Where to stay in Siem Reap – a personalized guide to the best locations
Siem Reap is a city in northwestern Cambodia, where hundreds of tourists every year make a stop to visit the fascinating Angkor temples. Dating from the 12th century and the Khmer Empire, this temple complex was originally dedicated to the Hindu deity Vishnu. However, it was later transformed into a Buddhist temple. Today, Angkor Wat is a powerful reminder of Cambodia’s glorious past and a well-preserved model of Khmer architecture.
Apart from the remains of the Khmer civilization, Siem Reap has plenty to offer to the tourists owing to its incredibly rich cultural and historical heritage. The city was once colonized by the French, and that colonial style, along with the Chinese influence, is widely present in the Old French Quarter and the Old Market. Still, with these cultural impacts, the city is quickly developing into a metropolitan city and gateway to this part of Cambodia.
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As Siem Reap has become an incredibly popular tourist destination, especially recently, travelers don’t need to concern themselves with their safety as this city, and Cambodia, in general, is considered safe. Tourists are usually victims of petty crimes which can be avoided if you always take care of your valuables, never leaving them unattended or in plain sight.
Although the huge part of experiencing the local life is tasting food sold in streetcars or local vendors, it would be best to avoid buying and eating seafood since the temperatures in Cambodia are high, and this type of food is usually not stored or kept appropriately. Also, as drinking tap water is not recommended, you should only drink bottled water.
Siem Reap is a relatively small town where the majority of attractions are close to one another, so tourists usually decide to visit them and explore the city on foot. If you aren’t fond of walking or just get tired of it, there are other means of transportation really affordable and available such as:
- Remork (famous Cambodian tuk-tuks)
- Motorcycle taxis
Find more information about transportation in Siem Reap here.
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Five best neighborhoods to stay in Siem Reap
Before, the tourists from all over the world were visiting Siem Reap as a shortstop on their way to Angkor Wat, while now the town has flourished and expanded so as to accommodate all the travelers and provide them with a unique experience of Cambodia. Along with its cultural and historical landmarks, the city has numerous shops, bars, and restaurants as it successfully tries to keep up with other popular tourist destinations around the world.
Whatever your interests and the budget may be, Siem Reap surely has something for you. Whether you are interested in the history and culture of this town or its amazing cuisine, you will find it in this town and more.
To help you make the best decision when finding a place to stay in Siem Reap, we have made a list of our favorite neighborhoods:
- Old French Quarter
- Old Market
- Sok San Road
- Wat Bo Area
- Taphul Village
As these neighborhoods are different, we have also provided you with a table breakdown with these neighborhoods and their details along with activities for which they are most suitable.
Old French Quarter
The heart of the city where most landmarks are located and close to Angkor temple
Vivid and vibrant with numerous nightclubs, bars and
Sok San Road
|On a budget||
Wat Bo Area
|Bohemians||A quiet area with many temples and restaurants|
Great for families, peaceful while at the same time very connected to other areas
Where to stay in Siem Reap for the first time – Old French Quarter
Old French Quarter is the very heart of Siem Reap since it stretches all around the city’s center. This area is home to numerous cultural and historical values such as the colonial buildings from the French colonization period as well as some Chinese style architecture. This is the place where the traditional, or the old, clashes with the modern, or the new, thanks to the numerous shopping, dining and entertainment options it offers to tourists. That is why it is ideal for travelers who are visiting for the first time. It is also very conveniently located near the Angkor temple.
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Things to see and do in Old French Quarter
There is plenty to see and do in this area but here are some places we strongly recommend visiting:
- Angkor Wat
- Angkor National Museum
- Preah Ang Chek Preah Ang Chom
- Kroya Restaurant
The temple complex with the remains of the Khmer Empire and more than 1000 smaller temples is a must to visit in this region of Cambodia.
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Angkor National Museum
In case you are interested in finding out more about the Khmer Empire and the history of Cambodia, visit this museum which is a keeper of this country’s tradition and heritage.
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Preah Ang Chek Preah Ang Chom
At this Buddhist shrine dedicated to two Angkorian princesses, locals, as well as tourists, come to pay their respects and pray for good fortune.
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If you want to taste local Cambodian food, then put this trendy restaurant on your checklist. You won’t regret it!
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Where to stay in Old French Quarter
Old French Quarter is quite popular among tourists not only because of the landmarks and the great location but also because it offers accommodation for every budget. The average price in Airbnbs in this area is around $50 per night.
We recommend the following Airbnbs:
Affordable option – This Ananda’s quiet, bright studio
Moderate price – This urban studio
Luxury option – This Akasha apartment
Find more Airbnbs in Old French Quarter here.
Where to stay in Siem Reap for nightlife – Old Market
Located near the Old French Quarter, Old Market is the most vibrant area of Siem Reap. It contains many diverse nightclubs, pubs, bars, and restaurants. The center of this neighborhood is the energetic Pub Street where most travelers and locals like to go out for drinks and parties. Along this street, many local vendors sell local street food, drinks, fruits, vegetables, and souvenirs. As the night starts to fall, the tourists fill this area in search of the famous Cambodian nightlife.
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Things to see and do in Old Market
As this neighborhood is most famous for its outstanding and wild nightlife, then we recommend you visit the following places:
- Temple Club
- Angkor Wat Bar
- Angkor Night Market
This is the authentic Khmer house where they serve the traditional Khmer cocktails.
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In this gay bar, the DJ plays the latest international hits so if you are interested in familiar music, you should check it out.
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One of the most famous clubs on Pub Street where the party doesn’t stop until the dawn.
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Angkor Wat Bar
If you are looking for a more relaxed place for late-night drinks, then this is the right place for you.
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Angkor Night Market
In this part of the area, you can buy some souvenirs or try some specialties of the local cuisine such as fried scorpions, frogs, crocodiles, snakes, and spiders.
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Where to stay in Old Market
It can be difficult finding accommodation in this neighborhood because tourists usually choose this area for their base. The average price nightly price in Airbnbs is $60.
Check out our top picks:
Affordable option – This private villa pool
Moderate price – This family room with a park view
Luxury option – This luxury Villa Double Room
Find more Airbnbs in Old Market here.