Tourists flock in their millions each year to see historic Angkor Wat, but there are so many others things to do in Siem Reap.
Don’t be a temple hopping tourist without exploring more of this historic City. There are many places to eat and drink, museums to visit, Siem Reap is brimming with culture and local crafts and has a lot more to offer than just beautiful temples.
Siem Reap plays an important part in the history of Cambodia. A story dating back thousands of years, a turbulent past where peace only returned 13 years ago. I personally feel visitors to Cambodia need to hear the plight of its people, in order to truly understand the Country.
Let Feet Do Travel show you the many things to do in Siem Reap. This is your ultimate travel guide to Siem Reap. (Don't worry, temples are also included!)
Siem Reap was once the capital of Cambodia, and both have a very long and complicated history. Over the centuries, Vietnam and China have fought over Cambodia. There have also been many centuries of conflict with Thailand (once Siam) when Cambodia was known as the Khmer Empire.
The Municipality of Siem Reap is within the Siem Reap Province, and is divided into 11 districts. The District of Angkor Thom was once the capital of the Angkor Empire and Cambodia before it moved to Phnom Penh around 1432CE*.
Siem Reap Province was under the Thai Kingdom of Siam in 1795 and was called Siemmarat meaning “Siam’s Territory”. Siam is the old name for Thailand. It was later returned to Cambodia in 1907 after French made a treaty with Siam. The name Siem Reap roughly translated means “Defeat of Siam” or “Siamese Defeated”.
When Siem Reap Province was under the control of the Thai Kingdom of Siam in 1795, The Khmer Empire (also known as the Angkor Empire) was huge and powerful. At its peak it included much of modern-day Thailand, Laos, Southern Vietnam and Cambodia. The Empire ruled between 802 – 1431 and some believe that the popular Thai Khon dance was born when Cambodian Apsara dancers were seized after the sacking of the Angkor Empire in 1400 and taken to Thailand.
*AD refers to Anno Domini, the year of Christ’s birth but other religions don’t recognise this, so CE is a recent term referring to Common Era.
There is no public transport so Khmer Tuk-Tuks and rickshaws are the only way to travel. Drivers rely on tourist trade so competition is fierce. If you enjoy haggling for the best price, use a street driver, fares should be between $1-$2 but they always start with a highly inflated price. For a haggle-free experience, download the local Pass App or Grab App, they are often cheaper than the street drivers and a price is given at the time you book.
It's illegal for foreigners to rent a scooter in Siem Reap even though it's allowed elsewhere in Cambodia. If you see a foreigner on a bike, they are probably an expat. It's unknown why it's not allowed, but it could be due to the tuk tuk mafia.
1. Siem Reap Pagoda Cats
Cost: Free, but cat/dog food and donations are always welcome
If you are a lover of cat café’s you need to visit Siem Reap Pagoda Cats. All cats are wild and have either been dumped at this particular pagoda in Siem Reap, or have been rescued by the wonderful Josette; a retiree who has dedicated her life to caring for the cities strays. If you come here, you are in for a real treat; the cats (and dogs) crave love and attention and will happily sit with you for as long as you can give your time.
t is heart-warming and heart-melting in equal measures. I implore you to visit Siem Reap Pagoda Cats and make a difference to the lives of these less-than-fortunate animals.
Cost: 1 round = $8, 2 rounds = $8. Free beer for a hole in one
We spent a fun couple of hours at this mini golf course. There are 14 holes which include potting through replica Angkor Wat and Ta Prom Temples. Siem Reap has an ex-pat community of teachers so you may find them here at the weekend when school is out. It’s located about 10 minutes out of town in a tuk-tuk, and you travel a little through the countryside, hopefully this will whet your appetite to see more outside the City.
Cost: From $35 for ½ days
To explore the countryside ata leisurely pace, take a bike tour. You can be up for sunrise, tour Angkor Wat, or get off the beaten track away from the crowds – the choice is yours. Ride through villages and rice fields, smile and wave at locals going about their daily business as you feel the wind in your hair. Such a lovely way to while away a couple of hours. There are a few companies to choose from but Grasshopper come highly recommended, check reviews on Trip Advisor for alternatives.
4. Horse Riding at Happy Ranch Horse Farm
Group 4, Svay Dangkum
Cost: 1 hour = $38, 2, 3 and 4 hour trails are also available
Perhaps a horse ride appeals to your more? For a tourist-free temple trip, Happy Ranch can give you a unique way of experiencing Angkor Wat. Established in 2002, the ranch has 51 horses and ponies including stallions, mares, and foals. Many are born and bred at the stable; horses and ponies are crossbred with Arabian horses, and are fully equipped with Western standard saddles. Safety helmets are provided for all riders.
5. Cambodian Motorbike Adventures
Half day from $30; full day from $70
If you watched Sons of Anarchy and feel the need for speed, try a local experience with a difference. You can ride a Honda Dream 125cc motorbike with no previous experience necessary as they will teach you how to ride until you feel comfortable. Explore rural areas, watch the Cambodian way of life and taste local drinks – what a way to spend your day!
Things to do in Siem Reap - On the Tourist Trail
6. Pamper yourself with massages and manicures
Cost: 1 hour foot and leg massage with scrub, plus head and neck = $8
There are many places in Siem Reap which offer excellent massages and pamper packages at amazingly cheap prices. Perfect for backpackers or people on a budget.
As our Feet Do Travel a lot, what better way to pamper tired tootsies than to relax with a foot scrub and head/neck/shoulder/massage. Bargain!
I returned with a friend a week later for a manicure and pedicure – now that was a proper pamper! As a full-time backpacker this is one luxury I have had to live without.
There are a lot of places offering a fish spa so just pick one that you like. If you are walking down Pub Street and feel the need to feed fish, just pop your feet into the fish spa and they can nibble to their hearts’ content.
8. Cooking Class – Learn to cook Khmer Cuisine
Cost: Approx $25 Time: 3 hours (morning or afternoon classes)
Foodies will love this, in fact anyone who likes to eat will gain something out of this class. There are so many companies to choose from so my advice is to either ask for a personal recommendation in our Feet Do Travel Facebook Group, or choose one from reviews on Trip Advisor. Some include a countryside tour or trip to local market to buy produce
Open: 17.00 – 23.00
The Night Market cannot be missed if you are in the Pub Street area. It’s just at the end of one of the streets and has its own neon lights directing you to the entrance. It’s a bustling place to be if you want to grab a bargain and buy clothes, shoes, bags, souvenirs – it’s all here and people are very eager for you to buy!
Street 27, King’s Road, open 12.00-22.00
If you are looking for craftsmanship by local artisans, visit the Made in Cambodia market. Located across from the river, there are around 30 stalls selling jewellery, cards, spices, knitted animals, bags, soaps and various gifts or souvenirs. It’s less pushy than the night market and a nicer environment.
Do note prices are a little more expensive, because you are buying quality goods direct from the artist. If you want to feel you are contributing to Siem Reap’s economic revitalization and helping small business, this is the perfect place to shop.
Time your visit around an Apsara Dance Show which is here every Saturday 6pm - 7pm.
There is pretty much zero Street Art in Siem Reap so as a fan, this disappointed me. However, there are a few places where Art can be found; down “Little Pub Street” or in a Mexican restaurant. I always keep my eyes peeled for art, and I am always surprised at what I find. If you are on a budget, strolling around the streets is fun and totally free!
Things to do in Siem Reap - Soak up Khmer culture
Ring Rd · South of intersection with Sok San Rd – nightly 20.00
Cost; $18 $28 $38
This was a highlight for me and if you haven't seen this show in Battambang, you should absolutely do this in Siem Reap. Apart from sunrise at Angkor Wat (oh, and Siem Reap Pagoda Cats), this was the best thing we did. The hour long show is full of heart-stopping acrobatics performed by children wishing for a better life.
Seriously, it’s amazing. The story telling, the talent and charisma of the actors/musicians, jaw-dropping acrobatics, and generally just the feel-good factor knowing you are helping these children.
Worthy of a standing ovation? Abso-flaming-lutely!
For lovers of culture, dance or art, watching an Apsara Dance is a must.
Apsara Dancing is a sacred art and the classical dance of Cambodia dating back to the 8th century. The Apsaras (meaning “beautiful girls”) are heavenly female nymphs of Hindu mythology born to dance for the Gods. Apsara dance figures are carved into walls of many of the temples at Angkor. This art was almost completely lost under the Khmer Rouge regime when nearly all dancers were killed.
The origins of this style are derived from an Indian court dance which tell the story of Rama, the reincarnation of Lord Vishnu. In modern day, the dance is carried out by both men and women wearing brightly coloured costumes and elaborate headdresses. Slow, graceful movements are performed with expressive, elongated fingers.
Thailand and Cambodia have fought for many years over the Khon dance but both were recognised by UNESCO in December 2018 as cultural dances in their own right. They are both regional versions telling the same story of Rama.
It is argued that a show performed in a restaurant or bar whilst tourists eat and drink with attentions focused elsewhere, is a lack of respect towards this art. Alternatively, you can choose a more theatrical performance including lasers, but the type of show you watch will largely depend on your budget.
There are a few places you can watch an Apsara Show, depending on your budget!
Pub Street – Nightly 19.30 and 21.30
A small performance held in the popular bar on Pub Street.
The Sacred Dancers of Angkor
The Divine Sala every Sunday and Wednesday 19.00
Performances last an hour, and it is believed this is the closest thing to the traditional art.
Smile of Angkor
Cost: $30 - $48 (option to include dinner)
A traditional dramatic show with lasers, sound system and a glitzy stage performance.
Made in Cambodia market
Performances last an hour.
Learn more about Cambodia’s history
Cost: $5 Open daily: 07.30 – 17.30
“Cambodia remains one of the most heavily mined countries in the world as a result of decades of conflict, including a civil war, the brutal Khmer Rouge regime and genocide, American bombings, and Vietnamese occupation”
This project was founded in 1997 by ex-child solder Aki Ra who was trained by the Khmer Rouge. After years of fighting, he returned to villages where he planted thousands of mines and started removing them himself using homemade tools. He would see child victims of landmines so began caring for them, this is where the idea of the Relief Centre began. He would display the defused landmines and the $1 he charged tourists was used to support children in his care.
The museum has a collection of the thousands of landmines Aki Ra disarmed. There are currently thousands of landmines planted all over Cambodia which still need clearing and it’s estimated Cambodia will not be entirely free of landmines for several more decades. Aki Ra aims to educate people as to why landmine clearing is so important.
Their mission is to show the world that no matter who you are, or whatever background you have, education can make a huge difference. This is something I whole heartedly believe and support. Volunteers are accepted for long term contracts between 6 to 12 months, to help teach English to the pupils, email via their website.
By visiting the Cambodian Landmine Museum and school, the money from your ticket and shop sales supports Aki Ra’s cause of clearing landmines, helping build schools in rural villages, caring for and educating over 20 at-risk children at his Relief Centre, and providing a wage to the staff that work here.
Siem Reap Koumai Road, Trapeang Ses Village, Kouk Chauk Commune
Open Monday – Saturday 09.00 - 17.00 (closed 12-1 for lunch). Cost: $5
During the Vietnam War around 2,756,641 tonnes of bombs were dropped and landmines planted by the US and Vietnemese. When the war ended, no one knew where the landmines were. During the Khmer Rouge regime millions of landmines were planted during their reign
Landmines are not designed to kill outright but maim soldiers by injuring the foot or lower leg. If one soldier is injured it will slow down the whole unit, and that’s their purpose. The remaining landmines cause tragic accidents, hamper communities from developing fertile land, and constrict travel routes and basic needs.
Cambodia has more landmine accidents than anywhere else in the world. Over 64,000 casualties have been recorded since 1979. Cambodia has 25,000 amputees, the highest ratio per capita than any other country. On 27 April 2018, six children were killed in Battambang.
APOPO partnered with The Cambodian Mine Action Centre (CMAC), the largest mine clearing operator in the country making up six landmine clearing operations in Siem Reap.
There are six rats at this centre, they work three hours a day then sleep the rest.
- It takes 10 months to train a rat using clickers and the smell of TNT.
- Rats have proven to be the quickest and most efficient way of detecting and clearing landmines than conventional methods.
- Rats are light, don’t disturb or detonate the mines, and are very quick to find them. To date, they have not missed a single mine which speeds up the detection and clearance.
- In less than 2 weeks, the rats can clear an entire field so farmers can return to growing crops, and move freely without fear.
It could take decades to clear the remaining mines, however Cambodia has committed itself to clear them all by 2025. This can only happen if mine action is given the highest priority.
Kaksekam Village, Sra Nge Commune, near National Highway No. 6, between the city and Airport
OK so this will be the last war related item on the agenda, but it’s not all doom and gloom. This is a museum with a difference as it’s located outside where you will find tanks, a helicopter, an MiG-19 jet fighter, guns and various items from the war. Get up close and handle various fire arms such as an M16, AK47, automatic rifle, even a rocket launcher.
Of course you will also learn about Cambodia’s three decades of war and hear personal stories from one of the free guides who are either war veterans, witness of the war or landmine victims.
Weapons house with AK-47, M16, RPG, landmine room, various artillery from USSR, a helicopter and a Mig
Want to know more about the Khmer Rouge and Cambodia's tragic past? Head to Phnom Penh: S21 & The Killing Fields - Why You Need to Visit
17. Bugs Café
Address: 351, Steung Thmey Village, Angkor Night Market Street
Cambodians started eating insects during the Khmer Rouge regime out of necessity from starvation and malnutrition. When the war ended, Cambodians took necessity to another level and started to use marinades, herbs and spices. You can try crispy tarantulas or snakes on skewers from a food cart at the Night Market, alternatively you can go for a sit down meal at Bugs Café.
Fancy insect taps with your cocktail? Feta cheese and marinated Tarantula Samosas cost $7 for three. On the Bugs Café menu are scorpion and green papaya salad, pan fried scorpions or Bug Mac burger. How about tarantula donuts for dessert?
If bugs are no biggie, order deep fried crickets with your sundowner at Temple Bar on Pub Street.
If bugs aren’t your thing, how about a happy pizza? What is a happy pizza you may ask? It’s just a regular pizza of any flavour, but with spoonful of marijuana sprinkled over it for an additional $2. It looks like oregano but leave it an hour, and the results will have you giggling over the silliest of things.
Look out for places advertising “Happy Pizza” or head to Ecstatic Pizza which have excellent reviews on Trip Advisor. OK confession time, “when in Rome” and all that jazz, we did indulge and yes we did have a damn good giggle.
If you are visiting Siem Reap on a budget, then head to the river for some street food.
Strolling along the river at any time of day is lovely, but after 5pm it’s a real delight. At dusk, the white Victorian style lights are turned on, and the area looks totally different. Across the road from the Hard Rock Café is a road where local people pull up on their bikes and trailers to sell cheap and delicious local food. Plastic seating is arranged next to the river and you really feel part of the community eating here with local people.
20. All you can eat Korean BBQ – Hansa
Address: Wat Bo Road
Cost: $5, Open 17.30 – 23.00
We first discovered the Korean BBQ when we were in Chiang Mai, so when we found this just around the corner from our accommodation, Sy wanted his meat fix. The idea is simple; grab a plate, fill it with your choice of meat or fish then cook it to your liking at your table over a gas plate.
Supplement your carnivorous side with rice, noodles, vegetables and spring rolls. A great way of filling yourself up if you are on a budget.
Open: 11.00-15.00pm then 18,00-21.00 closed Sunday and Monday
Cost: Most dishes are 5.50, dessert $3
Next to Hansa BBQ in the alley with the Craft Jewellery workshop is a small but fabulous vegetarian/vegan restaurant, some say the best in Siem Reap. The food is a-maze-ing! We are carnivores, but this vegetarian/vegan restaurant was epic! Everything is home-made, delicious and filling … the hummus, vege burger, chilli, oh my days we were so full. We ate here twice and our only regret is we didn’t find it sooner.
22. Soul Kitchen – the Best Sunday Roast in Siem Reap
Happy hour: 2-4-1 cocktails between 5-8pm
We visited on a Sunday with the promise of an epic Sunday Roast. Oh my days, Soul Kitchen delivered!! If you want the best English Sunday Roast in Siem Reap (and possibly Cambodia), come here!
For $8.95 you get Roast beef, delicious roast potatoes, red cabbage, sweet potato puree and ahhh the best gravy yum scrum PLUS a beer!! Can you tell it's owned by an Englishman? Vegetarian option is also available.
We sat outside on comfy leather sofas listening to an amazing live singer. We wished we have found this place earlier!
We fell in love with Soria Moria when we visited, so we booked to stay here for four nights in their hotel. Every Wednesday, all tapas, beers and cocktails cost just $1. We visited twice and practically ate the whole menu, and was one of our favourite sundowner spots.
24. Afternoon Tea dahling?
If you prefer fine dining and would rather skip pizza and bugs in favour of afternoon tea indulgence, there are five different places to choose from.
FCC Angkor, Pokambor Avenue, next to the Royal Residence
Simple afternoon tea of Ham and cheese sandwich, scone plus tea or coffee. If you time it right, stay here for happy hour cocktails.
Victoria Angkor Resort and Spa, Central Park
Cost: $8 & $14
Sandwiches, tea or coffee served on a veranda overlooking a pool and gardens, the higher cost includes dessert.
Le Meridien, Charles de Gaule Avenue
Sandwiches, cookies, chocolates plus tea or coffee served in a light and airy lobby overlooking gardens.
The Living Room at Park Hyatt Siem Reap, 17259, Sivutha Boulevard, Krong
Cost: $20 and $25 – daily 14.00–17.00
Choose from Khmer or traditional - Sandwiches, scones, sweet selection and free flow of loose leaf tea.
Cost: From $23++
Choose from Khmer or Tropical afternoon tea served on a classic 3-tier stand, in a colonial style conservatory. A classic afternoon tea is $2 and if you want to add champagne the cost is $35++
On Sundays Raffles run an afternoon tea buffet, if you feel the ordinary option is a bit pricey
Pub Street is actually four streets which meet in the middle. It can’t be missed, all have luminous, flashing signs screaming “Pub Street” – Literally.
It’s bright and more like So Khan Road than Siem Reap but it’s the happening place to be for people of all ages. Bear with me whilst I explain, you shouldn’t be put off from going here if drinking into the early hours isn’t your scene.
Grab yourself a comfy seat in one of the many bars. Order a draft beer for 50c or a 2-4-1 cocktail, then just people watch, it’s great. Snack on a crocodile pizza if this tickles your fancy.
There are plenty of eateries, in the Pub Street area; choose from traditional khmer food, crocodile burgers, Indian and western. Wander around the shops, have a foot spa, try a fried ice cream roll, its’ actually a cool place when you get over the bright lights.
Of course Pub Street is the place to party with a plethora of bars to choose from. The most popular are Angkar What? and Temple Club but just take a walk around and choose your hangout at a place which plays the music you like.
Why not sample a Tomb Raider cocktail of cointreau, Lime and Soda? Apparently this was Angelina’s drink of choice when she was filming in the City for her 2001 Tomb Raider movie.
Want to know which Temples were used for the filming of Tomb Raider, or which Ankor Wat Temples you can visit in one day?
Check out our Ultimate Guide which has all the answers.
I love sunsets, and what better to enjoy sunsets than with a cocktail or beer! Alas, we visited during rainy season, so we were blessed with grey cloudy skies as opposed to bright orange and yellows. We didn’t let the grey stop our mission.
Temple Bar is a good spot for a sundowner as they are cheap and you get a view of the street below. There are actually a few to choose from so check out our blog post Best Roof Top and Sky Bars.
Cost: 1 day pass - $32 or 3 day pass $72
It would be wrong of me not to cover Cambodia's iconic Temples, after all, everyone visits Siem Reap to see Angkor Wat.
You have a choice between a one day pass or a three day pass, and which one you opt for will depend on your love of temples, but also your budget.
For details on when and how to buy your ticket, which temples to visit for sunrise and sunset, the Tomb Raider Temples (yes there is more than one!) and much more information, check out our Ultimate Guide to Cambodia's Iconic Temples.
Decades of war have taken their toll on the people of Cambodia. Years of hardship have created a desperate need to feed families, and the dark side of tourism is very prevalent. Please be a responsible tourist and carry out research before you go on a tour. You may believe you are helping, but you won’t be in the long run.
Don’t give money to children - EVER
Never give money to anyone under any circumstance. Not to a child on the streets. Not to anyone using a child to beg. Don’t buy postcards etc from children. Politely say no with a smile and walk away. You may feel that given dollar bills is doing good but it breeds expectancy and contempt. Children are kept away from school to beg and sell postcards, so if you give them money, you are keeping them away from school, stopping their educations, and hindering their chances of a better long-term future.
Want to visit or volunteer an orphanage? Choose carefully
Sadly many orphanages have been set up in tourist areas purely for tourism. They exist only to make money from visitors or from volunteers, and most of the children are not orphans. Often the child has a living parent who has been paid for the “orphanage” to take their child. Children are removed from their homes and placed in an orphanage for well-meaning travellers to visit.
Orphanages are intentionally kept in bad conditions to bring in more donations, this means good intentioned tourists and volunteers are funding a system that encourages separating children from their families.
A well run orphanage will only allow tourists to enter into a designated information area accompanied by staff, and have proper child protection policies in place. Children in orphanages are vulnerable and need stability in their lives, not a constant flow of strangers visiting.
Please think carefully before you visit an orphanage. Your money is better spent donating to charities that help, rather than showing your face for a brief time, however well-meaning your intentions are.
If you want to volunteer at an orphanage, it is recommended you dedicate at least 6 months to a year of your time. Please remember, if you are doing this to help children and not just for good karma points, a child’s welfare always comes first.
Some tours take you to a crocodile farm where you can hold snakes and monkeys, DO NOT support these companies as you are supporting animal cruelty. Do not ride an elephant at the Temples. Elephants are subjected to a life of torture for your pleasure, if you want to have an interaction with an elephant, visit Elephant Valley Project, Cambodia.
Beware of tourist trap tours at Tonle Lake and Chong Kneas Floating Village
We chose not to visit Tonle Lake after reading many reviews on Trip Advisor.
The famous floating village trip appears to be more of a tourist trap than an authentic experience, and you are treated like a cash cow. They allegedly stop first at a shop where reviewers said they were pressured into buying a bag of rice.
At the floating village or on their way, tour boats are chased by people selling goods and the boat was taken to them. Reviewers said they were pressured into buying sweets and lollies for the children as they had no where to escape, and people asked for money all around them.
Sometimes mothers would wrap snakes around their children so tourists can take a photo and give them money.
Reviews said it felt like voyeuristic tourism, staring at poor people trying to make a living. It appeared to them that the money paid to the boat companies and ticket office doesn't go towards helping the people you are staring at.
Please do your research before you choose to visit a floating village.
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We stayed in these three different places:
Budget: Panda Angkor is a little further from the centre (Pub Street), but was clean and comfortable, breakfast included.
Quiet Hostel: The Siem Reap Chilled Backpacker is more like a hotel than a hostel. Excellent location in the Wat Bo area, and a 10-15 walk along the river into the centre. Quiet, decent sized room, swimming pool, but breakfast isn’t included.
Mid-range Hotel: Soria Moria Boutique Hotel (now Everland Boutique Hotel) was amazing. Excellent location in the Wat Bo area, and a 10 minute walk along the river into the centre. Huge rooms, quiet, breakfast included.
Baby Elephant Boutique Hotel is also highly regarded.
Other options to consider:
Party Hostel: If you want to party, Mad Monkey or Funky Flashpacker both receive rave reviews.
Luxury Hotel: Angkor Note Residence (formerly Jaya House River Park) have excellent reviews. Park Hyatt Siem Reap is another favourable hotel, they also serve an amazing afternoon tea.
Fly: Siem Reap has a good size International Airport.
Bus from Phnom Penh: Giant Ibis tickets cost $16 (plus $1 booking fee), the journey takes 6 hours. There is good legroom, charging point, air-con wi-fi, plus 2 stops for toilet/lunch
A portion of the ticket sales goes towards BirdLife International, who help preserve Cambodia’s national bird, the Giant Ibis, which is critically endangered.
Giant Ibis Other routes: Phnom Penh, Siem Reap, Kampot, Sihanoukville, Ho Chi Minh City (Vietnam), Bangkok (Thailand)
Learning just a few words of the local Khmer language will bring a smile to locals’ faces, and make you feel part of their culture instead of just another tourist.
Hello - Susadei (soos-a-day) NB: informal
How are you/I am fine - Soksaby (soks-a-bye) NB: The same word used for both
Goodbye - Lee hi – Goodbye NB: informal
Thank you - Arkun
No - Ot The (ot-tei) – (you will need this for the persistent tuk tuk drivers!)
Som Dtoh (som-toe) / Sorry or excuse me
Travel and Visa information
- A 30 day tourist Visa (cost is $30) can be obtained on arrival at Siem Reap and Phnom Penh airports. It’s the quickest, most efficient visa application we have experienced.
Note: You may have to show an onward flight. We flew from Singapore with Jetstar. At the document check counter, we were asked to show our flight out of Cambodia. This is the first we had heard about having to provide proof of an onward journey, but thankfully we had a ticket. I am unsure if other airlines ask for this, whether the man was having a bad day, or if it’s required at border crossings by land, but I thought it’s worth a mention.
- Official currency – Cambodia uses two currencies; Cambodian Riel and US Dollars. Most prices are quoted in US$ but you can pay with a mixture of both currencies. Change will often be given the same way. Eg: A $2 taxi ride can be paid with $1 and 4,000 riel.
$4,000 riel = $1.
5,282 = £1
4,764 = Euro
- Driving – right hand side of the road.
- Tipping – Not compulsory or expected, however if tipping is your country’s custom, or you feel you had a nice tuk tuk driver, good tour guide or tasty meal, then by all means feel free to tip a $1, or tell them to keep the change.
- Data – Buy a Smart sim card for $3 which lasts for 1 month. At the airport, we saw a sign for 26G data for $6, in town we bought 4G for $5. Download the Smart App to monitor data, or dial *087*888# from your phone.
- Pass App or the Grab App are cheap and easy ways of getting around the city.
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