Siem Reap, Cambodia

What is Siem Reap?

Siem Reap is the capital city of Siem Reap Province in northwestern Cambodia. It is a popular resort town and a gateway to the Angkor region.

Siem Reap today being a popular tourist destination has many hotels, resorts, restaurants, and businesses closely related to tourism. This is much owed to its proximity to the Angkor temples, the most popular tourist attraction in Cambodia.

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Angkor Wat

Where’s Siem Reap?

Siem Reap, officially Siemreap is a province of Cambodia, located in northwest Cambodia. It borders the provinces of Oddar Meanchey to the north, Preah Vihear and Kampong Thom to the east, Battambang to the south, and Banteay Meanchey to the west. Its capital and largest city is Siem Reap. It is the major tourist hub in Cambodia, as it is the closest city to the world famous temples of Angkor

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Why visit Siem Reap?

For greener, lifestyle and culture. But The main reason to come to Siem Reap is to visit the magnificent temples of Angkor Wat, the largest religious monument in the world, on a site measuring 162.6 hectares. Originally constructed as a Hindu temple dedicated to the god Vishnu for the Khmer Empire, it was gradually transformed into a Buddhist temple towards the end of the 12th century.

Is Siem Reap safe?

Siem Reap is probably the safest destination in Cambodia. It has become a tourist hotspot and caters accordingly. While petty crime is unfortunately not uncommon, if one has their wits about them one will be safe.

How long to stay in Siem Reap?

Siem Reap can’t be covered in one day. You’ll need at least three or four days to cover the huge expanse of the Angkor temples and other attractions in the area.

When to visit Siem Reap?

Enthusiastic travel agents will tell you there is never a bad time to visit Siem Reap. Which is sort of true, as long as you are flexible with how you spend your time once you get here.


The dry season runs from December through April, while the monsoon from May to November brings wet weather and high humidity.

The best time to visit Siem Reap is in December and January, when the days are assuredly sunny and dry. Just be aware that this is the peak tourist season, so you’ll find it more crowded everywhere and prices will be higher.

How far is the beach from Siem Reap?

Siem Reap has no coastline. Cambodia’s beaches are often neglected in favor of Thailand’s. But slowly, surely, the country’s idyllic islands and shining white sands of Sihanoukville are becoming known to the world’s beach lovers.

The distance from Siem Reap to Sihanoukville is around 532km (350 miles) by road. It is due to this long distance transfer (10-15 hours by road) that a lot of travellers choose not to travel to Sihanoukville at all. The fastest option is to take a plane, which takes 1 hour.

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cambodia beach

Siem Reap vs Phnom Penh

Between the two popular destinations in Cambodia, Siem Reap seems like a better place to retire. While Phnom Penh represents transformation, Siem Reap captures the essence of preservation. Siem Reap may appear like a backwater village in comparison to Phnom Penh in terms of commercial opportunities.

Siem reap to phnom penh: 143 miles (231 km)

When traveling from Phnom Penh to Siem reap you have 4 different options:

  • You can take bus – 6 hours
  • Spend a bit more and take a taxi – 6 hours
  • Book a flight – 50 minutes
  • Take the ferry which crosses Tonle Sap Lake- 4 to 6 hours

Siem Reap to Thailand

Bangkok travel distance is about 400 km.
Between these cities operate some reliable bus companies, and you can take:

  • A direct bus from Siem Reap to Bangkok. (6 to 8 hours)
  • Book a flight – 1 hour

Siem Reap to Vietnam

Travel distance from Saigon to Siem Reap is about 600 km by land.
From Ho Chi Minh you can travel:

  • By bus (12 – 20 hours, depends on the stopover in Phnom Penh)
  • You can book a direct flight (1 hour)

Siem Reap Hotels

There are hundreds of hotels in Siem Reap. Traditional or modern, for small or unlimited budget, from the guest house to the 5 stars hotel, everyone will find happiness.

Siem Reap airport

  • Siem reap airport code: REP
  • from airport to Angkor Wat: 17 minutes (5.8 km) via Airport Road
  • from airport to the city center: 20 – 25 minutes (10 km)

When traveling the 9km distance from Siem Reap Airport to the city center, you have 3 options:

  • A taxi
  • A tuk-tuk
  • A motorbike taxi
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siem reap airport