Siem Reap, Cambodia
The gateway to the ancient temples of the Angkor Archaeological Park, Siem Reap is an essential destination on any tour of Cambodia. Iconic Angkor Wat and other landmarks in the vast UNESCO World Heritage area can be visited on a 1-day or 2-day tour, making time to sample the region’s other diverse charms.
- ticket office for tour of Chong Kneas floating villages
- drinks and snacks
How to Get Around
- It is a 20- to 30-minute ride to Siem Reap (a taxi is $6 to $7 and a tuk-tuk is $2 to $3).
- Currency - the riel is the official currency, but in practice the US dollar is widely available and is the preferred option for transactions costing more than US$1. Riels are used for transactions and change totalling less than US$1, as US coins aren’t in circulation.
- Time Zone - Siem Reap is in the Indochina Time Zone, which is seven hours ahead of Coordinated Universal Time (UTC).
- Weather - Siem Reap is tropical, with two distinct seasons. The hot and humid rainy season typically lasts from June until October, while the dry season is divided into a cooler period from November to February, with the hottest months from March to May.
- Angkor Wat - the most famous sight of Cambodia, the temple of Angkor Wat has earned its place among the finest ancient monuments in the world. Built in the 12th century, much about this sprawling complex remains a mystery, and the rich symbolism of its architecture, statues and reliefs will fascinate visitors.
- Angkor Thom - the myriad temples, statues, gates and other relics of nearby Angkor Thom are equally fascinating. It is best known for the 216 stone faces adorning the Bayon temple, but other marvels include the Elephant Terrace and a giant reclining Buddha carved into a temple wall.
- Floating Villages - the Chong Kneas stilt villages are the best known of the traditional villages, and can be seen from your boat as you approach Siem Reap Ferry Port. But a more authentic experience can be had by taking a trip to Kampong Phluk, inside a mangrove forest.
- Landmine Museum - gain insight into the continuing problems the rural population faces with a day trip to the moving Cambodian Landmine Museum, close to Banteay Srei Temple. As well as displaying defused landmines and informative exhibits, the museum offers the chance to meet people whose lives have been personally affected and to provide support for local awareness campaigns.