
    • Fabulous! 05/23/2018
    • Bayon Temple
    Address:
    Angkor Thom
    Siem Reap
    Cambodia
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    Cambodia Landmine Museum
    Specialty Museums
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    olie293 Says:

    This is a place where you should come and see. After you see this place you will realise the terrible legacy that has been left by Pol Pot and is still causing lots of damage even today.

    Good for
    • Must See
    • Solo
    • Friends
    • History Buff
    • Couples
    • Senior
    • Family
    Tips
    • you don't need a guide just look around
    Plan to stay:/
    Less than 1 hour
    From the community
    Ranked #33 of 194 things to do in Siem Reap
    Certificate of Excellence 2014
    • Worthy works - and makes you stop and think 05/20/2018
    • It’s a must see! 05/16/2018
    • Cambodia Landmine Museum
    Address:
    Angkor National Park, 7km south of Banteay Srey Temple
    Siem Reap
    Cambodia
    Phone:
    +855 12 630 446
    Price range:
    US$5 - US$5
    Hours:
    Sun - Sat
    7:30 am - 5:30 pm
    Other:
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    Angkor Archaeological Park
    Ancient Ruins, Historic Sites
    See more photos
    olie293 Says:

    Yet more places to see and admire. You can walk this place for hours but take a guide or get a book about the place.

    Good for
    • Must See
    • Hidden Gems
    • Solo
    • Friends
    • History Buff
    • Couples
    • Senior
    • Family
    • Art and Architecture Lover
    Tips
    • probably get a guide
    From the community
    Ranked #15 of 194 things to do in Siem Reap
    Certificate of Excellence 2014
    • A must see! 05/20/2018
    • This place is a must see! 05/20/2018
    • Angkor Archaeological Park
    Phone:
    +855 92 501 691
    Other:
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    Banteay Srei
    Sacred & Religious Sites
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    olie293 Says:

    Again it is part of the Siem Reap experience and just go and visit

    Good for
    • Must See
    • Hidden Gems
    • Solo
    • Friends
    • History Buff
    • Couples
    • Senior
    • Family
    • Art and Architecture Lover
    Tips
    • get a guide and you will get more out of the visit
    Plan to stay:/
    Less than 1 hour
    From the community
    Ranked #20 of 194 things to do in Siem Reap
    Certificate of Excellence 2014
    • The Sister Temple 05/17/2018
    • Don't miss it even if it is more remote. 05/15/2018
    • Banteay Srei
    Phone:
    +855 93 633 030
    Other:
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    Banteay Samre
    Ancient Ruins, Architectural Buildings, Historic Sites, Points of Interest & Landmarks
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    olie293 Says:

    The carvings and reliefs are just amazing to see. You should get a guide

    Good for
    • Must See
    • Hidden Gems
    • Solo
    • Friends
    • History Buff
    • Couples
    • Senior
    • Family
    • Art and Architecture Lover
    Tips
    • get a guide to get the most out of the visit
    Plan to stay:/
    Less than 1 hour
    From the community
    Ranked #30 of 194 things to do in Siem Reap
    Certificate of Excellence 2014
    • Small but Impressive temple! 05/05/2018
    • Perfect Picture Spot 04/08/2018
    • Banteay Samre
    Address:
    Banteay Srei
    Angkor
    Siem Reap
    Cambodia
    Other:
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    Artisans Angkor
    Factory Tours, Gift & Specialty Shops,
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    olie293 Says:

    There are some amazing art products here and it is well worth a visit

    Good for
    • Must See
    • Hidden Gems
    • Solo
    • Friends
    • Couples
    • Senior
    • Shopping Fanatic
    • Family
    • Art and Architecture Lover
    Tips
    • Take money and have empty suitcases
    From the community
    Ranked #5 of 108 Shopping in Siem Reap
    Certificate of Excellence 2014
    • Really worth a visit - beautiful 05/13/2018
    • Interesting, enjoyable, and ethical crafts workshops with great shop attached 05/12/2018
    • Artisans Angkor
    Address:
    Stung Thmey Street
    Siem Reap 17259
    Cambodia
    Phone:
    +855 63 963 330
    Hours:
    Sun - Sat
    7:30 am - 6:30 pm
    Other:
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    Madame Butterfly
    Restaurants (Asian, Cambodian)
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    olie293 Says:

    The food here is just delicious and the service is great. You can eat spiders if you like. Overall very good value

    Good for
    • Foodie
    • Solo
    • Friends
    • Couples
    • Senior
    • Family
    Tips
    • leave a nice tip if you have a nice meal (which you will have)
    Plan to stay:/
    1-2 hours
    From the community
    Ranked #112 of 822 restaurants in Siem Reap
    Certificate of Excellence 2014
    • Great food 05/23/2018
    • So good we went twice in 3 days.... 05/17/2018
    • Madame Butterfly
    Address:
    National Road No 6, Airport Road Opposite ford garage, Siem Reap
    Old Market Area
    Siem Reap 17259
    Cambodia
    Phone:
    +855 95 586 616
    Price range:
    US$7 - US$15
    Hours:
    Sun - Sat
    10:00 am - 11:00 pm
    Other:
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    Meychrey Floating Village
    Nature & Wildlife Areas
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    olie293 Says:

    This place in the dry season is totally different and in the wet season it is just fantastic. They all live perched in the water.

    Good for
    • Must See
    • Hidden Gems
    • Solo
    • Friends
    • Couples
    • Senior
    • Family
    • Art and Architecture Lover
    • Nature Lover
    Tips
    • take a guided trip
    Plan to stay:/
    2-3 hours
    From the community
    Ranked #175 of 194 things to do in Siem Reap
    • A few glimpses into Cambodian lakeside lifestyle 04/17/2018
    • Don’t go 02/12/2018
    • Meychrey Floating Village
    Address:
    Puok district
    Siem Reap Province
    Siem Reap
    Cambodia
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    Wat Thmey (Killing Fields)
    Historic Sites
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    olie293 Says:

    This place is a very sobering place so beware you may get a bit emotional. It is terribly sad to see what the human kind can do to one another

    Good for
    • Solo
    • Must See
    • Friends
    • History Buff
    • Couples
    • Senior
    Tips
    • take a few tissues to wipe away the tears
    Plan to stay:/
    1-2 hours
    From the community
    Ranked #61 of 194 things to do in Siem Reap
    Certificate of Excellence 2014
    • Terribly sad 05/18/2018
    • Killing field 05/05/2018
    • Wat Thmey (Killing Fields)
    Phone:
    +855 23 211 875
    Other:
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    Cambodian Cultural Village
    Historic Sites
    See more photos
    olie293 Says:

    Always nice to see how the locals live or lived in real life.

    Good for
    • Hidden Gems
    • Solo
    • Friends
    • History Buff
    • Couples
    • Senior
    • Family
    Tips
    • go on an organised trip
    Plan to stay:/
    1-2 hours
    From the community
    Ranked #180 of 194 things to do in Siem Reap
    • Get to know Cambodian culture 05/07/2018
    • Worthwhile 05/04/2018
    • Cambodian Cultural Village
    Address:
    Airport Road # 6, Khum Svay Dang Kum
    Krus Village
    Siem Reap
    Cambodia
    Phone:
    +855 63 963 098
    Other:
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    Chong Kneas Floating Village
    Historic Sites
    See more photos
    olie293 Says:

    Yet another water village. it is good to visit to see how they manage in the water village.

    Good for
    • Must See
    • Hidden Gems
    • Solo
    • Friends
    • History Buff
    • Couples
    • Senior
    • Family
    • Nature Lover
    Tips
    • go on an organized trip
    Plan to stay:/
    1-2 hours
    From the community
    Ranked #192 of 194 things to do in Siem Reap
    • Money trap. Avoid like plague. Scam 05/21/2018
    • 20use nego to 4 pax 8 usd yet kindly avoide haha 05/12/2018
    • Chong Kneas Floating Village
    Phone:
    +855 12 732 060
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    War Museum Cambodia
    Military Museums
    See more photos
    olie293 Says:

    Probably not every ones idea of a place to visit but you do get some history about all the conflicts that went on.

    Good for
    • Solo
    • Friends
    • History Buff
    • Couples
    • Senior
    Tips
    • self guided trips are OK to do
    Plan to stay:/
    1-2 hours
    From the community
    Ranked #38 of 194 things to do in Siem Reap
    Certificate of Excellence 2014
    • Amazing place 05/21/2018
    • Sobering 05/18/2018
    • War Museum Cambodia
    Address:
    Kaksekam Village
    Sra Nge Commune
    Siem Reap
    Cambodia
    Phone:
    +855 97 457 8666
    Other:
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    Terrace of the Leper King
    Ancient Ruins
    See more photos
    olie293 Says:

    There is a little bit of history about the place so read up before you go. It is worth the visit

    Good for
    • Must See
    • Solo
    • Friends
    • History Buff
    • Couples
    • Senior
    • Family
    • Art and Architecture Lover
    Tips
    • Read up about the place before you go or get a guide
    From the community
    Ranked #55 of 194 things to do in Siem Reap
    Certificate of Excellence 2014
    • In ancient history they already have the legal system 05/03/2018
    • Terrace of the Leper King 04/28/2018
    • Terrace of the Leper King
    Address:
    Angkor Thom
    Siem Reap
    Cambodia
    Other:
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    Preah Khan
    Ancient Ruins
    See more photos
    olie293 Says:

    This is just another wonderful temple complex and is not frequented as much as Angkor Wat so it is easier to walk around

    Good for
    • Must See
    • Hidden Gems
    • Solo
    • Friends
    • History Buff
    • Couples
    • Senior
    • Family
    • Art and Architecture Lover
    Tips
    • good place to get away from the crowds, again get a guide
    Plan to stay:/
    1-2 hours
    From the community
    Ranked #21 of 194 things to do in Siem Reap
    Certificate of Excellence 2014
    • Trip Trip 05/19/2018
    • Another Fascinating Temple 05/17/2018
    • Preah Khan
    Address:
    Angkor Wat
    Siem Reap
    Cambodia
    Other:
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    Angkor Wat Day Tour
    Sightseeing Tours, City Tours, Historical & Heritage Tours, Private Tours, Day Trips
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    olie293 Says:

    This is probably the best way to visit the ancient ruins. If you only go for a day trip and are staying longer nearby, get a three day pass on the first day so that you can come back and see thing that you missed or want to see in more detail. It is easy to get transport to the ruins from town. Be prepared to have a long day as there is lots to do in just a one day tour.

    Good for
    • Must See
    • Hidden Gems
    • Solo
    • Friends
    • History Buff
    • Couples
    • Senior
    • Family
    • Art and Architecture Lover
    Tips
    • be prepared for a long early start day
    Plan to stay:/
    More than 3 hours
    From the community
    Ranked #19 of 880 Tours in Siem Reap
    Certificate of Excellence 2014
    • Brilliant Guide 05/22/2018
    • Fantastic Guided Tour of Angkor Wat 05/22/2018
    • Angkor Wat Day Tour
    Phone:
    +855 17 950 203
    Price range:
    US$40 - US$40
    Hours:
    Tue
    7:00 am - 10:00 am
    Wed - Mon
    7:00 am - 10:00 pm
    Other:
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    Angkor Night Market
    , Flea & Street Markets
    See more photos
    olie293 Says:

    We unfortunately missed this as it was raining but from what other travellers told us it is the market place to see. There is a lot of junk stuff but it apparently is just fun to see. You can get a meal there as well.

    Good for
    • Foodie
    • Must See
    • Hidden Gems
    • Solo
    • Friends
    • Couples
    • Senior
    • Shopping Fanatic
    • Family
    Tips
    • just have fun but organise your trip back to your hotel before you go and take a raincoat in case
    Plan to stay:/
    2-3 hours
    From the community
    Ranked #77 of 194 things to do in Siem Reap
    • Fun place to visit, lots of people, lots off action 05/21/2018
    • Cheap place 05/16/2018
    • 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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