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Siem Reap
When the morning light washes over the overgrown temples and ruins of Angkor Wat, a simple Siem Reap sunrise becomes a profound event. The ancient structures are contained within one of the largest religious complexes in the world. The complex and the 12th century Angkor Thom royal city are considered the main reasons to visit Siem Reap. Get a lesson in national history at the Cambodian Cultural Village, and a lesson in bargaining at the Angkor Night Market, a bonanza of shopping stalls, food vendors, and bars.

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Bayon Temple
Bayon Temple
Attraction type: Ancient Ruins
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Ta Prohm
Ta Prohm
Having undergone minimal restoration, stone pillars and carvings intertwine with massive tree roots and jungle in this stunning temple complex.
Attraction type: Ancient Ruins
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Angkor Archaeological Park
Angkor Archaeological Park
Owner description: Home to Angkor Wat, one of the largest religious complexes in the world, and a stunning array of 9th to 13th century temples built by the kings of the Khmer Empire. The Angkor... more Owner description: Home to Angkor Wat, one of the largest religious complexes in the world, and a stunning array of 9th to 13th century temples built by the kings of the Khmer Empire. The Angkor Archaeological Park is breathtaking, and still the principal draw for every visitor to Siem Reap. less
Attraction type: National Parks; Historic Sites
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Phare, The Cambodian Circus
Phare, The Cambodian Circus
Owner description: Phare, The Cambodian Circus "Uniquely Cambodian, Daringly Modern" Experience one of the highlights of Cambodia and meet talented young performers in breathtakingly entertaining... more Owner description: Phare, The Cambodian Circus "Uniquely Cambodian, Daringly Modern" Experience one of the highlights of Cambodia and meet talented young performers in breathtakingly entertaining and original Cambodian shows. Phare, The Cambodian Circus tells uniquely Cambodian tales using modern circus arts and high energy music, touching on themes strong in Cambodian tradition, ethos and spirit. The performances mix theatre, music, dance, acrobatics, juggling, aerial acts, fire and contortion with an explosion of virtuosity and sensitivity. During the hour-long shows, the Phare performers share their emotions and excitement, blowing the audience away with their integrity and power. Phare's iconic RED Big Top is centrally located with convenient access from most hotels and any parts of the city of Siem Reap. The big top welcomes up to 330 spectators every day at 7h30pm. The productions changes regularly and have been well received by many. It is ranked as one of the top tourist attractions in Siem Reap by travelers' and reviewers on TripAdvisor. CNN Travel describes Phare as "Incredible! " And The Lonely Planet calls it an "Unmissable!" Experience for all travelers to Cambodia. On site Phare Cafe offers a wide variety of beverage, meals and snacks before and after the show to complete the experience at the Circus. Phare artists are students and graduates from Phare Ponleu Selpak Association, an artistic and social center in Battambang. The association was formed 20 years ago by 8 young men coming home from a refugee camp after the Khmer Rouge regime. They were greatly helped by art therapy and wanted to share this new skill among the poor, socially deprived and troubled children and youth in Battambang. They founded a school of visual arts, a music school, an awareness theatre and circus school were next and finally public school to offer free education. Today more than 1,200 pupils attend the public school daily and 500 attend the arts schools. Phare Ponleu Selpak also has extensive social outreach programs especially in child protection and their integration to the community and society. Phare, The Cambodian Circus is an activity of Phare Performing Social Enterprise that offers these students and graduates a performing venue to hone their skills and a place to earn a decent wage and that aims to sustain the artistic, education and social outreach programs of the association. Many lives have been dramatically improved through these programs. The young artists are able to build their careers and lives through these unique artistic and performing opportunities. less
Attraction type: Performances
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Angkor Wat
Angkor Wat
Owner description: Angkor Wat, in its beauty and state of preservation, is unrivaled. Its mightiness and magnificence bespeak a pomp and a luxury surpassing that of a Pharaoh or a Shah Jahan, an... more Owner description: Angkor Wat, in its beauty and state of preservation, is unrivaled. Its mightiness and magnificence bespeak a pomp and a luxury surpassing that of a Pharaoh or a Shah Jahan, an impressiveness greater than that of the Pyramids, an artistic distinctiveness as fine as that of the Taj Mahal. less
Attraction type: Ancient Ruins; Historic Sites; Architectural Buildings; Religious Sites; Monuments/ Statues; Tours
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Haven Training Restaurant
Haven Training Restaurant
Ranked #1 of 424 restaurants in Siem Reap
Price: $4 - $12
Dining options: Breakfast/Brunch, Lunch, Dinner, Reservations, Delivery, Late Night
Blossom Cafe and Training Centre
Blossom Cafe and Training Centre
Ranked #2 of 424 restaurants in Siem Reap
Price:
Cuisines: Bakery, Coffee Shop, Dessert, Café
Good for: Special occasions
Dining options: Dessert
Genevieve's Restaurant
Genevieve's Restaurant
Ranked #3 of 424 restaurants in Siem Reap
Price: $2 - $13
Cuisines: Cambodian, Eclectic, International
Dining options: Breakfast/Brunch, Lunch, Dinner, Delivery, Late Night
Gigi Brasil
Gigi Brasil
Ranked #4 of 424 restaurants in Siem Reap
Price: $2 - $20
Cuisines: Brazilian, Cambodian, Steakhouse, International
Good for: Outdoor seating
Dining options: Breakfast/Brunch, Reservations, Late Night
HUNGRY BEAR at Angkor Night Market
HUNGRY BEAR at Angkor Night Market
Ranked #5 of 424 restaurants in Siem Reap
Price: $1 - $10
Cuisines: Dessert, Japanese, Fast Food, Bar
Dining options: Reservations, Takeout

All accommodations » Where to stay - Budget

The Siem Reap Hostel
2.5 of 5
The Siem Reap Hostel
$10 - $16
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Schein Guesthouse & Restaurant
Schein Guesthouse & Restaurant
$10 - $20
Ranked #12 of 323 Siem Reap B&B and Inns
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Golden Temple Villa
Golden Temple Villa
$13 - $45
Ranked #24 of 220 hotels in Siem Reap
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All accommodations » Where to stay - Midrange

Villa Medamrei
3.0 of 5
Villa Medamrei
$26 - $47
Ranked #33 of 220 hotels in Siem Reap
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Gloria Angkor Hotel
3.0 of 5
Gloria Angkor Hotel
$23 - $38
Ranked #34 of 220 hotels in Siem Reap
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Angkor Pearl Hotel
3.0 of 5
Angkor Pearl Hotel
$23 - $30
Ranked #38 of 220 hotels in Siem Reap
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All accommodations » Where to stay - Luxury

Shinta Mani Club Siem Reap
4.0 of 5
Shinta Mani Club Siem Reap
$158 - $308
Ranked #1 of 220 hotels in Siem Reap
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The Privilege Floor
5.0 of 5
The Privilege Floor
$188 - $461
Ranked #2 of 220 hotels in Siem Reap
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Sojourn Boutique Villas
4.0 of 5
Sojourn Boutique Villas
$104 - $174
Ranked #5 of 220 hotels in Siem Reap
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