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About Siem Reap

In 2014, Siem Reap was ranked the world’s fourth best city for tourists by Trip Advisor’s Travelers’ Choice Awards.

It’s no wonder.

With world famous ruins, stunning pagodas, friendly locals and scrumptious cuisine, Siem Reap is an ideal destination for those seeking adventure and a step back in history.

Accessibility

For most visitors to the Kingdom, visa are obtainable upon arrival at both Phnom Penh and Siem Reap International Airports in Phnom Penh and Siem Reap. At land crossing from Thailand, visas are available at Poipet Banteay Meanchey and Cham Yeam (Koh Kong province). Visitors who enter from Vietnam through Bavet (VN: Moc Bai) or Ka-Om Samnor (VN: Chao Doc) will need to have already obtained their visas prior to their arrival through a Cambodian Embassy or Consulate overseas.

Accessibility (Information, Visa, airline,By air, Land,Sea ,etc..)

For most visitors to the Kingdom, visa are obtainable upon arrival at both Phnom Penh and Siem Reap International Airports in Phnom Penh and Siem Reap. At land crossing from Thailand, visas are available at Poipet Banteay Meanchey and Cham Yeam (Koh Kong province). Visitors who enter from Vietnam through Bavet (VN: Moc Bai) or Ka-Om Samnor (VN: Chao Doc) will need to have already obtained their visas prior to their arrival through a Cambodian Embassy or Consulate overseas. Tourists also can obtain visa through the online E-Visa

Some nationalities are required to get visa in advance at Royal Embassy of Kingdom of in their country: Afghanistan, Algeria, Arab Saudi, Bangladesh, Iran, Iraq, Pakistan, Sri Lanka, Sudan, Nigeria.

A passport and visa are required. Tourists and business travelers may purchase a Cambodian visa valid for one month at the airports in Phnom Penh and Siem Reap and borders. Both require a passport valid for at least six (6) months from the expiry date, 01 recent passport-sized photo. A departure tax is charged on all domestic and international flights.

Airport Tax (Passenger Service Charges):
For International Travel For Domestic Travel
Foreigner Cambodian Foreigner Cambodian
  • Adult US$25
  • Under 12 years old US$13
  • Under 2 years old FREE
  • Adult US$18
  • Under 12 years old US$10
  • Under 2 years old FREE
  • Adult US$6
  • Adult US$5
The entry points to obtain Visa: Airports:
  • Phnom Penh International Airport
  • Siem Reap International Airport
Cambodia-Vietnam border:
  • Bavet International Check Point (Svay Rieng Province)
  • Kha Orm Sam Nor International Check Point (Kandal Province)
  • Koh Rohka International Check Point (Prey Veng Province)
  • Banteay Chakrey International Check Point (Preyveng Province)
  • Tropeang Sre International Check Point (Kratie Province)
  • Prek Chak International Check Point (Kampot Province)
  • Phnom Den International Check Point (Takeo Province)
  • Oyadav International Check Point (Rattankiri Province)
  • Tropieng Phlong International Check Point (Kampong Cham Province)
Cambodia-Thailand border:
  • Cham Yeam International Check Point (Koh Kong Province)
  • Poi Pet International Check Point (Banteay Meanchey Province)
  • Osmach International Check Point (Odor Meanchey Province)
  • Sihanoukville International Check Point (Sihanoukville Province)
  • Choam Sanguam International Check Point (Banteay Meanchey Province)
  • Prum International Check Point (Pailin Province)
  • Doung International Check Point (Battambang Province)
  • Preah Vihear International Check Point (Preah Vihear Province)
Cambodia-Lao border:
  • Dong Krolar International Check Point (Steung Treng Province)
  • Tropieng Kreal International Check Point (Stung Treng Province)

It is required for the visa applicants to submit passport, application forms, a recent passport-style color photograph, and such other documents as determined by the status of stay.

Visa Fees:
  • Single entry visa fee for tourist (T) (30 days): US$ 20
  • Single entry visa fee for business (E) (30 days): US$ 25
Tourist & Business Visas:
  • Visitors from countries not under Visa Exemption Agreements must apply for a Tourists (T) or business (E) visa valid for one month at the points of entry.
  • Visa K can be issued to a Cambodian national entering the Kingdom on a foreign passport. (The applicant has to provide well-documented evidence, such as proof that one's parents were Cambodian).
Visa Exemption:

The nationals of the Laos, Malaysia, Philippines, Singapore, Vietnam, Thailand, Indonesia do not need a tourist visa and may stay in Cambodia for 21 and 30 days respectively.

Visa extension:

The tourist (T) and business (E) visas can be extended at the Immigration Department, National Police. The Diplomatic (A), Official (B) and Courtesy (C) visas can be extended at the Consular Department, Ministry of Foreign Affairs. A tourist visa can be extended only once for up to one month (single entry).

A business visa can be extended for:

  • One month (Single entry)
  • Three months (Single entry)
  • Six months (Multiple entry)
  • One year (Multiple entry)
  • Overstayers will be fined US$ 5 per day.

Cambodian Currency

US dollars are as commonly used as the Cambodian Riel and even Thai Baht is acceptable in many places. Most hotels and many restaurants and shops set their prices in dollars. Small transactions are usually done in Riel. Always carry some small Riel for motorcycle taxis, snacks, beggars and other small purchases.

US dollars are as commonly used as the Cambodian Riel and even Thai Baht is acceptable in many places. Most hotels and many restaurants and shops set their prices in dollars. Small transactions are usually done in Riel. Always carry some small Riel for motorcycle taxis, snacks, beggars and other small purchases.

Riel notes come in 100, 200, 500, 1000, 5000, 10,000, 50,000 and 100,000 denominations, but the distinctive red 500 Riel note is the most commonly used.

There are banks in all provincial capitals in the country, including Phnom Penh, Siem Reap, Sihanoukville, Kampot and Battambang. Banks offer the usual banking services - cash advances on credits cards (most accept Visa card,) international currency exchange, telegraphic transfers, cash travelers checks and ANZ Royal Banks, Canadia and SBC Banks offer ATMs with international access. Most banks are open from 8:00 to 15:00 or 16:00PM, Monday through Friday. Some are open Saturday mornings until 11:30. ATMs are available 24 hours.

Money Changers Money changers offer a slightly better rate that the banks. They are plentiful and tend to cluster around the traditional markets and there is usually a section within the market dedicated to moneychangers and gold sellers.

When accepting US dollars in change, inspect the bills carefully. Marred riel is acceptable tender, but the tiniest tear in a large US note, especially a $20, $50 or $100 note, renders it all but useless in Cambodia. Banks, moneychangers and other businesses will not accept it.

Credit Cards In the major tourist towns, credit cards are accepted at most upscale hotels, shops and restaurants, some mid-range place and a growing number of other businesses. Credit cards are general not accepted at any businesses outside of Phnom Penh, Siem Reap, Sihanoukville and the casinos in Poipet. Visa, MasterCard (MC) and JCB cards are the most widely accepted credit cards in Cambodia. Most businesses charge a 2%-4% fee to accept credit cards.

ATMs There are now ATMs with international access in Phnom Penh, Siem Reap, Sihanoukville, Kampot and Battambang. ANZ Royal Bank and Canadia Bank ATMs both accept Cirrus, Plus, Maestro, Visa and MasterCard systems. SBC Bank ATMs accept Visa and MasterCard. All ATMs dispenses US dollars. There For locations see the ATM icons on the city maps.

Travelers Checks Travelers checks are accepted at most banks, major hotels and restaurants and some money changers. Cash Transfers 'Instant' cash transfers can be done through MoneyGram or Western Union. Ordinary telegraphic transfers are available at all major banks.

Nightlife

As one might expect, the focus for most visitors to Siem Reap are the ancient temples of Angkor, visiting the great Tonle Sap Lake, and other daytime activities. But to think that there is not much to do after dark, would be wrong. After all, this is a tourist town. The liveliest areas in Siem Reap after dark are Pub Street, the Old Market area, the alley and lane off Pub Street, and the Night Market area.

As one might expect, the focus for most visitors to Siem Reap are the ancient temples of Angkor, visiting the great Tonle Sap Lake, and other daytime activities. But to think that there is not much to do after dark, would be wrong. After all, this is a tourist town. The liveliest areas in Siem Reap after dark are Pub Street, the Old Market area, the alley and lane off Pub Street, and the Night Market area. Most venues are frequented by either tourists or expats, but some establishments attract both types of customers. Closing times vary widely, and range from about 12 midnight for those places that are restaurant-bar combinations, to the early hours of the morning for hardcore bars.

No matter what your taste, for both drinking and dining, there are many venues to choose from for a fun evening out. While the nightlife in Siem Reap doesn’t even come close to that of Thailand, or even Phnom Penh, you should be able to find what you are looking for. From intimate and stylish places for a quiet cocktail, to Khmer disco type paces with very loud music, to bars with very attentive ladies, there is something for everyone.

Shopping

Being a tourist-related town, there are a great many shopping opportunities in Siem Reap and after hotels and tourism, shopping is big business. It’s not exactly 'shop ‘til you drop', but from cheap souvenirs to expensive gems and jewelry, and everything in between, you can find just about whatever you want here. There are three main local markets, three main night markets, and now two shopping centres and many 24-hour convenience stores.

Being a tourist-related town, there are a great many shopping opportunities in Siem Reap and after hotels and tourism, shopping is big business. It’s not exactly 'shop ‘til you drop', but from cheap souvenirs to expensive gems and jewelry, and everything in between, you can find just about whatever you want here. There are three main local markets, three main night markets, and now two shopping centres and many 24-hour convenience stores. Khmer handicraft items exist in large quantities, and there are places that sell 'antiques'. While some things may be actual old antiques, one should be careful when purchasing such items.

People here have become very adept at making new things look old. Also, it is illegal to export Angkorian artifacts taken from ancient sites. In any event, you need to know what you are doing when dealing with antiques.

We have provided reviews from a selection of different shopping venues to hopefully save you time and money while shopping. Below are the most shopping area in Siem Reap.

Old Market

(Phsar Chas) is a local market that is not at all geared to the tourist. It carries such items as fruits and vegetable, second hand clothes, hardware, motorcycle parts and religious items. In the late afternoon food vendors and fruit sellers set up mats along Street 13 in preparation for the evening market. The dinner rush hour makes for a confusing, dirty potentially photogenic scene. Located on the river at the south end of the Old French Quarter.

The Central Market

Area in Siem Reap, Cambodia is located between the Central Market at Sivutha Boulevard and the Siem Reap River and part of the Old French Quarter.

While not as busy as the other markets in town, the center market is more tailored for tourists who may be after the novelty t-shirts seen around Asia, or a new backpack. There are also many decent shops, beauty salons and more and more restaurants around the perimeter of the market.

The Phsar Leu Market

is the place where the locals go for shopping. It is the main traditional market in Siem Reap, Cambodia where you can find everything from fresh meat, fruits and vegetables, rice, clothing, spare parts for bicycles or motorbikes to kitchenware, large bed sheets, curtains or baby stuff. You won’t find any souvenirs but a glimpse of true Khmer life. Best early morning.

Things to Know

Upon arrival -- whether by land or by air -- you will need to secure a tourist visa. Visas are easily obtained and last for 30 days. Please ensure you have one passport size picture with you. If necessary, the hotel can help you extend your visa.

Upon arrival -- whether by land or by air -- you will need to secure a tourist visa. Visas are easily obtained and last for 30 days. Please ensure you have one passport size picture with you. If necessary, the hotel can help you extend your visa.

The currency most commonly used in Cambodia is the US dollar. Many places do not accept credit cards or traveler cheques. ATMs are widely available in the city and are safe to use. Each transaction cost approximately $5. When paying for something it is not uncommon to be handed back Riel, which is Cambodia’s currency. 4000 Cambodian Riels equal one American dollar.

Travelling around Siem Reap and to the temples is fairly easy. Tuk-tuks are widely available, and private cars and tours can be arranged. Reveal Angkor can help you with all your transportation needs. There are many reputable travel agencies that can book a flight or tour for you. We can help point you in the right direction

Siem Reap boasts a wide variety of Khmer and international cuisine. From street food to high-end establishments, there is something for everybody. Let us help you book the perfect dinner experience.

What to do in Siem Reap

Angkor Archaeological Park is one of the most important religious sites in the world. Stretching over some 400 km2, including forested area, the site contains the magnificent remains of the many different capitals of the Khmer Empire, from the 9th to the 15th century...

Angkor Archaeological Park is one of the most important religious sites in the world. Stretching over some 400 km2, including forested area, the site contains the magnificent remains of the many different capitals of the Khmer Empire, from the 9th to the 15th century. The park includes the world famous Temple of Angkor Wat, Ta Phrom and at Angkor Thom, the Bayon Temple—a richly decorated complex known for its intricate carvings and huge stone faces.

A one day pass is available for US $20 while a 3-day pass is US $40.

Balloon, helicopter and ultra-light aircraft tours are available.

The Angkor National Museum houses thousands of artifacts and gives you an insight into the history of the Khmer civilization. The entrance fee is US $12. www.angkornationalmuseum.com

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