Discover Siem Reap

Destination Guide

The Best of Siem Reap

Siem Reap is a thriving gateway between Cambodia’s old and new worlds. At the beating heart of the town is La Résidence d’Angkor, A Belmond Hotel. Stay here in style and step out to explore the treasures just beyond our doorstep.

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Wat a Wonder

Angkor Wat is likely to be the reason you’re here. And no wonder! This Khmer temple is one of the world’s greatest treasures, both in size and intricacy. You could and probably should spend a whole day exploring here. The main temple is the star of the show, of course. But make plenty of time for the smaller, equally awe-inspiring structures on site. One of the best things to do in Siem Reap is to wake before dawn and head to the main temple’s East Gate. From here marvel at a breathtaking sunrise over the five perfectly aligned towers.

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Seeking Siem Reap

Siem Reap isn’t just a place to stay while you’re temple touring. This city is a destination in its own right, and so much fun to explore. Take a stroll from La Residence d’Angkor around the Wat Bo district and peruse the markets, shops and cafes. For a fun night on the town, head to Pub Street where the locals and tourists mingle in the lively bars. The city is also a gastronomic hub, with several decadent dining spots. Hop on a tuk tuk and take our mystery dining tour to discover our favourite spots.

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The City’s Artistic Heart

Just a two minute walk from our hotel you’ll also find Kandal Village. This boho-chic community deserves a mention of its own. The city’s creatives gather here to form an artistic hub. Step into Sirivan Chak Dumas’ boutique for vibrant, light designer-wear. Pause at nearby Louise Loubatiere’s to pick-out pieces from her stunning collection of lacquer homewear, ceramics and textiles. Whether you’re in search of locally-made treasures or just enjoy excellent craftsmanship, you’ll find it all in Kandal Village.

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The Show to Know

By now you’ll know that Siem Reap has a thriving creative scene. The world-famous Phare Cambodian Circus is one of the highlights. The show is staged by students and graduates of a local social enterprise school that provides an art education to Cambodia’s underprivileged youth. Discover a celebration of Cambodian tradition in a stunning fusion of theatre, dance, music, acrobatics and storytelling. Make a night of it with our Circus Dinner Experience and combine a dazzling show with exquisite gastronomy.

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Beyond the Temples

Escape the bustling city for a day and head to Tonle Sap Lake to explore rural Cambodia. Step aboard a traditional wooden day ship and head out onto the lake. Get up close with the diverse ecosystem and see the fishermen bring in their daily catch. As you’re bobbing along on the gentle waves, we’ll serve cocktails and canapés in time for a breathtaking sunset. If you have more time to spend at Tonle Sap, take our Water and Silk tour for an in-depth experience of rural life.

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Off the Beaten Track

If ancient treasures are your thing, don’t miss Kulen Mountain or Beng Melea. These sites are further out of town, but well worth a visit. Kulen is reputed to be the most sacred mountain in Cambodia and is home to more than 30 captivating temple ruins. After a morning exploring, cool off with a dip in the waterfall nearby. Beng Melea is an adventurer's paradise. This enchanting temple is enclosed in winding vines and overgrown trees, giving you the sense that something mysterious awaits discovery.

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