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Essential Siem Reap

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If you visited Siem Reap five years ago, you may not recognize it today. The change is both good and bad. More rowdy backpackers gather on Pub Street than before and getting a sunrise photo of Angkor Wat may mean Photoshopping out a few dozen tourists with the same agenda. But newfound popularity has also brought some perks like soothing spa treatments, mouthwatering curries, and luxury accommodations. You'll still find her rustic charms afoot, too, especially in the night markets. Deep-fried tarantula, anyone?
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Krong Siem Reap, Cambodia
Crowds may swarm upon it daily from sunrise onwards, but exposure hasn’t dulled the impact of the largest religious monument in the world. Commissioned by King Suryavarman II in the 12th century as the centerpiece of the mighty Khmer empire,...
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Co-owned by French-Cambodians Nathalie Saphon-Ridel and Romyda Keth, the elegant Khmer Attitude was the first concept store in Siem Reap when it was opened way back in 2000 in Raffles Arcade. The women's aim with Khmer Attitude (and Saphon-Ridel's...
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Sivutha Blvd, Krong Siem Reap 17259, Cambodia
“I highly recommend the classic Khmer cuisine at the Park Hyatt Siem Reap’s stylish restaurant, The Dining Room. The seafood amok, with curry paste and coconut milk, served over organic brown rice, was the best authentic Khmer dish I ate in...
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River Road West, Krong Siem Reap, Cambodia
The excellent Cambodian chefs from River Garden hotel, who offer the Cooks in Tuk Tuks cooking class, also run a fun street food tour that gives you a great insight into Cambodia's culinary culture. Partly on foot and partly on tuk tuk, the tour...
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No. A-25, National Road 6, Krous Village, Krong Siem Reap, Cambodia
There's only one thing better than driving or cycling through the drenched Siem Reap countryside after a month of monsoon rains and that's seeing the sodden landscapes from the air. Sure, you'll get a short glimpse on your plane's descent into...
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812, Kampong Phluk, Cambodia
Kompong Phluk is a floating village located in the middle of Cambodia's largest lake, Tonle Sap. The term “floating” is a bit misleading: the houses are actually built on very tall stilts around 8 meters high. During the rainy season, the lake...
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1 Vithei Charles de Gaulle Khum, Krong Siem Reap 17251, Cambodia
Opened in 1932 in the historic Royal Khmer compound, this landmark hotel was the first luxury lodging in the area, catering to well-heeled adventurers intent on visiting the storied ruins of the temples at Angkor. Everyone from Charlie Chaplin and...
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Les Artisans d'Angkor is part tourist attraction, part shopping destination. The company creates workshops that teach young rural Cambodians an artistic trade to help them find work near their homes. At the Les Artisans d'Angkor shop in Siem Reap,...
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24 Hap Guan St, Krong Siem Reap, Cambodia
There’s no shortage of options for relaxation in Siem Reap, but the serene Frangipani Spa is the most refined of the bunch. Get a four-hand massage, a jade stone facial, or a kampot pepper scrub surrounded by petals from the spa’s pretty namesake...
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Angkor Night Market St, Krong Siem Reap, Cambodia
Packed with over 240 vendors selling hand-made Cambodian crafts, the night market of Siem Reap is hands-down one of the best places to pick up unique souvenirs. Established in 2007, and running well into the nighttime hours, the market holds an...