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  • We’ve compiled some useful tips about the different ways of getting to Siem Reap. As always, we highly recommend the Move to Cambodia blog for detailed guides about the country.

    + AIR TRAVEL 

    Many airlines fly to Siem Reap, including budget airlines Jetstar Asia and AirAsia. The Siem Reap airport is only about 15 – 20 minutes away from the town centre. When you arrive, hire a tuk-tuk or taxi (US$5-7) to being you directly to your hotel/guesthouse.

    Tip: Have a printout of a map to the hotel/guesthouse to help the driver.

    + BUS FROM PHNOM PENH TO SIEM REAP

    Cheaper to fly to Phnom Penh? There are many buses travelling daily from Phnom Penh to Siem Reap, leaving almost every hour from 6am to midnight. Minivans cost (US$8-10) and take about 6-7 hours. Big buses are cheaper but may take up to 7-9 hours. We do NOT recommend travelling at night, as the roads are dangerous.

    To book a ticket, go into any travel agency to ask about the different bus companies and available timings. Be sure you get a seat number!

    Recommended: Larryta (Minivan) / Giant Ibis (Bus)Cambodia Post (Bus

    Avoid at all cost: Vireak Buntham

    More details on Move to Cambodia:
    ♦   How to get from Phnom Penh to Siem Reap (and vice versa)

     

    + BUS/TRAIN FROM BANGKOK

    Find your way from Bangkok either by bus or train to the border crossing of Aranyaprathet (Thai side) / Poipet (Cambodia side). The customs close at around 10pm daily.

    > BUS FROM BANGKOK (ABOUT 8 HRS)

    There is now a direct bus service from Mochit bus station to Siem Reap! It departs at 0900hrs daily and cost about 750Baht. The same bus will take you from Bangkok to the border, and wait for you in Poipet to continue the journey to Siem Reap.

    Most travel agencies on Khao San Road offer deals with mini-buses leaving early in the morning. You can also go directly to the Mochit bus station where buses travel from Bangkok to Aranyaprathet every half-hour.

    Once at Aranyaprathet, cross the border on foot. Get through the Thai customs, walk past the strange hotels and casinos, and head to the Cambodian Customs Office if you need a Cambodian visa-on-arrival. Once through Cambodian customs, you’re now in Poipet!

    Catch a bus or a shared taxi to Siem Reap. The best way is to share a taxi with other travellers, and it will cost about US$35 for the whole car, or around US$9 for a seat on a minivan.

    > TRAIN FROM BANGKOK (ABOUT 8 HRS)

    Coming by train is the cheapest way of coming to Siem Reap from Bangkok, but it isn’t always the easiest! From Hualamphong Train Station (near Khao San), you can buy a train ticket for 50Baht from Bangkok to Aranyaprathet (free seating). Trains leave at 0555hrs and 1305hrs daily and the journey is typically about 6 hours.

    At Aranyaprathet, you need to take a short tuktuk ride to the border (share a tuk-tuk with fellow travellers for about 70Baht in total). Cross the border on foot. Get through the Thai customs, walk past the strange hotels and casinos, and head to the Cambodian customs office if you need a Cambodian visa-on-arrival. Once through Cambodian customs, you’re now in Poipet!

    Catch a bus or a shared taxi to Siem Reap. The best way is to share a taxi with other travellers, and it will cost about US$35 for the whole car, or around US$9 for a seat on a minivan.

    SCAM ALERT!!

    * Some buses from Bangkok will stop at a private office before Thai customs, encouraging you to apply for your Cambodian visa in advance. Just ignore this and stay on the bus. THIS IS A SCAM. Apply only at the official building which is AFTER Thai customs.

    * When you arrive in Cambodia, some tuk-tuk drivers will try to bring you to  a recommended guesthouse (even if you tell them not to). Be firm and clear about where you want to go.

    More details on Move to Cambodia:
    ♦   Crossing the Poipet/Aranyaprathet border overland
    ♦   How to get from Siem Reap to Bangkok (and vice versa)
    ♦   Review: Direct bus from Bangkok to Siem Reap

    + VISAS

    > VISA-ON-ARRIVAL / E-VISA

    Most nationalities can get a visa-on-arrival at the airport in Phnom Penh/Siem Reap, or at the border crossing of Poipet between Thailand and Cambodia. A tourist visa costs $30 (valid for one month). Most ASEAN nationalities do not require visas unless you are planning to stay for a longer duration. You can also apply for a visa online.

    E-Visa Online: https://www.evisa.gov.kh

    > VISA IN ADVANCE

    Visitors from certain countries cannot apply for a visa-on-arrival or an e-visa, and must obtain a visa from a Cambodian embassy before arriving in Cambodia. (Note, these nationalities also cannot arrive through border crossings and must enter via an airport.)

    *BE SURE TO RESEARCH YOUR VISA REQUIREMENTS!*

    More details on Move to Cambodia:
    ♦   Cambodian Visas

     

    + GETTING AROUND SIEM REAP

    Getting around in Siem Reap, even by foot, is very easy and tuk-tuks are awaiting weary feet on every street corner. Bicycles (for as low as $1 for a daily rental) make for an interesting and fun means of transport, especially through the shady foliage of the Angkor temples. Please note that although motorbikes are now available for rent, it is not advisable unless you’re willing to take the risk of crazy, chaotic traffic!

    To prepare yourself for Siem Reap, we highly recommend reading Move to Cambodia, a great website written by Lina Goldberg. It is full of useful tips, information and is regularly updated.

    We wish you a safe journey and are looking forward to having you with us at the
    13th Angkor Photo Festival!

  • ABOUT SIEM REAP

    © Kosal / Anjali Photo WorkshopsSiem Reap is known as “temple town” and for good reason — there are dozens of magnificent temples in the nearby Angkor Archaeological Park. But there’s much more than just temples here. Formerly a small provincial town, the city now has a thriving dining scene, with all types of restaurants bringing creative twists to Cambodian and European food. Siem Reap is even home to one of the 50 Best Restaurants in Asia, Cuisine Wat Damnak, marking Cambodia’s first time on the list.

    © Kosal / Anjali Photo WorkshopsWhile Siem Reap has an international feel, only a few minutes outside of town visitors can experience the charm of the Cambodian countryside. A visit to Banteay Srei District (also home to the stunning Banteay Srei temple) is an opportunity to see rural life in Cambodia and stop by several lesser-known attractions, including dragonfruit farms and the Kbal Tuek Community Forest.

    © Kosal / Anjali Photo WorkshopsOf course the temples must be visited — head there early to avoid the heat of the day and to take advantage of the softer morning light. When you’re ready to go back to town, stop by Kandal Village for Siem Reap’s best cup of joe and explore the nearby shops on this quirky shopping street. The town also has several interesting galleries and studios for those looking to explore the artistic side of Siem Reap.

    Thanks to Lina Goldberg for this great introduction to Siem Reap! Be sure to check out her fantastic guide, Move to Cambodia, for everything you need to know about this beautiful country. 

    ©Srey_Anjali HouseDID YOU KNOW?

    ♦   The language of Cambodia is Khmer.

    ♦   Siem Reap literally translates to “Flat Defeat of Thailand”.

    ♦   Traditional boat racing, buffalo racing, Pradal Serey, Khmer traditional wrestling, and Bokator are the local sports of Cambodia.

    ♦   Southeast Asia’s largest freshwater lake, the Tonlé Sap’s flow actually changes direction twice a year, draining into the Mekong River in Phnom Penh during the dry season, and then backing up during the heavy monsoon season into the enormous lake.

    All photos by the amazing Anjali kids from our annual Anjali Photo Workshops.

     

    GALLERIES IN SIEM REAP:
    Looking for more art? Here are some of the other galleries in town! 

    • McDermott Gallery 10am – 10pm / Mon-Sun / Pokambor Ave. (FCC Building) / Anantara Angkor Resort
      Fine art photography by John McDermott of ancient cultural and religious sites in Southeast Asia,
      including what is now the defining images of Angkor. 
    • Constable Gallery at Large – 11am – 6pm / Mon-Sat  (By Appointment) / 628, Hap Guan St.
      Contemporary art by upcoming and established Cambodian and international artists 
    • Diwo Gallery – 7.30am – 6.30pm / Mon-Sun / Wat Svay-Tonle Sap Rd.
      Khmer statues and Buddhas, home decor, books and photography
    • 111 East Gallery – 11am – 1am / Mon-Sun / Traffic Circle at Old Market Bridge
      Traditional, classic sculptures and contemporary art  
    • Happy Cambodia – 9am – 11pm / Mon-Sun / Pi Thnou St. (near Old Market)
      Colourful paintings, prints, postcards and more by French expat artist, Stef
    • Theam’s House – 8am – 7pm / Mon-Sun / 25, Veal Village, Khum Kokchack
      Unique atelier and artist studio of renown Cambodian artist Lim Muy Theam
    • The 1961 7am – 10pm Mon-Sun / 211 Osaphear Street, Upper West River Side
      Co-working and creative art space with gallery

  • LUB D

    Lub d Cambodia, Siem Reap, the largest new hostel in the centre of Siem Reap! We have an awesome swimming pool, a co-working space. And it’s located in just a few minutes walk to Pub Street and many historical temples! It is indeed revolutionary, with an exceptional exterior and interior concept design, merging features of the Khmer lifestyle and culture to contrast our Lub d concept. Combine this all together for all travelers, and even those living in Siem Reap, we promise the most unique experience in the latest, most exciting place to stay in Siem Reap!

    Website: www.lubd.com


    RAMBUTAN

    The Rambutan Hotel & Resort in Siem Reap, located in a quiet paved lane just 5 minutes walk from Phsar Cha (the old market), right in the middle of the historical center of Siem Reap town and features lush tropical gardens and two oasis salt water pools, plus a restaurant, bar and spa. The accommodation focuses on comfort and privacy, with all Deluxe Terrace and Deluxe Rooftop Terrace rooms having their own private terrace with outdoor bathtub and splash shower and almost all Balcony Villa’s split on two levels offering plenty of relaxation space for living and sleeping. A stylish design coupled with a little local culture, ranging from the contemporary artwork to the locally-made furniture and silk textiles which are in abundance. Rambutan Hotel & Resort is a social and eco-responsible property that is hip, happening and gay friendly.

    Bookings: +855 (0)11 355 534
    Front Desk: +855(0)63 766 655

    Website: www.rambutans.info

    Website: [email protected]


    VICTORIA ANGKOR RESORT & SPA

    Victoria Angkor Resort & Spa provides a sense of serenity with the nostalgic comfort and elegant refinement of the French Art de Vivre in the heart of Siem Reap. The building’s graceful colonial architecture of the 1930’s provides a sense of peaceful tranquility. The Hotel has been designed to be in total harmony with its natural surroundings and is enchantingly situated in the heart of Siem Reap, opposite the Royal Park.

    Website: www.victoriaangkorhotel.com


    BABY ELEPHANT BOUTIQUE HOTEL

    With two artists-in-residence, regular yoga and cooking classes classes, silversmith workshops and other events, Baby Elephant Boutique Hotel is one of the most dynamic up-and-coming independent hotels in Siem Reap. The award-winning 25-room hotel provides lush and relaxing accommodation with all the facilities and services of an international hotel including an acclaimed restaurant and bar. Guests enjoy the inclusive, family-friendly and LGBT-welcoming environment, only one kilometre away from the centre of town. Baby Elephant is an ethical hotel focused on creating sustainable employment and training opportunities for our staff, contractors and the micro-businesses in our local community. Book direct on our website for the best deals.

    Website: www.babyelephant.asia


    GOLDEN BANANA BOUTIQUE

    The Hotel is voted in the best location just 200 meters to French Colonial and value for money in Siem Reap. It is nestled in a very quiet lane, yet within a few minutes stroll to Pub Street, shops, restaurant and night markets. Gay friendly. We love to treat every guest to feel home stay.

    Website: www.golden-banana.com


    PARK HYATT SIEM REAP

    The Park Hyatt Siem Reap is the city’s most prestigious address. Located in the heart of the city, 104 rooms and suites are encased in an elegant, contemporary, residential facade that dramatically rises above Siem Reap’s skyline, and secluded by manicured gardens from public view. Park Hyatt Siem Reap is located in the centre of Siem Reap town. It is the best hotel in Siem Reap that is within a safe and short walking distance to the Old French Quarters where restaurants, bars and curio shops abound.

    Website: www.siemreap.park.hyatt.com


    HERITAGE SUITES HOTEL

    This sophisticated boutique retreat is nestled in tropical gardens within what we call our village, a few paces from the peaceful Siem Reap River. We are only 6 kilometres from the renowned Angkor temples and 15 minutes from Siem Reap international airport. It takes a gratifying 4 minutes tuk-tuk ride to reach the Old Market, the new fascinating National Museum and lively Pub Street. The Heritage is the ideal intimate base for an astounding Angkor experience. With only 26 suites and rooms, we can truly focus on a highly customised service, authenticity and tradition, while providing all expected modern facilities. The architecture, the beautifully spacious suites, the unequalled kindness and efficiency of the staff and its culinary delights make Heritage unique as a luxurious sanctuary.

    Website: www.heritagesuiteshotel.com


    ROYAL ANGKOR RESORT & SPA

    A 5 star elegant hotel in Siem Reap, the Royal Angkor Resort & Spa consists of 2.5 hectares of land with a beautiful landscaped garden surrounded by colourful flowers and tall trees. Inspired by early 20th century architecture, Royal Angkor Resort & Spa has its own unique theme combining traditional Khmer design influence with exclusively handmade colonial style furniture and present-day technology fitted for the modern traveler.

    Website: www.royalangkorresort.com


    SALA LODGES

    Sala Lodges capitalises on its simplicity to create a sense of absolute luxury, ideal for welcoming guests with exacting yet relaxed standards. The eleven wooden houses on stilts were spotted in villages in the Cambodian countryside, dismantled, transported and beautifully restored to offer the ultimate comfort to guests.

    Website: www.salalodges.com


    RAFFLES GRAND HOTEL D’ANGKOR

    Raffles Grand Hotel d’Angkor first opened its doors in 1932 but the legend lives on today after careful restoration. The hotel is rich in Cambodia history and full of original treasures, right down to the original working cage elevator in the lobby. Our doorman still welcomes everyone in a uniform inspired by the Royal Palace. Relax and revitalise under the fragrant frangipani trees beside the magnificent pool inspired by Angkorian architecture, or enjoy a massage to ease away the travel. Stroll along the river to the vibrant markets and wonderful array of dining options.

    Website: www.raffles.com/siem-reap


    BELMOND LA RÉSIDENCE D’ANGKOR

    An intimate retreat on the banks of a tree-lined river, Belmond La Résidence d’Angkor is an all-suite hotel that beautifully captures the region’s rich history while offering every modern luxury. With 59 suites, an inviting swimming pool, tropical gardens and a luxury spa this is the perfect place to relax in between experiencing the Angkor Photo Festival. The hotel is conveniently located within walking distance to Siem Reap’s lively markets, galleries and thriving restaurant and nightlife scene.

    Website: www.belmond.com/la-residence-d-angkor-siem-reap


    NAVUTU DREAMS

    Navutu Dreams in Siem Reap, Cambodia, located just few minutes from Angkor Wat and a short driving distance from Pub Street and Siem Reap town offers a luxuriously relaxing treat for your mind, body and soul. We are Siem Reap’s only wellness retreat in an upscale, eco-chic resort setting where you can relax, rebalance and get away from it all. We feature a hectare and a half of well-manicured gardens, three swimming pools, 28 guest rooms and suites, a tropical spa, a yoga studio, a healing atelier and a fitness suite.

    For more info please visit our website or email [email protected].

    Website: www.navutudreams.com


     

    HAPPY GUESTHOUSE

    Happy Guesthouse s a popular accommodation owned by a Cambodian family whom provide all guests with excellent hospitality, honesty, and sincere friendliness. The owner of Happy Guesthouse speaks excellent English, French and Vietnamese. Happy Guesthouse is designed for the traveller who wants the comfort of a nice and clean guest house at a reasonable price. Happy Guesthouse has the atmosphere of homely stay while you are away from home.

    Website: www.happyangkorguesthouse.com

    SWEET DREAMS GUESTHOUSE

    Sweet Dreams Guesthouse is a home-stay-like alternative for travellers on a budget who not only want to explore the temples of Angkor Wat, but, perhaps, also might want to stay longer and spend some time working with local community projects.

    Website: www.sweetdreamsguesthouse.com

  • THE REPUBLIC

    The Republic Bar and Kitchen is located a mere two minutes walk from Wat Damnak. Situated in the heart of Old Town Siem Reap, it is perfect for a relaxed lunch, and invariably buzzing nights. The atmosphere is fantastic due to the combination of friendly and attentive service and modern artistic ambience and relaxed tropical gardens. The menu can be best described as ‘South American fushion cuisine’, with a variety of specials available each day which are a little more daring.

    The Republic Bar and Kitchen also boasts a private upper level which can be used for special events such as art exhibition and interactive performances.

           Website: www.facebook.com/theRepublicSiemReap/


    THE VILLAGE CAFE

           Website: www.facebook.com/villagecafecambodia/


    KING’S ROAD ANGKOR

    King’s Road Angkor offers an authentic modern vision of a traditional Khmer wooden village – in the heart of Siem Reap. When entering King’s Road Angkor, you are visually struck by the architecture. It is a beautiful, enclosed courtyard style village on two levels. The outlets are set in individually designed, traditional Khmer wooden houses. The upper levels stand impressively on wooden stilts, with balconies and terraces overlooking the courtyard. King’s Road Angkor accommodates 15 world class restaurants, cafés and a dozen exclusive shopping boutiques.

    Website: www.kingsroadangkor.com


    HARD ROCK CAFÉ

    Enjoy good food and a lively atmosphere at Hard Rock Cafe Angkor. Situated in an old colonial-style building in the historic city centre, their two-story restaurant features 160 seats indoors and a large, 80-seat terrace overlooking the Siem Reap River. Enjoy their diverse menu features popular American dishes as well as signature dishes inspired by their location in the historic heart of Angkor.

    Website: www.hardrock.com/cafes/angkor


    THE BROTHERS

    The perfect place for you and your friends to grab some delicious food, drinks, music, Wi-Fi whilst enjoying a nice view of the Siem Reap river.

    Website: www.facebook.com/TheBrothersKH


    FOOTPRINT CAFÉ

    Footprint Cafés’ big dream is to become the first global chain of social enterprise cafés giving 100% of net profits back to the local communities as grants for educational projects. We hope our first café in Siem Reap will become a hub for locals, tourists and expats to come together to enjoy a coffee, browse or buy our wide selection of books or indulge in our delicious menu.

    Website: www.footprintcafes.org/


    ARTillery CAFÉ

    An art gallery and creative café focused on healthy wholesome living. Their focus is to bring the freshest food farm-to-table and offer options for healthy lifestyles – including vegan, Paleo, GF, raw, juice cleanses and nutritious eats on-the-go. With cozy cafés in Siem Reap and Phnom Penh, ARTillery is host to art classes, exhibitions, live music and wellness events.

    Website: http://artillerycafe.com/


    GEORGES RHUMERIE

    A restaurant tucked away from the busy city centre of Siem Reap and includes a casual indoor dining area (with air-con), and a relaxed open-air dining area. Passion for great food and dedication to service are some of the key ingredients to ensure the happiness of our dear customers at this family restaurant. Our kitchen consistently provides authentic food in Siem Reap Monday through Saturday from 12noon to 10pm. Some of our most popular favourites are Infused Rhum, Jams, Chilies, Chutneys, Sausages, Foie Gras and much more!

    Website: www.georges-rhumerie.com/book-table-contact


    NEW LEAF BOOK CAFÉ

    New Leaf Book Café is a restaurant, bookshop and event space in one. Their mission is to provide a high quality restaurant experience, so as to generate profits to invest in educational programmes in Siem Reap province.

    Website: www.newleafbook.org


    SIEM REAP BREWPUB

    A microbrewery with its own restaurant and bar in the heart of Siem Reap. Our restaurant provides a relaxing atmosphere for you to enjoy fresh beers. All our beers are produced in the microbrewery using the finest malt from Germany, hops from Australia, craft yeast from New Zealand and clean local water.   

    Website: www.siemreapbrewpub.asia


  • BAMBU STAGE

    Bambu Stage is a platform for performing arts in Cambodia— Siem Reap’s newest creative centre focusing on light and dark, shadow and light, photography and classical culture. Bambu Stage is a performance venue with daily shows, a workshop space for Cambodian puppeteers, and a gathering space for artists and art lovers. They operate as a social enterprise and collaborate closely with NGOs, other social enterprises, and ethical businesses in the community.

    For show times and tickets, visit the website or call 09 77 26 11 10.

    Website: http://bambustage.com/


     

    ANGKOR PHOTOGRAPHY TOURS

    Website: www.angkorphotographytours.com/ 


    ONE ELEVEN GALLERY

    Siem Reap’s only international contemporary art gallery, the newly relaunched One Eleven Gallery is the latest addition to Siem Reap’s emerging art scene. Boasting a vast array of high calibre, internationally renowned artists, One Eleven Gallery is also the cheery younger sibling to San Francisco’s quirky and iconic 111 Minna Gallery. With regular rotating exhibitions, showcase artists and special guests, One Eleven Gallery is as diverse as the bold and colourful works on show.

    Website: www.OneElevenGallery.com


    T GALLERIA by DFS

    Offers customers an expertly curated collection of the world’s leading luxury brands in a modern and inviting shopping environment, as well as highly personalised services and unique experiences catered to their every desire.

    Website: www.dfs.com/en/tgalleria-angkor/our-stores/angkor-store/angkor


    PHARE CIRCUS

    Phare Circus performers use theatre, music, dance and modern circus arts to tell uniquely Cambodian stories; historical, folk and modern. The young circus artists will astonish you with their energy, emotion, enthusiasm and talent.

    Website: www.pharecircus.org


    DPI PRINTING

    The official printing lab of the Angkor Photo Festival, DPI are a graphic design, printing and advertising agency based in Siem Reap. They are able to handle everything from stretching frames, to poster design, to engraving.

    Website: www.dpiprintings.com


     

    TECHNOKHMER

    An IT sale, service and solution company serving locals and expats living in Siem Reap. They are newly established but their team of professionals has, on average, 10 years of experiences serving in various IT Services. At Technokhmer, a wide-range of genuine products are available, helping customers get their job done faster and more effectively. With stocked spare-parts, repair jobs can be done quicker and customers can get their items back quicker and on time.

    Website: www.technokhmer.com


    FULL FRONTAL GALLERY

    A new addition to Siem Reap’s growing art scene, the Full Frontal Gallery brings you unique contemporary visual artists from the region and beyond. For collectors and art lovers alike, we invite you to share our love for authentic expression and individual vision. Watch out for upcoming events, photography workshops, and much more!

    Website: www.fullfrontalgallery.com


     

    SENTEURS D’ANGKOR 

    Information coming soon!

    Website: www.senteursdangkor.com/html/en/our_history.php 


    LA BOUTIQUE

    Information coming soon!

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