- Aldous Huxley
Siem Reap now boasts a range of luxury hotels, from familiar international names such as Sofitel, Raffles and La Residence d'Angkor (an Orient Express hotel) to regional and independent 5* hotels such as the Victoria and Hotel de la Paix. For those favouring a more intimate feel, then a range of boutique hotels include the eclectic The One Hotel and leafy La Maison d'Angkor.
Visiting Siem Reap, like any foreign city, can be difficult to avoid the same old tourist traps. Whether you want the ultimate in spa indulgence, or to know where the best authentic (and safe) local food can be found - our travel tips can help you. The best Siem Reap shopping, restaurants, bars and massage - all in our opinion, and subject to change of course.
Siem Reap, home to Angkor Wat and its incredible range of magnificent Angkor-period temples, is often the main attraction for visitors to Cambodia. Siem Reap has developed from a quiet provincial town, into one of the major tourist destination. With a small but lively cultural scene, restaurants of every hue, and some great spas and bars to help you unwind after a day spent exploring Angkor, Siem Reap has become a fantastic tour destination in itself, and no longer just a brief stop on an Asian itinerary.
Siem Reap's main draw will always be Angkor Wat, but many visitors only ever see Ta Prohm and Angkor Thom (including Bayon) when visiting Siem Reap. For those interested in temples, the history and architecture (and photographic opportunities), then some of the smaller or more remote sites are just as rewarding: our Angkor Temples pages are an ever-expanding reference of temple sites.
For glimpses of contemporary Cambodian life, then visiting the markets of Siem Reap and the floating and stilted villages of the Tonle Sap lake offer different perspectives. For those wishing to mix cultures ancient and modern with more traditional vacation pastimes, then activities such as golf and horse-riding are available - investigate our Siem Reap Tourist Attractions pages for more inspiration and information.
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