Holidays to Siem Reap

Amid the productive silk farms and verdant rice paddies of Cambodia’s northwestern territory, Siem Reap is the country’s second-largest city and a magnificent mishmash of cultural intrigue. Spanning centuries, its bustling streets are home to brightly coloured colonial buildings and rickety Chinese shophouses, with more modern additions including quirky cafés, authentic restaurants and aromatic street food stalls.

While the enchantment of Siem Reap’s Old French Quarter and Old Market provide insight into Cambodia’s cultural essence, it is another nearby feature that takes centre stage: Angkor Wat. This 12th-century Hindu-Buddhist megastructure appears out of the dense jungle and ethereal mists like a mirage, its ornate towers and staggering intricacy the stuff of legend and myth. Amongst these crumbling remnants of a lost civilisation, tree roots wrap themselves around meticulously carved stone walls and orange-robed monks meander pensively throughout the extensive grounds in peaceful rumination. The capital of the Khmer Empire during its apogee, Angkor Wat has become one of Southeast Asia’s most popular tourist destinations and has gained UNESCO World Heritage Site status, sitting alongside Machu Picchu and the Egyptian pyramids as one of the world’s ancient manmade wonders.

Whether you seek awe and enlightenment amid the mystical ruins of Angkor Wat, a rural immersion amongst the Tonle Sap lake’s traditional floating villages or a taste of Cambodia’s cultural heritage throughout Siem Reap’s vibrant streets, our meticulously curated selection of hotels and itineraries will enable you to discover Siem Reap and its surrounds in style, adding an unmissable element to your luxury Cambodia holiday.

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Flying to Siem Reap from the UK: Travellers can reach Siem Reap indirectly, stopping over at destinations such as Singapore, Ho Chi Minh City or Bangkok.

Currency: Cambodian riel (KHR).

VISA for Vietnam: A VISA is required for travel to Cambodia and will be valid for up to 30 days.

Getting Around: Domestic flights link Cambodia’s major cities, while many travellers choose to travel by shared bus or minivan taxi. Renting a car or 4x4 is relatively affordable, as is renting a motorcycle for a truly authentic experience.

Flight Time From the UK: The flight time from London to Siem Reap is approximately 13 hours and 55 minutes, depending on connection and route.

Time Difference: GMT +7.

Languages in Cambodia: The majority of Cambodia’s population speak the Khmer language, which is the country’s official language. Some people speak a mix of Vietnamese, Lao, Chinese and Thai, while the country still retains some French speakers due to its colonial past. English is spoken in tourist areas and predominantly by Cambodia’s younger generations.

Weather: The best time to visit Siem Reap in terms of weather is between November and March during the dry season.

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