Siem Reap Tours & Holiday
Join us on a holiday to Siem Reap
A city with a charming small-town feel, Siem Reap is the gateway to Cambodia's most spectacular temples and ruins.
The most well-known is Angkor Wat, a 12th-century temple complex of awe-inspiring proportions and the world's largest religious monument. Another must-see is Angkor Thom. This former royal city features various temples and other buildings, including the Bayon, with its mysterious face carvings.
While the nearby temples are undoubtedly the biggest draw for those visiting the city, there are plenty of other things to experience on Siem Reap tours. Angkor National Museum provides a fascinating look at Khmer history, with artefacts dating back to the ninth century, while a visit to the nearby villages provides a glimpse into everyday local life. Enjoy a stroll along the riverside and perhaps a cruise on the Tonlé Sap, before unwinding in the evening at a traditional puppet show or dance performance. Take advantage of the ample handicraft stores, trendy cafes and inviting spas, or set off on a Siem Reap jungle tour.
Things to do in Siem Reap
Siem Reap holidays offer a diverse range of things to do. From exploring the area's rich history to learning about the cultures and traditions of the local people, it is a city full of charm and character. If you are planning your Siem Reap tour itinerary, we suggest including the following experiences...
Explore Angkor Wat
As the largest building devoted to religion in the world, it's not surprising that Angkor Wat elicits such a powerful response from those who visit. Surrounded by an extensive moat, the temple, which dates back to the 12th century, is surprisingly well preserved and is at its most spectacular at sunrise or sunset.
Watch a traditional dance performance
Those staying overnight in Siem Reap will have the opportunity to catch an Apsara dance performance. This centuries-old style of dance uses slow, graceful movements to depict historical events or cultural tales. There are several places you can catch a performance in the city, including theatres and restaurants that offer it as part of a dinner package.
Cruise the Tonlé Sap
Explore Southeast Asia's largest freshwater lake on a traditional wooden boat. As you cruise the waters of the Tonlé Sap you'll be treated to a variety of picturesque scenes, from floating villages to natural scenery. The area is also home to a wide variety of rare and endangered birds, making a cruise a fantastic opportunity for a spot of bird watching.
Things to see in Siem Reap
The chance to wander through famous archaeological sites is a huge draw for holiday packages in Siem Reap. Temples, lost cities, and ruinous fortresses are dotted around the local area, waiting for curious travellers to explore its secrets. There are plenty of other extraordinary sights in and around the city, making an overnight stay here extremely worthwhile. Here is our pick of the city's must-sees.
Food and Drink in Siem Reap
Siem Reap is home to a diverse food scene, with everything from Indian to Italian on the menu. Of course, it is also worth taking advantage of the opportunity to try mouthwatering Cambodian dishes during your trip, and the large number of street food stalls means that even those on Siem Reap day tours will find ample opportunities to sample the local cuisine.
Whether you want to enjoy fine dining or a more laid-back meal on the street, Siem Reap has plenty of options for you to choose from. The city has a burgeoning food scene that may just surprise you. There are trendy restaurants and bars popping up seemingly every day here, with aesthetic interiors and innovative culinary creations. One of the best places to get a taste of this flourishing scene is Kandal Village, a colourful street that is home to a variety of cool restaurants, bars and coffee shops. Another great way to delve into the local cuisine is by visiting the city's night markets. Here you'll find a huge range of tempting street food dishes, with everything from noodles to freshly pressed sugar cane juice.
When it comes to specific Cambodian dishes to try, a good place to start is fish amok. This popular curry has a spicy and slightly sweet sauce and is found on almost every menu in the city. Fans of Vietnamese pho may like to try nom banh chok, or Khmer noodles. There are a number of variations of the dish, although the staple ingredients are rice noodles and a fish-based sauce. In Siem Reap, it is served with a sweet sauce and is usually eaten at breakfast. Another popular delicacy is Khmer red curry, a coconut-based dish that is much milder than its Thai counterpart. To end your meal on a sweet note, look out for traditional desserts such as pumpkin custard, mango and sticky rice, and mung bean pudding.