24 Dec 2013 - 31 Dec 2013
Even though Christmas is not widely celebrated in the Cambodian countryside, there is a range of special events and gala dinners for Christmas and New Year's Eve in various Siem Reap hotels and restaurants during the holiday season.
Siem Reap Hotels and Accommodation
Siem Reap is the entry point to the world famous Angkor Wat and surrounding Angkor temples. Today, much thanks to these temples, Siem Reap and Cambodia has geared itself to meet the challenges of attracting tourists from all over the world and you will find a fine selection of modern Siem Reap hotels, luxury resorts, and boutique hotels with world-class spa facilities. At the same time, Siem Reap is trying to retain its traditional moorings and you will also find many family run, budget-friendly guesthouses and there are many things to see and do in Siem Reap other than the temples....
Siem Reap - more than just the temples.
Siem Reap is basically a conglomeration of small villages along the Siem Reap River. Each village was built around Buddhist pagodas or 'wats', as the Cambodians call them. These extended from Wat Preah En Kau Sei in the north to Wat Phnom Krom in the south. Phnom Krom litteraly means 'lower mountain' and this is also where the Siem Reap River meets the great Tonle Sap Lake. Some of the buildings and hotels in Siem Reap are influenced by French and Chinese architecture, especially around the Old French Quarter and the Old Market area.
Angkor Wat, Angkor Thom, Ta Prohm and the rest of the magnificent temples of Angkor are undoubtedly Cambodia's prime tourist attraction and the main reason to visit Siem Reap for most first-time visitors. It's easy to understand why many people consider a tour to the Angkor temples as an absolute must and difficult to leave out on a list of things to see and do in Siem Reap, or the whole of Southeast Asia for that matter. We would, however, like to encourage people to stay longer and experience more.
The town itself and its surrounds offer a range of tours and activities for locals and visitors alike. The newly opened Angkor Zipline Eco-Adventure Canopy Tour where visitors can learn a little about the natural habitats as well as soaring between the treetops of Angkor has quickly become a popular attraction and a traditional Apsara dance performance is a must for many visitors. Local bicycle tours can take visitors amidst paddy fields and rural villages and Southeast Asia's greatest lake, Tonle Sap, also provides opportunities to visit some of the fishing villages scattered around the lakeshore or take a trip to the bird sanctuary.
Thanks to a leap in tourism in the country, tourism related businesses have flourished in Siem Reap, Phnom Penh, and Sihanoukville, but it is also recommended to venture 'off the beaten tracks' and check out destinations such as Battambang, Kampot, Kep, Kampong Cham, Kratie and Stung Treng.
From 5-star hotels and classy resorts to a wide range of budget guest houses and hotels, Siem Reap is gearing itself to meet the increasing demands from tourists and business travellers alike. In addition to traditional Khmer food, a wide variety of international cuisines are also available and shopping is good fun around the Old Market area (Psar Chas) and various Nignt Markets. A pulsating night life might not be the first thing that springs to mind when talking about Siem Reap, but the last few year have seen a number of stylish bars and pubs springing up alongside chic cafes and coffee shops.
What is known as the Wat Bo area offers a wide range of local guesthouses, affordable hotels and popular restaurants. The Psar Leu area, in turn, is always bustling with local trade activities. The area around Tonle Sap Lake is quite different, with floating fishing villages, paddy fields and even a bird sanctuary.
Whether you prefer to return from a long day of sightseeing Angkor Wat and the Angkor Temples and enjoy a massage in exclusive luxury or getting acquainted with the local people and lifestyle, there are a variety of Siem Reap hotels and places to stay for you. Nowhere else on the web will you find the range of accommodation we offer in the Siem Reap and Angkor region. We offer everything from 5-star luxury hotels in Siem Reap and resort-style properties to locally run guesthouses popular with backpackers and budget travellers. The suite at the non-profit hotel and restaurant training school Sala Bai, arguably, some of the best value for money you will find in the whole of Asia, but make sure to book well in advance as many of the rooms tend fo fill up quickly.
A convenient way to get to this part of South East Asia is with one of many direct flight from Bangkok, Singapore, Kuala Lumpur, Saigon, Hanoi, Hong Kong or Taiwan. Alternatively, if you feel a bit adventurous, you can also travel overland from neighbouring Thailand, Laos and Vietnam. Especially the Mekong Cruise to and from Vietnam has received much positive feedback. Our site also features interactive maps and photos of the various accommodation options in Siem Reap including individual rooms and facilities.
Based locally and perfectly placed to guide you through your travels in Siem Reap and Cambodia, we'd be delighted to assist you in finding the best tour and accommodation options that will suit your budget and requirements, explore the Angkor temples, travel off the beaten track to rural villages and get a flavour of the real Siem Reap and Cambodia...!!
Tours & Activities
Duration: 5 hours
From: USD 6
A long-time favourite amongst backpackers and budget travellers, Garden Village Guesthouse is a charming locally-run guesthouse with the friendly English-speaking staff. It offers spacious rooms at budget prices and a popular rooftop terrace with an affordable restaurant and bar offering great views of the surrounding area.[more info]
From: USD 9
Get a feel for the real Cambodian way of life with traditional Khmer hospitality at Bou Savy Guesthouse - a family-owned and locally managed guesthouse conveniently located in Siem Reap. Book four or more nights and get a complimentary Khmer set dinner.[more info]
From: USD 8
Locally owned and managed by Mr. Kunn from Jasmine Lodge and his extended family, Jasmine Family Hostel provides a very budget-friendly alternative with a newly built swimming pool and free wireless Internet for travellers interested in local community projects as well as exploring the temples of Angkor.[more info]
From: USD 12
With friendly and welcoming locak French- and English-speaking staff, My Home Tropical Garden Villa offers very good value for money with 26 spacious and carefully appointed rooms and a newly built swimming pool.[more info]
As the first employee-owned hotel in Siem Reap and highly recommended in various guidebooks and travel magazines, Soria Moria Boutique Hotel is conveniently located in the popular Wat Bo area and offers 37 well-appointed rooms, fusion restaurant, rooftop bar with great sunset views and a popular sky-Jacuzzi.[more info]
From: USD 90
Located in a quiet area between the Siem Reap town centre and the Angkor temples, Siddharta Boutique Hotel offers spacious rooms, a large saltwater pool in a tropical garden, spacious sitting areas and a restaurant with views over the Cambodian countryside.[more info]
From: USD 75
Surrounded by lush gardens, a swimming pool, tropical plants, and a soothing Spa, HanumanAlaya Boutique Residence is an idyllic retreat from the hustle and bustle of Siem Reap town centre and makes an excellent setting for a stay to be savoured rather than rushed.[more info]
Classy, cozy and tastefully decorated with natural products and Cambodian handcrafts throughout, Villa Kiara is an intimate boutique hotel made up of eight suites and nine deluxe rooms - all in peaceful surroundings.[more info]
From: USD 156
Tucked in an hectar of tropical gardens, Navutu Dreams Resort & Spa, is a luxury boutique resort boosting a restaurant, bar, two pools, fitness centre, a resident Yoga Teacher, a boutique and a dedicated Tropical Spa.
From: USD 89
Awarded its official 5-star status by the Ministry of Tourism, Borei Angkor Resort and Spa upkeeps its professionalism and upscale Cambodian hospitality, providing all the ingredients for an enjoyable stay and giving you an opportunity to get a cultural insight into Cambodia.[more info]
From: USD 96
Adding to the top-end accommodation segment in Siem Reap, Angkor Miracle Resort and Spa offers carefully appointed rooms and a range of relaxing and rejuvenating spa treatments and lush pool gardens.[more info]
From: USD 165
Conveniently located in the centre of Siem Reap, Sokha Angkor Resort offers tastefully decorated rooms and suites, an outside swimming pool, the signature Jasmine Spa and a variety of fine in-house dining options.[more info]
(assuming 2 travellers)
Explore Siem Reap beyond Angkor - visit traditional fishing villages, beautiful countryside, remote temples and some truly memorable sites off the beaten tourist tracks. [more info]
(assuming 2 travellers)
Nestled in the rainforest, right inside the Angkor Archaeological Park, this is a thrillng and safe eco-adventure where travellers now have a unique opportunity to soar on ziplines, traverse suspended sky bridges, abseil from towering trees and be amazed by the magic of the rainforest.[more info]
(assuming 2 travellers)
Explore the magnificent Angkor temple complex on bicycle and use the opportunity to explore some of the back roads, stop at some of the lesser known temples meet with the people in local villages along the way. [more info]
Meet Dayvy, Makara, Bota, Jo, Kristin and Thomas and speak to us for a real Cambodian experience!
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