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Siem Reap has grown rapidly in recent years as the gateway to the magnificent Angkor temples.

Angkor Wat is just the most famous of the Angkor temples, that are spread out over a wide area and deserve at least two full days for exploration.

There is now a good choice of luxury boutique hotels in Siem Reap. Boutique hotels in Siem Reap we recommend include Heritage Suites and the luxury La Residence Angkor.

Direct flights now link Siem Reap to Sihanoukville making a Cambodia beach holiday an easy add on to tour of Cambodia.


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Siddharta Boutique Resort

Gorgeous boutique hotel very close to the temples. Smart rooms, nice swimming pool, super friendly staff - highly recommended.

Best Value in Siem Reap
Amazing Value Boutique Hotel
3 Nights from
Flight Inclusive Price from UK

Pavilion D'Orient

Great boutique hotel in Siem Reap and a long time Trip Advisor Favourite.

Amazing Value
Charming Boutique Hotel
3 Nights from
Flight Inclusive Price from UK

Samar Villas

Samar Villas is a luxury boutique resort close to the temples. Traditional rooms, great restaurant, nice swimming pool.

Superb Value
Charming Boutique Resort
3 Nights from
Flight Inclusive Price from UK

Heritage Suites

A real gem of a boutique hotel in the centre of town – one of Siem Reap’s best boutique hotels - simple yet sophisticated.

Book Early - Limited Availability
Luxury Boutique Hotel
3 Nights from
Flight Inclusive Price from UK

Phum Baitang Zanier Hotel

Luxury villas in Siem Reap - one of the very best boutique hotels in Cambodia - highly recommended.

Authentic Cambodian Style
Gorgeous Luxury Villas
3 Nights from
Flight Inclusive Price from UK

Shinta Mani Club

Intimate and stylish boutique hotel supporting the local community.

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Stylish Siem Reap Hotel
3 Nights from
Flight Inclusive Price from UK

Belmond La Residence Angkor

Tranquil oasis with just 55 rooms and lots of facilities for a boutique style hotel.

Book Early - Limited Availability
Luxury Boutique Resort
3 Nights from
Flight Inclusive Price from UK

Siem Reap City Stays

See the incredible Temples of Angkor and explore the region around Siem Reap, including scenic Tonle Sap Lake.

Fully Customisable
The Best of Angkor
2 Nights from
Hotel, Transfers, Tours included

Cambodia Wildlife Highlights

Add on a Nature & Wildlife tour from Phnom Penh or Siem Reap as part of a tailor made tour of Cambodia.

Add on from Phnom Penh
1-4 night Wildlife Tours
2 Nights from
Hotel, Transfers, Tours included

Luxury Tented Safari

Experience a night by the temples in a luxury tented safari - a unique add on to a stay in Siem Reap.

Luxury Tented Accommodation
Luxury Camping Safari
1 Nights from
Meals, Guide, Tour

Classic Cambodia Tours

View our Classic Cambodia Tours and discover one of South East Asia's least well-known destinations.

Private Tailor Made Tour
7 - 14 night Itineraries
7 Nights from
Flight Inclusive Price from UK

Temples & Birds

Combine culture and wildlife and see the Temples of Angkor on this birding focused trip in Northern Cambodia.

Expert Guides
Angkor Temples & Birding
10 Nights from
Flight inclusive price from UK

Temples, City & Beach

Visit Phnom Penh, Siem Reap and stay a few nights in a boutique beach resort on a Classic Cambodia holiday.

Boutique Beach Resort
Siem Reap & Phnom Penh
10 Nights from
Flight Inclusive Price from UK

Cambodia & Laos

Combine Cambodia & Laos visiting Phnom Penh, Angkor, Vientiane and Luang Prabang.

Tailor Make your Trip
Private Tailor Made Tours
9 Nights from
Flight inclusive price

Indochina Highlights

See the best of Cambodia & Vietnam in one varied trip. Cities, ancient temples, stunning landscapes and time to relax by the beach.

Tailor Make your Trip
Vietnam & Cambodia
12 Nights from
Flight inclusive price from UK

Lost Kingdoms of Indochina

Combine Cambodia, Vietnam and Laos in a cultural journey through the highlights of Indochina.

Tailor Make your Trip
Cambodia, Vietnam & Laos
14 Nights from
Flight inclusive price from UK

Cambodian Journey

See Cambodia in depth on this overland journey from Bangkok through Cambodia, culminating with time to relax on the island of Koh Chang.

See Cambodia in Depth
Cambodia & Thailand
17 Nights from
Flight inclusive price from UK

Classic Mekong - Pandaw River Cruise

Cruise Saigon to Angkor with Pandaw with pre and post accommodation, shore excursions and almost everything included.

Tailor Made River Cruise Holiday
Boutique Mekong Cruise
12 Nights from
Flight Inclusive Price from UK

Mekong River Cruise - Lost Civilisation

Cruise the Mekong between Vietnam and Cambodia and explore one of the great rivers of Asia. Visit Saigon and the Temples of Angkor.

Tailor Made River Cruise Holiday
Vietnam & Cambodia Cruise
11 Nights from
Flight Inclusive Price from UK

Great Wall to Angkor

Journey from Imperial Beijing to the start of the Silk Road, pulsing Shanghai, leafy canal towns, jungle-clad Angkor and charming Phnom Penh.

Private Tour - Fully Flexible
Unique Cultural Journey
11 Nights from
Flight Inclusive Price from UK

Charms of the Mekong

Cruise the Mekong from Saigon to Tonle Sap. Flight inclusive package including Saigon, 7 night cruise, Angkor, Hanoi and Halong Bay.

Includes Saigon, Hanoi, Halong Bay
AMA Waterways Cruise
14 Nights from
Flight Inclusive Price from UK

Luxury Angkor & Vietnam

Spend 3 nights in Siem Reap and visit the Angkor Temples, Cruise Halong Bay and spend a few days in Hoi An with unlimited spa treatments.

Unlimited Spa Treatments
Angkor, Halong Bay, Hoi An
13 Nights from
Flight Inclusive Price from UK

Luxury Cambodia

3 nights in Phnom Penh, 4 nights at Angkor and 5 nights at the ultra-luxury Song Saa Island Resort - the best of Cambodia in style.

Ultimate Luxury Cambodia
Cambodia in Style
12 Nights from
Flight Inclusive Price from UK

Angkor & Myanmar in Style

Discover magnificent Angkor and the best of Burma including a luxury River Cruise. Stay in historic luxury heritage hotels.

Unique Asian Journey
Iconic Hotels - Luxury Cruise
12 Nights from
Flight Inclusive Price from UK

Luxury Mekong Cruise - Aqua Mekong

The most luxurious river cruise in Asia. Cruise the Mekong between Saigon and Angkor and enjoy a Mekong River Cruise in style.

Includes Saigon & Angkor
Total Luxury Mekong Cruise
12 Nights from
Flight Inclusive Price from UK

Beng Mealea

Journey an hour or so east of Siem Reap to Beng Mealea, a mysterious temple in the middle of the Cambodian jungle. Moss and root covered, Beng Mealea is very atmospheric.

Surrounded by a vast moat, this 12th century temple follows a complex floorplan similar to Angkor Wat, but with a haunting jungle atmosphere similar to Ta Phrom.

The ruined stone blocks and wandering tree routes of Beng Mealea are great for exploring and also feature some beautiful classical bas-reliefs.

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Family Day in Angkor

Have a water blessing morning by a monk at one of the ancient temples of Angkor Thom, go treasure hunting around the ancient temples and experience an exhilarating zip-line ride through tropical jungle on this adventurous day in Angkor.

Start the day with a sacred Buddhist water blessing performed by a monk at one of the ancient temples of Angkor Thom.

Said to bring peace, good luck and happiness you can choose between receiving either a light sprinkling of water, or change into a sarong for a longer blessing involving more of the blessed water.

At the end of this ancient ritual your wrist will be adorned with special red ties.

Next hop into a tuk tuk for a treasure hunt around the ancient temples spread throughout the Cambodian jungle. Search for clues under the enormous smiling stone faces in the beautiful Bayon temple and amongst the thick tree roots that have wound themselves around the crumbling walls of Ta Phrom temple.

Then dive deeper into the jungle and experience an exhilarating zip ride. Fly through the tropical rainforest as you zip between suspended sky bridges and abseil from towering trees.

End the fun-filled day with a light dinner or head back into town for a relaxing evening.

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Khmer for a Day

Enjoy a full day excursion to a local village to discover local life. Join in some of the daily activities, meet local families in the village and learn how to prepare a typical Khmer lunch.

Depart your hotel and drive to Kompheim village and enjoy an ox-cart ride through the village and even learn how to drive!

Then meet the host family who you will be spending the day with today and take part in whatever seasonal activity is happening at the time.

Meet another family to prepare a delicious Khmer lunch from fresh ingredients from the city (Prahat Chien, Khmer Chicken Curry, Fresh fruit).

After lunch take a short walk to see the rest of the village including the Husk community school and workshop and learn about the bottle building projects.

Transfer back to your hotel by mid-afternoon.

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Full Day Angkor Tour

This Full Day Tour covers the highlights of Angkor, from Angkor Wat itself to the royal city of Angkor Thom, the Terrace of the Elephants, the Terrace of the Leper King and the Bayon.

Visit Angkor Wat, the crowning jewel of Khmer architecture. Angkor Wat is the national symbol and the highlight of any tour of Cambodia. The largest, best preserved, and most religiously significant of the Angkor temples, Angkor impresses visitors both by its sheer scale and beautifully proportioned layout, as well as the delicate artistry of its carvings.

Angkor Wat is stunning at any time of the day, but sunrise and sunset are especially beautiful times to watch the play of light on the stones.

Visit Sras Srang, a basin opposite Banteay Kdei measuring 800 by 400 metres with a tiny island in the middle where only the stone base remains of what was once a wooden temple.

The fortified city of Angkor Thom covers an area of 10 sq. km. Enclosed by a wall and wide moats, Angkor Thom includes many of Angkor's most popular sights. Enter by the monumental South Gate over a causeway lined on either side by statues of demons and gods, each carrying a giant Naga.

Continue to the Terrace of the Elephants and the Terrace of the Leper Kings, former spaces for public ceremonies, both adorned with dramatic bas-reliefs.

Visit the ruined Baphuon, Royal Enclosure and Phimeanakas before continuing to the mysterious Bayon Temple, one of the most popular and compelling in Angkor. Explore the galleries of beautifully preserved bas reliefs and ascend narrow stairs to reach the central sanctuary, where you will find giant stone faces smiling enigmatically down at you from every angle.

Banteay Kdei Temple is a massive Buddhist temple dating from the second half of the 12th century, surrounded by four concentric walls.

Finally, visit Ta Prohm, one of the most popular attractions of Angkor as much of the jungle has not been cleared and it looks very much as most of the Angkor monuments would have appeared when European explorers first stumbled across them.

Watch the sun set over the Cambodian countryside from the upper terraces of an ancient Angkorian Temple.

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Life on Tonle Sap

This Full Day Tour offers an authentic look at the lifestyles of the residents of Tonle Sap, Cambodia’s largest freshwater lake, just a short distance from Siem Reap and one of Cambodia's most beautiful sights.

Visit a remote village where few tourists venture and embark on a boat ride through the village of Kampong Phluck where the fisherman and their families live in stilted houses among the petrified mangrove forests and waterways.

Enjoy a lunch of local dishes in a family’s house and enjoy the fascinating scenery of Southeast Asia’s largest freshwater lake.

Return to Siem Reap by boat and private vehicle in the afternoon.

NOTE: Due to low water levels during the dry season, the boat trip is only possible from June to March. However a visit to an alternative floating village at Chong Kneas can be arranged instead.

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Roulous Group by Electric Scooter

Explore the Roluos Group of temples on an eco-friendly electric scooter, an effortless and eco-friendly way to take in the ancient ruins and the stunning surroundings. After a short briefing, start up the electric scooter and head off.

Drive out of town to the three temples that make up the Roluos Group. These are some of the earliest great temples of Angkor and mark the beginning of the classical period of Khmer civilisation.

They date from the late 9th century when they served as the capital of Indravarman.

Bakong Temple is the largest of the three and is home to an active Buddhist monastery.

Preah Ko Temple, also known as Sacred Bull, features Sanskrit inscriptions on the doorsteps of each temple while Lolei Temple features beautiful sandstone carvings in the niches and Sanskrit inscriptions on the doorposts.

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Khmer Cuisine

Discover the secrets of authentic Khmer cuisine in a half-day cooking class. Begin with a guided trip to the local market to learn about Cambodian vegetables, herbs, and other ingredients before returning to the classroom for a hands-on culinary experience in Khmer cuisine.

After dining on your creations, travel through the Siem Reap countryside to see some of the local handicrafts and cottage industries.

The Cooking Class is held at Cassia Restaurant under the guidance of the French Restaurant owner Laurent.

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Bantaey Srei & Kbal Spien

This Full Day Tour from Siem Reap visits two of the most interesting sights in the outlying areas of Angkor, the Hindu Temple of Bantaey Srei and the riverbed carvings of Kbal Spien.

Banteay Srei is a Hindu temple dedicated to Shiva. Of main interest are the three central towers, which are decorated with male and female divinities and beautiful filigree relief work.

Continue to Kbal Spien, also known as the River of 1000 Lingas, where there are fabulous carvings in the riverbed.

Near Kbal Spien is a waterfall that can be reached by a 2km walk uphill.

This excursions isn’t recommended between March and May as there is no water at Kbal Spien at this time of year.

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Temple Dinner

What could be more romantic and memorable than a luxury dining experience at a sacred Angkor temple? To start the evening in the right way you will be collected from your hotel by a vintage Mercedes 1900S.

Sit back and relax as you drive in style to a remote temple deep in the Angkor complex. Lit up by candles and torches this is the perfect venue for a dreamy dinner under the stars.

On arrival you will be greeted by a dancer and the sound of drumming from the live musicians. After a pre-dinner cocktail sit down next to the ancient ruins at a table specially decorated with tropical flowers.

Enjoy a delicious dinner with free-flow wine served to you by attentive but discreet staff.

As you eat, savour the atmosphere of the crumbling surroundings, the traditional Angkor music and the exquisite Apsara dancers.


  • Luxury dining experience at a sacred Angkor temple.
  • Delicious dinner with free-flow wine and traditional Angkor music and the exquisite Apsara dancers.
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Sunrise at Pre Rup

Start the day watching the spectacular sunrise from an ancient temple followed by breakfast in a beautiful outdoor venue. Take a break from the crowds and visit the lesser known and more intimate temples on display in Angkor.

Wake up early whilst still dark outside and make your way to a more quieter temple to enjoy the peaceful and haunting beauty of this lovely temple.

After photographing the colours of the rising sun, head to a private picnic spot. Sit outside overlooking the 13th century reservoir and royal bathing pool of Srah Srang.

Breathe in the morning air as you enjoy a delicious picnic style breakfast followed by a relaxing foot massage.


  • Watch a spectacular sunrise from an ancient temple followed by breakfast in a wooden stilted house.
  • Enjoy a relaxing foot massage in a beautiful outdoor setting overlooking the royal bathing pool of Srah Srang.
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How long to spend in Angkor?

Of course, no visit to Siem Reap would be complete without a visit to the Temples of Angkor. Over 100 temples lie within Siem Reap province dating from the 9th-14th century.

Passes are sold for 1 day, 3 days or 1 week and whilst you could spend a lifetime exploring, we recommend at least 2 full days for temple exploration.

This will allow you to see all of the main temples, plus a few outlying ruins without racing around.

Getting around Angkor

There are several options for getting around the temples. Car, bus, and van remain the vehicles of choice, but we recommend taking a day to cycle through the temples.

Travelling by two wheels, either by regular bike or electric bike, gives you a unique perspective and an eco-friendly way to see the temples.

Elephant Rides are available and you’ll feel as if you’ve stepped back in time to the days of the Angkorian kings as you meander through the woods and temples.

A tethered hot air balloon is available near Angkor Wat, which gives distant, but sweeping views of the temples and their surroundings.

But the most exciting experience available is a helicopter flight around the area.

Ranging in length from 8 minutes to a half-day excursion, buzzing around the temples in a helicopter is an unparalleled experience.

Which Temples to visit?

Any itinerary should include Angkor Wat, the magnificent legendary temple.

The Bayon is another favorite with its mysterious faces smiling down on visitors, while the jungle covered Ta Phrom is an evocative blend of nature and architecture with the jungle roots reclaiming the moss-covered stones.

Other temples in the vicinity worth seeing are Phnom Bakeng, Pre Rup, Baphoun, and Preah Khan.

If you have more time, trips further afield lead to less crowded temples and spectacular photo opportunities.

Just 12 km from Siem Reap are the Rolous Group of temples, some of the earliest ruins in the region.

The petite Banteay Srey features intricate carvings in pink sandstone and nearby Banteay Kdei is a hidden gem tucked away in the jungle.

Beng Mealea sprawls across one square kilometer and remains covered in trees, roots, and vines.

Constructed in a similar style to Angkor Wat yet overrun by nature, Beng Mealea is a truly adventurous place to visit.

Koh Ker, situated to the northeast of Siem Reap, is the remnants of the Khmer capital in the late 9th century and features a circular loop of about a dozen ruins.

What else to see in Siem Reap?

Need a break from temple touring?  Siem Reap has several other activities and opportunities for travelers.  A boat trip on the Tonle Sap Lake is very worthwhile.

Each year during the rainy season, the lake swells to five times larger and the plethora of fish provide the livelihood for the lake’s residents.

A favourite is the Paneman Boat, a large wooden cruising boat run by an eco-tourism company, which provides an elegant ride along the water.

A boat trip departing from Kampong Phluck takes you through the floating villages and ancient mangrove forests of the lake, a great way to see the unique lifestyle of the lake’s residents.

Artisan’s D’Angkor is a unique organization working to preserve traditional Khmer arts and crafts. They have established two centres in Siem Reap.

The location in town features a stone-carving workshop where locals produce magnificent sculptures, while the silk centre is a bit further afield.

Here you can see the entire process of silk creation: from the breeding of the silk worms, to the dyeing and weaving of the material.

Siem Reap’s small downtown turns into a hive of activity as the sun begins to set; the small ‘Old Market’ closes down and tourists flood in to town to enjoy cocktails on ‘Pub Street’ and dinner in one of the many restaurants.

Vendors have capitalized on this area’s popularity by establishing a night market at the south end of Pub Street.

Cambodian crafts such as artwork, silks, carvings, and t-shirts are for sale in an open-air market off a tranquil side street making it the perfect place to pick up souvenirs.

A traditional Apsara Dance performance is a great evening activity as the elegant dancers, elaborate costumes, and live music create an enchanting atmosphere.

Another treat is a traditional massage at our favorite shop, Bodia Spa.

Here you will be treated to a relaxing spa or massage treatment, using top quality natural products and traditional techniques.