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Siem Reap
Travel Planning
Siem Reap

Siem Reap at a Glance

Siem Reap is filled with temples, tourists and explosive growth. 

Imagine walking through the dense jungle and uncovering a mighty temple twisted up in ancient tree roots. The hot, muggy jungle air is thick to breath and the sounds of birds screech and caw in the background. Tourists have discovered Siem Reap and its ancient holy places, but you can still have a mystical experience when you walk up to a temple for the first time. Explore inner rooms, admire the formidable engineering of the Khmer and marvel at the carvings on the walls of the temples. 

When you aren't marveling at the old, marvel at the new. Siem Reap's growth is astonishing. Resorts, hotels and tourist restaurants jostle between business centers, malls and new apartment complexes and houses. Siem Reap is a place to experience in the moment. 

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High Season
December - May
Low Season
June - November
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      Getting There
      Major Airports
      • Major Airport Siem Reap International Airport

      Passport / Visa Requirements

      Most western tourists will need a visa to enter Cambodia in addition to their valid passport. Cambodian immigration now collects fingerprints and will fine you for overstaying your visa. For more information about specific requirements, visit a Cambodian Consulate. American citizens can do further research at the U.S State Department website as well. 

      Getting Around
      Public Transportation
      • Bus Siem Reap Bus Station
      • Ferry Chong Kneas Ferry Dock
      Need to Know

      Severe Weather Wet season occurs in September and October. Travel can be tricky during this time. 

      Safety Concerns Beware of snatch and runs and pickpockets. Make a photocopy of your passport and keep it in a separate location from the original. Avoid flashing cameras, phones, cash, computers or jewels. Many jewels, street drugs and even prescription drugs are fake or black market. 

      Health Concerns Speak with your doctor at least two months before your trip to get vaccination recommendations and health tips. Purify your water or drink bottled water in Cambodia. It is important to peel and wash fruits and vegetables with purified water as well. Avoid shellfish and under cooked meat. Travelers should be wary of swimming in freshwater as snail parasites may be present and make you sick.