Siem Reap Holidays

More than just a gateway to the fabulous temples of Angkor Wat, Siem Reap offers eye-opening museums, a dynamic dining scene and authentic Khmer handicrafts.

Crumbling temples half strangled by colossal tree roots, ornate towers soaring above the jungle canopy, and giant stone faces looking down on it all: there are countless reasons why UNESCO-listed Angkor is one of the world’s most feted archaeological sites. From here, the Khmer god-kings ruled over a vast empire for 600 years, and the ruins of their former capital are breathtaking, fascinating and haunting in equal measure. Take your time to explore the superstars and the lesser lights of this 400-acre wonderland, with sunrise cycle rides to Angkor Wat or a trip by tuk-tuk to the carved sandstone splendours of Pre Rup, Banteay Srei and Banteay Samre.

Between expeditions, there’s plenty to discover in Siem Reap itself, an engaging small town packed with inviting boutiques, foodie hangouts and cultural attractions. Deepen your historical knowledge among the sculptures of the Angkor National Museum, stroll the atmospheric streets of the Old French Quarter and graze the street-food stalls of lively Psar Chas Market where spiced frogs are one of the more unusual specialities. Beyond the centre, Tonle Sap Lake is fringed with villages built on stilts or completely floating on the water. Take a cruise on a local-style gondola to watch the fishermen at work, revel in the wetland scenery and birdlife of Prek Toal sanctuary, or just drink in the romantic views as the sun goes down.

We can help you create a once-in-a-lifetime Siem Reap holiday, so talk to us about it today.

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Siem Reap Hotels

Our recommendations for the best places to stay in Siem Reap

Tara Angkor, Siem Reap

This modern hotel is an ideal base to explore the spectacular Temples of Angkor.

Park Hyatt Siem Reap

World-class luxury, sublime service and a super-chic design with Khmer influences.

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GMT +7 hours


Cambodian Riel


15 hours (not including stopover time)





Where is Siem Reap?
Situated in northwest Cambodia, what was once a string of villages to the north of Tonle Sap Lake is now the country’s second-largest city. Siem Reap has its own airport, located a mere 4.5 miles from the centre, which is served by direct flights from Phnom Penh. You can also fly to destinations elsewhere in Asia, including Ho Chi Minh City and Danang in Vietnam, making it straightforward to fit a stay here into a wider Indochina itinerary.

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Temples of Angkor
Angkor Archaeological Park is a remarkable and mysterious complex of temples set deep in the forest. This UNESCO World Heritage Site is one of Asia's most important archaeological sites and it contains remains of several capitals of the Khmer Empire dating between the 9th and 15th centuries. You can see the main temples of Angkor in a day but you may feel as though you're only scratching the surface. A visit here is, without doubt, the highlight of any trip to Cambodia so we recommend dedicating two full days to allow plenty of time to explore and enjoy viewing the temples at different times of the day.

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Angkor Wat
Angkor Wat, a spectacular 12th-century masterpiece and mausoleum-temple is the most famous of the temples. This magnificent ancient city is encircled by a 100-metre-wide moat and was once dedicated to the Hindu God Vishnu. It is the largest religious complex on Earth and covers an area four times bigger than Vatican City. This incomparable landmark is now a peaceful Buddhist complex with imposing lotus towers, elegant courtyards and intricate carvings. The popular South Gate leads directly to Angkor Wat and the quieter East Gate was famously used for scenes in the Tomb Raider film. 

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Angkor Thom & Banyon Temple
Discover the huge walled city of Angkor Thom which was built in the late 12th century and served as the last capital city of the Khmer empire. The city’s gates are guarded by 54 stone deities and 54 stone demons that represent 108 mythical protectors of the city and face all directions to keep a watchful eye over the city. The grand Bayon Temple stands at the centre of Angkor Thom and features massive stone faces that adorn the structure's multitude of towers. 

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Other temples
Marvel at the peaceful, exquisitely decorated temple of Preah Khan and the remarkable ruined temple-monastery of Ta Phrom which has slowly been reclaimed by the jungle and is wrapped in vines with trees growing out of the ruins. Escape the crowds by visiting the more remote Banteay Srei temple, which is renowned for its impressive stone carvings and the small sandstone Banteay Samre temple which features pink tones and an interior moat.

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City museums
Learn about the Golden Era of the Khmer Kingdom at the excellent Angkor National Museum which is just a 15-minute drive from the temples complex. If you're visiting the Banteay Srei temple, then it's well worth stopping off at the Cambodian Landmine Museum which was set up to raise awareness of land mines in Cambodia which caused such devastation during the country's three-decade-long civil war. 

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Getting around
While you’ll inevitably do a lot of walking within the Archaeological Park, getting between its main sites (and around Siem Reap itself) is best done by bicycle, tuk-tuk or motorbike taxi, or with a private driver and guide. For something more indulgent that’s sure to be a highlight, we suggest a sunset Champagne cruise around Angkor Thom on a traditional Baray boat or even a ride in a hot-air balloon.

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Siem Reap Weather

Nov - Mar