ABOUT SIEM REAP
Siem Reap province is located in Northwest Cambodia and is the country’s main tourist hub being the dreamed destination of travelers who wish to see the world famous temples of Angkor. Siem Reap is a safe, friendly and pleasant town. There is an endless choice of places to stay or dine with a vibrant nightlife and endless choice of activities for visitors.
WEATHER / SEASONS
Cambodia has a year-round tropical climate with December and January being the coolest months and April is generally the hottest.
Tourists can travel to all parts of Cambodia by bus, taxi, motorbike, boat and airplane. Visitors can conveniently sight-see by Tuk Tuk. Boats are also a very popular means of transportation along the Tonlé Sap, Bassac, and Mekong rivers with spectacular scenery along the way.
Royal Angkor International Hospital and the international clinics can handle most medical problems but serious illness or injury may require medical evacuation, the nearest being to Bangkok or Singapore.
Banks provide currency and travelers check exchange, credit card advances, telegraphic transfers and all usual banking services. Most banks are open from 8:00AM to 3:00PM, Monday through Friday.
Although the Cambodian riel (R) is the official currency, US dollars are more commonly used. Most businesses set their prices in US dollars and treat R4000 : $1.00 as the de facto rate regardless of the days exact exchange rate.
All nationalities need to apply for a travel visa, except for nationals from the following countries: Indonesia, Laos, Malaysia, Myanmar, the Philippines, Singapore, Thailand and Vietnam. A visa on arrival, valid for a thirty-day stay, requires a fee of US$20 and one passport size photo. Visas are also granted at Royal Cambodian Embassy or Consulate abroad. E-visas are obtainable at evisa.mfaic.gov.kh
ATTRACTIONS AND ACTIVITIES
Siem Reap has something for everyone. Temples tours, boat ride on Tonle Sap Lake (largest lake in Southeast Asia) to fishing villages and bird sanctuary, participating in Khmer cooking classes, viewing art galleries and local artisan’s workshops, indulging in spa treatments, countryside touring by Tuk Tuk or ox-cart, air ballooning, horse riding, golfing, elephant riding, touring by helicopter, enjoying cultural dance performances, relaxing in local bars and restaurants, visiting craft shops and silk farms, quad biking, cycling, shopping at boutiques offering a varied selection of quality handicrafts and silks as well as original artistic creations – paintings, prints, carvings and such.