For visitors to Cambodia’s Siem Reap or Temple Town as residents fondly call it, the main attraction is the magnificent, sprawling, compelling Angkor Empire ruins and its star sight, Angkor Wat. These days there’s much more to Siem Reap than history. Try hip hotels, a burgeoning art scene and chic boutiques brimming with fashion, jewellery and decor by local designers. Cafe culture is strong and restaurants serving creative Cambodian cuisine rival the best in Southeast Asia’s capitals. Explore the temples but also allocate time to experience the culture, cuisine and everyday life of this lively little city.
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Siem Reap Essentials
WHEN TO GO
Nov–Feb Peak Season finds Siem Reap at its most crowded, but the weather is at its best.
Mar–May Weather heats up and the countryside is arid. Exploring temples can be hard work.
Jun–Oct Wet season commences, but it’s not like clockwork with daily afternoon showers.
Siem Reap has basic healthcare facilities. If you fall critically ill or have a serious accident, you may have to be evacuated to Bangkok. As this can cost up to US$25,000 it is of great importance that you get full medical insurance. Recommended Vaccinations
Tourist visas cost US$30 on arrival and are valid for one month. A business visa cost US$35 and can be extended through a travel agent. You will need one passport-sized photo and USD in cash. An eVisa can be easily issued online and will save you time on arrival.
Insurance for Siem Reap
CURRENT EXCHANGE RATES
$1.00 USD = 4,015 KHR
$1.00 AUD = 2,878 KHR
€1.00 EUR = 4,564 KHR
£1.00 GBP = 5,170 KHR
The Cambodian currency (KHR) is called the ‘riel’, however USD is the most common currency used in the country and the riel is used to give change for amounts that are less than one USD when shopping.
KHMER IS THE OFFICIAL LANGUAGE OF CAMBODIA.
ELECTRICITY IN CAMBODIA IS 220 VOLTS. 50 CYCLES/SEC.
CURRENT CAMBODIAN TIME
Cambodian Time Zone is (GMT+7)
Cambodia does not have daylight saving.
For the iconic dawn sunrise at Angkor Wat, you need to be there ready at least one half hour before sunrise.
CURRENT SIEM REAP WEATHER
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There are direct international flights to Siem Reap from most major Asian cities. Domestic routes are to Phnom Penh and Sihanoukville. Buses and minivans run between most tourist destinations. Boat services run from Siem Reap to Phnom Penh and Battambang. Bike and motorcycle hire is available. Tuk Tuks are used for local travel.
Siem Reap Daily Costs
Daily Budget Up To:
- Guesthouse dorm room: US$3–10
- Cheap restaurants, street food: US$1–3
- Pushbike hire: US$5–10 per day
Daily Budget From:
- Air-con hotel room: US$15–50
- Good local restaurant meal: US$3–10
- Official tour guide per day: US$25
Daily Budget From:
- Boutique hotel or resort: US$50–500
- Degustation meal with drinks: US$25–50
- Private car with driver per day: US$60–120