Tours from Siem Reap

Tours from Siem Reap

The Kingdom of Cambodia is located in Southeast Asia on the Indochinese peninsula. Cambodia is a border country with Vietnam, so moving to this country is also relatively easy. Here, Buddhism is the main religion and is closely associated with Cambodian culture. Cambodia has a hot, tropical monsoon climate with two distinct rainy and dry seasons. With an attractive cultural complex featuring unique Khmer architecture, interesting cuisine, and beautiful islands, Cambodian tourism is becoming increasingly known to tourists. Many famous architectural works exist, such as Angkor Wat, the Golden Temple, the Silver Pagoda, Sihanoukville Beach, Koh Rong Samloem Island, the Bokor Plateau, etc.

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Shopping at Angkor Night Market

Angkor Night Market is very busy and vibrant and is considered the main shopping destination when visitors come to Siem Reap. The highlight of this night market is the image of 200 bamboo huts selling a wide range of clothing and handicraft products from the local community and NGOs. Entering the market, visitors will be attracted by the shops with a variety of goods such as clothes, jewelry, and souvenirs such as Buddha statues, Bayon statues, Apsaras, bandanas, silverware, Angkorian-shaped terracotta, etc., at extremely affordable prices of only 1-2 USD. After shopping, visitors should enjoy the food and drink here to feel better about the cuisine as well as the daily behavior of Cambodians.

FAQ

Dry season

The dry season lasts from November to May, which includes cool season and hot season. 

Cool-season

The cool season begins in November and ends in February. This is the best time to travel to Cambodia when the weather is most favorable. The temperature ranges from 21 – 30 Celsius degrees. It is the perfect weather to relax on the beach, or take a hike in the dense jungles of Cambodia. 

If you want to experience cruising on the Mekong River, it is recommended to travel between November and January in the dry season. 

Nice weather also means that this is the high season of Cambodia with huge mobs of tourists. Destinations are likely to be filled with travelers. As a result, booking might be harder and prices are higher. If you want to visit Cambodia in this season, remember to book in advance.

Hot season

The hot season lasts from March to June. The weather is extremely hot and humid. This might be the worst time to visit Cambodia with temperatures that can get up to 35 – 40 Celsius degrees. Humidity makes it so annoying to walk along the streets, visit the temples and go on a hike.

If you have no problems with summer heat, you can try exploring Cambodia in this extreme heat.

Wet season 

Starting in May and ending in October, the wet season is truly… wet. Rains can fall up to 20 days in a single month. However, it’s not that bad as a shower often lasts for one hour or so. Just remember to bring an umbrella or poncho with you. 

Travelers are not recommended to travel between mid-September to October as remote roads of Cambodia can be flooded in this season.

During the rainy season, you can choose to visit Cambodia between June and early September when there are not too many rains and the temperature is lower than 30 Celsius degrees. There are not too many visitors during this season so take your chance to explore temples and visit the Tonle Sap Lake.

Cambodia’s climate, which has two seasons of rain and dryness, is comparable to that of southern Vietnam. May through October is the wet season, whereas November through March is dry and sunny.

Therefore, November through February of each year is the best time to visit Cambodia. This period is ideal for sightseeing. Visitors can take part in boat races and water festivals, especially starting in mid-November. Visitors should schedule their trip during April if they wish to enjoy the traditional Tet of Khmer Cambodia.

Within Cambodia

The quickest way to get around the country is by air travel. There are various domestic flights between major cities such as Phnom Penh, Siem Reap, Sihanoukville, and Battambang.

Within the city

Public buses only operate in Phnom Penh. In other cities, you can opt for a tuk-tuk, mood up (a small motorcycle taxi), train, and boat.

  1. Angkor Wat 

Used to be the capital of the Khmer empire of King Suryavarman II, Angkor Wat is an ancient city dating back to the 12th century. The city covered more than 400 kilometers, making it the largest pre-industrial city in history. Some suggested that the population of this city could have been around one million people.

For a long time, it was a big mystery how the Angkor empire collapsed in the early 15th century. Now, researchers concluded that intense monsoon rains and drought caused damage to this city.

Today, Angkor Wat is now known as the Angkor Archaeological Park with amazing temples and buildings. The most popular temples are Angkor Wat, Bayon, Ta Prohm, and Angkor Thom. Although this place is only the remnants of the great Angkor Wat, it is still quite big. A multi-day pass is recommended.

Angkor Wat

As the largest Asian pyramid, Angkor Wat is over 200 feet tall. There are different layers in this temple. This is also the biggest building of the Angkor Archaeological Park complex. The historical site actually gets its name from this temple. The central temple has 2600 feet of bas-reliefs.

The Bayon

The Bayon is located in the center of Angkor Thom. There are 54 towers and 216 faces of Avalokiteshvara engraved in this temple. Bayon has divided into 3 levels: the first 2 ones are rectangular while the third level is circular.

Ta Prohm

Ta Prohm is still exactly as they found it as archeologists left it untouched. They only strengthened the structure to prevent deterioration. That is why Ta Prohm is called the capital of the kingdom of the Trees. 

Banteay Srei

Banteay Srei means “Citadel of the Women”. It is said that this temple was built by women as the carvings are too elaborate and fine for the hand of a man. Many of Banteay Srei’s carvings are three-dimensional Shiva.

  1. Koh Ker

For a short time from 928 to 944 AD, Koh Ker was the capital of the Khmer empire. Koh Ker houses Prasat Thom which is a 30-meter-tall temple pyramid rising high above the surrounding forest. On top is a giant Garuda (half-man, half-bird creature) carved into the rock.

Koh Ker was one of the most inaccessible and remote temples in Cambodia. Thanks to the opening of a new road, it is now a lot easier to explore this building complex.

  1. Tonle Sap 

As the largest freshwater lake in Southeast Asia, Tonle Sap is 250 km in length and 100 km across at its widest point. This “inland ocean” enlarges and shrinks dramatically when the season changes. Tonle Sap is home to many ethnic Vietnamese and some Cham communities living in floating villages.

  1. Kratie

Located on the banks of the Mekong River, Kratie is a small town with an expansive riverfront and the best Mekong sunsets in Cambodia. Irrawaddy dolphins are the attractions of this riverside town. There are not too many dolphins of this species inhabiting this place. The architecture of Kratie is somehow French.

  1. Neak Pan

Neak Pan is a small temple consisting of five ponds. The central pond is a representation of Lake Anavatapta in the Himalayas. The orientation of the ponds at Neak Pean ensured that the water was always fresh because the pods received only reflected light. 

Fish amok 

Fish amok is considered the signature dish of Cambodia. Diced fillets of freshwater fish are cooked in coconut milk, eggs, fish sauce, and palm sugar. After, locals will add a paste called kroeung and made from pounded spices and other ingredients such as turmeric, kaffir lime, lemongrass, and shallots. 

The dish will be steamed in a banana leaf shaped into a bowl.

Kuy teav

This is a very popular street food in Cambodia. This is actually noodle soup made from pork or beef bones and rice vermicelli. The broth is flavorful with fried shallots and garlic, bean sprouts, green onion, and aromatic herbs. This dish is served with fish or pork balls. You can add chili paste, half a lime, and some hoisin sauce if you like.

Beef loc lac 

With stir-fried strips of tender beef served with a bed of lettuce leaves, sliced tomatoes, cucumbers, and rings of raw onions, beef loc lac is also a signature dish of Cambodia. Most of the time, there will be a fried egg on top. The star of this dish is the dipping sauce of lime juice and pepper.

Visitors can obtain a visa for Cambodia upon arrival at the airport or at overland border crossings. It is also possible to apply for an e-visa online before arriving in the country.

It depends on how much time you have and what you want to see and do. A typical tour of Cambodia can range from 3-7 days, but some people may choose to stay for longer.

The local currency in Cambodia is the Cambodian riel (KHR), but US dollars are widely accepted and preferred in most tourist areas. It’s a good idea to have both currencies on hand when traveling in Cambodia.

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  • The Real (1000 Real = 5900 VND) is the official currency of Cambodia. A lot of business is also conducted in US dollars in Cambodia. A few locations also accept Vietnam Dong as payment.
  • The heat in Cambodia is extreme, especially if tourists visit the beaches. So please wear lightweight, sweat-wicking clothing and bring sunscreen.
  • Compared to Vietnam, Cambodia does not have as many taxis. Guests can pre-arrange the cost of a cab by the day or by the session.
  • Prices are often inflated 2 to 3 times the actual price, so this is definitely not the ideal place to shop. Tourists should only withdraw their wallets when they need to buy food or small souvenirs.
  • Tourists absolutely do not pat children’s heads because according to the concept of indigenous people, it is a place where only parents can touch.
  • Visitors should also not give things with their left hand because according to Cambodians, the left hand is often “not clean“.
  • When visiting the temple, please choose modest clothes to show respect for the local culture.
  • Visitors should also avoid approaching or touching the monks

1. Religion

1.1. Buddhism 

The percentage of Buddhism in Cambodia is over 90% of the population. This information is reflected explicitly in the 4,400 temples and pagodas nationwide. And Cambodian religious practices and rituals are deeply ingrained in their everyday life.

1.2. Hindu, Muslims, Jews, Cao Dai adherents and others 

The remaining 7 percent of the population includes Christians, Muslims, animists, Baha’is, Jews, and Cao Dai adherents. This diverse religious tapestry adds another layer of richness and variety to the country’s cultural mosaic.

2. Khmer Empire Legacy 

2.1. Angkor Wat 

Built during the height of the Khmer Empire in the 12th century, Angkor Wat was originally constructed as a Hindu temple dedicated to the god Vishnu. It later transitioned into a Buddhist temple and remains a religious site nowadays. Specifically, this place, also a UNESCO World Heritage site, symbolizes Cambodia and is considered one of the greatest architectural achievements in Southeast Asia. 

2.2. Other highlight architectures

Cambodia has a rich cultural heritage, and you may encounter statues and symbols related to the ancient Khmer kingdom, the nine-headed Naga snakes lying all over the road and alleys. Besides, The temples of the Khmer Empire are known for their distinctive spire architecture and intricate carvings. The carvings often depict various scenes from mythology, religious narratives, and aspects of daily life during the Khmer Empire. 

3. Traditional Arts And Crafts 

3.1. Dances 

Cambodian traditional performing arts, including the Apsara dance, folk dance, and Sbek Thom, are integral parts of the country’s cultural heritage. These art forms have been passed down through generations and hold deep significance in Cambodian culture. Additionally, with its distinct instruments like the Roneat, Tro, and Skor thom, Cambodian classical music complements these performances.

3.2. Crafts 

Traditional crafts in Cambodia, such as silk weaving, silver processing, and wood carving, are highly valued for their cultural significance and association with Khmer identity and royal style. These crafts have been practiced for generations, with artisans honing their skills and passing them down through their families. 

4. Cuisine

Although Indian and Chinese styles have influenced Cambodian cuisine, it has developed its own unique flavors and characteristics. Cambodian dishes often balance sweet, sour, salty, and sometimes spicy flavors, utilizing local ingredients such as lemongrass, galangal, and fish sauce.  

5. Traditional Clothing

Traditional clothing in Cambodia is usually the Sampot, the country’s national garment. The Sampot is a rectangular piece of fabric that is typically worn as a wrap-around skirt. It is made from silk, cotton, or other fabrics and comes in various colors and patterns.

6. Festivals

6.1. Bom Chaul Chnam

Bom Chaul Chnam is the Water Festival, which takes place from April 13th to 15th. People gather in the streets and near rivers to engage in friendly water fights using buckets, water guns, or simply splashing water on one another. This cleansing symbolizes washing away bad luck and misfortunes from the past year and welcoming a fresh start.

6.2. Meak Bochea

Meak Bochea is an important Buddhist religious holiday celebrated in Cambodia, as well as in other Southeast Asian countries. It falls on the full moon day of the third lunar month. Meak Bochea commemorates a significant event in the life of the Buddha and serves as a day of religious observance and reflection for Buddhists

7. Cultural communications 

7.1. Hands Clasped In Front Of Chest

The traditional greeting of the Cambodian people is to bow with hands clasped in front of the chest, similar to praying in Buddhism. If they want to show respect to the other person, they will bow lower and their hands clasped in a higher position.

7.2. Shake hands

Handshakes are often used when greeting foreigners, especially in more urban and cosmopolitan areas, as Cambodians are aware of Western cultural norms.

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About Siem Reap

  • Visit Angkor Wat: One of the most famous and iconic temples in the world, Angkor Wat is a must-visit attraction in Siem Reap. It is the largest religious monument in the world and a UNESCO World Heritage Site.
  • Explore the Angkor Archaeological Park: A sprawling complex of ancient temples and ruins, the Angkor Archaeological Park is home to over 1,000 temples and structures, including the iconic Angkor Wat.
  • Watch the sunset at Phnom Bakheng: Located on a hilltop, Phnom Bakheng offers stunning views of the surrounding area and is a popular spot for watching the sunset.
  • Take a boat ride on Tonle Sap Lake: Tonle Sap Lake is the largest freshwater lake in Southeast Asia and is home to many floating villages and communities. A boat ride on the lake is a great way to learn about local life and culture.
  • Visit the Angkor National Museum: The Angkor National Museum is a great place to learn about the history and culture of the Angkor region. It features a collection of artifacts and exhibits that showcase the art, architecture, and customs of the ancient Khmer civilization.
  • Experience Cambodian culture at a traditional Apsara dance performance: Apsara dance is a traditional Cambodian dance that has been performed for centuries. It is a beautiful and graceful dance that tells stories from Cambodian mythology and history.
  • Explore the Old Market: The Old Market in Siem Reap is a bustling marketplace that sells everything from local handicrafts and souvenirs to fresh produce and street food.
  • Le Tigre de Papier: Le Tigre de Papier is a popular restaurant in Siem Reap that offers cooking classes. The classes are led by experienced chefs who will teach you how to prepare traditional Cambodian dishes using fresh, local ingredients.
  • The Sugar Palm: The Sugar Palm is another popular restaurant that offers cooking classes. The classes are led by the restaurant’s owner, Kethana Dunnet, who is an expert in Cambodian cuisine. You’ll learn how to prepare dishes like Amok (a traditional Cambodian curry) and fish cakes.
  • Siem Reap Food Tours: Siem Reap Food Tours offers a variety of culinary experiences, including cooking classes. The classes are led by local chefs and take place in a traditional Cambodian village. You’ll learn how to prepare dishes like Khmer chicken curry and green mango salad.
  • Beyond Unique Escapes: Beyond Unique Escapes is a tour company that offers a variety of cultural experiences, including cooking classes. The classes take place in a traditional Cambodian home and are led by a local chef. You’ll learn how to prepare traditional dishes like beef lok lak and fish amok.
  • Cuisine Wat Damnak: This restaurant is known for its innovative take on traditional Cambodian cuisine. The menu changes regularly to reflect seasonal ingredients and local flavors. It has been named one of Asia’s 50 Best Restaurants.
  • Sugar Palm: This restaurant is a favorite among locals and tourists alike. It serves traditional Cambodian dishes like Amok, as well as other Southeast Asian specialties. The restaurant has a cozy, relaxed atmosphere and excellent service.
  • Mie Cafe: Mie Cafe is a French-Cambodian fusion restaurant that offers a unique dining experience. The menu features dishes like grilled beef with Kampot pepper sauce and Khmer-style bouillabaisse.
  • Embassy Restaurant: This restaurant is located in a beautiful colonial-style building and serves a mix of Cambodian and international cuisine. The menu features dishes like crispy pork belly and grilled fish with green mango salad.
  • Marum: This restaurant is part of the TREE Alliance, a group of social enterprises that support marginalized communities in Cambodia. The menu features traditional Cambodian dishes with a modern twist, and the restaurant has a relaxed, friendly atmosphere.
  • The Hashi: This Japanese restaurant is a favorite among sushi lovers in Siem Reap. The menu features a variety of sushi and sashimi, as well as other Japanese dishes like ramen and udon noodles.
  • Mahob Khmer Cuisine: This restaurant serves traditional Cambodian dishes in a stylish, modern setting. The menu features dishes like Khmer curry and grilled beef with Kampot pepper sauce.

5-star hotel in Siem Reap

  • Belmond La Résidence d’Angkor: This hotel is located in the heart of Siem Reap and offers a luxurious and tranquil escape. The rooms and suites are spacious and elegantly appointed, and the hotel features a spa, outdoor pool, and fitness center.

  • Park Hyatt Siem Reap: This hotel is located near the famous Angkor Wat temple complex and offers a unique blend of traditional Khmer architecture and modern design. The rooms and suites are spacious and feature luxurious amenities, and the hotel also offers a spa, fitness center, and outdoor pool.

  • Raffles Grand Hotel d’Angkor: This historic hotel is located in the heart of Siem Reap and has been a landmark in the city since it first opened in 1932. The rooms and suites are elegant and feature traditional Khmer design elements, and the hotel also offers a spa, fitness center, and outdoor pool.

  • Sofitel Angkor Phokeethra Golf & Spa Resort: This hotel is located near the Angkor temple complex and features a unique blend of French and Khmer architecture. The rooms and suites are spacious and luxurious, and the hotel also offers a spa, fitness center, and outdoor pool.

  • Anantara Angkor Resort: This hotel is located in a tranquil setting just a few minutes from the center of Siem Reap. The rooms and suites are elegantly appointed and feature traditional Khmer design elements, and the hotel also offers a spa, fitness center, and outdoor pool.

4-star hotel in Siem Reap

  • Tara Angkor Hotel: This hotel is located near the center of Siem Reap and features a blend of traditional Khmer architecture and modern design. The rooms and suites are spacious and elegantly appointed, and the hotel also offers a spa, fitness center, and outdoor pool.

  • Lynnaya Urban River Resort: This boutique hotel is located in a quiet area of Siem Reap and features a unique blend of modern design and traditional Khmer elements. The rooms and suites are stylish and comfortable, and the hotel also offers a spa, fitness center, and outdoor pool.

  • Saem Siemreap Hotel: This hotel is located near the center of Siem Reap and features a blend of modern and traditional Khmer design. The rooms and suites are spacious and comfortable, and the hotel also offers a spa, fitness center, and outdoor pool.

  • Lotus Blanc Resort: This hotel is located near the airport and offers a peaceful and relaxing retreat from the hustle and bustle of Siem Reap. The rooms and suites are spacious and feature modern amenities, and the hotel also offers a spa, fitness center, and outdoor pool.

  • Tara Sunrise Angkor Villa: This hotel is located in a quiet area of Siem Reap and features a blend of modern and traditional Khmer design. The rooms and suites are comfortable and spacious, and the hotel also offers a spa, fitness center, and outdoor pool.

Taking a cooking class is one of the great things to do in Siem Reap, where you can learn about traditional Khmer cuisine. This is the best opportunity to explore the culture and sample delicious food, along with a Siem Reap street food tour. If you’re wondering what a cooking class in Siem Reap has to offer, let’s find out.

  1. Lily’s Secret Garden Cooking Class

Lily’s Secret Garden Cooking Class is a reliable destination for those who love Cambodian cuisine. You’ll stroll around the local market to find fresh ingredients for the dishes before making your way to a local house, about five minutes from the center of Siem Reap. Chef Lily is ready to guide diners through the steps of creating some typical Cambodian dishes.

Besides the very familiar basic methods, you also learn more techniques for frying, creating caramel, and blackening. Knowing more cooking techniques will help you have a more diverse way of preparing dishes, showing a higher level of professionalism.

  • Address: Tolaka street, Siem Reap, Cambodia

2. Lily’s Secret Garden Cooking Class

Lily’s Secret Garden Cooking Class is a reliable destination for those who love Cambodian cuisine. You’ll stroll around the local market to find fresh ingredients for the dishes before making your way to a local house, about five minutes from the center of Siem Reap. Chef Lily is ready to guide diners through the steps of creating some typical Cambodian dishes.

Besides the very familiar basic methods, you also learn more techniques for frying, creating caramel, and blackening. Knowing more cooking techniques will help you have a more diverse way of preparing dishes, showing a higher level of professionalism.

  • Address: Tolaka street, Siem Reap, Cambodia

3. Khmer Cooking Class at the Local People’s House

You will learn Khmer cuisine with a local family in a friendly environment. Stroll around the local market to find fresh ingredients for your dishes before heading to a local’s house for a private cooking class. Learn valuable tips and tricks on how to prepare Cambodian dishes from a local expert and try your hand at authentic Khmer food, including Salty Amok Fish and the famous Tom Yum.

  • Address: Wat Po Banteay Chey Road, Krong Siem Reap, Cambodia

4. Khmer Gourmet Cooking Class

Discover delicious Cambodian food with this Khmer Gourmet cooking class. Hand-picking fresh ingredients and turning them into unique local dishes under the dedicated guidance of Chef Sreypeo, Executive Chef at a 5-star hotel, you can choose according to your choice. The class is in one of the kitchens that focuses on seafood and vegetables from all over the world. In addition, providing advanced and in-depth knowledge and content on vegetarian decoration and macrobiotic kitchen

  • Address: Alley west, Siem Reap, Cambodia.

5. Champey cooking class

Take a fun cooking class that will allow you to uncover the secrets of Cambodia’s most famous dish. Champey cooking classes are available to provide you with valuable techniques and tips for preparing Cambodian dishes with guidance from a local expert. You can try cooking Khmer dishes like Fish Amok and Tom Yum, making cocktails, etc.

The classroom is also a quality center with a full range of courses, including home kitchen, bakery, and professional chef. Guides are chefs with many years of experience in the culinary profession, ensuring they impart all skills to you.

  • Address: 150m from Old Market, Siem Reap, Cambodia
  • Plan

Airplanes are the fastest means for visitors to travel from Phnom Penh to Siem Reap. At the airport in the Cambodian capital, there are many flights going everywhere from domestic to foreign. When tourists travel to Cambodia during the high season, visitors need to remember to book flight tickets in advance to save costs and have a good seat.

  • Bus

The least expensive mode of transportation for tourists is the bus. Bus services from Phnom Penh to Siem Reap and vice versa are offered by numerous private operators in Cambodia. The journey is 314 kilometers long and lasts 5–7 hours. The bus will make stops in Skun and Kampong Thom en route. The cost is 14.000 Riel one way. The earliest and last buses leave at 6:30 am and 1pm respectively. Visitors may find the bus terminal in Siem Reap opposite the Old Market. The bus terminal in Phnom Penh is situated Southwest of the well-liked tourist shopping area known as Phsar Thmey market.

  • Ferry

There are always ferries running on the lake between Phnom Penh and Siem Reap. Ferries in Phnom Penh depart daily at 7 am at Sisowath Port  and the ferry in Siem Reap also departs daily at 7 am at Chong Khneas ferry terminal. The ticket ranges from $18 – $25 and must be purchased a day in advance through hotels or travel agencies.

If tourists want to experience the feeling of sitting on a ferry, visitors should travel to Cambodia in the rainy season because at that time the water is full, the ferry will be easy to run. But if visitors go in the dry season, the water is dry, it may be a small boat and less comfortable.

  • Taxi

Taxi is the best option for people looking for the fastest and safest way to get from Phnom Penh to Siem Reap. Both cities’ taxi fares fluctuate approximately 25.000 Riel per person. While the price of gas fluctuates, visitors can also rent a car for $38 to $45 to drive themselves. Tourists should choose an inexpensive active mode of transportation when visiting Phnom Penh.

This is a famous circus of Cambodia, which can bring visitors the most unique entertainment experiences, especially this will be a memorable memory for the children with family fun together in Cambodia. Performances that combine dance, comedy, music and elaborate acrobatics will tell visitors the story of Cambodia in a special way. An interesting circus performance will definitely be a memorable experience in their Siem Reap trip.

The War Museum is the largest museum in Cambodia – which helps visitors visualize the civil war during the Khmer Rouge era in 1975 and the Vietnam war in 1979. The museum is storing millions of unexploded mines found after the war along with many artifacts of historical value such as T54 tank, MiG-19 jet fighter, Mil Mi-8 helicopter. Some of these war machines were used during the Second World War.

Wat Preah Prom Rath is a Buddhist temple built in the 12th century on beautiful grounds in Siem Reap. Wat Preah Prom Rath is located on the waterfront near the Old Market, and the distance to most hotels in town is comfortable walking. Besides the many statues on the temple grounds, you’ll also find colorful murals and beautifully decorated rooms.

This is an active temple, and you can see Buddhist monks making offerings and praying inside the temple. What is famous here is the large sleeping Buddha in the main temple, built in 1500. They have done some extensions to the main building, and now you will see an academic temple.

  • Address: Opposite Temple Coffee & Bakery, Pokambor Ave, Krong Siem Reap

Cambodia Cultural Village is located in Siem Reap and is both an amusement park and a place to help you learn about this country’s culture. Here, visitors have the opportunity to visit many unique cultural features in the exhibits. Besides, people also regularly organize events and performances such as traditional wedding ceremonies and umbrella dances. 

Cambodia Cultural Village, which has been operating for more than 13 years, has been attracting the attention of many tourists with the architectural works of ancient Khmer villages with stone carvings and wooden houses. These are mysterious gates for you to discover the traditions and beliefs of the Khmer people, the people living in Cambodia.

In Siem Reap, besides the traditional massage service, there is also an interesting fish foot massage service.

The foot massages that the specialist serves are the fish. The fish used for foot massages for tourists are quite small fish. They are raised by people to serve customers.

These little fish will help visitors nibble dead cells on your skin. Please rest assured that it does not cause pain. This massage also helps visitors avoid some skin diseases.

Fish massage parlors grow close to both sides of the road on Pub Street and charge only 2 USD, including a non-alcoholic drink.

In Siem Reap, you can relax by buying tickets to see the circus at Phare, a famous circus in the area. Performances at Phare often have a combination of traditional and modern culture, suitable for children and adults. Admire the renowned artists of the Phare Ponleu Selpak arts and social center and its blend of theater, music, dance, and acrobatics.

Phare, the Cambodian Circus, combines theater, music, dance, and modern circus art to tell unique Cambodian stories from recent history, folklore, and modern society. Phare artists are students and graduates from Phare Ponleu Selpak’s vocational training center in Battambang.

About Battambang

1.Maisons Wat Kor Hote

Maisons Wat Kor Hotel is an authentic accommodation located a few kilometers from Battambang City in the heart of Wat Kor village. The hotel’s houses are built in the traditional Khmer style of Cambodia, with many wooden details. Spacious, unfussy accommodation and traditional local cuisine

Maisons Wat Kor offers 15 charming rooms set in four traditionally inspired buildings, a restaurant-bar, a saltwater swimming pool, and a massage cottage for two sets amidst lush gardens. Our hotel is near natural lotus and water lily ponds and has fully equipped meeting rooms.

  • Address: 221 Road 800, Wat Kor Village, Battambang Province, Cambodia.

2. Royal Hotel

The Royal Hotel is an excellent choice for travelers visiting Battambang, offering many helpful amenities designed to enhance your stay. The Royal Hotel promises to bring you a relaxing and wonderful stay.

While staying at the Royal Hotel, you can check out White Elephant Pagoda and Prasat Sneung, some of Battambang’s top attractions. Try one of Battambang’s popular dumpling restaurants, such as Jaan Bai Restaurant, The Lonely Tree Cafe, or Lan Chov Khorko Miteanh Chinese Noodle Restaurant, all a short distance from the Royal Hotel.

  • Address: 115 Street 50 meters west of central market, Svay Pao, Battambang, Cambodia

3. Classy Hotel & Spa

The Classy Hotel is a popular choice for travelers in Battambang, whether exploring or just stopping by. The hotel offers a wide range of facilities to provide a pleasant experience for you.

Guests can visit the sauna to recuperate and relax. There are family rooms equipped with everything needed for families with children. Guests are always happily welcomed by the hotel in the restaurant with good service. Featuring an outdoor swimming pool and indoor restaurant, the Classy Hotel is a modern building located in Battambang.

The Classy Hotel is 300 meters from the Battambang Museum and 400 meters from Riverside Night Market. Local Cambodian and Western meals can be served at the on-site restaurant.

  • Address: 159 D ​​Street 207, Phnum Romcheck 4, Sangkat Ratanak, Battambang, Cambodia

4. Muni Residence & Spa

Muni Residence & Spa is located in Battambang, 600 meters from the Battambang Museum and less than 1 km from the Colonial Building. This 3-star hotel offers air-conditioned rooms with private bathrooms and free WiFi. Popular points of interest near Muni Residence & Spa include Damrey Sor Pagoda, Wat Kampheng, and Royal Battambang Railway Station.

  • Address: Borey Thmey Rd, Krong Battambang, Cambodia

5. Battambang Resort

A resort just outside of Battambang town center. The beauty of Battambang provides the perfect setting for this extremely special resort. Set amidst numerous peaceful rice paddies, local farmers can be seen tending to their daily work not far from the ancient village and the famous bamboo train.

At Battambang Resort, you can relax after a busy day of sightseeing by picking yourself up in your refreshing saltwater pool or by enjoying a soothing time in the swimming pool. Step out of the pool and into our wonderful restaurant, located on the first floor of the complex. From the comfort of the restaurant, guests can indulge in beautiful visionary views of the spacious tropical garden, which is also the perfect place for a quiet retreat after dinner.

  • Address: Krong Battambang, Cambodia

Battambang is Cambodia’s second-largest city, attracting tourists with its very own beauty, hidden many interesting things, harmony, balance, and vibrancy from the classic look of French architecture and ordinary life of the people here. The most special is Battambang Market, a famous old market in Cambodia, also known as Psar Nath Market. The market is where culture and commerce meet in Cambodia because the market sells traditional products, has local cuisines, and has a long history dating back to the French colonial period in Cambodia.

  • Location: Phsar Thmey, Krong Battambang, Cambodia 
  • Open time: 24/24  
  • Highlights: It has a long history and is a familiar local market for the people here, selling the best seafood, fresh vegetables and fruits, spices, groceries, jewelry, clothes, and local cuisines.

1.  Flavors of India 

Flavors of India is a restaurant with a cozy atmosphere, diverse menu, and very affordable prices. The cuisine is bold with Indian flavors, and especially if you like Nepali cuisine, the restaurant is also a good choice. Some dishes most popular with tourists are chicken tikka tandoori, butter chicken (spicy), mango lassi, boiled rice, and tandoori roti.

  • Address: Street 121, Krong Battambang, Cambodia 

2. Nary Kitchen

Nary Kitchen is a family-run restaurant, a small space but highly appreciated by visitors. Popular dishes here are spring rolls, fish amok, chicken Lok Lak, and banana tapioca pudding. The restaurant’s highlight is that it also has a cooking class, you are taken to the market to buy fresh ingredients, and the teacher explains everything step by step to make your dishes.

  • Address: 650, Group Prek Mohatep, Svay Por, Battambang, Cambodia 

3. Coconut LyLy Restaurant 

Coconut LyLy Restaurant is designed to be close and lovely. Favorite dishes by tourists are spring rolls, mushroom amok, and a lime/vanilla cream pudding. Besides selling dishes, this place also has a cooking class. The family was reviewed nicely and taught tourists a lot about food, Cambodian life, weather, and many other things.

  • Address: 111 street, Krong Battambang, Cambodia

4. Jaan Bai Restaurant

Jaan Bai Restaurant is a social enterprise restaurant that serves modern Cambodian cuisine. Kampot pepper, Thai green chicken curry, brown rice, and cocktails are favorites here. Especially the restaurant’s mission is to support youth in Battambang by providing them with hospitality training and employment opportunities. 

  • Address: Street 2 Battambang, Cambodia

5. Bar Ang 

Bar Ang is a great spot for those looking to enjoy some drinks and tapas-style dishes. The menu features a mix of Western and Asian-inspired dishes, as well as a variety of cocktails and wines. Some of the most popular dishes chosen by tourists are pineapple juice, Khmer curry, or fried aubergine.

  • Address: 458-406St Ochar Village, Cambodia

About Phnom Penh

  • Visiting Tuol Sleng Museum

The Tuol Sleng Museum is a museum showing the genocide of the Khmer Rouge. The museum was once a high school torture center where nearly 17,000 Cambodians were killed.

This place was preserved in its original state when the city was liberated in January 1979. Nearly 6,000 haunting photographs of the labor camps and executions under the Pol Pot regime are displayed here. While not the most exciting, the Tuol Sleng Genocide Museum is an essential part of its history, and you’ll have an emotional experience while you’re there.

  • Visiting the Choeung Ek Killing Fields

Choeung Ek Killing Field is located about 15 kilometers from the center of Phnom Penh and takes about 30 minutes by car. This is the place that most clearly shows the genocide of the Khmer Rouge regime that caused the historic Cambodian civil war in the 1970s.

  • Admiring the architecture of the royal palace and Silver Pagoda

Coming to the Royal Palace of Cambodia, you will admire the unique architecture here. This is a complex of buildings and the residence of the King and the Royal Family, so it has attracted many tourists to visit and explore. This site is also the place where Cambodian ceremonies and diplomatic meetings take place.

  • Seeing Performing Arts

Cambodian Living Arts popularizes Cambodian living arts like Apsara and Khmer dance and organizes cultural events at the National Museum of Cambodia. The program features live music as well as traditional Cambodian costumes.

  • Visiting Cambodia National Museum

The National Museum of Cambodia is the largest architecture and history museum in the country. It displays the collections, archeology, religion, and art of the Khmer people. Although built during the French colonial period, the red sandstone building is an excellent example of the traditional Khmer architectural style. There are more than 14,000 artifacts on display here, and a guided tour of the museum offers a glimpse into central Cambodia.

  • Visiting Phnom Penh’s Independence Monument

Independence Monument is a large architectural work to mark Independence Day, the day when the Cambodian people escaped the yoke of imperialism and colonialism, becoming a completely independent country. The Independence Monument is designed to simulate Angkor Wat and some other historical sites in Cambodia. On major holidays, the monument often holds important ceremonies, so it attracts many visitors.

  • Exploring the ancient capital Oudong

Oudong was the ancient capital of Cambodia between the 17th and 19th centuries. Coming here, visitors will be able to visit ancient historical sites, moss-colored temples, and unspoiled natural landscapes.

  • Visiting Wat Phnom

Wat Phnom, a famous traditional Buddhist temple, was built in the early 14th century. The temple includes four Buddha statues and is regularly visited by locals in the area.

  • Shopping experience at Psar Thmei market

Phsar Thmey Market, also known as the central market in Phnom Penh, is a very famous market in Cambodia. Psar Thmei Market was built in 1937 in Art Deco style and dominates downtown Phnom Penh.

  • Strolling Sisowath Quay

Sisowath Quay is Phnom Penh’s most popular promenade and is always busy at sunset with pedestrians and joggers. This riverside strip, surrounded by palm trees, stretches north 3 kilometers from the Royal Palace. It’s a great place to see and photograph the boats on the Tonle Sap River. 

  • Taking a sunset cruise on the river in Phnom Penh

River boating in Phnom Penh is the ultimate trip to make your Cambodia vacation memorable! There are regular sunset cruises departing at 17:00 p.m.

  • Shopping at the Russian market

Phnom Penh’s bustling and lively Russian Market blends in with local life and also creates some great shopping opportunities. The market’s real name is Psar Tuol Tom Pong, but it got this nickname due to the number of foreign Russians residing in Phnom Penh who used to shop here.

  • Enjoying dinner at The Vibe Cafe

This is the only completely vegan restaurant in the Cambodian capital. The restaurant is located in a trendy location with chic interiors and patio seating, so it’s a great place to have dinner if you’re in Phnom Penh.

  • Visiting rice fields and Mekong island by bicycle:

This bike adventure You’ll explore the beautiful rice fields, idyllic countryside, and quaint traditional villages of Cambodia, famous for their lemongrass, banana, ginger, and corn meadows. You will visit silk weaving houses, where you will have the opportunity to wear a scarf that you can see being made in vintage style by hand.

  • Experiencing Cambodian cuisine in Phnom Penh

Coming to Phnom Penh will be more wonderful when you enjoy the food here; each dish you will experience is extremely interesting. You should definitely try some famous dishes such as deep-fried dishes from worms, Num Pang bread, Nom Banh Chok noodles, fish amok, Num Plae Ai, Bai Sach Chrouk, Mi Char fried noodles, and noodle soup. Nam Vang, etc.

  • Sunset cruise and dinner

The Mekong River and Tonle Sap River converge right near the tourist area of Phnom Penh, and watching the sunset over the water is a must-do in Phnom Penh.

On the Sunset Dinner Cruise, enjoy the sunset, listen to traditional Khmer live music, pass by floating villages, see the Royal Palace, and see Phnom Penh’s skyline from a different perspective. You will also enter the junction of the Tonle Sap, Mekong, and Bassac rivers.

  • Cambodian Living Arts Show

The Traditional Dance program showcases Cambodia’s most famous art form. The performance will take the audience on a journey through Cambodia’s history, culture, and traditions with classical repertoire from the Royal Ballet, recreating ancient rituals and folk dances still in existence performed in villages today.

  • Walking around the city at night by Tuk Tuk

At night, the city of Phnom Penh sparkles in bright lights, so don’t miss the opportunity to see this beautiful city at night by Tuk Tuk. Sitting in the car, you can walk around the city of Phnom Penh.

A Tuk Tuk is a type of 3-wheel taxi, which is a popular means for tourists to walk around the city of Phnom Penh. A Tuk-tuk can carry 4-6 people, and the Tuk-tuk driver can speak English, Cambodian, and Vietnamese. The trip costs between 1 USD – 5 USD/person. 

  • Exploring Sisowath Quay’s west street

Phnom Penh is a city with traditional Asian beauty combined with Western modernity. Therefore, you can go to the West Street Sisowath Quay neighborhood near the Palace and Royal Square to explore.

  • Exploring the Independence Monument

Independence Monument is located at the intersection of the two largest roads in Phnom Penh, Sihanouk and Norodom. The work started in 1958 and was inaugurated on November 9, 1962. The monument is a moving work to remember the great gratitude of the outstanding children who sacrificed and devoted themselves to the cause of regaining independence and sovereignty rights for the country.

  • Exploring Nagaworld

Nagaworld is the most luxurious five-star hotel in Cambodia, with a magnificent and lavish casino chain. Nagaworld consists of 14 floors, divided into 4 areas with casinos and a combination of restaurants and high-class hotels.

  • Visiting Phnom Penh Night Market

The Phnom Penh Night Market in Cambodia offers you a fascinating nightlife experience in Phnom Penh, the bustling capital of Cambodia. It is said that if you want to learn about local life, the fastest and easiest way is to go to the local markets. It is the products sold in the market, the way people trade, and the quick, friendly conversations with the locals that truly reflect the way the locals behave in their lives.

  • Drinking Angkor Beer in Phnom Penh

Referring to Cambodia is referring to the unique Angkor architectural heritage complex, which has named and labeled a beer in Cambodia as Beer Angkor. When traveling to Cambodia, you can enjoy this beer anywhere, from grocery stores, popular eateries, bars, and luxury restaurants.

  • Experiencing famous bars

Another interesting activity at night here is that you can relax at the bars. If you want to learn and experience more deeply and thoroughly about the nightlife in Phnom Penh. Try starting at a small bar called Bassac Lane or Bouchon Wine Bar, or some bars in downtown Phnom Penh such as Pontoon, Heart of Darkness, Lobby Lounge, Juniper Gin Bar, Metro Hassakan, Long After Dark, Sora Skybar, etc.

  • Enjoying Cambodian cuisine in Phnom Penh nightlife

Cambodia’s capital, Phnom Penh, is not only famous for its Buddhist architecture but also for its rich cuisine. This place converges with countless street eateries and night markets.

Cambodian cuisine is distinguished by rustic dishes but contains bold and unforgettable flavors. Along the main roads, insects are the main toys that are sold in all kinds, such as crickets, gourds, and especially spiders.

At the night markets, the neighborhood behind or the riverfront area in front of the Royal Palace is where a lot of street food is concentrated. Some famous Cambodian dishes that visitors should not miss when coming here are: Nom Banh Chok, Num Plae Ai, Num Sang Khya l’peou, Amok, Yakitori grilled chicken skewers, Cambodian steamed clams with lemongrass, Ngeav Chamboy, Brohet, etc.

5-star Phnom Penh Hotel

  • Raffles Le Royal

Raffles Le Royal is a luxury hotel in the heart of Phnom Penh, Cambodia. Operating since 1929, Raffles Le Royal offers a unique blend of colonial charm and modern amenities. The hotel’s location is ideal, as it is situated near many popular tourist attractions, including the Royal Palace and the National Museum of Cambodia. The rooms here are spacious and elegantly furnished, with many offering views of its lush gardens. The hotel’s facilities are also top-notch, with various dining options, including a French restaurant, a poolside bar, and a lounge serving afternoon tea. A spa, fitness center, and swimming pool also provide guests with ample opportunities to relax and unwind. Overall, Raffles Le Royal is an excellent choice for tourists looking for a luxurious and comfortable stay in Phnom Penh. 

Address: 92 Rukhak Vithei, Phnom Penh

  • Sofitel Phnom Penh Phokeethra

Sofitel Phnom Penh Phokeethra is an excellent choice for tourists looking for a luxurious and comfortable stay in the heart of Phnom Penh. This hotel has entertained many VIPs such as world presidents, and A-listers, and the facade alone explains why. The building combines French Colonial wealth with modern Khmer embellishments, so it has a classic appeal with a modern sense of luxury and comfort. The staff at Sofitel Phnom Penh Phokeethra is friendly, attentive, and always willing to help guests with any queries or requests. One of the standout features of the hotel is its excellent dining options. The hotel boasts four restaurants, each offering a unique culinary experience, ranging from authentic Cambodian cuisine to international dishes. 

Address: 26 Old August Site Sothearos Boulevard, Phnom Penh

  • Palace Gate Hotel & Resort

Palace Gate Hotel & Resort is the next option for you in our list of best Phnom Penh hotels. It’s actually a renovated French colonial villa, as evidenced by towering wrought ironwork, ceilings, and a magnificent staircase. Because the hotel is next to the Royal Palace, you can wake up with views of the palace grounds.  The rooms are large and comfortable, with most having views of the pools or river. After a day of exploration, the outdoor swimming pool is a terrific spot to unwind, and the rooftop bar is ideal for sipping a nice drink while watching the sun set over the city.

Address: 44, Sothearos Blvd, Chey Chumneas, Daun Penh, Phnom Penh

  • Rosewood Phnom Penh

This luxury hideaway Rosewood Phnom Penh, which opened its doors in 2018, remains one of the city’s finest high-end resorts. The sumptuous contemporary architecture of the rooms and suites is combined with indigenous accents; the best feature views of the Mekong River. There’s also an art gallery, an indoor lap pool, a spa, and a rooftop bar, which is ideal for drinking cocktails at sunset. Moreover, this hotel has an ideal location that is near many tourist attractions such as Wat Phnom, Sisowath Quay, Riverfront Park, and the Royal Palace. From the hotel, you can easily walk to explore Phnom Penh.

Address: Vattanac Capital Tower, 66 Monivong Boulevard, Sangkat Wat Phnom, Khan Daun Penh, Phnom Penh

  • Hyatt Regency Phnom Penh

Another 5-star hotel we recommend for you is Hyatt Regency Phnom Penh – one of the best Phnom Penh hotels. The hotel boasts of 247 guestrooms, including 43 suites, all of which offer spectacular views of the city skyline or the Mekong River. The rooms are equipped with modern amenities such as flat-screen TVs, mini-bars, and high-speed internet access to ensure a comfortable stay for guests. The hotel also offers several recreational facilities, including a fitness center, an outdoor infinity pool, and a spa that provides a range of rejuvenating treatments to guests. Additionally, for business travelers, Hyatt Regency Phnom Penh features meeting and event spaces that can accommodate up to 700 guests.

Address: 55 Street 178, Sangkat Chey Chumnas, Phnom Penh

4-star Phnom Penh Hotel

  • La Rose Suites

La Rose Suites is a great choice for tourists looking for a unique and sustainable boutique Phnom Penh hotel. One of the unique features of La Rose Suites is its colonial-style architecture and interior design that blends traditional Khmer elements with French colonial elegance. Each of the 25 rooms and suites is uniquely designed with traditional Cambodian artwork, handmade furniture, and luxurious amenities, creating a cozy and inviting atmosphere for guests. One of the reasons tourists should choose La Rose Suites is its convenient location. It is within walking distance to several popular tourist attractions, such as the Royal Palace, National Museum, and Riverside.

Address: 4B, Street 21, Sangkat Tonle Bassac, Khan Chamkarmon, Phnom Penh

  • Hotel Emion Phnom Penh

Hotel Emion Phnom Penh is without a doubt one of the most distinctive boutique hotels in Phnom Penh. It’s a Japanese luxury hotel that offers a taste of Japan in Cambodia’s capital. The hotel’s large rooms are minimalist yet inviting and cozy, with high-tech elements that are particularly Japanese. Apart from the accommodations, there are numerous other reasons to like Hotel Emion Phnom Penh. There is a coffee and tea station in the foyer that is open 24 hours a day. A large infinity pool on the roof overlooks the confluence of the Mekong river and Tonlé Sap rivers

Address: 192 Preah Sisowath Quay Sangkat Chaktomuk, Daun Penh, Phnom Penh

  • Baitong Hotel and Resort

Baitong Hotel & Resort is a beautiful eco-friendly hotel in the heart of Phnom Penh. This hotel is a great choice for tourists who value sustainability, comfort, and convenience. One of the unique features of Baitong Hotel & Resort is its eco-friendly design and sustainable practices. The hotel uses renewable energy, water-saving technologies, and natural materials such as bamboo and wood to reduce its environmental impact. The hotel’s design is another standout feature. It features a contemporary Khmer design with a mix of traditional and modern elements, creating a stylish and comfortable atmosphere for guests. Baitong Hotel & Resort is an ideal choice for tourists who want a sustainable and stylish hotel in Phnom Penh.

Address: No. 10, St. 282, Sangkat Boeng Keng Kang I (BKK1), Khan Chamkarmon, Phnom Penh

  • Aquarius Hotel and Urban Resort

Aquarius Hotel and Urban Resort is a trendy and stylish Phnom Penh hotel we highly recommend for you. The hotel features a contemporary urban design with a mix of industrial and natural elements, creating a stylish and comfortable atmosphere for guests. Each of room is uniquely designed with a blend of local and international influences, offering guests a comfortable and chic retreat. The hotel’s staff is friendly, professional, and attentive, providing personalized service to each guest. The hotel’s rooftop infinity pool is another highlight. It offers stunning views of the city, making it a great place to relax and unwind after a long day of exploring Phnom Penh’s cultural and historical landmarks. It definitely is a memorable experience for you.

Address: 240 No 5, St Sangkat Chakto Mukh, Phnom Penh

  • Hotel Cambodiana

The ancient Hotel Cambodiana, located along the bank of the Mekong River, offers a quiet stay in the city’s downtown area. The rooms at this hotel are modest yet comfortable, and some have views of the river. A spa, steam room, swimming pool, sauna, and tennis courts are among the wellness amenities. After you’ve finished your job, head to the hotel’s L’Amboise restaurant for French classics like white-wine mussel and steak frites. Hotel Cambodiana will bring comfortable and cozy when staying here.

Address: 313 Sisowath Quay, Chakto Mukh, Doun Penh, Phnom Penh

  • Malis Restaurant Phnom Penh

Malis Restaurant is a Khmer-style restaurant with a modern twist, located in the heart of Phnom Penh. With a fusion of traditional cooking but with variations in ingredients and textures, Malis Restaurant offers a range of mouthwatering Cambodian delicacies you’ve never seen before. Not only the food, but you can also enjoy some exotic vintage wines at Malis Restaurant.

  • Topaz restaurant

Topaz restaurant is a French-themed restaurant in the heart of Phnom Penh. French culture is known for its rich, mouth-watering dishes, and Topaz serves up one of the best French dishes in Cambodia.

Not only is the food delicious, but the beautiful layout of the dish is also very eye-catching. During your visit to Phnom Penh, you will have an unforgettable culinary experience with exotic dishes and classic wines. A Sunday brunch is also available, and the restaurant regularly hosts chefs from France to cook a dish in the kitchen.

  • Khema Pasteur

Khema Pasteur is an elegant international restaurant with an on-site bakery, cafe, and a wide range of imported and locally prepared dishes. Phnom Penh’s best croissants and pastries and exquisite macarons are served here.

Along with that, Khema Pasteur has a huge collection of cheeses, charcuterie, cakes, pies, and other delicacies and fast food. The restaurant also has an extensive selection of wines.

  • Backyard Cafe

If you are looking for healthy food in Phnom Penh, Backyard Cafe is the place to go. This restaurant offers a wide range of healthy vegetarian and vegan dishes.

At Backyard Cafe, it is believed that food should be eaten as naturally as possible. So it has the highest quality food collection that you can find in Phnom Penh. Grilled cauliflower, stemless lentils, brown rice, roasted peppers, avocado sauce, spinach, and almonds are some of them.

  • La’ Baab Restaurant

La’ Baab restaurant, located above Pharmacie de la Gare, near Vattanac Tower, is a beautifully decorated restaurant. Lower Mekong cuisine heavily influences the dishes served here.

  • The Salmon House

The Salmon House is a treasure house for salmon lovers. Salmon importers, who want to showcase the versatility and deliciousness of salmon, run this wonderful restaurant. The lunch menu includes different types of salmon served with rice and an all-you-can-eat salad bar.

  • La Coupole

La Coupole is the perfect place to spend quality time with family and friends. La Coupole has an unmatched culinary art collection with an extensive selection of exotic wines and champagnes. The menu includes a number of special dishes such as “Kep Sea Salt Red Mullet”, “Herbal Grilled Lamb Chops”, “Australian Beef Ribs,” and many more.

  • Dine in the Dark Restaurant – DID

The restaurant has great creativity in its architectural style and table and chair decoration. Applying a more flexible intelligence to the purple and black LED lights of the space creates a beautiful dark restaurant. Diners will not see anything but the plates of food in front of them; the black table hidden in the dark is very subtle.

  • Brooklyn Pizza & Bistro Restaurant

The restaurant’s pizzas are superb. Along with other cakes, they have transformed them into familiar but strange dishes full of attraction.

  • Eleven One Kitchen

Nestled in a tropical garden, this restaurant serves simple and delicious Khmer dishes. Boasting a cozy and relaxed atmosphere, Eleven One Kitchen cooks up a range of local dishes, from chicken and rice with cashews and shrimp to traditional Khmer curries and noodle dishes.

The National Museum of Cambodia is a place to store Cambodian culture as well as store the most important historical documents. The National Museum is known as the largest architecture and history museum in the country when it was built in the years 1917 – 1920 by the French colonialists.

Hence, the National Museum is a piece of architecture that combines modern French architecture with Khmer architecture. This is another location that visitors to Phnom Penh should unquestionably see. The entrance cost for foreign visitors is $3, and the hours of operation are 8 am to 5 pm.

One of the museums that preserves the atrocities committed by the Khmer Rouge in Cambodia between 1975 and 1979 is the Tuol Sleng Genocide Museum. This was once a school, but the Pol Pot Khmer Rouge regime quickly took control and converted the classrooms into cells, creating the most frightening prison in all of Cambodia. Under the Khmer Rouge era, this location originally housed roughly 17.000 individuals, and very few had a chance to escape this jail alive.

Wat Phnom is one of the oldest and most ancient temples in Phnom Penh. Many people recount that the birth of this temple is associated with the beginning of the city of Phnom Penh.

According to locals, in 1373, a woman named Daun Penh accidentally found four Buddha statues in a drifting tree on the Mekong River. With respect, she built a temple on an artificial hill to worship 4 Buddha statues.

The 1958 construction of the Independence Monument marked the ninth anniversary of Cambodia‘s liberation from French colonial authority. The Angkor Wat temple complex and a few other monuments served as inspiration for the construction of the monument.

The Independence Monument, with its lotus flower-like design stretching out in the center of the busy metropolis, soon rose to the top of the list of tourist attractions.

The Royal Palace of Cambodia is a very sacred place and is highly respected by the Cambodian people. The whole palace is a magnificent building with tall towers.

With its graceful Khmer roof, ornate gilding, and lush gardens, the Royal Palace in Phnom Penh has become a symbol of the capital and a must-see for visitors. It is the official residence of the current King and his royal family and is also the site of royal and national ceremonies. Not all places in the palace are open to visitors, but only a few are.

1.History and Architecture of the Royal Palace, Phnom Penh

The palace was built in 1866 by King Norodom I, with the perfect combination of Khmer architecture and outstanding French style creating the brilliant Royal Palace of Phnom Penh, covering an area of 174,870 square meters. Preah Barom Reachea Vaeng Chaktomuk is the full name of the Cambodian Royal Palace in Khmer.

The palace is separated from the outside by a wall with extremely skilled and sophisticated sculptures. In addition, the architectural complex of the Royal Palace also has many unique architectural works and gardens adorned with rare plants and flowers with meticulous care, further enhancing the beauty of the Royal Palace Bow. 

The Royal Palace is the place where royal ceremonies, important royal ceremonies, or solemn ceremonies are held to receive diplomatic delegations and is the venue for major and important events in Cambodia.

Although it has existed for nearly 200 years, it is still quite intact.

Address and opening hours:

  • Address: Samdach Sothearos Boulevard, Daun Penh, Phnom Penh city, Cambodia.

  • Open: 08:00 a.m – 11:00 a.m và 14:00 p.m – 17:00 p.m

  • Ticket price: 6.25 USD/ticket, 2 USD/camera and 5 USD/camcorder.

2. Attractive attractions in the Royal Palace complex of Cambodia

Currently, the Cambodian royal family still lives and works at this palace. So that area is not open to visitors:

  • Golden Temple (Silver Temple):

Inside the Royal Palace Complex in Phnom Penh, there is a pagoda separated by a wall, commonly known as the Silver Pagoda. The Silver Pagoda is located at the southern entrance of the Royal Palace in Phnom Penh.

The official name of the Silver Pagoda is Preah Vihear Preah Keo Morakot or Wat Preah Keo, which means Temple of the Emerald Buddha. In the temple is an extremely rare Emerald statue; there are only 5 such statues in the world. The size of this statue is quite small; it is only about 60cm high and made entirely of precious green jade.

For Western tourists, they often call this pagoda the Silver Pagoda because the pagoda has more than 5000 floor tiles made from solid silver, each weighing about 1kg.

Meanwhile, Asian tourists prefer to call this the Golden Temple, because at the temple there is a statue of the future Buddha in pure gold weighing nearly 90kg. This statue is really an extremely valuable treasure, not only in spiritual value but also in material value. More specifically, there are about 2100 diamonds attached to this statue, some of which are more than 20 carats.

  • Chanchhaya stage

This is one of the most famous attractions in the Royal Palace of Cambodia. This place is also known by another name, “moonlight stage,” because royal dances are often performed here. In addition, on some special occasions, the King of Cambodia also holds lectures and meetings with the people at this stage.

This stage was rebuilt twice. The first time Chanchhaya was built with wood materials was under King Norodom. Later in the reign of King Sisowath, this stage was rebuilt according to the original architecture.

  • Stateroom

In Khmer, the stateroom is called Preah Thineang Vinnichay (Saint of Judgment). Perhaps the most special thing about this room is the king’s throne. This building is still used today for official activities, diplomatic meetings, and religious events.

As a place of such national importance, this room has a rather formal architecture. On the outside, you can see that this is a building with three spires. The roof top in the middle is 59 meters high and has a statue of Brahma. Inside the throne room, visitors can see sculptures and busts of the kings of Cambodia, three thrones (including two traditional thrones and one modern western-style throne), and many sculptures made of gold.

  • Phochani Palace

Phochani Palace was built in 1912 and is located in The Phochani Royal Garden. This place was built for the purpose of royal dance activities. Although not too famous in terms of history, Pavilion Phochani is checked in by many visitors because it possesses very beautiful architecture.

  • Flower garden

The flower garden located in the palace is home to many rare and valuable plants. Right at the entrance, you can immediately see the sala tree, the tree of Buddha Shakyamuni. Going deeper, you can also admire more types, such as the golden scorpion or si tree, which have a long life, at least over 100 years.

  • Phnom Penh Night Market (Phsar Reatrey)

Address: Stress 106&108, Preah Sisowath Quay, Phnom Penh, Campuchia

Opening hours: 17:00 – 23:00

Phnom Penh Night Market, also known as Phsar Reatrey, is a popular night market in Cambodia’s capital city of Phnom Penh. Phsar Reatrey is located in the heart of Phnom Penh, near the riverfront and the Royal Palace. Opened in 2010, the night market quickly became a popular destination for tourists and locals alike. The market was established with the aim of promoting Cambodia’s traditional handicrafts and arts, as well as providing a lively and exciting evening entertainment option. The night market spans several blocks and features a wide variety of stalls and vendors. Visitors can expect to find everything from souvenirs and handicrafts to clothing, jewelry, and electronics to local specialties like grilled meats, noodles, and fresh fruit.

  • Old Market (Phsar Chas)

Address: Old French Quarter, Oknha Plong, Phnom Penh, Campuchia

Opening hours: 18:00 – 23:00

Phsar Chas was built in the early 1900s, during the French colonial period. The market served as a trading center for locals and a source of provisions for the French soldiers. After Cambodia gained independence in the 1950s, the market continued to operate and became an important hub for the local community. Phsar Chas is a bustling night market Phnom Penh that sells everything from fresh produce and meat to souvenirs and handicrafts. Visitors can find a variety of items, including clothing, jewelry, artwork, and home goods. The market is also known for its street food, which includes Cambodian specialties like noodle soups, grilled meats, and fresh fruit. The market is also a hub for Cambodian culture, with traditional music and dance performances taking place throughout the day.

  • Jet’s Container Night Market

Address: HW2P+X3J, National Assembly Street, Phnom Penh, Campuchia

Opening hours: 16:00 – 23:00

Another night market Phnom Penh you should know is Jet’s Container Night Market. This is a relatively new addition to Phnom Penh’s night market scene, having opened in 2019. The market is located in the heart of the city and features a unique set of repurposed shipping containers. The market features 224 stalls housed in brightly painted shipping containers. Visitors can expect to find a wide variety of goods and services, including food, clothing, and handicrafts. Food options range from local Khmer cuisine to Thai and Korean dishes. There are also several bars and pubs on-site serving beer and cocktails. In addition, Jet’s Container Night Market offers live entertainment. There is a stage set up for live performances, including music, dance, and comedy shows here.

About Angkor

Angkor Wat seems to be the first destination of most Siem Reap tourists. This temple is the largest cultural monument in the world with impressive architecture. Although built in the 12th century, until now, Angkor Wat still has 3.000 carved images and a statue of a 7-headed Naga cobra – typical of Hinduism. One of the best experiences here is watching the sunrise or sunset of Angkor Wat on a hot air balloon.

Besides, if visitors want to have more experiences with Angkor Wat and many other places, guests can refer to the 8 days tour – Mekong Delta and Angkor Temple by Metta Voyage.

Angkor Wat is the most famous tourist attraction in Siem Reap, Cambodia. “Angkor Wat” is the name, which means “city of temples” in Khmer.

Siem Reap city is considered the center of tourism in Cambodia. With many historical sites and scenic spots, every year Siem Reap welcomes a large number of domestic and foreign tourists to visit and travel.

Angkor Wat, one of the seven wonders of the world, is the largest religious architectural complex in Cambodia, measuring up to 1,626 m2. It was built in the early 12th century by Khmer King Suryavarman II; it was the capital of the Khmer empire as well as his temple and mausoleum. The temple of Angkor Wat worshiped the god Vishnu, but gradually, at the end of the 12th century, it became a Buddhist temple.

Angkor Thom is a magnificent ancient city located within the Angkor Archaeological Park in Cambodia. Constructed in the 12th century as the capital of the Khmer Empire, it served as a vibrant center of power and culture. Enclosed by a massive wall and surrounded by a moat, Angkor Thom features breathtaking architectural wonders, including the iconic Bayon Temple with its enigmatic stone faces. With its rich historical and cultural significance, Angkor Thom stands as a testament to the grandeur and achievements of the Khmer civilization.

Handicraft Stalls at Angkor Thom market

These captivating stalls at Angkor Thom market are a haven for traditional Cambodian handicrafts, where skillful artisans display their expertise and creativity. Immerse yourself in the intricate world of wood carvings, marvel at the beauty of stone sculptures, and admire the artistry of delicate silk products. The market also features an array of paintings that depict the rich cultural heritage of Cambodia and showcase intricate textiles woven with precision and adorned with vibrant patterns. 

Artisan Stalls at Angkor Thom market

These stalls feature skilled artisans who demonstrate their craft in real-time. Visitors can watch craftsmen create beautiful items like silver jewelry, pottery, and handwoven baskets. It’s a great chance to witness traditional techniques and purchase one-of-a-kind pieces directly from the artisans.

Food Stalls at Angkor Thom market

Angkor Thom market goes beyond spices and handicrafts, offering an enticing array of food stalls that will satisfy any food lover’s cravings. Indulge in the vibrant culinary scene with a variety of local snacks, fresh fruits, and mouthwatering street food.

The food stalls showcase the rich flavors of Khmer cuisine, allowing you to sample beloved dishes such as amok, a fragrant steamed curry with tender fish or chicken, lok lak, a tantalizing stir-fried beef dish served with a tangy sauce, and nom banh chok, delicate rice noodles topped with a savory fish gravy and fresh herbs. Let your taste buds embark on a journey through the diverse and delectable flavors of Cambodia at Angkor Thom market‘s food stalls.

Spice and Herb Stalls at Angkor Thom market

These stalls specialize in local herbs, spices, and traditional Cambodian ingredients. From the renowned Kampot pepper known for its exceptional quality to the aromatic lemongrass, zesty galangal, and earthy turmeric, these stalls offer a treasure trove of authentic flavors essential to Khmer cuisine. It’s a great place to stock up on authentic flavors to take home.

Clothing and Accessories Stalls at Angkor Thom market

Visitors can browse through stalls offering traditional Cambodian clothing, scarves, and accessories. From traditional Khmer sarongs (sampot) to stylish handmade bags and jewelry, these stalls provide a range of fashionable items inspired by the local culture.

From Vietnam, there are many ways to go to Angkor Wat. The first choice for you is to travel by plane. In Ho Chi Minh City, you can book a direct flight to Siem Reap airport for about 300 USD round trip.

The second option is to travel by bus. Currently, there are many buses departing from the center of District 1 with many bus companies such as Open Bus and Sapaco, with fares ranging from 50 USD round trip.

The Angkor Wat complex is about 6 kilometers from Siem Reap International Airport. Move from Siem Reap airport to Angkor Wat by some popular means, such as:

  • Tuk tuk about 3-5 USD/trip.
  • Airport shuttle rental: about 10 USD/time.
  • Taxi: The price for a taxi from the airport to the center is about 7–9 USD..
  • Motorbike: 1-2 USD/trip.

At Angkor Wat, you should rent a tuk tuk and negotiate the price with the driver in advance so that they can take you to visit all the outstanding places, because if you walk or rent a bicycle, you will not visit in one day all the famous places.

Tuk-tuk drivers know how long it takes to travel through each point, so they will help you arrange the most reasonable schedule. The price of a full-day tuk tuk rental will be about 20 USD, depending on the price agreement between each person.

In order for you to have a convenient, fun, and interesting trip to Angkor Wat, you need to prepare yourself with the necessary items such as sunscreen, a wide-brimmed hat, and clothes that are easy to move around in. Most importantly, wear discreet clothing when visiting the temple.

Bring insect repellent because there are quite a few insects that can bite or sting you, causing uncomfortable itching.

The Angkor Wat ticket will be valid from the date of your purchase. You should keep your entrance ticket with you, as the security guard will check the ticket before you enter each temple.

Please contact Metta Voyage to schedule a detailed itinerary for your trip to Angkor Wat Temple, Wonders of the World and unique things you may not know yet.

This place is not only famous for its rich cuisine but also for its rich Khmer culture and unique traditional dishes.

Food at Angkor Wat is not only delicious and easy to eat but also relatively cheap, costing only 3–5 USD. Coming to Angkor Wat, you should definitely try some famous dishes such as amok fish, stir-fried ants with beef, noodles with fish curry, Nom Banh Chok , jaggery beef cake, fried crickets with chili, Tomyam papaya salad, Nam Vang noodles, etc.

The Angkor National Museum is an archaeological museum dedicated to the collection, preservation, and presentation of Angkor artifacts and also to providing information and education about the art and culture of the Khmer civilization, with a collection mainly dating from the Khmer Empire’s Angkor period around the 9th to 14th centuries.

The Angkor National Museum consists of eight indoor galleries displaying a wide range of architectural and artistic treasures from Angkor. Multimedia technology shows the history, culture, and life of Angkor from many different angles. Exhibits include touchscreen videos, epic commentary, and the chance to experience a panoramic sunrise at Angkor Wat.

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