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Siem Reap - Best Tours & Trips 2019

227 trips to Siem Reap tours from 64 tour companies. 419 reviews. 4.7/5 avg rating.
Little more than a village when French explorers re-discovered Angkor in the 19th century, today, the city in Northwestern Cambodia is the gateway to the Angkor region and UNESCO World Heritage site, Angkor Wat. It is among the most popular destinations in Cambodia, where visitors come to discover the roots of the Khmer civilization.
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Travel Style Travel Style Relaxed A lot of free time, with very few inclusions. Ideal for independent and/or low-key travelers and cruisers.
Full on For those looking to maximize their sight seeing time. You thrive on a packed day’s schedule from 8 am to 6pm, with some (but limited) free time. Most activities and meals included.
Mixed You will have solid amounts of both free time and structured time with some activities and meals included.

Trip Type Trip Type Group Tour Groups are between 25-60 people, typically ~30-40. Usually there will be many opportunities to split off and enjoy meals and excursions in smaller groups. This is the most economical way to travel, saving up to 40% versus booking the same itinerary yourself.
Small Group Tour Small groups are usually defined as between 10 and 24 travelers, often less. If you're the kind of person who enjoys more intimate experiences and personal service this is a good choice. All else being equal you will pay a premium for this style vs a larger group tour.
River Cruise These vessels are smaller than most ocean cruisers, limiting which amenties are available. Passenger counts can vary. One of the biggest advantages of a river cruise is the ability to dock at smaller ports and local villages.
Small Ship Cruise Small ship cruises usually have a max passenger count of 500. The primary purpose of these trips is to spend time off the vessel in local ports (e.g. Mediterranean) or experiencing nature (e.g Galapagos or Antarctica). Cabins can vary from budget to luxury.
Private Guided Private tours give you the undivided attention of a guide, and often involve special access to sites and unique experiences not available to larger groups. This is a great option for families, couples, and small friend groups. Expect to pay a bit more for the extra service.
Self Guided / Independent Tour A travel company plans your itinerary and arranges all the logistics including lodging, local activities, and transportantion. You have the flexibility of a solo trip while still getting the convience and time savings of expert planning. Get 90% of the benefits of a tour, without a guide.
Vacation / Holiday Package Similar to a self guided tour, this usually involves a home base, such as a hotel or resort, with packaged activities and day tours as a part of the stay.
Large Ship Cruise This is the "floating city" experience, with multiple ways to enjoy your vacation aboard the ship as much as on land. Ships are multiple floors, provide several activities, culinary, and shopping options. They often make fewer stops and have less time available for shore excursions.

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Lodging Level Lodging Level Camping Typically involves most nights sleeping in tents (sometimes permanent tented sites) or in rustic cabins and lodges.
Basic - 2 star You'll stay in no-frills, but clean and comfortable, hotels or guesthouses. A 'Basic' trip might also involve a few nights of camping.
Value - 3 star Mid-range budget with accommodations ranging from comfortable lodges, guesthouses, and homestays to three star hotels.
Premium - 4 star 3 to 4 star western hotel equivalents. While not all lodging will be 'luxury' they will be quite comfortable by western standards.
Luxury - 5 star The highest level of comfort and service. All accomodations are in four or five star hotels, boutique lodges or high-end homestays.

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Vietnam & Angkor Wat

SmarTours
Premier
Has very high quality customer experiences and demonstrated commitment to responsible travel practices. read more
15 days
$ 173 / day
$ 2,599
From : $ 6,297
The strike-through price reflects either the high season trip price or the average price a traveler pays for a similar itinerary when the components are booked separately.
Travel Style : You will have solid amounts of both free time and structured time with some activities and meals included. Mixed
Physical Level : Some walking over short or flat distances. Some trips may include cycling options. Some are wheelchair friendly (check for individual trips). Some cruises. Easy
Lodging Level : Mid-range budget with accommodations ranging from comfortable lodges, guesthouses, and homestays to three star hotels. Value - 3 star
Highlights
  • Visit Angkor Wat Temples (Siem Reap)
  • Enjoy Cruising in the beautiful Halong Bay
  • Explore the remnants of Vietnam War (Hoi An)
  • Optional Mekong Delta Excursion
  • Tour of Historic Hoi An
Visits:
Angkor Wat, Banyon Temple, Cu Chi Tunnels, Da Nang, Ha Long Bay, Hanoi, Ho Chi Minh, Hoi An , Mekong Delta, Siem Reap, Tonle Sap Lake, Cambodia, Vietnam
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Vietnam and Cambodia: Mekong – The Veins of the ...

Myths and Mountains
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Has very high quality customer experiences and demonstrated commitment to responsible travel practices. read more
16 days
$ 284 / day
$ 4,550
From : $ 5,597
The strike-through price reflects either the high season trip price or the average price a traveler pays for a similar itinerary when the components are booked separately.
Travel Style : A lot of free time, with very few inclusions. Ideal for independent and/or low-key travelers and cruisers. Relaxed
Physical Level : Some walking over short or flat distances. Some trips may include cycling options. Some are wheelchair friendly (check for individual trips). Some cruises. Easy
Lodging Level : 3 to 4 star western hotel equivalents. While not all lodging will be 'luxury' they will be quite comfortable by western standards. Premium - 4 star
Highlights
  • Explore Saigon
  • Explore the town of Vung Liem by bicycle
  • Visit the Happy Buddha Temple
  • Visit Nga Nam Floating Market
  • Explore Rabbit Island
  • Visit Silver Pagoda
  • Explore Angkor Wat
Visits:
Angkor Wat, Ho Chi Minh, Mekong Delta, Mekong River , Phnom Penh , Saigon, Siem Reap, Tonle Sap Lake, Cambodia, Vietnam
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Indonesia, Myanmar and Cambodia: Borobudur, Bagan ...

Myths and Mountains
Preferred
Has very high quality customer experiences and demonstrated commitment to responsible travel practices. read more
17 days
$ 411 / day
$ 6,995
From : $ 7,811
The strike-through price reflects either the high season trip price or the average price a traveler pays for a similar itinerary when the components are booked separately.
Travel Style : A lot of free time, with very few inclusions. Ideal for independent and/or low-key travelers and cruisers. Relaxed
Physical Level : Some walking over short or flat distances. Some trips may include cycling options. Some are wheelchair friendly (check for individual trips). Some cruises. Easy
Lodging Level : 3 to 4 star western hotel equivalents. While not all lodging will be 'luxury' they will be quite comfortable by western standards. Premium - 4 star
Highlights
  • Visit Salay and Gubyaukgi Temple in Myinkaba
  • Explore Yangon and see the Sule, British colonial buildings, National Museum, meditation center, circular train ride, River Gallery
  • Visit Salay and Gubyaukgi Temple in Myinkaba
  • Visit Minnanthu Village for sesame and peanut oil
  • Discover Bangkok
  • Visit healer and stroll through Ubud
Visits:
Angkor Wat, Bagan, Bali, Banyon Temple, Lake Inle, Shwedagon Pagoda, Siem Reap, Tonle Sap Lake, Yangon, Burma (Myanmar), Cambodia, Indonesia
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Indochina’s Best: Vietnam, Laos and Cambodia

Myths and Mountains
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Has very high quality customer experiences and demonstrated commitment to responsible travel practices. read more
15 days
$ 286 / day
$ 4,295
From : $ 5,966
The strike-through price reflects either the high season trip price or the average price a traveler pays for a similar itinerary when the components are booked separately.
Travel Style : You will have solid amounts of both free time and structured time with some activities and meals included. Mixed
Physical Level : Some walking over short or flat distances. Some trips may include cycling options. Some are wheelchair friendly (check for individual trips). Some cruises. Easy
Lodging Level : 3 to 4 star western hotel equivalents. While not all lodging will be 'luxury' they will be quite comfortable by western standards. Premium - 4 star
Highlights
  • Explore Textile Museum, Textile Stores And Markets
  • Visit Cham Museum and Drive Hoi An.
  • Enjoy Boat Ride on Tonle Sap, Artisans D’angkor.
  • Visit Lake, Mausoleum, Hoa Lu, Temple Of Literature.
  • Learn About Unexploded Ordinance, and Carol Cassidy’s Studio
Visits:
Angkor Wat, Banyon Temple, Da Nang, Hanoi, Ho Chi Minh, Hoi An , Luang Prabang, Mekong Delta, Mekong River , Preah Khan, Saigon, Siem Reap, Ta Prohm, Tonle Sap Lake, Vientiane, Cambodia, Laos, Vietnam
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Vietnam to Cambodia Family Biking

Butterfield & Robinson
Preferred
Has very high quality customer experiences and demonstrated commitment to responsible travel practices. read more
9 days
$ 777 / day
$ 6,995
From : $ 7,974
The strike-through price reflects either the high season trip price or the average price a traveler pays for a similar itinerary when the components are booked separately.
Travel Style : You will have solid amounts of both free time and structured time with some activities and meals included. Mixed
Physical Level : Regular walking or cycling over moderately long, hilly, or bumpy distances. Some public transport or utility vehicles such as safari jeeps. Moderate
Lodging Level : The highest level of comfort and service. All accomodations are in four or five star hotels, boutique lodges or high-end homestays. Luxury - 5 star
Highlights
  • Explore Vietnam by visiting Ho Chi Minh City and Hội An
  • Visit Củ Chi tunnels and Visit Angkor Wat
  • Explore Angkor
  • Visit the Temple of Ta Prohm.
  • Experience the wild nature in Hanoi
Visits:
Angkor Wat, Cu Chi Tunnels, Da Nang, Hanoi, Ho Chi Minh, Hoi An , Siem Reap, Cambodia, Vietnam
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From Vietnam’s Hanoi to Cambodia’s Angkor Wat

Myths and Mountains
Preferred
Has very high quality customer experiences and demonstrated commitment to responsible travel practices. read more
16 days
$ 350 / day
$ 5,595
From : $ 5,597
The strike-through price reflects either the high season trip price or the average price a traveler pays for a similar itinerary when the components are booked separately.
Travel Style : A lot of free time, with very few inclusions. Ideal for independent and/or low-key travelers and cruisers. Relaxed
Physical Level : Some walking over short or flat distances. Some trips may include cycling options. Some are wheelchair friendly (check for individual trips). Some cruises. Easy
Lodging Level : 3 to 4 star western hotel equivalents. While not all lodging will be 'luxury' they will be quite comfortable by western standards. Premium - 4 star
Highlights
  • Explore Hoi An and Danang
  • Have a chance to see water puppet show
  • Visit Ho Chi Minh City
  • Experience the cruise in Mekong river delta
  • Discover Angkor Wat and Angkor Thom
Visits:
Angkor Wat, Da Nang, Hanoi, Ho Chi Minh, Hoi An , Mekong Delta, Mekong River , Phnom Penh , Saigon, Siem Reap, Tonle Sap Lake, Cambodia, Vietnam
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Vietnam, Laos & Cambodia Biking

Butterfield & Robinson
Preferred
Has very high quality customer experiences and demonstrated commitment to responsible travel practices. read more
8 days
$ 874 / day
$ 6,995
From : $ 7,974
The strike-through price reflects either the high season trip price or the average price a traveler pays for a similar itinerary when the components are booked separately.
Travel Style : You will have solid amounts of both free time and structured time with some activities and meals included. Mixed
Physical Level : Regular walking or cycling over moderately long, hilly, or bumpy distances. Some public transport or utility vehicles such as safari jeeps. Moderate
Lodging Level : The highest level of comfort and service. All accomodations are in four or five star hotels, boutique lodges or high-end homestays. Luxury - 5 star
Highlights
  • Discover the temples of Angkor Wat
  • Experience Bike into idyllic countryside towards a pristine village temple
  • Explore Hanoi's trendy West Lake area
  • See the amazing Bayon temple
Visits:
Angkor Wat, Ha Long Bay, Hanoi, Luang Prabang, Cambodia, Laos, Vietnam
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24 Days In-depth Cambodia and Laos Tour

24 days
$ 82 / day
$ 1,960
Travel Style : A lot of free time, with very few inclusions. Ideal for independent and/or low-key travelers and cruisers. Relaxed
Physical Level : Regular walking or cycling over moderately long, hilly, or bumpy distances. Some public transport or utility vehicles such as safari jeeps. Moderate
Lodging Level : Mid-range budget with accommodations ranging from comfortable lodges, guesthouses, and homestays to three star hotels. Value - 3 star
Highlights
  • Visit the impressive stupa of Wat Visoun, the shrine of Wat Mai and popular Wat Xieng Thong;
  • Take a cruise trip upstream on the Mekong River to visit Pak Ou Caves;
  • Visit the Plain of Jars, an impressive archaeological site;
  • Highlight city tour of Vientiane;
  • Explore some of Angkor’s most beautiful temples of Angkor Wat;
  • Highlight city tour of Phnom Penh
Visits:
Angkor Wat, Luang Prabang, Mekong River , Siem Reap, Tonle Sap Lake, Vientiane, Cambodia, Laos
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Classic Indochina Vacation

20 days
$ 125 / day
$ 2,490
Travel Style : A lot of free time, with very few inclusions. Ideal for independent and/or low-key travelers and cruisers. Relaxed
Physical Level : Regular walking or cycling over moderately long, hilly, or bumpy distances. Some public transport or utility vehicles such as safari jeeps. Moderate
Lodging Level : Mid-range budget with accommodations ranging from comfortable lodges, guesthouses, and homestays to three star hotels. Value - 3 star
Highlights
  • City tours in main destinations, such as Hanoi, Saigon, Bangkok;
  • Wonderful cruise in scenic Halong Bay
  • Free leisure in the cultural old town-HoiAn
  • 2 days' immersion at famous Angkor Temples;
  • Lazy beach hours on Kho Samui
Visits:
Bangkok, Cu Chi Tunnels, Da Nang, Hanoi, Ho Chi Minh, Hoi An , Notre Dame Cathedral, Siem Reap, Cambodia, Laos, Thailand, Vietnam
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Best Of Vietnam And Cambodia

Indus Travels
Premier
Has very high quality customer experiences and demonstrated commitment to responsible travel practices. read more
12 days
$ 162 / day
$ 1,999
From : $ 2,631
The strike-through price reflects either the high season trip price or the average price a traveler pays for a similar itinerary when the components are booked separately.
Travel Style : You will have solid amounts of both free time and structured time with some activities and meals included. Mixed
Physical Level : Some walking over short or flat distances. Some trips may include cycling options. Some are wheelchair friendly (check for individual trips). Some cruises. Easy
Lodging Level : Mid-range budget with accommodations ranging from comfortable lodges, guesthouses, and homestays to three star hotels. Value - 3 star
Highlights
  • Admire the colonial splendour and experience the lively atmosphere of dynamic Hanoi
  • Admire the scenery and dramatic rock formations as you sail on a traditional boat in Halong Bay
  • Spend time in the beautifully preserved UNESCO heritage town of Hoi An
  • Visit Temples of Angkor in Siem Reap
  • Tour the historic city of Saigon and the nearby villages
Visits:
Hanoi, Saigon, Siem Reap, Cambodia, Vietnam
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Essential Vietnam And Cambodia

Indus Travels
Premier
Has very high quality customer experiences and demonstrated commitment to responsible travel practices. read more
9 days
$ 211 / day
$ 1,499
From : $ 2,558
The strike-through price reflects either the high season trip price or the average price a traveler pays for a similar itinerary when the components are booked separately.
Travel Style : You will have solid amounts of both free time and structured time with some activities and meals included. Mixed
Physical Level : Some walking over short or flat distances. Some trips may include cycling options. Some are wheelchair friendly (check for individual trips). Some cruises. Easy
Lodging Level : Mid-range budget with accommodations ranging from comfortable lodges, guesthouses, and homestays to three star hotels. Value - 3 star
Highlights
  • Enjoy the colonial splendor and experience the lively atmosphere of dynamic Hanoi
  • Admire the scenery and dramatic rock formations as you sail on a traditional boat in Halong Bay
  • Visit the temple complex of Angkor Wat, the largest religious monument in the world
Visits:
Hanoi, Siem Reap, Cambodia, Vietnam
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Essential Vietnam, Cambodia and Thailand

Indus Travels
Premier
Has very high quality customer experiences and demonstrated commitment to responsible travel practices. read more
14 days
$ 179 / day
$ 2,199
From : $ 3,576
The strike-through price reflects either the high season trip price or the average price a traveler pays for a similar itinerary when the components are booked separately.
Travel Style : You will have solid amounts of both free time and structured time with some activities and meals included. Mixed
Physical Level : Some walking over short or flat distances. Some trips may include cycling options. Some are wheelchair friendly (check for individual trips). Some cruises. Easy
Lodging Level : Mid-range budget with accommodations ranging from comfortable lodges, guesthouses, and homestays to three star hotels. Value - 3 star
Highlights
  • Enjoy the colonial splendor and experience the lively atmosphere of dynamic Hanoi
  • Admire the scenery and dramatic rock formations as you sail on a traditional boat in Halong Bay
  • Visit the temple complex of Angkor Wat, the largest religious monument in the world
  • Explore the Wat Trimitr is home to a gigantic gold-plated reclining Buddha, in Bangkok’s Chinatown
  • Take in the atmosphere at the largest island in Thailand, Phuket
Visits:
Bangkok, Hanoi, Phuket, Siem Reap, Cambodia, Thailand, Vietnam
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Essential Vietnam, Cambodia and Bangkok

Indus Travels
Premier
Has very high quality customer experiences and demonstrated commitment to responsible travel practices. read more
11 days
$ 209 / day
$ 1,899
From : $ 2,693
The strike-through price reflects either the high season trip price or the average price a traveler pays for a similar itinerary when the components are booked separately.
Travel Style : You will have solid amounts of both free time and structured time with some activities and meals included. Mixed
Physical Level : Some walking over short or flat distances. Some trips may include cycling options. Some are wheelchair friendly (check for individual trips). Some cruises. Easy
Lodging Level : Mid-range budget with accommodations ranging from comfortable lodges, guesthouses, and homestays to three star hotels. Value - 3 star
Highlights
  • Enjoy the colonial splendor and the lively atmosphere of dynamic Hanoi
  • Admire the scenery and dramatic rock formations as you sail on a traditional boat in Halong Bay
  • Visit the temple of Angkor Wat, the largest religious monument in the world
  • Discover the amazing city of Bangkok and its temples
Visits:
Bangkok, Hanoi, Siem Reap, Cambodia, Thailand, Vietnam
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Vietnam and Cambodia Adventure Summer 2019 - CostSaver

Trafalgar
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Has very high quality customer experiences and demonstrated commitment to responsible travel practices. read more
14 days
$ 185 / day
$ 2,595
From : $ 3,503
The strike-through price reflects either the high season trip price or the average price a traveler pays for a similar itinerary when the components are booked separately.
Travel Style : You will have solid amounts of both free time and structured time with some activities and meals included. Mixed
Physical Level : Some walking over short or flat distances. Some trips may include cycling options. Some are wheelchair friendly (check for individual trips). Some cruises. Easy
Lodging Level : Mid-range budget with accommodations ranging from comfortable lodges, guesthouses, and homestays to three star hotels. Value - 3 star
Highlights
  • Halong
  • Hanoi
  • Ho Chi Minh City
  • Hoi An
  • Nha Trang
  • Siem Reap
Visits:
Hanoi, Ho Chi Minh, Siem Reap, Cambodia, Vietnam
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Thailand and Cambodia Uncovered Summer 2020

Trafalgar
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Has very high quality customer experiences and demonstrated commitment to responsible travel practices. read more
17 days
$ 304 / day
$ 5,175
From : $ 6,365
The strike-through price reflects either the high season trip price or the average price a traveler pays for a similar itinerary when the components are booked separately.
Travel Style : N/A
Physical Level : Some walking over short or flat distances. Some trips may include cycling options. Some are wheelchair friendly (check for individual trips). Some cruises. Easy
Lodging Level : 3 to 4 star western hotel equivalents. While not all lodging will be 'luxury' they will be quite comfortable by western standards. Premium - 4 star
Highlights
  • CITY TOUR of Bangkok, Chiang Mai, Phnom Penh
  • VISIT the Grand Palace, the temples of Wat Phra Kaew and Wat Pho in Bangkok, Damnoen Saduak floating market, the ancient city of Ayutthaya, Sukhothai Heritage Park, Siem Reap Old Town, the temples of Angkor Wat, Angkor Thom, Wat Damnak, Ta Prohm and Banteay Srei, and Wat Phnom, The Royal Palace, Cheung Ek Killing Fields in Phnom Penh
  • SEE the Bridge over the River Kwai in Kanchanaburi
Visits:
Angkor Wat, Bangkok, Chiang Mai, Siem Reap, Thailand
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Top Siem Reap Experiences and Attractions

Top Siem Reap Experiences

  • Taking a cooking class after shopping for ingredients at a local market, learning traditional ingredients and meals.
  • Visiting the many temples of Angkor City after first exploring the Angkor National Museum.
  • Spending a fun night enjoying the party scene of Pub Street.
  • Shopping at the many markets and enjoying classic Cambodian street food. 
  • Learning about traditional crafts and art pieces from local artists at Artisans Angkor.
  • Renting bikes and enjoying the beautiful Cambodian countryside.
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Siem Reap Trip Reviews

419 Siem Reap Tour Reviews - Summary 99% Recommend

4.7 out of 5
Excellent 308
Great 102
Average 7
Disappointing 1
Terrible 1
Value
4.7
Guide
4.7
Activities
4.7
Lodging
4.7
Transportation
4.7
Meals
4.7

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Vietnam and Cambodia multi day tour

5.0
  • Value 5.0
  • Guide 5.0
  • Activities 5.0
  • Lodging 5.0
  • Transportation 5.0
  • Meals 5.0

Our trip was run almost flawlessly. From airport pickup in Hanoi to airport drop off in Siem Reap. I normally travel by myself and do tours quite different from this. So I had many questions and Mike Hung promptly answered them all. Any discrepancies were quickly worked out with him.
For my fiancee and her son, this was a first in a lifetime vacation and she was very nervous about many things. So it helped tremendously that drivers were there for us at the airports, we were picked up promptly each day and all of the hotels were ready for us.
All of our guides were fantastic and we enjoyed our conversations with them. And what really impressed me was the day our tour ran late due to traffic in Hanoi. We arrived at Cu Chi at about the time our tour should have been over. That conflicted with lunch which was included in our tour. GoAsia gave us the option of having our meal in Hanoi instead of a rushed lunch at Cu Chi.
Mike also met with us in Hanoi and made suggetions on options we might like. We paid for the options which afforded us a day to sleep in late in Phnom Pehn and got to experience sunrise at Angkor Wat. There was some confusion upon arrival in Siem Reap because of the changes in our itenirary that MIke quickly resolved.
I highly recommend GoAsia.

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Operator Go Asia Travel

Fantastic tour

5.0
  • Value 5.0
  • Guide 5.0
  • Activities 5.0
  • Lodging 5.0
  • Transportation 5.0
  • Meals 5.0

I would like to thank Indus team who right from the start have been super responsive to our request and help us arranged a wonderful itinerary to see and experience Vietnam people, culture and places first hand as a family. There were things for everyone of us which we can enjoy in the trip. The guides arranged, both Vietnam and Cambodia, were all great and have taken care of our every need during our trip. Great job and teamwork! We will definitely recommend you our family and friends for the trip to Vietnam & Cambodia!

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Operator Indus Travels

We had a fantastic time in Cambodia.

5.0
  • Value 5.0
  • Guide 5.0
  • Activities 5.0
  • Lodging 5.0
  • Transportation 5.0
  • Meals 5.0

We had a fantastic time in Cambodia. Everything from our travel, lodging, guide, and excursions were well planned and went smoothly. We learned a lot and had so much fun!

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Operator Global Basecamps

Treasures of Thailand

5.0
  • Value 5.0
  • Guide 5.0
  • Activities 5.0
  • Lodging 5.0
  • Transportation 5.0
  • Meals 5.0

Loved the variety of activities! Learning to cook local dishes was great but a bit too long. The Thai massage was a different experience. The Palace and Wat Phra Kaew were amazing but I would recommend going earlier in the day to avoid Bangkok's heat. Loved the ruins of Ayutthaya and Sukhothai. We would gladly have traded Hellfire Pass for more time in either of those places.

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Operator Trafalgar

Such an incredible experience!

5.0
  • Value 5.0
  • Guide 5.0
  • Activities 5.0
  • Lodging 5.0
  • Transportation 5.0
  • Meals 5.0

Not having the least bit of knowledge of Southeast Asia, we reached out to My Way Travel for help booking our 3 week tour. We were put in touch with one of the company’s associates (Emily), who helped make sense of the jumbled mess we had tried to plan on our own. Emily came back with an amazing itinerary that hit all the best spots between Vietnam, Cambodia and Laos, with some amazing suggestions added in as well. The trip that resulted from her itinerary was something that we will probably talk about for the rest of our lives. From the hotels, guides and private drivers (we felt like royalty) to the amazing destinations (particularly Hoi An, Halong Bay, Siem Reap & Luang Prabang), we were simply amazed at the plethora of things the region had to offer. We never felt rushed but still managed to see a great deal of the three countries. Emily kept in touch with us for our entire tour, always checking in to make sure that things were up to par. It was total service and commitment that truly went above and beyond. If you’re planning a trip to one of these (or all of these) places, do yourself a favor and let the professionals do the work. The total cost fit well within our budget and we didn’t end up wasting any of our precious vacation time! Big thanks to Emily and My Way Travel for such an incredible experience!

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Operator My Way Travel

A great experience travelling to highlights of Southeast Asia that will wet the appetite for more exploration of the ancient and modern cultures

5.0
  • Value 5.0
  • Guide 5.0
  • Activities 5.0
  • Lodging 5.0
  • Transportation 5.0
  • Meals 5.0

A great experience travelling to highlights of Southeast Asia that will wet the appetite for more exploration of the ancient and modern cultures. Many opportunities to see the glorias of the past and working people of today blending the old cultural traditions and practices with the changes that have and are coming so rapidly.

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Operator G Adventures

Siem Reap Tours and Travel Guide

Siem Reap Attractions & Landmarks Guide

Little more than a village when French explorers re-discovered Angkor in the 19th century, today, the city in Northwestern Cambodia is the gateway to the Angkor region and UNESCO World Heritage site, Angkor Wat. It is among the most popular destinations in Cambodia, where visitors come to discover the roots of the Khmer civilization.

While Siem Reap is often a second thought to Angkor Wat, which is about 20 minutes away, the city itself should not be discounted. Tours to Cambodia typically spend a few days in Siem Reap. Much of this time is devoted to Angkor, however within Siem Reap there are a number of cultural activities, including cooking classes and art demonstrations.

Situated in northwestern Siem Reap province, the city is one of the oldest in Cambodia, and also one of the most popular for tourists, due to its proximity to Angkor. This in turn has made parts of Siem Reap very high end, with many modern amenities, restaurants, shopping, and hotels.

The French colonial presence in Cambodia is largely to thank for the place Siem Reap holds today. When Angkor was re-discovered by French explorers in 1901, it sprang onto the world stage and never left. Siem Reap’s became a valuable touchpoint for those visiting the ancient city.

Beyond Angkor Wat: Other things to do in Siem Reap

While Angkor is absolutely something worth doing, and in fact something worth planning at least two days if not more for, there are some can’t miss sights within the town as well.

War Museum

To get a deeper understanding of the Cambodian Civil War, head to the War Museum, which covers the 30 years during which Cambodia was subjected to the Khmer Regime. An open air experience, the museum consists of old war instruments and tanks used during the regime - much of them Russian made.

Be sure to go with a guide because written information throughout the museum is scarce. And hearing personal stories help bring this terrible time into sharp focus.

Angkor National Museum

The Angkor National Museum is a great way to learn about the ancient history surrounding the impressive ruin city of Angkor, and a perfect stop before you journey to the massive temple complex yourself.

Visitors to the museum are treated to beautiful imagery depicting the life of Angkor’s inhabitants in chronological order. Hundreds of artifacts are also found here throughout 8 galleries. Plan at least an hour to enjoy your walk through and learn about all facets of Angkor before visiting the ruins for yourself.

Old Market

Southeast Asia is renowned for its markets, which showcase locally made goods, traditional food, dress, and cultural items. The Old Market is, not surprisingly, the oldest market in Siem Reap, and a popular shopping area for locals as well as tourists.

There are actually multiple markets in Siem Reap worth checking out. The night market in particular is very popular. Complete with lively bars, street food, and other vendors, the night market is often found on “must do” lists for Siem Reap. Live music completes the scene as you enjoy the vibrant atmosphere.

Artisans Angkor

This is a wonderful initiative and a tourist activity you can feel really good about. Designed to put more control into the hands of the artists who made your souvenirs and to help young budding artists get valuable training.

Many Siem Reap tours visit Artisans Angkor, which ensures that your tourism dollars remain in the country and have a direct impact on the lives of people you’ll meet during your visit. You’ll have a chance to talk with the artists and watch them at work.

Floating Villages

Rainy seasons are heavy duty in Southeast Asia, and for this reason a number of people live in floating villages. Designed to work with the weather rather than against, these unique floating villages only cover 965 square miles during the dry season, but this increases to 4600 in the rainy season. They are incredibly self sufficient, with entire networks of canals, shops, schools, and homes all living atop the water.

Sample traditional local rice wine

Rice is one of the staple foods in Cambodia, and has many uses, including being made into wine known as “Sombai”. This fermented liquid was used in ancient Angkor times in medicinal ways. Today it is often infused with fruits. Served at local tastings, you can take a tour first to learn about the process from start to finish, which includes the intricate and delicate painting on the bottles

Pub Street

For some this may seem like a tourist trap - but that doesn’t always have to be a bad thing. Pub street is very popular among young travelers especially who are eager to take in some of Southeast Asia’s famous nightlife. And this part of Siem Reap does have a reputation for getting rowdy, especially in the early morning hours.

But even though that is the main group, Pub Street can also be very enjoyable earlier in the evening for families and older travelers. There are many restaurant and bar choices, and it can be a great place to meet other travelers exploring Siem Reap.

How to Get to Angkor Wat From Siem Reap

While Siem Reap offers all of the above activities, it is undeniable that the main tourist attraction is Angkor Wat. The temples at Angkor are numerous, and the best way to see the main sights comfortably, is to plan a few days at least.

Tours to Angkor Wat leave regularly from Siem Reap, which is about a 20 minute drive away. There are several ways you can arrange to see the site, including renting a car, renting a bike or motorized scooter, or going by hired tuk-tuk. Walking is not recommended, only because the heat can be intense, and you’ll be walking by multiple moving vehicles going at different speeds, and some places have very little sidewalk.

The fascinating ruins of Angkor became an UNESCO World Heritage Site in 1992, though despite valiant and ongoing efforts to keep them in as good shape as possible, a continuously growing influx of tourists have made protection an enormous challenge.

There are 3 different passes you can decide between, once you arrive at Angkor. A Day Pass, A Three Day Pass, and a Week Long Pass. (The US dollar is widely accepted throughout Cambodia).

Forget any illusions you may have about Angkor Wat being empty and devoid of other people. It will definitely be full of other tourists exploring the ruins. Even the much lauded sunrise tour, to be among the first to get to the site, is a deceivingly busy activity. Though you may elect for this opportunity, you won’t necessarily be getting to the site when “no one else is there” which is how some tours sell this experience.

If you try and stay for the sunset at Angkor, be very careful when heading back to Siem Reap. Once the sun goes down, the night sky is very dark and there are no lights along the roads. A good idea is to pack a flashlight in the morning, even if you're not sure you'll stay for the sunset or not.

Photography Tips for Angkor Wat

The spires, steps, carvings, and countless pathways at Angkor Wat create unbelievable compositions for stunning photographs. Photography enthusiasts, amateur through to professional will always find something new to capture through the lens at Angkor Wat.

Here are some top tips for getting the best photos out of your Angkor Wat visit:

1. Bring multiple lenses - Angkor is one of those rare destinations that offers incredible variety for the type of photography you want to do. A telephoto lens will help you get up close with the many wall carvings and intricate designs within the temples. While a wide angle will be ideal for capturing the depth and scope of the temples and city.

2. Go on a photography tour - Especially for enthusiastic amateurs looking to bring their photographs to the next level, a photography tour is the perfect avenue to learn. Not only will you be able to visit incredible sights, you’ll have the opportunity to learn from a professional. And in a place like Angkor, where there are so many small walkways, multiple temples, and multiple views, your guide will know all the best places for photographs, including those that are “hidden.”

3. Lens cloth - in humid weather, like that you will experience in Cambodia, lens fogging is common. While this can create an interesting effect, it may not be the one you intend. Bring your camera out of it’s protective bag a good few minutes before you plan to shoot, and have a lens cloth handy throughout the day.

4. Comfortable neck/shoulder strap - Angkor Wat is full of incredible photo opps, and you will quickly get exhausted with pulling your camera out every 5 seconds. It is also typically very humid, and your generic camera strap may get itchy and uncomfortable in the heat. Fashion yourself a personalized lens strap with any kind of durable, soft, water resistant material to help with the burden of carrying your camera all day long.

5. Filters - Especially if you elect to do the popular sunrise tour at Angkor Wat, consider a filter to help display the subtle color and lighting of the sky as effectively as possible.

6. Practice shooting in shadow. Angkor provides a lot of wonderful opportunities for dramatic contrasts and sharp light shafts. Get to know your camera’s manual settings, and possibly practice with an external flash. You won’t want a strong flash, but one used with a diffuser might help bring out details in your shadowy photographs.

7. Bring a monopod - You will be walking around a lot in the hot sun, and a tripod will get cumbersome. And you don’t really need one for Angkor, as you’ll find many places to place your camera to keep it steady, or use a monopod. You’ll definitely want this option for shooting extended exposures in low light, but for the most part, it should suffice rather than a bulky and heavy tripod.

8. There will be people around. Embrace the fact that there will be a lot of crowds. You can pretty easily manage to get some pictures without people that are tight in portrait style, but your wide shots will almost certainly have people in them.

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