“Eat, Pray, Love” has the surprising ability to fill you up with the will to cross oceans and the see the world. Cambodia offers the perfect combination of budget and beauty for the traveler in you. You can relax and learn at the same time. Siem Reap is located in north-western Cambodia and is the capital city of Siem Reap Province. Let’s explore the city on paper so you can make a beeline there for your next holiday.
The History of Siem Reap
Visa: Tourist visa of 30 Days. Can be extended easily.
Currency: Cambodian Riel KHR [$1 ~ KHR 4000]
Time Zone: IndochinaUTC +0700
Phone Calling Code: +855
Weather: Warm & Humid. High/Low: 35/26.
Cost of Living
Basic meal in a restaurant: $4
Street Food: $0.50+
Transportation: $1-2 mostly, $15-18 for full day temple tour in tuk-tuk
Bicycle rent: $1-2/day
Mobile: $30-50/month based on usage
Coca-Cola in a Café : $0.67
Cappuccino in a Café: $1-3
Pint of beer (0.5L) : $1-$3 in a bar
Temple Pass (1 Day): $20
Museums: $5 – $12
Swimming Pool: Free if you buy food/drinks
Language and Communication
Know Khmer !!
Bat (M) / Ja (F)
Eat, Eat, Eat
PUB STREET Epicentre of all the fun. Nightlife, shopping & drinks.
NEW LEAF EATERY short way from Old Market has good coffee and good stock of books you can swap.
LITTLE RED FOX ESPRESSO located in Kandal Village amongst other cafes and artisan shops.
CAFE ARTILLERY pride themselves on being eco- conscious. They serve a whole range interesting healthy, fresh foods which suit all kinds of dietary requirements.
VIVA Just outside Pub Street, great for after work It’s only $1.5 for a margarita or $5 for a jug.
BLUE PUMKIN small chain of Cambodian Coffee shops. Their cafes are always very digital nomad friendly.
THE HANGOUT located in the Sok San Road Thursday unlimited wings. Also regular cinema nights, which make for a perfect chilled out evening.
JUNGLE BURGER has the best burgers in town and also come with a free beer or soft drink.
LUCKY SUPERMARKET Fresh breads and pastries of the day are sold for half the price after 6 daily.
THE HARBOUR metal bar and tattoo shop has really friendly staff and often put on events such as games nights, stand up comedy shows and speed dating
THE IVY GUESTHOUSE near to Old Market have a weekly $1 Friday Tapas night. All tapas is $1 as is their ice cold beer, the perfect place to start a Friday night out!
Sightseeing and Attractions
Angkor Wat Temple is the central feature of the Angkor UNESCO World Heritage Site. It contains the magnificent remains of the Khmer civilization.
How to reach: Take a 30min tuk-tuk
What it costs: Entry to the temple complex is $20/day or $40 for a 3-day pass.
Best time: Early morning to see the sunrise.
Koh Ker | Banteay Srei | Beng Mealea | Kbal Spean
Lotus fields and Tonle Sap lake
It’s lovely to ride out towards Tonle Sap lake past the lotus fields. You can also go on a boat trip on Tonle Sap lake and visit Khmer and Vietnamese floating villages.
This man made reservoir is lovely for relaxing in a hammock with a book, drink or local food. It’s also good for people watching as there’s often locals there having lunch with their families and jumping and swimming in the water.
Phnom Kulen National Park
About 50km from Siem Reap this is definitely worth a day trip. Whilst there you can hike to the top of Kulen mountain to visit the reclining Buddha, along with the locals praying there.
Angkor Muscle Gym.
$1/day for basics.
Sport Club Fitness Gym.
$1/day for basics.
Angkor Century Resort.
$8/day for AC gym
Raffles Grand d’Angkor.
Spa, pool and tennis court.
Angkor Bodhi Tree. $6/class.
Sessions of Kundalini, Hatha and meditation.
Siem Reap Hostel.$5/class.
Ashtanga yoga overlooking Wat Damnak.
Navutu Dreams Resort & Spa.
$8/class or 10 classes for $60.
The Peace Cafe. $6/class.
Classes in a traditional wooden house
Ministry of Tourism: 023 211 593
Ministry of Foreign Affairs and International Cooperation: 023 214 441
Department of Immigration: 023 890 380 / 012 434 849 / 012 856 233
Tourist Police: 097 7780013 / 012 402 424
Address: Mondul 3 Village, Sangkat Slor Kram, Siem Reap City, Siem Reap
AMBULANCE: 063 761 119 / 012 630 399
POLICE STATION: 012 630 863 / 012 630 002