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Siem Reap is a bustling town with a growing selection of sophisticated hotels, restaurants and bars, all within reach of the incredible temples of Angkor. You don't have to travel far, however, to enjoy a more traditional Cambodian way of life and beautiful scenery. One place you simply cannot miss!

Siem Reap

Cambodia

The destination

Due to its proximity to the ancient temples of Angkor, Siem Reap has undergone dramatic change over the past decade from its origins as a simple market town to what is now a vibrant tourist destination where visitors from all over the world gather to stand witness at this marvel of the ancient world. 

Assigned World Heritage status in 1992, the Angkor Archaeological Park is home to dozens of ancient temples which have been there as early as the 10th century. Notorious for their incredible architecture and place in history, it's no surprise that they are considered one of the wonders of the world. There are an incredible 100 temples still standing, one of which is the incredible Banyon temple, which is famous for its giant carved faces scattered across the walls. Alternatively, stumble across temples that have remained untouched since the day they were discovered. You should allow for up to 3 days to appreciate the area in all its beauty; with such a huge amount of space to cover a tour guide is essential to avoid the crowds and maximise your time here.

Once you have experienced the wonders of the temples then allow for some time in the city itself. Siem Reap has grown into a thriving city with everything from prestige hotels, award winning restaurants, beautiful spas, great tours of local street art and food, and a vibrant cultural scene. 

MORE INFORMATION

WHERE TO STAY

Siem Reap has a wide variety of hotels to choose from, with a selection of our favorites listed below. However, this is just a sample, so please don't hesitate to give us a call on 01993 899 430, or email inspire@oxfordprivatetravel.com if you would like to find out more and we will be delighted to craft your own tailor-made trip. 

ACTIVITIES

The main draw to Siem Reap are the world renowned Angkor Temples. Assigned a World Heritage site in 1992, this ancient wonder of the world should be at the top of your list when visiting Cambodia. 

Activities to experience in the town include watching a traditional Cambodian dance performance and participating in a local cooking class. The rural outskirts offer plenty of interesting activities such as visiting craft shops and silk farms, taking a bike ride through the scenic countryside, or taking part in activities to improve the lives of the local people.

WHO SHOULD VISIT

Siem Reap is a phenomenal place to experience culture, scenery, wildlife and so much more. This is why it is perfectly catered to all types of travellers, whether on a honeymoon, traveling solo, as a family or part of a group. 

Children are always welcome in Cambodia, with many of the hotels offering family or interconnecting rooms, babysitting services and wonderfully friendly staff who are often keen to help entertain the younger ones whilst you relax over lunch or dinner, making this a very family friendly region of the world.

WHEN TO VISIT

Cambodia is warm all year round, however there are several seasons that can influence the best time to visit. The peak season runs from November until May, which is known as the dry season. The best time to experience Siem Reap and the temples would be November - February where you can enjoy the temples in comfortable temperatures and lower humidity. From March until May  the temperatures start to reach 33-35°C and the humidity rises, which can make exploration uncomfortable. 

The other half of the year from June - October sees the rainy season come to the forefront, which presents a practical challenge when trekking through the ruins. The monsoons usually hit in the afternoon, allowing for mornings to still be enjoyable. 

November - February: Peak time, bigger crowds but best temperature for exploration.

March - May:  Peak time with the highest temperatures of the year.

June - October: Rainy season. The low season has some great promotions to take advantage of and fewer visitors. Our top tip is to explore in the morning as rain usually hits in the afternoon. 

PASSPORTS & VISAS

A passport with at least six months validity is necessary. A visa is required for most nationalities and is available upon arrival at both Phnom Penh and Siem Reap international airports. A tourist visa costs USD $30 and a business visa costs USD $35, which is subject to change by government. Two passport photographs should be submitted with the visa application form. 

Location

Top tips

  • Visit in October to access amazing value rates for many of the hotels and tours. 
  • Don't limit yourself to Angkor Wat - check out Beng Mealea to see what the temples would resemble if nature took its course. 
  • Spend a minimum of 3 days exploring the city and the temples. 
  • Local currency: Cambodian Riel
  • Accepted currency: USD
  • Accepted credit cards: Visa and MasterCard 
  • Timezone: GMT +7 hrs

 

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