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Siem Reap Travel Guide

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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Chanrey Tree Restaurant, Siem Reap, Cambodia. Copyright 2017 Terence Carter / Grantourismo. All Rights Reserved.

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Afternoon Cruise, Siem Reap, Cambodia. Copyright 2014 Terence Carter / Grantourismo. All Rights Reserved.

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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.

Health

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

Visas

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.

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CURRENCY

CURRENT EXCHANGE RATES

$1.00 USD = 3,995.00 KHR
$1.00 AUD = 2,854.83 KHR
€1.00 EUR = 4,512.95 KHR
£1.00 GBP = 5,150.78 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.

LANGUAGE

KHMER IS THE OFFICIAL LANGUAGE OF CAMBODIA.
Khmer language, ‘hello’ in Khmer, ‘chum reap suor’. Copyright © 2017 Terence Carter / Grantourismo. All Rights Reserved.

ELECTRICITY

ELECTRICITY IN CAMBODIA IS 220 VOLTS. 50 CYCLES/SEC.
Electricity in Cambodia is 220 volts. 50 cycles/sec. Power plugs used in Cambodia. Copyright © 2017 Terence Carter / Grantourismo. All Rights Reserved.

LOCAL TIME

CURRENT CAMBODIAN TIME
Time in Siem Reap:

Cambodian Time Zone is (GMT+7)
Cambodia does not have daylight saving.
INSIDER TIP:
For the iconic dawn sunrise at Angkor Wat, you need to be there ready at least one half hour before sunrise.

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TRANSPORTATION

AIR/LAND/SEA

There are direct international flights to Siem Reap International Airport (REP) 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

Budget

Daily Budget Up To:

US$30

  • Guesthouse dorm room: US$3–10
  • Cheap restaurants, street food: US$1–3
  • Pushbike hire: US$5–10 per day

Mid Range

Daily Budget From:

US$31–200

  • Air-con hotel room: US$15–50
  • Good local restaurant meal: US$3–10
  • Official tour guide per day: US$25

Luxury

Daily Budget From:

US$201+

  • Boutique hotel or resort: US$50–500
  • Degustation meal with drinks: US$25–50
  • Private car with driver per day: US$60–120

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