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Where to Stay in Siem Reap

Where to stay in Siem Reap – a personalized guide to the best locations

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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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Safety alert!

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. 

Transportation

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)
  • Bicycles
  • Motorcycle taxis

Find more information about transportation in Siem Reap here

Tuk Tuk Image source: pixabay

Five best neighborhoods to stay in Siem Reap 

Map of 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:

  1. Old French Quarter
  2. Old Market
  3. Sok San Road
  4. Wat Bo Area
  5. 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.

Area

Ideal for:

Why?

Old French Quarter

First-timers

The heart of the city where most landmarks are located and close to Angkor temple

Old Market 

Nightlife

Vivid and vibrant with numerous nightclubs, bars and

 restaurants 

Sok San Road 

On a budget 

Affordable accommodation

Wat Bo Area

Bohemians  A quiet area with many temples and restaurants

Taphul Village 

Long-term stay

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

Map of OFQ 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. 

Crocodiles Image source: nachonavasn

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: 

  1. Angkor Wat
  2. Angkor National Museum 
  3. Preah Ang Chek Preah Ang Chom
  4. Kroya Restaurant

Angkor Wat 

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. 

Temple Image source: trvl.camrepost

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. 

Museum Image source: __ku.mar__

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. 

Place of worship Image source: myk_travel

Kroya Restaurant 

If you want to taste local Cambodian food, then put this trendy restaurant on your checklist. You won’t regret it!

Restaurant Image source: o_ti_ma_u

Decoration Image source: shintamani_angkor

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 optionThis Ananda’s quiet, bright studio

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Moderate priceThis urban studio 

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Luxury optionThis Akasha apartment 

Room

Find more Airbnbs in Old French Quarter here

Where to stay in Siem Reap for nightlife – Old Market

Map of 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. 

Pub Street Image source: confession_of_a_travelholic

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: 

  • Asana
  • BARCODE
  • Temple Club
  • Angkor Wat Bar
  • Angkor Night Market 

Asana

This is the authentic Khmer house where they serve the traditional Khmer cocktails.

Khmer House Image source: lucasjulien42

Drinks Image source: travelbugella

BARCODE

In this gay bar, the DJ plays the latest international hits so if you are interested in familiar music, you should check it out. 

Atmosphere Image source: lucas523523

Temple Club  

One of the most famous clubs on Pub Street where the party doesn’t stop until the dawn. 

Temple Club Image source: foodieviewsph

Angkor Wat Bar 

If you are looking for a more relaxed place for late-night drinks, then this is the right place for you. 

Pub Image source: ocatinglis

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. 

Snacks Image source: maduranraj

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 optionThis private villa pool 

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Moderate priceThis family room with a park view

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Luxury optionThis luxury Villa Double Room

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Find more Airbnbs in Old Market here.