Siem reap is the gateway to the ruins of Angkor. Angkor’s vast complex of intricate stone buildings includes preserved Angkor Wat, the main temple, which is pictured on Cambodia’s flag. Giant, mysterious faces are carved into the Bayon Temple at Angkor Thom. Be sure to start your temple day trip before sunrise to catch the sun rise behind the magnificent Angkor Wat temple.

In the evenings you can eat and drink at the local bars on ‘Pub Street’. Here you can have a beat for $0.50c and it won’t take long before you are stumbling back to your accommodation!!

Siem Reap


How to get to Siem Reap

There is an international airport in Siem Reap, however many people come to Siem Reap by bus from neighbouring countries Vietnam and Thailand

  • Taxi – You can get a taxi for the arrival hall in the terminal. They are meter based but are quite expensive.

  • Motorbike - If you want to be a bit more adventurous, you can get on the back of motorbike. Not wise with a family

  • Tuk Tuk - This is easily accessible from the airport. These are a lot cheaper and will be a fixed price.

  • Minivan - This is similar to a shuttle system. So they will wait for the bus to fill up before they leave.


Where to stay in Siem Reap


Siem reap is a small town, the main thing to see here in Angkor Wat. Its best to stay around the centre of the city, there is busy are called pub street which is a similar kind of road to Koh san road in Bangkok.

The other area to stay is near Angkor Wat. There are some big hotels near Angkor Wat. But other than that there is not any night life so will have to go in to the centre.


Things to do in Siem Reap with children

  • Pub street - A street like Koh San road in Bangkok, its full of bars, clubs and restaurants and spas.

  • Massages - After a long day of visiting temples, you can have a massage for an hour for less than $5.

  • Night Markets - Visit the multiple night markets located near the pub street, pick up some local souvenirs, mostly of Angkor Wat.

  • Temples

    • Angkor Wat - The largest religious monument in the world, it’s a complex structure made up of multiple temples. Visit before sunrise to see the sun come up behind the building

    • Angkor Thom

    • Bayon (you can climb to the top)

    • Baphuon -  You can climb to the top (no children allowed to climb this one as its so steep)

    • Ta Prohm – Amazing temple where the trees are growing through the temples. This is the film set for tomb raider the movie

  • There are many more temples that you can choose to do, we did a one day temple tour but there are 2 and 3 day tours where you see about 6 temples per day.

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