Siem Reap Tourism

Also known as the life-support system of the enchanting world of Angkor Wat, Siem Reap is the capital of the province that goes by the same name in Northern Cambodia. Even though Cambodia in our minds gets a very conventional image of a temple city of olden times, Siem Reap adds vibrancy and colors to that image in unimaginable ways. With its bars and effort to stay ahead with the times, this city has slowly become a representation of a modern day Cambodia. There are some places that offer you an amalgamation of traditional roots and modern day lifestyle. Siem Reap for one would offer you a different experience at every nook and corner. Just as you would feel, that all the authenticity that you came for is lost, its rural beauty would completely shatter that notion.

While you are busy getting accustomed to all that Siem Reap is offering to you, is when the magic of Angkor would completely take you over. That is exactly when you would realize that no number of days are enough to savor the beauty of Angkor Wat. The Angkor Archaeological Park is sure to take you on a trip back in time. For some reason, Siem Reap literally means “Siem defeated”- but today it is a booming town with a lot of visual quality added to it.

The fact is that Cambodian culture is not really lost back in time. Even though it does not feature prominently on tourism map of the world, but Siem Reap is known to have revived Cambodia tourism and its culture and both very efficiently. So while your spiritual side is on a journey of its own, you can explore yourself in ways that you’ve never before while exploring the magnificent city of Siem Reap!

Essential travel information and Siem Reap tips for your visit

Essential Information

  • Time Zone- Indochina Time Zone
  • UTC+07:00

Currency

  • Cambodian Riel

Electricity and Internet

  • 230 V. Internet cannot be found everywhere, except for most places of accommodation.

Languages

  • Although Khmer is the main language spoken here, Siem Reap has understanding of English too as it is the main tourist hub of the country. 

EMERGENCY NUMBERS

  • Fire Department (24 hour) T: 023 723 555
  • Police (24 Hour) T: 023 366 841; 023 720 235
  • Traffic Police T: 023 722 067
  • Ambulance T: 023 724 891
  • US Embassy: For emergencies during business hours call (023) 728 281; 023 728 051; 023 728 234. Outside of normal business hours call 023 728 000.
  • UK Embassy: T: 023 427124. Outside of normal business hours call 023 427 124; 023 428 153.
  • Australian Embassy: T: 023 213 470

SECURITY ADVICE

  • If caught with drugs, you would be imprisoned for a long time and heavy fine will be levied.
  • Avoid eating sea food from the Siem Reap street vendors. The lack of refrigeration of this food might affect your health.
  • Avoid tap water and used bottled water at all times.
  • Do not go cycling with a lot of money. Keep your money in your place of accommodation.

Off-beaten Path

  • You can choose to Volunteer as most government schools need it and it will be an enriching experience for you too!
  • See Khmer Dance performance by children of Acodo.
  • See a cello concert by Children.
  • Take a Khmer cuisine cooking class. It is a great experience.

Tipping

  • It is not customary and hence you can tip when you wish to, if you like the service. But we strongly advise you to tip as the salaries here are not very high.

Tourist Traps

  • Don’t get fooled into buying milk powder for strangers’ babies!
  • The massage girls can add a lot of cost unnecessarily. Decide a price in advance.
  • The duty free shop is said to highly rip you off. Keep in mind before purchasing.
  • Do not go to the orphanages- tourists are advised against it. 

The best tours and activities in the city, guided by experts to give you a local insight to the best of Siem Reap

  • Save 8% Full-day Small-Group Angkor Wat Tour from Siem Reap
    Full-day Small-Group Angkor Wat Tour from Siem Reap37 Reviews

    Duration: 8 Hrs

    On this small-group tour, visit most highlighted temples on acircuit throughthe UNESCO-listed Angkor Archaeological Park. Sto...

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  • Save 4% Angkor Temples Bike Tour from Siem Reap
    Angkor Temples Bike Tour from Siem Reap64 Reviews

    Duration: 8 Hrs 30 Mins

    Bicycle along quiet trails in the Cambodian countryside and explore the breathtaking temples of Angkor on a full-day excursio...

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  • Save 8% Private Angkor Wat Tour from Siem Reap
    Private Angkor Wat Tour from Siem Reap8 Reviews

    Duration: 8 Hrs

    Small private tour to visit Angkor complex with private and personal tour guide and driver for day trip. To visit main temple...

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  • Save 4% Private Angkor Temples Full-Day Tour from Siem Reap
    Private Angkor Temples Full-Day Tour from Siem Reap19 Reviews

    Duration: 9 Hrs

    This private day trip from Siem reap highlightsthe main temples of the Angkor archaeologicalcomplex, designateda UNESCO World...

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  • Know the pollution level of Siem Reap before you plan your visit.

    • Air Pollution 37.5 (Low)
    • Water Pollution 93.75 (Very High)
    • Noise and Light Pollution 56.25 (Moderate)
    • Unattended dirt and garbage 56.25 (Moderate)
    • Drinking Water Pollution and Inaccessibility 75 (High)
    • Dissatisfaction with Garbage Disposal 75 (High)
    • Dissatisfaction to Spend Time in the City 56.25 (Moderate)
    • Dissatisfaction with Green zones and parks 62.5 (High)
  • How safe is Siem Reap for tourists? Understand risks and safety concerns that can hamper your travel experience in Siem Reap.

    • Burglary and Theft 65.63 (High)
    • Mugging and Robbery 53.13 (Moderate)
    • Assault and Armed Robbery 37.5 (Low)
    • Corruption and Bribery 81.25 (Very High)
    • Car Stealing 28.57 (Low)
    • Robbery of Car belongings 35.71 (Low)
    • Attacks 46.88 (Moderate)
    • Drug offense 56.25 (Moderate)
    • Safety walking alone during daylight 81.25 (Very High)
    • Safety walking alone during night 50 (Moderate)
    • Insulting and offensive behaviour 37.5 (Low)
    • Hate crime due to Racism, Religion, ethnic origin 25 (Low)
    • Property crimes and Vandalism 50 (Moderate)
  • Quality of Life Index of Siem Reap is 56.75 (Low)

    • Safety Index 51.81 (Moderate)
    • Climate Index 63.63 (High)
    • Pollution Index 66.38 (High)
    • Traffic Commute Time Index 65 (Very High)
    • Cost of Living Index 48.53 (Low)
    • Health Care Index 31.94 (Low)
    • Property Price to Income Ratio 25.77 (Very High)
    • Purchasing Power Index 10.58 (Very Low)
    • Indices such as Quality of life, Climate & Healthcare index are good to be high whereas others such as Property price, Traffic & Cost of living Index are good to be low.

  • Here's how much it will cost to shop in Siem Reap

    • Local calling per minute on Prepaid mobile 0.06 USD
    • International Movie per seat 5 USD
    • Summer clothing in a chain store 10 USD
    • Pair of Basic Nike Shoes 34 USD
    • Pair of Basic Levis Jeans 22.5 USD

*Stats and figures mentioned are crowd-sourced ‚Äčand subjected to change without notice.

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