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Affectionately known as Temple Town, Siem Reap has been rapidly developing over recent years to cater to the swathes of tourists that stream through to witness the wonders of the Angkor Archaeological Park. Aside from these awe-inspiring ancient structures, there are plenty of other things to see and do around Siem Reap, as well as countless places to eat and drink, and make the most of your nights out. So allow this Pocket Guide to give you a grand show of what’s on offer, as well as a selection of useful advice for visiting Siem Reap, and travelling across the Kingdom of Cambodia. Throughout the pages of this book you will find the most detailed listings of cafés, restaurants, bars and clubs, plus reviews and articles on selected outlets and brand new openings in town. We also present information of shops, markets, galleries, spas, activities, clinics, hotels, guesthouses and travel information, with some top tips for staying healthy, useful mobile apps, and where to grab a swim. As we go to press in late December, the weather is beautifully cool and dry, though during the lifetime of this issue it will get progressively hotter, with temperatures reaching 40⁰C in April..

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S!EM REAP POCKET GUiDE is divided into several main sections, each covering a separate topic, such as drinking, dining, shopping, leisure, travel, health, and accomodation. In each section, we aim to provide a general overview of what Temple Town has to offer to its English-speaking visitors and residents. And in this issue, we have also profiled the very latest arrivals to Siem Reap's scene in our New Openings section. You will find maps of the town on pages 66-71 and 122-125. Meanwhile, we include directory listings of relevant businesses, divided into subcategories where appropriate. Please check the legend at the start of each section for a list of symbols indicating the opening times and so forth. The listings also show a map reference relating to the main town maps. Be sure to read through our various feature pages as well for information about happy hours, the local cafÊ scene, choosing a restaurant by type (cuisine corner), Apsara dance shows, getting a mobile SIM card, connecting to the internet, buying bus tickets, crossing borders, flight schedules, and more . Enjoy your stay in Cambodia and please feel free to give us feedback – email us at: info@cambodiapocketguide.com or send a message to our Facebook page: facebook.com/pocketguidecambodia

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14 ORiENTATiON 16 NiGHT SAFETY 18 HOLiDAYS 22 POCKET GUiDE WEBSiTE 26 ViSiTORS CODE OF CONDUCT 28 DRiNKiNG 36 NEW OPENiNGS 38 HAPPY HOUR 40 CAFÉ SOCiETY 42 BARS/CAFÉS AT A GLANCE 44 DRiNKiNG DiRECTORY 49 TALKiNG TARiFFS 50 NiGHT LiFE 52 DiNiNG

62 RESTAURANTS AT A GLANCE 64 DiNING FOR A CAUSE 66 SiEM REAP North Map 68 SiEM REAP South Map 70 SiEM REAP Centre Map 72 FRANCHiSE DiNiNG 74 CUiSiNE CORNER 76 KHMER DiNiNG 78 APSARA DANCE SHOWS 80 DiNiNG DiRECTORY 92 AWAY FROM THE TRAFFiC 94 SHOPPiNG 98  SHOPPiNG / LEiSURE AT A GLANCE

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100 SHOPPiNG DiRECTORY 106 ARTS & CULTURE 108 MARKETS 110 OLD MARKET MAP 112 NiGHT MARKETS 114 LEiSURE 118 LEiSURE DiRECTORY 122 SiEM REAP North Map 124 SiEM REAP South Map 128 GETTiNG AROUND 130 DESTiNATiONS BY AiR 132 TRAVEL 134 BUS SERViCES 135 FACTS & FiGURES

136 LOCATiONS & CROSSiNGS 138 TRAVEL DiRECTORY 140 TECHNOLOGY 141 TRAVEL TO PHNOM PENH 142 COASTAL DESTiNATIONS 146 HEALTH TiPS 148 SPAS & MASSAGE 150 HEALTH & FiTNESS DiRECTORY 152 POOLSiDE BLiSS 154 ACCOMMODATiON 156 ACCOMMODATiON DiRECTORY 160 THE BACK PAGE

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ORiENTATiON

Explore away You're in a new city, but never fear, you'll find almost everything you need in our Pocket Guide, and on our Tourist Map. Here are a few tips to get you started. ORIENTATION: Siem Reap is a fairly compact town and most businesses catering to tourists can be found in one of six main areas: Old Market area, Wat Bo, Old French Quarter, Taphul Village, Road to Angkor and the Airport Road. Many of the smaller streets have no names, so people tend to navigate using landmarks – pagodas, markets, major hotels and so forth. See our Tourist Map for more details. WHERE TO STAY: Siem Reap has more than 10,000 hotel rooms priced from $2 per night all the way up to $2,000, and with occupancy rates fairly low, you should be able to negotiate a good deal. See pages 156-157 for a selection. GETTING AROUND: The easiest ways to get around town are by foot, moto or tuk-tuk. Moto fares starts at 3,000 riel ($0.75) for a short journey, with a premium at night. Tuk-tuks are a little more expensive, with short trips costing from $1, but they hold more people and offer better protection against the elements. Meanwhile, a mobile app taxi hailing service working well in Phnom Penh and recently expanded to Siem Reap is iTsumo. You no longer need to register and you can even call drivers on the new VoIP feature. Fares are cheap – around 2,000 riel per kilometre. If you are visiting the temples, you should be able to get a tuk-tuk for $15-20 for a day (6am-6pm) or $8-10 for a half day. Taxis, meanwhile, start from $25 per day. An environmentally-friendly method is renting a bike for around $1 per day, or an electric bike from Green e-bike for $10/day. FOOD AND DRINK: Siem Reap has a plethora of bars and restaurants catering to most tastes and budgets. A meal for two can cost anywhere from $5 to $100 or more, while a glass of beer ranges from $0.50 at a few of the bars on Pub Street to upwards of $4 in the more expensive hotels. See our sections such as Happy Hours, Cafe Society, Bars At A Glance, Restaurants At A Glance and the drinking and dining articles for more details.

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NiGHT SAFETY

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Most people enjoy a night on the tiles of Siem Reap without incident, but street theft, scams, and other petty crimes can never be completely discounted in any major tourist destination in the region. Pickpocketing and bag theft are the most common misdemeanours, but these can usually be easily be avoided by simple use of common sense. Be aware that Khmers are very proud people, and displays of anger or rudeness towards them from a foreigner are never well received, and may result in some heated situations. You can still guarantee yourself a great night by being cool, smart, and following some basic rules: 1. Don’t carry more money than you need: there are plenty of ATMs across town, and most Siem Reap establishments are relatively easy on the wallet anyway 2. Try to keep to main roads and avoid walking alone, especially if you’re lost 3. Keep wallets, handbags, mobile phones and cameras close to you, and don’t leave your belongings unattended anywhere: reducing the opportunities for theft is the best way to reduce the likelihood of it happening 4. Be careful (ladies especially) on motos or tuk-tuks not to leave bags hanging loosely over your shoulder. Keep them out of reach of passers by – same goes for cameras too

5. If you hire a motorbike, try to buy your own padlock and never leave it unlocked, unless its in a ticketed parking place 6. Be polite and friendly with Khmer people, whatever the situation 7. Negotiate your fare before getting on transport to avoid problems later.

Pub Street at night Emergency Numbers Royal Angkor International Hospital: 012 235 888 or 063 761 888 Angkor Children's Hospital: 063 963 409 Ambulance (S.A.M.U): 063 761 119 or 012 630 399 Tourist Police: 012 402 424 or 012 969 991 Fire: 012 390 806

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GENERAL iNFORMATiON

Holidays Cambodia is a country that enjoys an abundance of public holidays, with more than 25 scheduled annually. During important religious holidays, which can spread over several days, Siem Reap empties out as local Khmers head back to their provincial homes to spend time with their families. This often means Siem Reap operates on shutdown mode. If you’re thinking of travelling during a public holiday, then make sure you have pre-booked your transport as buses fill quickly, and private taxis are sparse and hike up their prices significantly, as do many places to stay. International New Year is one of the biggest holidays in the World, and it's no different here in Cambodia – it's one of three New Years they celebrate! The locals won't go to the provinces necessarily, but many will have a day off work and be suffering a hang over from the night before. Most restaurants and bars will be open. Victory Over Genocide Day marks the day Vietnamese troops overthrew the Khmer Rouge. There will be remembrance services for victims, and foreigners are advised to show a little restraint if going out as a mark of respect towards those who died and those whose lives are still affected today by the events of the past. Meak Bochea Day is a religious holiday commemorating the ordainment of Buddha's original disciples on the same day over 2,000 years ago. Many Khmer Buddhists will go to pray and give offerings at local pagodas, as it is believed that on this day one can wash away all sins and cleanse ones mind. It will be business as usual for bars and restaurants, however. Khmer New Year is the big annual holiday in Cambodia, lasting three days officially, but many locals will also take surrounding days off to complete a whole away from work. During this time you will find many locally-owned bars and restaurants closed as people head back to their hometowns and villages to be with family. Those that do stay in Siem Reap, however, will generate a fun party atmosphere. Be warned... in areas like Pub Street you may find yourself getting soaked with water (all in good fun), much as you would in Thailand or Laos.

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2018 Calendar January - April January - 1 st Internatinal New Year's Day, 7th Victory Day, 31th Meak Bochea Day

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LOCATiON, LOCATiON Make sure your GPS location feature is switched on! Android users can simply swipe down to reveal the notifications bar and tap on the ‘Location’ (map marker) icon. Meanwhile, iPhone users need to go to 'Settings' and then 'Privacy' and tap the 'Location Services' toggle switch. For both iOS and Android phones, a pop up box that prompts you to share your location with the site will appear when you hit the 'Plan My Route' option after selecting an establishment. Also, dont forget you will need to tap the padlock icon if you want to navigate the map.

MAKE A SEARCH On our homepage, you’ll see a search box to input a keyword. You can refine your search by making use of our advanced filters. Directly below the search box, you’ll find three hopefully familiar icons. The folder icon brings up a list of categories to choose from. The second filter, location, offers a choice of Phnom Penh or Siem Reap, although more Cambodian destinations will be added in due course. Finally, the radius icon lets you set how far from your location you’d like to search for results, ranging from a few blocks walk of 0.5km up to a cross-town jaunt of 10km.

RiNG iN RESULTS Press the ‘Search’ button to get your results. Your location is shown by a blue marker on a map, surrounded by your local search results. You can then scroll down the page to view the list of these results. To help you make your final decision, click on the image or title of a result to be taken to its full listing, with more in-depth information.

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GUiDED PATH At the bottom of your listing of choice, you’ll see the ‘Plan My Route’ button in blue, one of our most exciting new options for the website. Clicking this will bring up a panel asking to ‘Use geolocation’. By ticking the box green, your GPS will automatically complete the Start address, and then you’ll need to choose between Driving and Walking before hitting the ‘Get Directions’ button. Boom! Your route from A to B is literally mapped out in front of your very eyes with a glorious blue trail. Extra details, such as distance and approximate journey time, are also posted.

READ ALL ABOUT iT The website has all the articles from all our books in the ‘Articles’ tab, as well as the latest info on ‘New Openings’. Of course, the books are still well worth reading as there are some additional articles to check out. The website, meanwhile, contains many extra listings that you wont find in the books.

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Visitors Code of Conduct Welcome to Angkor and all other temples, pagodas, religious & sacred sites

DRESS CODE: When in a city or town you are not on the beach, so revealing clothing, super-short shorts, bikini tops, walking around with no shirt on … it’s just not cool folks, and quite offensive to the locals. Ladies, if you are going to a sacred site such as a temple then you need to make sure you are covered to below the knees and across the shoulders. Dress appropriately people. MONUMENTS: Cambodia’s monuments, statues, temples and pagodas are old. Touching them doesn’t change the way they look for the better, and leaning or sitting on fragile structures could do some real damage and get you into serious trouble. Look, take photos, but don’t touch. Be careful with your backpacks, and anything you are carrying which could lead to damage.

SMOKiNG: A law was passed recently banning smoking in public places, but it is yet to be enforced and most places will not have a problem with you lighting up. There are some exceptions however. Angkor park has been a smoke free site since 2012 and if caught smoking you may well be fined. During the hot dry season a stray butt can also be a fire starter. SACRED SiTES: Sacred sites in Cambodia are as sacred as they come. Remember when you visit that any locals or practising buddhists are probably not on a sightseeing tour. Keep the noise to an absolute minimum, talk only if necessary, put your phone on silent, don’t disturb

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You’re in Cambodia, the sun is shining, the people are welcoming and warm, you’ve befriended your tuk tuk driver, smiling kids are keen to play and joke with you, life is great. That’s the beauty of the Kingdom of Wonder, it’s so easy to feel at home and comfortable in your surroundings... too easy. It’s important, however, to remember you are in a country that takes real pride in it’s culture and customs. What may seem a harmless act or gesture by you can be hugely offensive to the local people, or even illegal in some cases. We’re sure you want to represent yourself, your country, and all foreigners coming to Cambodia in the best possible way, so below are a few pointers to follow to make sure you are a responsible visitor here:

others. It’s kind of like a trip to the cinema, but you’ll come out with much more good karma on your side. RESTRiCTED AREA: Cambodian authorities take restricted areas very seriously, from entry to photography. Most restricted areas are designated so for your own safety, particularly in the Angkor park where collapsing temples can be extremely dangerous. Military and government properties are simply not to be messed with. And those landmine signs are there for a reason. FOOD & MONEY FOR CHiLDREN: It’s the tough one for a lot of visitors, and even the expats here sometimes. How could you possibly say no? But

you have to. Giving money or food to children begging on the streets is counteractive to the work being done to get them off the streets and into schools. If it helps you feel better about saying no, a lot of the time things aren’t quite as they appear. MONKS: Monks are highly respected and revered in Cambodia. They aren’t a tourist attraction or photo opportunity. If you want to take a photo of a monk ask for permission first. When talking with a monk make sure that you are positioned below them, even if it means sitting on the ground. Ladies, never touch a monk, and do your very best not to stand or sit too close to one.

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DRiNKiNG - THE BAR SCENE

Where there's a swill Culture is enlightening, exalting, uplifting, life-enhancing. But what they don’t tell you is what thirsty work it can be. Don’t worry, though. When it comes to where to refresh yourself, we've got you covered... Why not start with one of the Kingdom's favourite beers, Angkor. Brewed with soft spring water from the mountains of Sihanoukville coupled with the finest ingredients procured from around the world, this quality lager has earned the brand numerous Gold Awards from Monde Selection, an international quality institute, making Angkor a source of national pride. Another premium local brew is Cambodia beer, made with only the finest European ingredients at a huge modern brewing facility on the outskirts of Phnom Penh. It has proved to be a hugely popular alternative to Angkor and you'll find it in most bars and restaurants. If the home ales don't do it for you then grab a cold Heineken, available all over Cambodia thanks to it now being brewed right here in country so it's as fresh and crisp as ever! An epicentre of Siem Reap's nightlife scene is Pub Street, known as Rue de la Soif (meaning "Thirsty Street") in French, which is weird because if you’re thirsty for more than three minutes on this strip, you’re doing something wrong. Hoards of tourists congregate here to eat, drink and party as late as possible.

Night owls with fancy feet have options on this infamous strip. Angkor What? Bar and Temple Club, which almost face each other across the street, seem to be caught in a never ending dance-off. They both have the

Angkor Wat? Bar latest tunes thumping, and beer and buckets pumping, till the early hours every night of the week. X Bar is an open-air venue at the end of Pub Street that also turns up the dance tracks on a nightly basis, as well as hosting live bands. This is the place where dawn seems to arrive earlier than anywhere else in Siem Reap. At least, that’s the only explanation we can think of for why it keeps happening to us. An instantly recognisable franchise in town where you can get refreshed while watching live music and checking out a ton of great

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memorabilia is, of course, the world famous Hard Rock Cafe. Situated in an old colonial-style building in the city center, it's a two-story restaurant with a large terrace overlooking the Siem Reap River. And of course the history on the walls matches perfectly with their iconic location. You'll see memorabilia such as a pair of Eminem's sneakers, one of Tom Petty's shirts, and a hat owned by the Queen of Pop herself, Madonna. The Red Piano is one of Siem Reap’s longest-running restaurants, made famous by the visit of Angelina Jolie back when she was filming Tomb Raider. Here you’ll find a great selection of Belgian beers alongside the famous Jolie cocktail, ingeniously named The Tomb Raider. Every 10th one sold is free, and every 500th gets you the drink for free,

Hard Rock Cafe a t-shirt, and $100 cash! The venue has regular live mucis and upstairs seating as well, which means you can stalk, err, people watch in breezier comfort. For something similar but without the hustle of the crowds, you could head to Fifty5 just beside the Old Market. This classy, open-sided bar, with a bit of a hipster feel, offers an excellent spot from which to spectate on the world and all its delightful peculiarities.

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Menaka Speakeasy Lounge Menaka Speakeasy Lounge is undoubtedly Siem Reap's most secretive drinking spot, requiring you to sneak in either via an entrance hidden inside a coffeeshop on 2 Thnou Street, or through a secret door off a side alley. A sumptuous, refined atmosphere awaits you, with some incredible cocktails, like the Samboh Sneah or the

Double Rye Old Fashioned, crafted by famous American mixologist Annemarie Sagoi. House infusions are made with fresh local products such as Kampot pepper, chili, basil and jackfruit. A short hop across town to the hip, upcoming Kandal Village area will find you at Charms, a Belgian-owned apero lounge bar. Grab some beers, wines, cocktails or spirits, and relax for a chat, or perhaps a battle of wits against your co-drinkers in a game of chess, monopoly, cards and other classics. Bar music is purely 90's and earlier, and played at a social level, while food can be ordered in from neighbouring restaurants if hunger takes hold. While there’s no live jazz, a classy atmosphere prevails at Le Bel Air, Siem Reap’s first Belgian restaurant – now we know we’re on the map – where 30 different Belgian beers are served in their aircon restaurant or outside in a beautiful, contemporary garden. We can wholeheartedly recommend the snail and truffle ravioli if you're looking for a noble dish to accompany all those delicious Belgian brews. It’s simply stunning.

Le Bel Air

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Keeping with the classy vibe, because disintegration should be approached with caution, Miss Wong is modelled on the drinking and opium dens of Old Shanghai – the kind of luscious, red-walled time-sink that is almost impossible to leave. Especially once you’ve got your hands on one of their expertly-mixed cocktails. There are many in-house infusions, using superior sprits and locally sources fruits and herbs to create cocktail ingredients that are unique to the region. The standouts are a classic Caribbean inspired punch, made with premium rums and fresh tropical juices. The Lemon Grass infused Collins is thrust quenching and dangerously easy to drink, while the all-time favorite China White is a delicate mix of Gin, Bianco Vermouth and tea syrup with lychees. We don’t

Miss Wong know you, but while you may enter with elegance, we can’t promise that’s exactly how you’ll leave. Like Miss Wong, Linga Bar is also LGBT-friendly, holding the distinction of being Siem Reap's very first gay bar. Lingas are the Hindu symbols of energy, strength and vitality, so expect this central theme to manifest itself in some fabulously potent cocktails, guaranteed to get the party started

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Kuriosity Kafé

amongst the young and friendly crowd of locals and foreigners. Happy Hour discounts run daily from 4pm to 8pm. Asana Old Wooden House is one of the last traditional Khmer wooden homes left in central Siem Reap and is frankly one of the sweetest spots in town. Hang out underneath the building, Khmer style, or sit upstairs sipping on one of their special cocktails mixed with Sombai fruit

and spice-infused rice wine. They hold cocktail making classes here too which provide you with an entertaining excuse to drink more whilst pretending it’s educational. We like things like that a lot. In the same vicinity, you’ll find Yellow Sub, a Beatles-themed bar and favoured hang-out among expats looking to cool off and catch up in the long, chatty drinking hall downstairs, or shoot some pool upstairs. Happy Hour starts at 6pm. Sok San Road has exploded in the last few years, transforming itself from a forgotten thoroughfare where bandits roamed to a buzzing strip of bars and restaurants. Kuriosity Kafé is one of the more unusual of them, with a huge open front, replicas of the the Predator to be found, and a long drinks list. This is also a great place to peer at foot traffic from their assembly of bars, each of which has a slightly different vibe. We’re not going to suggest the owner has multiple personalities, though. He’s bigger than us. One corner is decked out like an old sailing club, another like a gentleman’s club, and another like an open-air bar. This is a relaxed, easy space from which to kick off your evening, and grab a bite to eat while you’re at it. Siem Reap Brew Pub may not have 30 beers, but it is Siem Reap’s first microbrewery with a fine selection of bespoke ales, from blonde to dark, that you can try on their own or as a tasting set in a gorgeous, modernist setting. The Ten Bells has a live DJ every night, as well as a delicious menu of oysters and scallops tapas, sparkling wine by the glass, and glorious

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cocktails. This venue, which has all the feeling of an underground club despite the open front, also hosts live recording sessions; another one to keep an eye out for events at. The air-conditioned Picasso is one of those places where you end up joining 14 different conversations, sometimes at once, around its long horseshoe bar. This is not the place for a discreet Tinder date; the whole bar will know what you’re up to in a heartbeat, and you will not be allowed off the hook. They tend to hire their staff with a strict policy of maximum mischief.

FCC Angkor Picasso opens late and it’s an awful lot of fun, just don’t expect too much mercy on your livers. Of course, there are some things that shouldn’t be left out of any Siem Reap itinerary, and a Happy Hour cocktail at the FCC Angkor is still one of them. With a view straight out on to the river, this iconic building – the old Governor’s house in the French Quarter – is ideal for enjoying two-for-one sundowners either in the fan-cooled open-sided lounge bar, which makes you feel more stylish just by being there, or in the garden downstairs. If your parents are paying, then you can make sure to get there early.

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Victoria Angkor

Another exquisite hotel, the Victoria Angkor Resort & Spa, is a colonial-style building that looks back on to a glorious, jungle-backed swimming pool. The terrace is a perfect perch from which to languidly observe the misguided souls who would actually be in that pool while happy hour is happening. Further down the Siem Reap river, Temple Coffee Bakery n Pool Sky Lounge is a super-funky bakery by day – all glass and metal with thoughts of running away to New York to make it as a dancer – and a cool open-air, rooftop live music venue by night, with a direct view of the river. Further riverine frolics can be had at King’s Road Angkor, a complex with galleries, cafés, restaurants, bars and Siem Reap’s super-cool Made in Cambodia Market. This is also home to The Grey, a trendy, open-sided hangout with a bit of a 70s twist, and a Kampot pepper mojito that will make you reevaluate all of your life goals. Live music plays every evening, with Asian tapas and Khmer grill on the menu. Balthazar Wine Bar next door offers a sophisticated setting to indulge in fine wines sourced from all across the globe, along with plates of charcuterie, cheeses and gratinated toasts.

Finally, Georges Rhumerie out near Wat Damnak features the eponymous boss maintaining his Reunion Island-borne rum obsession, infusing the sugarcane spirit with local flavours – fruity, spicy, sweet and sour. There are so many options in Siem Reap that staying sober here requires too much dedication. Give yourself a break, and just enjoy. It's not all about "if not drink for drunk then drink for what" as the Khmers say of course. There's always the dreaded morning after to come, sorting through the fuzzy memories of the night before and holding on to anything stable to make sure you don't spin off the face of the earth altogether. The answer for some ... coffee. So if it's a cup of joe you need to get back on track then get over to The Coffeeholic beside the Victoria Angkor Hotel. The smell will be the first thing to lift your spirits, as they roast their own coffee right there inhouse, filling the place with that comforting aroma of 100% Arabica that makes you cancel all plans for the rest of that day and grab a good book. The owners and dedicated enthusiasts and very friendly, so you'll feel right at home and be sure you are having some of the best coffee in town.

Georges Rhumerie

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Openings New

Siem Reap has been treated to a flurry of new openings in recent times. We've lined up a few of our absolute favourites.

Casa Sur Casa Sur is the only tapas bar in Siem Reap where you can find real Spanish tapas and original Colombian food. These dishes, a warm atmosphere that feels like home, plus regular events makes being there an experience in itself! Enjoy breakfast classics like Pan con tomate or cereals with fresh fruit with free refills of tea or coffee from 7am. For lunch you can sink your teeth into Serrano ham sandwiches and croquettes like Grandma used to make! Columbian specialties like Arepas y Patacones or plantain with spicy beef and guacamole are perfect with a glass of French wine for lunch or dinner. You can even practice your Spanish in chilled Latin ambiance every Saturday morning! #636 Hap Guan Street, Tel: 096 741 322

Chi Restaurant Chi Restaurant serves up innovative Khmer and pan-Asian cuisine incorporating the freshest organic produce from morning markets and small farms. Early risers can enjoy a sunrise breakfast, while couples can savour the intimacy of their Dining by Design. Signature dishes include Braised Lamb Shank Curry Saraman and Royal Seafood Amok, comprising squid, tiger prawns, Khmer spices and coconut milk. All the elements of the Khmer Mojito are hand-picked from the chef’s garden. Enjoy lilting accompaniment from bossa nova jazz musician as you dine on Monday, Tuesday, Friday and Saturday evenings. Anantara Angkor Resort, National Road #6, Tel: 063 966 788

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Green-Go Vegan & Vegetarian Garden Get a spring in your step at this unique fully vegan and vegetarian restaurant. Looking for somewhere to get away from the hustle and bustle, or just out of the sun? This is the place for you. The creators of Green-Go Garden have thought of everything to create a sanctuary-like space in which to relax while being active. From 9am until 5pm, the place functions as a co-working space (with no current charge for desk space, by the way) and cafĂŠ serving detox smoothies and organic coffee, with a proud emphasis on sustainability. After sundown, the garden lounge comes to life with Cambodian craft beers on tap and organic wines alongside its fusion Mediterranean menu with a touch of Khmer cuisine. Signature dishes include creative plates like the Mediterranean Pepperoni & Cream puff filled with tofu paste and sweet caramel. Their selection of cocktails, from classic favourites to new Green-Go fresh fruit infused specials, and spirits can be enjoyed in their daily happy hour until 7pm Angkor Night Market Street, Tel: 015 603 402

The Team Restaurant Freshness is built into the concept of this new eatery on the block. The Team Restaurant serves up innovative and authentic Khmer cuisine for lunch and dinner. The modern, minimally styled interior takes its inspiration from natural Cambodia, with flourishes of rustic wood and tropical plants throughout. Its green alfresco dining area gives one the feeling of being in a garden despite its central location walking distance from Pub Street. Team restaurant are firm believers in quality home-style cooking provided by its chef of many years’ experience, who also gives classes in Cambodian cooking. Diners will find delectable Cambodian and Western dishes on its varied menu- from Fish Amok to their signature Team Steak, all the way to Smoked Fish Mango salad- all are light, crisp and elegantly presented. Refreshing drinks incorporating fresh fruits and herbs promise to rejuvenate the weary traveller, while desserts like Banana saku in coconut milk are a sweet ending to a great value meal. Preah Sangreach Tep Vong Street, Tel: 010 275 567

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Happy FCC ANGKOR

5-7pm daily

Discounted but dignified drinks can be had at this iconic location, with its chic colonial surroundings overlooking the Siem Reap river, thanks to their special deal, Angkor and Ganzberg draft are offered for only $1.75, and $3 for cocktails and other house spirits.

HARD ROCK CAFE

5-7pm daily

With music star memorabilia such as Eminem's shoes and Madonna's hat rocking the walls, enjoy 50% off house spirits, some $1.50 Angkor draft beers and $3.50 House Wines or classic Cocktails – including caipirinhas, mojitos, and margaritas.

This is just a small selection of the town’s happy hour deals – check our listings and look for the   symbol for more offers. Many bars catering to the budget traveller,

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Looking for a way to kick off your evening after finishing off a long day of trekking? Watching your wallet? Or maybe you're just in a party mood! Here is a selection of drinks offers to get you started...

Temple Club

10am-10pm daily

MENAKA LOUNGE 6-8pm daily

Perhaps the most "dangerous" happy hour in town is the generous all-dayer at this long-established party joint, where you can enjoy the infamous $0.50 beers of Pub Street along with ever changing special promos on the cocktails and even some food!

Enjoy a unique selection of craft cocktails with a buy two, get one free promotion in the ambient and relaxed setting of Siem Reap's only speakeasy lounge. The signature cocktails designed by mixologist Annemarie Sagoi combine local flavours with premium spirits.

L'EXPLORATEUR

SCOTCH MiST

5-7pm daily

Treat yourself to any cocktail or soft drink and get another for free (daily, except on Wednesdays) amid the French colonial elegance of the five-star Victoria Angkor hotel, with its terrace overlooking the garden, and 1930's bar rocked by jazz notes.

4-8pm daily

The only Scottish bar in town is a whisky-lover's dream, but its the other drinks that get the discount treatment come Happy Hour – Cambodia draft beers are $0.75 and it's 2-for-1 on all cocktails. Live music is also rocked out on a regular basis.

especially on Pub Street, offering cheap draft beer all day. Or for a more local experience, the town’s beer gardens offer cheap draft beer from as little as $2 a jug.

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Café Society BLOOM CAFÉ • Coffee: Taruzu • Espresso Price: $1.60 • Treat: Lemon Rasberry Cupcake Ordering a handcrafted espresso is easy. The real task is to choose from the vibrant selection of gourmet cupcakes, cake pops, tarts and more.

BLUE PUMPKiN • Coffee: Malongo • Espresso Price: $2.00 • Treat: Ice Cream A French bakery, patisserie, restaurant, and ice cream parlour rolled into one – bright and lively atmosphere, signature white sofa beds and cool air con.

Each venue is air-conditioned and offers Wi-Fi access (usually free but conditions may apply) should you want to check your email, chat to your Facebook friends or upload your holiday snaps. Most have a wide range of coffee styles available,

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Siem Reap is a true coffee lover’s delight ,with no shortage of places to catch up with friends or do a spot of light reading over an enriching brew...

COMMON GROUNDS

MENAKA CAFÉ

• Coffee: Rumble Fish • Espresso Price: $1.25 • Treat: Cinnamon Roll

• Coffee: Illy • Espresso Price: $1.50 • Treat: Key Lime Pie

You'll instantly start to unwind in the luxurious lounge fittings of this social enterprise, which donates all profits to a children's charity.

Styled after a traditional French café, this cosy little establishment serves hot and iced coffees along with fresh shakes and juices.

PEACE CAFÉ

THE COFFEEHOLiC

• Coffee: Lavazza • Espresso Price: $1.75 • Treat: Carrot Cake

• Coffee: 100% Arabica House Blend • Espresso Price: $2 • Treat: Tiramisu Cheesecake

Nourish your body and soul with coffee and scrumptious vegetarian fare, but also boost your wellbeing with a course of yoga or meditation.

Caffeine addicts can take solace inside this sleek Taiwanese-run establishment, which also features a fine selection of handmade pastries and cakes.

including espresso and cappuccino. If you’re after something different, seek out a local cafe where you can find Cambodian or Vietnamese coffee, usually served with sweetened condensed milk.

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Bars/Cafés at a Gla Georges Rhumerie

With a unique take on French Creole cuisine, Georges Rhumerie offers a casual, yet elegant, dining experience where you’ll enjoy new twists on classic dishes using French and Asian influences. But what would a rhumerie be without homemade rum, and that’s exactly what you’ll find here. No less than 10 variations to be exact, with the Pina Colada and Coconut being popular options. They’ve even won awards for infused rums. It’s a great visit for anyone who is interested in craft spirits, and don’t worry if you don’t want to jump in the deep end, there are rum testers for you to find your flavour. Georges' Lane, Tel: 096 861 7448

Menaka Lounge

Cleverly disguised as a cafe shopfront, Siem Reap’s only speakeasy has another secret side alley door granting access to its hidden lounge by night. The luxurious refined lounge with Chesterfield sofas, paintings of stars from Cambodia’s Golden Era, and sounds of ‘60s Khmer rock add to the warmly inviting atmosphere. Enjoy a selection of 16 signature house cocktails, designed by a prominent American mixologist, including Monsoon Perfume and classic Old Fashioned, infused with fresh local products, notably Kampot pepper, chili, and jackfruit. Buy two, get one free on all cocktails in their nightly Happy Hour 6-8pm. #275 2 Thnou Street, Tel: 089 696 789

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nce Miss Wong

Step back in time to old Shanghai at Miss Wong Cocktail Bar, and enjoy their extensive range of classic cocktails made with a Southeast Asian influence. There are many in-house infusions, using local fruits and herbs to create flavours that are unique to the region, and exclusive spirits supplied by the purveyor of fine alcohol, La Familia. The standouts are a classic Caribbean inspired punch, made with premium rums and fresh tropical juices. The Lemon Grass infused Collins is thirst quenching and dangerously easy to drink, while the all-time favorite China White is a delicate mix of Gin, Bianco Vermouth and tea syrup with lychees. The Lane, Tel: 092 428 332

Village Café

This chic but casual continental café epitomises the charm and sophistication of a 1930’s jazz club, but with a twist! They offer a great variety of high-end drink choices with a fantastic selection of wines, champagne, whiskeys, and spirits. The cocktail menu is a must, with the standout being the unmissable Espresso Martini. Their Happy Hour promotion runs every Friday, from 5pm-9pm, offering 2-for-1 on all house pours. There’s an art gallery upstairs, and guests can also choose to relax on comfortable leather sofas in the lounge, or go for outdoor seating to enjoy the views around. #584 Tep Vong, Tel: 092 305 401

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Your A-Z

Drinking

Angkor What? Bar 

 4pm-4am|  5-9pm|

Thriving Graffiti bar in the heart of Pub Street. Write on the walls, dance on the tables. 2 for 1 Happy Hour, FREE t-shirt deals. Pub Street.

L3  012 181 4001  facebook.com/cambodia.angkorwhatbar Banana Leaf

DiRECTORY Siem Reap has a large and varied selection of drinking outlets catering to most tastes and budgets, from simple hole-in-the-wall places to elegant hotel bars and most in between. The venues listed in this section are generally family-friendly and most close before midnight, though check the opening times for a few that stay open 'til the early hours.

Legend

Air Conditioning Cards Accepted Happy Hour Opening Times Internet Access Map Reference

where you see this logo, these outlets accept Visa cards for payment

 9am-late

Enjoy live music, signature cocktails and a wide choice of internat. tapas every night in one of Pub Street’s first bar/restaurants. Newly renovated, great corner location. Pub Street.



K4 063 964 813

www.restaurant-siemreap.com

Bayon Pastry School Coffee Shop  8am-5:30pm| Come and enjoy our delicious drinks and tasty pastries freshly baked by our students. Our peaceful garden is a perfect spot for a breakfast, a dessert, a coffee break or a delicious brunch ! Check our Facebook page.

H3 Taphul Road, from Caltex Station, turn at the first small street on the right. 

Bloom Café 

012 604 170

 10am-5pm| |

Looking for a cool café with REAL coffee? How about 48 flavours of cupcakes? Answer: Bloom Café, with smoothies, cool A/C, Wi-Fi and comfortable lounges. (Ad pg 31) St.6, Behind Siem Reap Hospital. J4 www.blossomcakes.org 017 800 301

Charms - Apero Lounge Bar



  4pm-late|

Charms welcomes you for a beer, wine, cocktail or spirit, along with a chat, fine music and great service, in the upcoming new Kandal Village area. Kandal Village

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Kuriosity Kafé

Common Grounds (Ad pg 45)

 7am-8pm| | |

Common Grounds is not about profit, but people. All of our profit goes directly to support our humanitarian relief projects in Cambodia. Visit our café and be a part of charitable tourism!

J4 719-721, St.14. (behind Center Market) www.pfcal.org 063 965 687 Gelato Lab

 9am-11pm| |

Small but cosy ice-cream parlour. Wonderful homemade gelato and sherbets, strong coffee roasted by the owner. Lovely location along a pedestrian alley.

K3 085 757 590

Alley West. (Ad pg 29)

Creole specialties and flavoured rums in a friendly environment. Inspired by George's multi-cultural background. With influences from the Reunion Island, France and Asia.

N/A 096 861 7448

Wat Damnak area. (Ad pg 56)

Hard Rock Café



 11am-midnight|  5-7pm| | |

Enjoy good drinks and a lively atmosphere overlooking Siem Reap River. Relax with your cocktail while enjoying our daily happy hour from 5 to 7PM! Achar Sva St. (Ad pg 47) (King's Road Angkor)

L5 093 565 655

Heritage Suites Bar 

 6am-11pm|  3-7pm| |

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The place to gather for drinks, unique cocktails and great selection of wines. Wat Polanka. (Ad pg 11) (Heritage Suites Hotel)

L2 063 963 240

Le Bel Air

 6:30-10:30pm (closed Monday)| | |





Perfect place to sample before, during or after dinner, a superb selection of 30 different Belgian beers, each coming in their specially designed glass! 116, St.26. (Ad pg 57) www.le-bel-air.com 

 noon-10pm| | | |



Sok San St.

L8 085 560 100

L'Explorateur Bar

Georges Rhumerie



 10am-12:30am

Exciting, one of a kind brasserie in the up and coming "Sok San"street. We offer a unique decor to unwind away from the bustling Pub Street.. Spare ribs,pastas, Cambodian favourites,wines and cocktails....Curious???

G8 063 969 100

 7am-11:30pm|  5-7pm| | |

Unwind after a busy day sightseeing with our creative cocktails and spirits. Daily Happy Hour with free canapés, great live music on Friday.

G5 Royal Independence Gardens (Victoria Angkor Resort & Spa) 063 760 428 Linga Bar



 4pm-late| |

Gay owned and world renowned since 2004 offering stunning cocktails, fine wines and bar snack menu. Open all day with chill out groove music, late night pumping jams. The Passage (Old market area). L3 www.lingabar.com 012 246 912

L Lounge at Anantara Angkor Resort 

 12pm-11pm| |

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All day café offering a relaxed atmosphere for drinks or leisurely bites. A la carte breakfast and piping hot coffee, enjoy a decadent champagne high tea or slip in for one of our signature cocktails.

N/A National Road 6 , Svay Dangkom.  063 966 788

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Menaka Speakeasy Lounge   6pm-late|  6-8pm|

Sugar Palm (The)

Secretly concealed behind a coffee shop, is Siem Reap's only speakeasy lounge, serving authentic craft cocktails and premium spirits in an ambient lounge setting.

Enjoy drinks and fine Khmer food in great atmosphere served in a beautiful wooden Khmer house. (Ad pg 30)



L4 275 Pi Thnou St. (Ad pg 32) 063 966 969 www.menakalounge.asia www.facebook.com/menakalounge Miss Wong

 5pm-1am

Inspired by old Shanghai, this is one of Siem Reap’s most popular hangouts. A kitsch and intimate cocktail venue in the charming lane behind Pub Street.

K3 092 428 332

The Lane.

(NW of Pub Street)

Peace Café

 7am-9pm

Relax in a lush hassle-free garden setting. Wide selection of freshly made Asian & Western food. Vegetarian cooking classes, free Wi-Fi, yoga, monk chat, Khmer class and fair trade shop. East River Rd. (Ad pg 58) www.peacecafeangkor.org

Rohatt Café

(King's Road Angkor)

St. 27 (opposite Pannasastra University). M6  063 636 2060, 012 818 143

Swensen’s

 10am-9pm| |

Franchised premium ice cream parlour from USA! More than 20 flavours and a large variety of sundaes. Dine-in and take-away.

L4 063 966 424

Pokambor Ave.

(Angkor Trade Center)

Temple Club



 10am-late|  10am-10pm| |

Real Western dance club with live DJ every night. Experience the powerful music and large dance space. 3 free pool tables. Free classical dance performances upstairs from 7:30 to 9:30pm nightly.

L3 015 999 9009

Pub Street. (Ad pg 71)

THE Coffeeholic

E8 063 965 210

 8am-10pm| |

Modern café serving coffees, bakery items and authentic Khmer cuisine. Achar Sva St.

 lunch & dinner (closed Sunday)

L4 093 888 500

 7am-6:30pm| |

Are you a coffee addict? Fresh home roasted coffee using 100% Arabica beans. The awesome smell of roasting coffee fills our venue. New delicate pastries and hand-made cakes. View of the Royal Gardens. (Ad pg 35) near the Royal Gardens, next to H5 Angkor Trade Shopping Center and Victoria Angkor Resort. 071 527 0877 www.facebook.com/chillatthecoffeeholic

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Talking tariffs Whether you are living here in Siem Reap or just passing through, there are numerous telephone services available to you from several different operators:

Landlines If you need a fixed line at your home or office, contact Camintel (063 964 789) or Telecom Cambodia (063 760 202). Installation costs around $20 and, depending on the tariff and time of day, calls to other landlines and local mobiles cost around 7-10 cents a minute.

Mobile Services There are currently six companies offering mobile phone services in Cambodia – Cellcard, Smart, Metfone, qb, Seatel and Cootel – all of whom cover Siem Reap, Phnom Penh and most provincial areas. Prices are typically around 6-8c a minute for local calls. Cellcard offers affordable pre-paid, postpaid, home internet, roaming, international calls and mobile data packages with a modern, fast 4G LTE network and download speeds up to 50MB per second.

VOIP Services You can now make international calls from all the mobile networks, with prices varying between service providers, often as low as a few cents a minute. Skype is also available, so if your SIM has a data plan or if you have access to Wi-Fi this can be a practical alternative. Cellcard offers clear voice technology with seamless real-time connection calls to fixed-lines or mobiles at a flat rate, as well as a range of attractive international calling plans so you can keep in touch with your friends and family back home.

Tourist Facilities If you’re a visitor to Cambodia, you can purchase a SIM card from several mobile operators, which you can use for mobile data, in-country calls and calls abroad. These are available at booths in the arrivals areas of Siem Reap or Phnom Penh airport, as well as many phone shop retail outlets in town. If you prefer to use your own international SIM card, several operators offer roaming facilities, though these can be very expensive compared with using a local SIM, especially for calls back home.

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NiGHT LiFE

Thirst things first Partygoers shouldn’t be put off by Siem Reap’s diminutive size – the local nightlife scene definitely punches well above its weight, with the good times going on well into the early hours. Despite the frequent sound of monks chanting at the ungodly hour of 5am, Siem Reapers tend to party until well past fish porridge-o’-clock (i.e. breakfast time), with no shortage of excellent places to do so. Cut a track over to Hard Rock Café at King's Road Angkor and get ready to be transported to the world of rock’n’roll. Here the live inhouse band, Band@Work plays Tuesday to Sunday starting at 7pm, and belts out a range of classic hits in surroundings decked out with authentic music memorabilia such as a pair of Eminem's sneakers and one of Madonna's hats. Over the river and along 2 Thnou Street is Menaka Speakeasy Lounge, a bar as intriguing as it is unique in Siem Reap, with entrance granted via a secret door at the back of a coffee shop. Discover a room furnished with classic Chesterfield sofas and wall paintings of music stars from the golden Khmer rock era of the 1960s. Acoustic background tunes make for a relaxed atmosphere, as you relish in their fine array of signature cocktails crafted from premium spirits infused with local flavours. Laundry Bar on Street 9, with its smooth, upscale '70s-style décor,

is the quintessential hip French hangout. Help yourself to a happy hour-priced caramel liqueur and vodka while gyrating on the dance floor to live gypsy jazz, or play pool in the back room with a stylish assortment of bohemians.

Hard Rock Café Dive into the drunken throng at Angkor What? Bar – Siem Reap’s original late-night destination for the wild and carefree. Even those who don’t usually dance on tables may find themselves elevated by the end of the night, hypnotised by the blaring pop and flashing lights. Walk eastbound and down the street and you'll encounter Soul Train, a backpackers hangout with loud music, loads of energy, and an open-air space where you'll boogie to your heart's content to the beats from a live DJs.

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Temple Bar The vibrant atmosphere is kept alive with a great selection of music, which is also open to the customers to play what they wish. If you’ve still got some energy left, catch your breath and wander back up the road to find yourself in the middle of a circle of young Khmers at Temple Bar, doing the New Orleans-style Bounce to obscenely loud music. Time your run right and you’ll get in before Happy Hour ends at 10pm to enjoy delightfully cheap drinks. Just along from Pub Street, near the riverside, you’ll find Barcode Lounge. This chic night spot and gay bar serves up a fantastic array of cocktails, beers, wines and champagne to Dapper Dans and Sultry Susans looking for a good time. Over in the upcoming Kandal Village area is Charms, an Belgian-owned apero lounge bar serving various beers, fine wines, spirits, cocktails and shakes. You can also play some of the many old-school board games or watch late night sports and news broadcasts. The latest running bar with the heaviest rock bands and hardest hitting DJs in town is to be found at X Bar, where almost every quality act on the local scene, and many more

passing through, ply their trade, representing all the genres Siem Reap has to offer. With visits from international acts, regular weekly events, and live music every night, the party doesn’t stop. Every Wednesday is open-mic night, followed by memorable DJ sessions. On Friday, the famous (well, at least in Siem Reap) in-house band struts their stuff. Things really get going at 2 or 3am and don’t wind down until the birds chirp and the sun rises over the rooftop half-pipe. Cheers along Pub Street has built up and considerable reputation amongst locals, expats and tourists thanks to its lively club atmosphere and unbelievably loud sound system. The bar hosts both live music and DJ sets, with the drinks menu proving reassuringly inexpensive. Following the huge success of a similar market in Phnom Penh, visitors to Siem Reap can now check out the Temple Container Pub Zone, a beer garden area made using shipping containers. It's the first of its kind in the town and offers cheap beers and high noise levels where you can party alongside the local young and cool crowd.

Temple Container Pub Zone

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Pick of the munch A legion of chefs, food adventurers, restauranteurs, and wine-buffs have made their home here, bringing with them the flavours of their country, whether they’re Khmer, French, Italian, American or Belgian. We’re going to start with burgers, because we’ve seen internet wars break out over which are the best in town. Burger Gourmand on Sok San Road is what happens when the French get their hands on something as simple as a meat sandwich. Using homemade buns, they make them with beef, as you’d expect, but they also make them with duck, and lamb, and chicken, and pork, and for a rather unbeatable flourish, with foie gras. You can’t top that... unless, of course, you’re adding the caramelised shallots. Their French fries are top notch too. Abacus Garden Restaurant on the road to the airport is also frequently touted for having the best burger in Siem Reap, an incredibly good value $10 sandwich of beef and magic, but they’re better known for their carefully thought-out set of French classics, sometimes with a little local twist. It is the grand dame of Siem Reap French fine dining, but she’s still sexy as hell, either inside with air-con or on the garden terrace. If you're looking for some musical entertainment while you eat, roll over to the Hard Rock Café on the King's Road Angkor to sample their much-loved combo of live rock covers

and tasty American fare, including their Original Legendary burger. L’Annexe on Sok San Road is a French fine dining restaurant with gloriously informal elegance. Enjoy classics such as bœuf bourguignon, foie gras, carré d'agneau or Charolaise Hard Rock Café

ribeye either in the intimate interior or relaxing outdoor garden. Chef Aziz also creates spectacular desserts, such as their best-selling Black Pearl, a spherical frozen soufflé and sorbet encased in chocolate. At the Victoria Angkor Resort & Spa, the restaurant Le Connaisseur serves up traditional French cuisine with a grand view looking out on the Royal Gardens. A five-star feast is also available at Circle, the new restaurant of the recently renovated Belmond La Résidence d'Angkor hotel on Achar Sva St. Gorge

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Authentic French cuisine

Open every day : Monday : From 4 pm to 10 pm Tuesday—Sunday : From 12.00 pm until 10.00 pm L’Annexe French restaurant Sok San road Siem Reap CAMBODIA Phone number : +855 95 839 745 Email. : annexe.siemreap@gmail.com Website : www.annexesiemreap.com


L'Annexe on stunning Khmer dishes via their all-you-can-eat hawker-style buffet, with free-flowing beer, wine and soft drinks. Olive, Cuisine de Saison is a French Mediterranean restaurant that serves up a fresh, seasonal menu with flavours from the south that often have a lighter touch. This is where you’ll find a melted Gorgonzola salad with watermelon, thyme and orange supreme, or a fine-crust tomato that comes with French basil and pesto, or perhaps a roasted Cornish game hen with tarragon and baby thyme potatoes. Blue Pumpkin started out as a family business in Siem Reap, but has since sprouted numerous outlets across town and further afield. It can't decide if it's a French bakery, a patisserie, a restaurant, or an ice cream parlour, so its all of them, with signature white sofa beds to recline and dine on. La Creperie Bretonne on The Lane has a huge menu of galettes and crepes, celebrating the French region of Brittany’s most famous treat in sweet and savoury form. Belgium gets a look in as well in Siem Reap with Le Bel Air, tucked down near the end of Street 26. This place is more than worth the journey – it is, after all, only five minutes from Pub Street – not just for the collection of 31 (yes 31!)

Belgian beers, but also their menu of Beligan food including Liège Meatballs with Belgian fries (they invented them apparently), homemade Flemish stew cooked with Leffe beer, and the pièce de résistance, snail and truffle ravioli. A short trip south out of town takes you to another Francophonic establishment, Georges Rhumerie, which showcases the exotic flavours of Reunion Island, home of the eponymous owner. All mains, such as the divine rougaille saucisse and boeuf gingembre, come with free samples of George's homemade chutneys, chili pastes and jams. Meanwhile, the Italians are also ably accounted for at Il Forno just off Pub Street, which dishes up fresh, homemade pasta, wood-fired pizzas, cold cuts, mains, cheeseboards, and weekly-changing specials. This place aims to charm and will leave you yearning for more; so like an Italian. Celebrating the most famous Italian export of all, The Pizza Company, on Street Pokambor, brings you a huge selection of American-style pizzas, with the possibility of choosing your base. You also have a choice of pastas, salads, appetizers and fresh drinks. Over to the Indian subcontinent now for some mouth-watering, hunger-busting meals. The Indian and Le Connaisseur

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Il Forno Vannakan are next door to each other on Thnou St., both offering traditional Indian cuisine brilliantly priced and magically spiced (sorry, we couldn’t help ourselves). We’re especially huge fans of the gigantic garlic nans that will keep any cold at bay for about a year. At Veg G Table you'll enjoy peace, tranquillity and the funkiest vegetarian food in town with full flavoured salads, wraps, and delicious homemade cakes.

Diners with a conscience have a range of options in Siem Reap, and unlike the 70s, just because it’s virtuous, that doesn’t mean it has to taste like straw bedding. The original was Sala Baï, a hospitality training school that has helped more than 1,200 disadvantaged young Cambodians find their way to new skills and new lives. And we’ve seen evidence that it really works. Their restaurant, near Wat Svay on the way to Chong Kneas, serves up twice-weekly changing set menus and à la carte dishes that wouldn’t look amiss in a smart restaurant in any destination. Haven moved to a new property just five minutes out of town, but nothing else has changed in this place that trains 12-15 students a year. Their menu of Khmer, international and Swiss food draws rave reviews, and every single one

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of them is well earned from a garden restaurant with a whole lot of heart. Nearby is Spoons, another social enterprise investing funds in the training of underprivileged locals, with a scrumptious selection of Khmer street food and home cooking favourites. Heading north a few blocks, on Street 25 is Butterflies Garden Restaurant, set in a stunning traditional wooden house. With 20% of profits given to staff and 10% donated annually to local charities, you can treat yourself with some excellent Asian dishes such as fried crab with Kampot pepper and grilled red tilapia fish with salt, or some Western mains like steak and chips. Try to spot some butterflies in the garden too. Going further north along Wat Bo Road, away from the city, Marum also has a smart garden and beautiful

wooden villa from which to serve the inspired creations cooked up in the open-plan kitchen. This is Khmer fusion tapas, which sounds complicated but is delicious, and allows you to size your meal according to how hungry you are. Back in town, Common Grounds is a social enterprise in the emerging hip district, Kandal Village. It attracts a regular crowd who come not just for the (blessed, blessed) air-con but also

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HUNKAAR Table & Lounge

for the American diner-style menu, including burgers, an awe-inspiring grilled cheese sandwich with Swiss cheese, cured ham, basil and Dijon mustard, cheesesteak and plenty more. Their baked goods also disappear fast each morning. Grill your own feast, Cambodian-style, at either of Original Khmer BBQ's two locations in town. You simply order plates of uncooked meats, seafood and vegetables, and place the items on your table's "Phnom Pleung", like a cross between a BBQ grill and a hot pot. Charcoal Restaurant also offers a discovery tour of Khmer cuisine with set menus for two featuring numerous exquisite dishes to sample and share. Their signature dish, L’ Entrecote Café de Paris Secret Sauce, is designed for dining pairs too, and comes with a free bottle of huse wine.

Contemporary Cambodian cuisine and western food in a unique environment for a sophisticated lunch or dinner can be found at HUNKAAR Table & Lounge, the vibrant restaurant of the stunning, recently opened Anjali by Syphon Hotel. It’s an ideal place to discover new flavors and aromas. Dishes range from $5.50 to $8.50 and there's a monthly signature tasting menu under $25. If you're looking for a healthier approach to life, you should head to Artillery, whose menu of light (and some hearty) meals is designed to appease vegetarians, vegans, celiacs, paleo dieters, as well as absolutely none of the above, with delicious flavours that seriously fill you up. The open courtyard and light, breezy interior perfect the mood here. The King’s Road Angkor Village complex is home to a range of bars, restaurants, and galleries. Here you’ll

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Embassy find Embassy, a restaurant with bold splashes of colour and a bolder approach to Khmer flavours. The chefs here, the famed Two Kimsans, create inspired Khmer fusion set menus. So seize the opportunity to enjoy Cambodian food in a fashionable setting. Nearby, The Grey also lets you experience Khmer gastronomy with their “Phnom Pleung” grill-it-yourself tabletop BBQs. And of course, you can’t do all that without something sweet at the end. Gelato Lab is owned by an Italian chef who has turned the art of gelato into a science, minutely breaking down all of his recipes in order to create flavours that are simply mind-blowing. The chocolate sorbet will rock your world. Behind Central Market, Bloom Café sits quietly on a corner inspiring the kinds of passions that would make demure souls blush. With a huge assortment of divinely-flavoured, colourfully presented cupcakes (including gluten-free) – the only difficulty you’re going to face is which meal to skip so you can have more. Chi Restaurant serves up innovative Khmer and pan-Asian cuisine incorporating the freshest organic produce from morning markets and small farms. Early risers can enjoy a sunrise breakfast, while couples can

savour the intimacy of their Dining by Design. Signature dishes include Braised Lamb Shank Curry Saraman and Royal Seafood Amok, comprising squid, tiger prawns, Khmer spices and coconut milk. All the elements of the Khmer Mojito are hand-picked from the chef’s garden. Enjoy lilting accompaniment from bossa nova jazz musician as you dine on Monday, Tuesday, Friday and Saturday evenings. New in town, Green-Go Garden have thought of everything to create a sanctuary-like space in which to relax while being active. From 9am until 5pm, the place functions as a co-working space and café serving detox smoothies and organic coffee, with a proud emphasis on sustainability. After sundown, the garden lounge comes to life with Cambodian craft beers on tap and organic wines alongside its fusion Mediterranean menu with a touch of Khmer cuisine. Signature dishes include creative plates like the Mediterranean Pepperoni & Cream puff filled with tofu paste and sweet caramel. Their selection of cocktails, from classic favourites to new Green-Go fresh fruit infused specials, and spirits can be enjoyed in their daily happy hour until 7pm.. Bloom Café

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Fish Amok

Amok is one of the most famous national dishes of Cambodia: A delicious combination of fresh fish and rich spicy coconut custard. Amok has a firm but moist texture akin to a French soufflÊ as, traditionally, amok is steamed in a banana leaf basket. The banana leaves used to steam the curry further enhance the flavour of the ingredients and give amok its unique aroma. But amok is also often prepared in a wok, a style that makes the dish a little more saucy. Amok Drei (Fish Amok) is the classic, cooked with fish ­usually a filleted freshwater fish. The chunks of fish are covered in a thick coconut sauce, and all is seasoned with a curry paste concoction made with pounded lemongrass, tumeric, galangal, kaffir lime zest, garlic, shallots and chillies.

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Restaurants at a Il Forno

If you are craving some truly authentic Italian cuisine, Il Forno should be your first choice in Siem Reap. Tucked away in a charming little alley just a few steps from bustling Pub Street, all recipes are based on those of owner Ed’s 94-year-old grandmother, who in his words is still “rocking her kitchen back in Italy”. The menu includes classics like pizza (touted as the best in Temple Town), starters, salads and mains, and a very large selection of pastas, which are made fresh daily. All the ingredients, except for produce, are sourced from the grandmotherland. There are also some excellent and more experimental weekly specials. The Lane, Tel: 063 763 380

Le Bel Air

Le Bel Air is one of a few restaurants in town to serve up delicious Belgian bistro sytle cuisine to those looking for a meal beyond the usual standards. Using traditional recipes, some of the most popular items on menu include Shrimp Croquettes, Traditional Mussels, Flemish Stew, Liege Meatballs, Chicken Speculoos in a Leffe Beer Sauce, and of course the homemade Belgian Fries. For those with a sweet tooth the Belgian Chocolate Mousse is not to be missed. The inside decoration provides the feel of a 1930’s bar, while the exterior offers a romantic terrace with a large shady garden filled with exotic plants and trees. Street 26, Tel: 085 560 100

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Glance Le Connaisseur

Within Victoria Angkor Hotel, the atmosphere of the Le Connaisseur is sober and chic with some vintage decorations which make you feel like you are hanging out in a Parisian bistro. A unique terrace overlooks the Royal Gardens, creating a warm and intimate setting. The menu offers traditional French dishes such as Escargots de Bourgogne and Duck Breast with Red Berries Sauce, while their chef adds a Khmer touch in each dish to make them even more delicious. Recently, they have also introduced a fine selection of French cheeses including Marcellin, Roquefort and Comté, and carefully selected wines to create a perfect match. Victoria Angkor Hotel, Central Park, Tel: 063 760 428

Niam Niam at Navutu Dreams

Housed within Siem Reap’s only wellness resort and retreat, Niam Niam’s menu includes Khmer and Italian favourites, plus contemporary international dishes. Its menu features wholesome soups, salads, vegetarian dishes and detox juices, with health enthusiasts in mind, but experienced resident chef Sotho Yem aims to please everyone with his creations, using only fresh local ingredients for exceptional farm-to-table dining. See for yourself at one of Sotho’s cooking classes which start at an organic farm hand picking greens and spices, or treat yourself to a bespoke romantic dinner on a rooftop terrace or in the gardens. Navutu Road, Salakamrouek Commune, Tel: 092 141 694

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Benevolent bites Siem Reap is a modern, developed city, catering to the thousands of tourists that come to witness the wonders of the Angkor temples. However, the province is one of the poorest in Cambodia. Don’t be lead into thinking that there is little you can do to directly impact the lives of the locals in a positive way. By dining at one of the many charitable restaurants operating in Siem Reap, you will be supporting their free education and vocational training programmes, which aim to help alleviate poverty. Only a 10 minute tuk-tuk ride away from town is Le Jardin des Délices, a training restaurant located at the renowned École d’Hôtellerie et de Tourisme Paul Dubrule, which offers vocational hospitality training to around 300 Cambodians each year. Enjoy Asian and Western set menus prepared and served by culinary students and their teachers. Dine alfresco overlooking their luscious tropical garden. On the outskirts of Siem Reap is Sala Bai Hotel & Restaurant School created by the French NGO “Agir Pour Le Cambodge” in October 2002. Each year the school trains - free of charge - more than 100 young disadvantaged Cambodians. with a priority given to girls (70%). They help to give underprivileged locals a leg up in the hospitality industry via free professional training. There are various à la carte options as well as Asian and

Western set menus, which change every two weeks and cost from just $12 for starter, main and dessert. Haven has also been training disadvantaged young adults valuable work skills at their restaurant, which moved to a tranquil garden location

Le Jardin des Délices in the Wat Damnak area just over a year ago. Popular Cambodian, Asian and Western dishes, and some yummy fusions, feature on the carefully constructed menu, including the chef’s signature fish fillet with green mango, and the top-rated Khmer curry and Haven pumpkin burger. Spoons in the Wat Damnak area is a training café for students of local nonprofit Everything’s Gonna Be OK (EGBOK), which provides culinary skills and job placement in the hospitality industry for young Cambodians. Dig

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Butterflies Garden Restaurant in to an assortment of Cambodian cuisine classics, from street food items such as “num krok” (crispy coconut cream and spring onion dumplings) to home-style dishes like whole mackerel served grilled and deboned alongside coconut tamarind rice. A few blocks north on Street 25 is Butterflies Garden Restaurant, which is run inside of a beautiful traditional wooden house. Scrumptious Asian and Western food is on offer starting at just $1.50 from chefs trained at the Shinta Mani and Sala Bai training schools, with 20% of profits going to the staff and 10% donated to local charities. Inside the restaurant you'll find yourself surrounded by beautiful butterflies and the exotic garden, with a children's play area. Heading into the town centre, you’ll find Common Grounds Café, a social enterprise that provides on-the-job training to men and women from impoverished areas. 100% of the café’s profits go towards funding development programs of its parent non-profit organisation People For Care & Learning. Tuck into a wholesome western fare such as a breakfast sandwich with bacon or a cheesy steak sandwich, or enjoy the local favourite, beef loc lac and rice.

You’ll also be rewarded with a free soft drink for food purchases over $4. New Leaf Eatery, on Olive Street opposite the Angkor Trade Centre, has been serving a fine mix of Cambodian and international cuisine since 2013, with 80% of the profits donated to local educational projects and charities, and 20% given to its Cambodian employees. Popular plates include smoked chili cashew chicken, fish amok and pork schnitzel with sweet potato mash. For the sweet-toothed amongst you, there are two establishments serving up all manner of delectable desserts whilst offering free training, education and support to local women. Bayon Pastry School along Taphul Street includes a coffee shop, where you pick up sweet treats such as lime meringue pie, mango mousse, banana, chocolate or financier cake, and viennoiseries like croissants and raisin rolls. Bloom Café, opposite the Provincial Eye Hospital, has a wide selection of gourmet cupcakes, cake pops, parfaits and cookies, with custom cakes available for special events. And their chocolate salted caramel cupcake and New York cheesecake can simply be described as "to die for".

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Brand to mouth Khmer cuisine is a voyage of discovery, but sometimes all you really want is the comforting taste of home. These are the international chains and restaurants that should be right up your street in Siem Reap. There comes a time in every major holiday when all you really want is a pizza. Or fried chicken. Or a coffee that isn’t made with sweet milk and served in a plastic bag. Luckily, several famous chains are popping up all over town. KFC (Sivatha Blvd), possibly the world's most popular fried chicken franchise with its secret recipe of 11 herbs and spices, was one of Siem Reap’s first recognised international restaurant brands to open. All the firm favourites are on offer here, along with a few Asian twists to make sure there’s a winner, winner, chicken dinner for everybody. If you find yourself daydreaming about flame-grilled beef patties, you should take solace in the fact that Burger King (Sivatha Blvd) has an outlet in Temple town, and yes, it tastes just like home! From the mighty Whopper to the Bacon Cheeseburger Doubles, it’s a burger-lovers paradise, especially if you’ve just emerged from a lengthy trip around the provinces and need that quick hit of comfort food. The ‘King Fries’ aren’t quite as we remember them, but you won’t mind as you embrace yourself in sweet, greasy goodness.

Another well-known arrival in Siem Reap is Hard Rock Cafe (King’s Road Angkor). The American restaurant and hotel chain is a global phenomenon with hundreds of locations spread around the world

Burger King – the Siem Reap branch is their first and currently only location in Cambodia. Every Hard Rock outlet features live bands belting out classic covers nightly, with Rock & Roll memorabilia on display (Hard Rock Cafe Angkor has one of Madonna’s hats and a guitar owned by Gene Simmons of KISS, among other items). The menu is stuffed with hearty American and TexMex food, in massive portions, such as Hard Rock’s Original Legendary Burger, Famous Fajitas, and Rockin’ Wings. A special Cambodian addition is the “Local

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The Pizza Company Legendary Burger”, made with Khmer herbs and spices, and topped with a fried egg. The Pizza Company (Angkor Trade Center) has the standard selection of pizza, pasta, salads and appetizers which are “flavoured to excite”. Look out for Asian-inspired pizza toppings such as Tom Yum Kung (chilli paste, prawns, calamari and mushroom) and Tropical Seafood. If you need to chill then Swensen’s (St 105), where happiness never melts, will satisfy your craving for cool with their indulgent ice cream scoops and sundaes. Founder Earle Swensen gave his customers three things: quality, quantity, and value for their money. They have a selection of more than 20 ice cream flavours and an unlimited variety of Ice Cream Sundaes that include premium quality toppings such as Mars, Oreo, and classic cookie. The Earthquake Sundae is an eating challenge, while the Sticky Chewy Choc Fantasy lives up to its dreamy title. Sarpino’s Pizzeria (Samdech Tep Vong St) has over 80 restaurants in eight countries and aims to meet the demand for greater freshness, quality, authenticity and most of all, variety in their pizza. They take pride in knowing how to make an exceptional

Italian-style pizza every time, and hand-knead their dough and allow it to proof three times to fully develop its flavor and texture. Sarpino’s is renowned for its sauce, using only the sweetest tomatoes available to guarantee perfect consistency and concentrated flavours. After establishing five outlets in Phnom Penh, global coffee chain Starbucks has finally arrived in Siem Reap, albeit at the departures lounge of the international airport. You can expect to find their classic range of hot and cold brewed beverages, as well as some regional and promotional specials. Carefully-sourced beans, unsurpassed roasting expertise, and highly-skilled baristas enable the company's decades of history, passion, and knowledge that goes into every cup. And finally there’s Tous Les Jours (Sivatha Blvd), the everyday French-Asian bakery producing a selection of freshly baked goods made with the highest quality ingredients sourced from South Korea. They have locations all over Cambodia as one of the best bakeries in the Kingdom. Cuddle up to a cake or sandwich, accompanied by a fine cup of coffee or tea. Tous Les Jours

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Angkor Café Ad Pg 82 i Pg 80 Bayon Pastry School

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Bloom Café Ad Pg 31 i Pg 44 Blue Pumpkin

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Bugs Café Ad Pg 87 i Pg 82 Common Grounds Ad Pg 45 i Pg 46 Gelato Lab Ad Pg 29 i Pg 46 Menaka Café Ad Pg 32 i Pg 48 Peace Café Ad Pg 58 i Pg 48

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Temple Coffee n Bakery Ad Pg 71 i Pg 90 THE Coffeeholic Ad Pg 35 i Pg 48

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Charcoal ≈ i Pg 84 Chi Restaurant at Anantara Angkor Resort Ad Pg 25 i Pg 84 i Pg 84 Flow Food & Wine ≈ Gelato Lab Ad Pg 29 i Pg 46 Georges Rhumerie Ad Pg 56 i Pg 46 Hard Rock Café Ad Pg 47 i Pg 46 Heritage Suites Rest' Ad Pg 11 i Pg 46 HUNKAAR Ad Pg 7 i Pg 86 L'Annexe Ad pg 57 i Pg 87 Le Jardin des Delices Ad Pg 88 i Pg 88 i Pg 89 The Pizza Company ≈

Il Forno Ad Pg 81 i Pg 86 The Pizza Company ≈

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Amok ≈ i Pg 80 ≈ i Pg 80 Angkor Famous Bugs Café Ad Pg 87 i Pg 82 Butterflies Garden Ad Pg 89 i Pg 82 ≈ i Pg 83 Café Indochine ≈ i Pg 83 Cambodian BBQ Chamkar Vegetarian Ad Pg 86 i Pg 83 ≈ i Pg 83 Champey ≈ i Pg 84 Chanrey Tree ≈ i Pg 84 Charcoal Chi Restaurant at Anantara Angkor Resort Ad Pg 25 i Pg 84 ≈ i Pg 84 Embassy ≈ i Pg 86 The Grey HUNKAAR Ad Pg 7 i Pg 86 ≈ i Pg 87 Khmer BBQ ≈ i Pg 87 Khmer Family ≈ i Pg 88 Madame Butterfly Navutu Dreams Ad Pg 81 i Pg 88 Original Khmer BBQ + The Original ≈ i Pg 88 Khmer BBQ Pho 24 ≈ i Pg 89 Soria Moria ≈ i Pg 89 The Sugar Palm Ad Pg 30 i Pg 90

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From rice to spice Cambodian cooking boasts a fusion of strong and vibrant flavours and is much milder than its neighbours, ensuring each dish contains the perfect blend of salty, sour, sweet and bitter flavours. Many of the dishes draw inspiration from China and India, with the Chinese leaving the legacy of stir-frying and the Indians introducing dried spices like star anise, cinnamon, nutmeg and fennel. Cambodia has a rich network of rivers and the ocean in the south, offering a plentiful supply of fish, which is a popular addition to the plates of Khmers. Prahok, a fermented fish paste, is another staple that gives Cambodian cuisine its unique flavour. You may have also seen from the many street vendors that Khmer snacks includes a variety of insects to eat, as you’ll discover at Bugs Café. Siem Reap’s first and only specialists in insect-based cuisine proves they can be delicious – creativity, presentation and quality is key. No visit to Cambodia would be complete without tasting fish amok – Bugs Café

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steamed, coconut curried fish coated in "kroeung" spice paste and cooked in a container made from banana leaves. Lok lak is another signature dish made with cubed beef and garnished with a lime and pepper dip. One restaurant that sets out to truly reflect the ethos of Cambodian cooking is Cuisine Wat Damnak, which offers a choice of two set menus (five courses for $27 or six courses for $31) that will make your taste buds dance for joy. For authentic Khmer cuisine at reasonable prices, try The Sugar Palm. Now in a new location on Street 27 opposite Pannasastra University, their menu covers all the Khmer hit dishes, from curries to satays, soups to salads. In the Wat Bo area, Viroth’s is one of the longest established Khmer midmarket dining establishments,

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with it's well-prepared plates served in a stylish, modern setting. Cambodian food is mostly about using fresh vegetables and herbs, and expensive meat and fish are added sparingly, making it perfect to adapt for vegetarians. Chamkar on The Passage and its newer branch on Airport Road do an excellent job of preparing veggie dishes. Champey serves up marvellous meals in a beautifully designed restaurant that evokes a gentle, old world charm. At Charcoal restaurant, meanwhile, offers two exquisite Cambodian fusion food set menus for a pair to share – the North Discovery set or the South Discovery set, both of which feature six different local dishes. HUNKAAR Table & Lounge also boasts some delectable contemporary Khmer fusion creations – the ideal place to discover new flavours and aromas. Enjoy a sophisticated lunch or dinner in a bright, vibrant space including a terrace overlooking the stunning swimming pool. Embassy's exclusive fine dining experience includes mouth-watering set menus from $27. On Pub Street, you’ll also find Cambodian BBQ for a little DIY dining. A special metal contraption called a "Phnom Pleung" (Fire Mountain) is

placed on your table letting you grill your meat, seafood and vegetables over glowing charcoal while keeping the soup piping hot, so you can enjoy it just the way it should be! You can also enjoy this filling grilling experience down Alley West or over on 2 Thnou Street at either of the two Original Khmer BBQ outlets. The unique Madame Butterfly offers the best of authentic Cambodian cuisine mixed with Thai and Chinese influences, while pampering guests in a cosy traditional wooden house surrounded by lush tropical gardens. Chanrey Tree boasts fine dining in super-chic style, serving up traditional Khmer food with a modern twist. Malis provides customers a chance to experience a unique and contemporary take on traditional Khmer cuisine – we recommend their versions of Bang Kang lobster and fish amok. Chi Restaurant serves up innovative Khmer and pan-Asian cuisine. Early risers can enjoy a sunrise breakfast, while couples can savour the intimacy of their Dining by Design. Signature dishes include Braised Lamb Shank Curry Saraman and Royal Seafood Amok, comprising squid, tiger prawns, Khmer spices and coconut milk.

Chamkar Vegetarian

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Apsara

Dance

One of the highlights of any visit to Siem Reap should be a performance of classical Cambodian dance, known as Apsara dance. Shows typically take place in the evening, accompanied by a buffet dinner. Prices vary, so here's a selection of what's on offer.

Dinner Shows

SMILE OF ANGKOR Location: St. 60 Tel: 077 316 160 Entry Fee: Adults: $48 Children: $38 Start Times: Daily - Dinner 5.30pm / Show 7.15pm Duration: 1 hr 15 mins Show Type: Traditional Khmer Dancing, Khmer Martial Arts, Broadway-style Stage Show Setting: Indoor Meal Type: Buffet Style Western / Asian food

HERITAGE SUITES HOTEL Location:  Near Wat Polanka, Slokram Village, Khum Slok Kram Tel: 063 969 100 Entry Fee: Free tart Times: Tuesday only (Jan-April) S 7.30pm Duration: 1 hr Show Type: Apsara Dancing Show

Setting: Indoor

Meal Type: À La Carte or Set Menu

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APSARA TERRACE Location: Raffles Grand Hotel d'Angkor Tel: 063 963 888 Entry Fee: Adults: $46 Children (under 12 yrs): $30 Start Times: Wed, Fri & Sun - Dinner 7pm / Show 7.45pm Duration: 1 hr Show Type: Apsara Dancing, Khmer Martial Arts Setting: Outdoor Meal Type: Buffet Style Asian BBQ

CRYSTAL ANGKOR Location: St. 30, Krous Village, Svay Dangkum Tel: 012 786 786 Entry Fee: Adults: $20  Children (under 10 yrs): 1/2 price Start Times: Daily - Dinner 7pm / Show 7.30pm Duration: 1 hr Show Type: Traditional Khmer Culture Setting: Indoor Meal Type: Western & Asian Set Menu

APSARA THEATRE Location: Street 60 Tel: 063 963 561 Entry Fee: Adults: $29 Children (under 12 yrs): 1/2 price Start Times: Daily - Dinner 7.30pm / Show 8.30pm Duration: 1 hr Show Type: Traditional Khmer Dance Setting: Indoor Meal Type: Khmer Set Menu

KOULEN II Location: Sivatha Street Tel: 078 630 090 092 630 090 Entry Fee: Adults: $12+  Children (under 12 yrs): 1/2 price Start Times: Daily - Dinner 6.30pm / Show 7.30pm Duration: 1 hr Show Type: Traditional Khmer culture Setting: Indoor Meal Type: Western & Asian Food Buffet

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Your A-Z

Dining

Where you see this logo, these outlets accept Visa cards for payment.

Amok Restaurant 

 11am-11pm| | |

Delicious family-style Khmer food hygienically prepared in a great location by the Old Market & Passage. AC upstairs. Don’t miss the “Degustation Selection.” The Passage

DiRECTORY Siem Reap has an extremely varied range of dining options to suit all tastes and budgets, from simple street food to the finest international fare. This section lists those places that cater to the English-speaking market, so they should all have English menus and the staff will usually speak some English.

Legend

Air Conditioning Cards Accepted Happy Hour Opening Times Internet Access Map Reference Restaurant category: $ =budget | $$ =midrange $$$=high-end gluten-free dishes available

Many restaurants now add VAT and/or a service charge to the bill so if in doubt please check before you place your order.

L3 063 965 407

(Old market area)

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Angkor Café

 8am-5:30pm| |

Fine Khmer and Western food brought to you by The Blue Pumpkin. Retail souvenir shop on the same premises selling fine carvings and silks by Artisans d’Angkor.

099 555 180 opposite Angkor Wat (Ad pg 82) www.artisansdangkor.com Angkor Famous  10am-midnight| | Cambodian and western dishes. Most meals cost between $3 - $6. Steaks for $5 only. Using fresh ingredients like vegetables and meat sourced from the market. Very cheap beer and cocktails. The Passage.



Angkor Pic-Nic

K4 012 387 171  6am-10am

Take away your breakfast or lunch. Hygienic and high quality set menus which make for a stylish and comfortable outdoor experience. Behind Prumroth Pagoda.



K4 077 566 455

www.restaurant-siemreap.com

Apsara Theatre  7:30pm daily| | Enjoy dinner dance performance in a unique luxury setting for $25. off Wat Bo Rd. (Ad pg 84) (opp. Angkor Village Hotel)

L6 063 963 561

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Banana Leaf

 9am-late|

Enjoy live music, signature cocktails and a wide choice of internat. tapas every night in one of Pub Street’s first bar/restaurants. Newly renovated, great corner location. Pub Street.



K4 063 964 813

www.restaurant-siemreap.com

Bugs Café

 5pm-midn't| | |

Bugs Café is the first ever insect dedicated restaurant in Cambodia. Discover the hidden treasures of this typical Khmer food and spend an unforgettable evening with us! Steung Thmei St. (Ad pg 87) J3 bugscafesr@gmail.com 017 764 560

Blue Pumpkin  6am-11pm| | | |

Butterflies Garden

Pasta, salads, sandwiches, burgers and finger foods. Fresh breads and pastries. Free Wi-Fi internet access. Now at seven separate locations across town.

Provides advanced training and work experience to disadvantaged youth. Tropical butterflies and a koi pond in a romantic, serene garden. Khmer and international cuisine with extensive vegetarian selections.

L3 Old market area.  also at Airport, Artisans d’Angkor, Angkor Silk Farm and in front of Angkor Wat 063 963 574 www.bluepumpkin.asia GRAB THE S!EM REAP MAP THE BEST WAY TO FiND YOUR WAY AROUND TOWN!

535, St. 25.

 6am-10pm

063 761 211

(next to Karavansara) 011 571 771 (Ad pg 89) www.butterfliesofangkor.com

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Café Indochine

Chamkar Vegetarian Restaurant

The best of Royal Cambodian cuisine, steaks, desserts and more. Served in the last traditional Khmer wooden house in town. An experience not to be missed.

Authentic vegetarian restaurant featuring a fine and genuine Khmer cuisine made from fresh local vegetables. Enjoy delicious homemade specialities in a friendly and cosy atmosphere.



 10am-3pm, 5-11pm| - | |

44 Sivatha St. 



I3 012 964 533, 092 630 958

Cambodian BBQ 

 10am-11pm| |

Pub Street’s first coal fired Khmer BBQ. Up to 14 different meats! Try something new in the middle of Pub Street. The Passage.

(Old market area)

L3 063 966 052

www.restaurant-siemreap.com

Call-Kim

  11am-11pm (closed Sunday lunch)| |

The Passage. (Ad pg 86)

L3

(also Rd 6 in front of Angkor Home Hotel)



092 733 150

Champey

 10am-11pm| | | |

Experience fine Royal Khmer Cuisine in this beautiful historic building by the Old Market. Air-conditioned upstairs. Try everything with the “Discovery Set.” Old market area.



L3 063 964 713

www.champeyrestaurant.com

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Chanrey Tree

Chi Restaurant at Anantara Angkor Resort  6am-11pm| | | |

Big selection of classic and contemporary Cambodian dishes, serving lunch and dinner. Located in a traditional but elegant Cambodian house. Beers, wines and cocktails. Free Wi-Fi. Fully air-conditioned.

Serving vibrant progressive Khmer and pan Asian cuisine with divine flavour pairings. Intricately layered creations are created with passion by our experienced chefs, combining fresh produce with inventive combinations of spices and seasonings.



 11am-2:30pm, 6-10:30pm| | | |

Pokambor Ave. www.chanreytree.com

Charcoal

K5 063 767 997

 10am-11pm| | | |

Enjoy western and Khmer favourites such as mouth-watering steak & frites with a ‘Relais’ style secret sauce, charcoal finished ribs with rosemary pan-fried potatoes, tasty knoub and pavlova to die for. Wat Bo Rd. www.charcoalcafe.com

K6 017 628 455

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N/A 063 966 788

National Raod 6. (Ad pg 25)

Damnak Khmer

 7am-late| | |

Serving early Western breakfasts, ice-cream and traditional Khmer coffee but specialised in Khmer cuisine. Set menu available. Khmer style décor. 9, Sivatha St.



J3 063 963 031, 017 912 491

www.damnakKhmer.com

Embassy

 6-11pm| | | |

SR's premier fine dining location for contemporary gastronomic Khmer cuisine. Experience two of the country’s most talented Chefs, the “Kimsan Twins.” Achar Sva St.

(King's Road Angkor)

L4 063 963 840

www.embassy-restaurant.com

Flow Food & Wine 

 4-11pm (closed Sun)| |

Brought to you by the owners of the famous Sugar Palm restaurant, serving a range of delicious international and Khmer cuisine. 13, St.26.



L6 063 639 5858, 012 655 285

Green-Go Vegan & Vegetarian Garden  9am-1am Fully vegan and vegetarian restaurant and garden lounge also serving detox smoothies, organic coffee, Cambodian craft beers on tap and organic wine. Angkor Night Market St.



(Ad pg 59)

J3 015 603 402

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TRADiTiONAL KHMER DiSH

Pepper crab

Pepper crab is one of the Kingdom’s most iconic dishes. It is usually prepared with a type of crustacean commonly referred as ‘ , which hails from the southern sleepy town of Kep. The other star of the show is the spice: Kampot pepper. This pepper is considered to be one of the finest peppercorns available anywhere in the world. Commonly, the dish is served with a Chinese style sauce, using oyster and soy sauce, with a hint of sugar to create a sweet and sour flavour. The green peppercorns are left on the vine and stir fried with the succulent crab. With a tantalising flavour, the dish achieves a subtle balance of sharp tanginess and sweet fruitiness.

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Georges Rhumerie

Hard Rock Café   11am-midn't| | |

Creole specialties and flavoured rums in a friendly environment. Inspired by George's multi-cultural background. With influences from the Reunion Island, France and Asia.

Enjoy good food and a lively atmosphere overlooking Siem Reap River and satisfy your burger craving with our Legendary® Burger while enjoying live music!



 noon-10pm| | | |

N/A 096 861 7448

Wat Damnak area. (Ad pg 56)



Grey (The)

 11am-11pm| | |

Khmer grill & lounge bar, stylishly decorated in a picturesque riverside location. Delicious food, friendly service, A/C upstairs. Achar Sva St. 

(King's Road Angkor)

L4 063 966 940

www.restaurant-siemreap.com

Achar Sva St. (Ad pg 47) (King's Road Angkor)

L4 093 565 655

Heritage Suites Restaurant



 6am-11pm| | | |

Chef Vibol and his team cook the very best of European and refined Khmer specialties. Wat Polanka. (Ad pg 11) (Heritage Suites Hotel)

G8 077 565 622

www.heritagesuiteshotel.com

HUNKAAR Table & lounge (at Anjaly by Syphon Hotel) 

 11am-10:30pm| | | |

With a carefully selected menu, delicious dishes artfully presented will trigger guests’ taste buds and all of your senses for that perfect moment of bliss. (Ad pg 7) Korean - Cambodian Friendship Rd. N/A (at Anjali by Syphon Hotel)

Il Forno

063 965 600

 noon-10:30pm| |

In a small alley crossing Pub Street, authentic wood-fired pizzas, homemade pastas, seafood delicacies, Italian main courses and carefully selected wines in a quaint and charming décor. Old market area. (Ad pg 81) (btw The Lane & Pub St.)

KFC

K3 078 208 174

 9:30am-10:30pm| | | |

Cambodia’s KFC outlets in Phnom Penh and Siem Reap are now open for business, serving you the tasty chicken that you know best. 33-34 Sivatha St.



I3 063 760 372

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Khmer BBQ

 10am-11pm| | |

Discover traditional Khmer BBQ in comfort and cleanliness. Friendly attentive staff, Air-conditioned upstairs, Free Wi-Fi. The Passage.

L3 063 963 231

(beside Amok rest’)

www.restaurant-siemreap.com

Khmer Family 

 7:30am-9:30pm| | |

Very reasonably priced, authentic Khmer cuisine made using traditional ingredients. Photo menu available. Pub Street.

L3 015 999 909



L'Annexe

 Mon: 4-10pm, Tue-Sun: 12pm-10pm| | |



A French dine-in restaurant that understands the subtleties of true delicacies. With a full lunch and dinner menu, you can find a gourmet meal at any time of the day. 108, Soksan St, behind Angkor Night Market. (Ad pg 53)

www.annexesiemreap.com

Le Bel Air



N/A 095 839 745

 6:30-10:30pm (closed Monday)| | |

A reflection of Belgium through its cuisine, its beers, but also through its social, family and bon vivant approach which has defined the reputation of Belgians abroad. 116, St.26. (Ad pg 57) www.le-bel-air.com

Le Connaisseur 

L8 085 560 100

 5:30-11pm|

| | |

Alliance of colonial surroundings and an authentic, innovative and original cuisine, Le Connaisseur brings you to the discovery of the traditional French and Asian delicacies. Royal Independence Garden (Victoria G5 Angkor Resort) (Ad pg 55)

063 760 428

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Le Jardin des Delices

Niam Niam at Navutu Dreams

Training restaurant at École d’Hôtellerie et de Tourisme Paul Dubrule. Alfresco dining, Asian and Western pedagogical set menus. Training restaurant is closed from 15 December 2017 to 3 January 2018 and from 7 to 23 April 2018.

A tropical paradise moments from the town centre. Enjoy yummy bites, hearty wellness dishes and fine dining in a Boho jungle setting. Perfect for a romantic evening or a lazy day by our salt water pools.

National Road 6. 063 963 672/673 www.ecolepauldubrule.org 089 629 398



(Ad pg 88)

 12pm-2pm, Tue-Fri| |



 11am-midnight| | |

Sala Kamreuk Village, 6 min from SR. (Ad pg 81)

I3 063 964 864, 092 141 694 www.navutudreams.com

Madame Butterfly

Original Khmer BBQ (The)   11:30am-10pm| | |

Fine Khmer cuisine in an elegant wooden building, surrounded by tropical gardens.

Try the “Phnom Pleung” (Fire Mountain) BBQ placed directly on your table, which could be best described as a cross between flame grill and steam boat combined in one.



Airport Rd.

 10am-11pm| | | |

016 909 607

Pi Thnou St. (next to Khmer Kitchen) also Alley West (corner Sivatha Blvd)



L3 063 966 524, 012 680 534

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Pho 24

 7am-10pm| |

Enjoy a variety of delightful Vietnamese Pho noodle soups and great coffees. Achar Sva St.

L4 063 965 882

(King's Road Angkor)

Sugar Palm (The) 

(Ad pg 30)

 lunch & dinner (closed Sun)| | |

Enjoy our delicious home-style Khmer cuisine. Relaxed dining on the balcony with a great bar too.

Pizza Company (The)

St. 27 (opposite Pannasastra University).

First franchised pizza restaurant in town. Flavored to excite! Pizza, pasta, salad bar, chicken wings, lasagna and more... Dine-in, take-away and home delivery.

Swensen’s



 9am-9pm| | | |

Pokambor Ave (Angkor Trade Center)

L4 023 880 880



 6am-10pm| | | |

Local, Scandinavian and Japanese specialties. Fusion Tapas. Don’t miss out the $1 Night every Wednesday from 5-10pm. All cocktails, drinks and Tapas dishes cost $1. Tep Vong St. www.thesoriamoria.com

M6 063 636 2060, 012 818 143  10am-9pm| | | |

Franchised premium ice cream parlor from USA! More than 20 flavors and a large variety of sundaes available. Dine-in and take-away. Pokambor Ave (Angkor Trade Center)

Soria Moria Fusion Kitchen 



K6 061 311 187



L4 063 966 424

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Temple Balcony 

Veg G Table (The)

 7am-late| | | |

Khmer-run restaurant serving Khmer, Thai and Western cuisine. Traditional dance performances every evening at 7:30 and 9:30 with no admission fee. Pub Street.

K4 015 999 909

(Ad pg 71)

Ten Bells (The)



 5pm-midnight| | | |

Internationally inspired cocktail, Champagne, wine, oyster and tapas bar. Alley West. www.tenbells-siemreap.com

L3 063 966 522

 10am-11pm| | |

Khmer run restaurant serving traditional Khmer dishes. Full bar including wine. Fresh fruit juices and shakes. Ice cream too. Old market area.



L4 015 999 909

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Bold, natural flavours are the order of the day at this secluded garden café. Customers enjoy peace, tranquillity and the funkiest vegetarian food in town. With full flavoured salads, wraps, snacks and delicious homemade cakes.

I6 Craft Alley (next to Hansa BBQ), off Wat Bo Road. 088 642 3753  www.theveggtablecafe.com Viroth’s

Traditional Khmer Food



 Sun-Mon: Closed  Tues-Sat: 11am-3pm, 6-9pm



 10am-2pm, 5-10pm| |

Cambodian cuisine served in an ambient and stylish setting. Moderately priced food and drinks, and a good wine selection.

K6 246, Wat Bo Rd. (Ad pg 83) www.viroth-restaurant.com 012 826 346 Wagakoro

 10:30am-10:30pm| |2

Pleasant Japanese restaurant set in a charming wooden villa. Achar Sva St.

L4

(King's Road Angkor) 063 966 119 and Alley West www.weburgerpizza.com

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TRADiTiONAL KHMER DiSH

Beef Lok Lak

Lok Lak is one of the flagship dishes of the Kingdom and a source of pride for all Cambodians. It is a glorious hot salad consisting of a bed of lettuce, sliced garlic, and semi-ripened tomatoes; on top of it all sits the star of the show: tender pieces of marinated beef. The meat is marinated in a mixture of sugar, garlic, oyster sauce and black pepper, which endows the dish its characteristic salty, sweet and sour flavour. Once the marination is completed, the meat is quickly seared on a wok and placed over the accompanying vegetables. A thick, brown sauce (made traditionally with sugar, soy and fish sauce) is poured over the meat. Rice is served on the side.

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AWAY FROM THE TRAFFiC

Backstreet buys Some visitors may choose to play it safe by sticking to the well-known restaurants and bars of Pub Street, but we encourage you to venture out and explore the many charming lanes and alleyways of Temple Town. Siem Reap is so, so, sooooo much more than Pub Street. The much-neglected streets that immediately border it are sometimes spookily empty while the party hub is heaving. We’re going to start off on Alley West, because that’s where Gelato Lab is. Everything should start there, seriously. The ice creams and sorbets are as good as anything you’ll find in Italy, and we’re not just saying that. The owner has dedicated himself to his art like nothing you can imagine, and has been trained by the world’s Master craftsman. They also roast their own coffee. Suitably sweetened and caffeinated, you can start to tackle the rest of the alley. This has long been the loveliest lane in Siem Reap, with its pretty shop fronts and pedestrian area. Here you’ll find one of town’s most sociable bars, Picasso, cleverly designed with a horseshoe-shaped bar so that even the most shrinking violet will soon find themselves immersed in conversations being held across it, often with the able assistance of the amiable bartenders. The Ten Bells a couple of doors down is a very cool spot with a clubby vibe, live cool music, and a great menu including oysters, Champagne and some knockout cocktails.

The Purple Mangosteen is a boutique hotel with six stylish rooms, some elegant archetectural characteristics, and a roof terrace affording exceptional views over the city centre. Bambou Indochine, and their sister store Rêveries du Mékong down along

Bambou Indochine The Passage, will make sure you’re best dressed for the occasion, with their range of light and breezy clothing, much of it made from bamboo cotton. Meanwhile, you can pick up some finely crafted homewares at Khmer Ceramics. The Passage, straight across the road from Alley West and parallel with Pub Street, is where you’ll find a slew of shops, bars and restaurants. Check out Amok, Champey, Cambodian BBQ and The Original Khmer BBQ for some delicious takes on Cambodian cuisine, each in its own unique way, while

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Khmer Ceramics Chamkar is Siem Reap’s favourite vegetarian restaurant. Once you’ve eaten, you can pop in to Garden of Desire for a look at Ly Pisith’s stunning silver and semiprecious stone creations. His work is very meditative, not just because its lovely, but also because of the huge amount of thought he has put into each work. Crossing over to the other side, The Lane is a lively little spot with a gentle mix of shops, bars and restaurants that are a world, a galaxy, away from Pub Street’s bawdy offerings. This is where you’ll find Il Forno. In a very sweet little space, they knock out the most delicious wood-fired pizzas, pastas (including homemade), and primi that you’ll find in Siem Reap. All recipes are based on those of owner Ed’s 94-year-old grandmother, who in his words is still “rocking her kitchen back in Italy”. All the ingredients, except for produce, are sourced from the grandmotherland. There are also some excellent and more experimental weekly specials to watch out for. Things take a French turn at La Creperie Bretonne, which serves up Brittany’s second-favourite export (the first being salty butter

– whatever you do, don’t tell them we already knew). The buckwheat galettes are as nutty and full of flavour as you could hope for, while the crepes are sweet and savoury, and hugely popular with roamers looking for a quick bite or completely hanging with hunger. Just across from there, Yellow Sub is a cool hang-out, literally, as it's one of the only bars in Siem Reap with air-con. There’s a pool table upstairs and a long line of expat Beatlemaniacs at the bar down below. There’s even a rooftop bar for breezier evenings. Numerous arguments have broken out over which is the best Indian restaurant in Siem Reap, with each establishment fiercely defended by its favoured patrons. One name that keeps coming up is Dakshin's, renowned for its more classical takes on Indian cuisine. The deliciously hot and spicy food is tempered by the air-con. There are plenty of shopping opportunities on The Lane as well. Blush Boutique is home to a sweet blend of clothing, cosmetics, jewellery, and accessories, much of it made in Cambodia. And look, there’s Yellow Sub – don’t tell us it’s not time for another quick drink!

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SHOPPiNG

Eyes on the buys We’ve heard about shopping until you drop, but there’s really no need to be such an amateur about it, particularly in Siem Reap, where you'll find the full spectrum of shopping venues, from boutiques to malls. With proper pacing, and regular refuelling, it’s possible to keep going for days without staggering, even in Siem Reap where your shopping options can be a little coy. But there’s a rich seam of clothing, jewellery, art and souvenirs to be mined, if you just know where to look. Like Genesis, we’ll make our start in Garden of Desire, a jewellery store where women go to lust – original sin and all that – and men go as part of their basic survival strategy. The jewellery is the creation of Ly Pisith, an artist whose sensitivity and creativity are reflected in pieces that are practically essays on the complexities of human nature. You’ll need to speak to him to understand more about that. While we're on the subject of survival, Ammo Jewellery is made from spent bullet casings, a rather unsettling start for what British artist Madeline Green transforms into surprisingly delicate pieces. The studio is in Craft, a sort of cooperative on Wat Bo Road, with a vegetarian café set in a beautiful garden courtyard. See, shopping and fuelling in one spot; clever. Artisans Angkor has jewellery too, using lots of Cambodian silver

and semiprecious stones. But this monument to Khmer creativity is better known for their huge range of crafts, all the fruits of their work reviving Cambodia’s lost arts, including lacquer, wood and stone carving, ceramics and silk production. Artisans Angkor

If you're after some unusual fabric then check out Bambou Indochine on Alley West, which is not called that because it’s cute, but because they have perfected the art of turning bamboo into cotton and thence into soft and breezy clothing, especially perfect for the beach, and much else beyond. While you’re there, you could drop in to Khmer Ceramics & Fine Arts Centre for a browse among their range of beautifully turned and finished ceramics, as well as a collection of

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Khmer Ceramics & Fine Arts Centre stoneware. You can also keep the kids (or more likely your inner-kid) entertained at one of their ceramics workshops. If that all sounds a bit too much like work, then maybe it’s time to hit up Senteurs d’Angkor, a fantastic place to buy aromatherapy products, featuring all the amazing natural scents of Southeast Asia like lemongrass, jasmine and frangipani. They produce a variety of soaps, candles, balms and massage oils that make great gifts for friends, family or yourself. Nearby, Bodia - Cambodian Apothecary has spent the past 10 years researching and developing a range of natural products, including oils, candles, compresses, natural mosquito repellent and more, all of which you’ll find instore as well as at a bunch of places around town including U-Care and Angkor Market. But if you’re looking for the most diverse range of things to stuff your bags with – and don’t worry, your partner won’t notice until it’s too late if you empty their bag before leaving and fill it with goodies – then the Made In Cambodia Market is unmissable. Actually, it’s kind of unmissable full stop. At the King’s Road Angkor Village, this is a crafts

market for products that have all been made and designed in Cambodia. For the record, extremely little of what you see in the other markets actually comes from Cambodia. Most of it is from Thailand and China, and you’ll find the same dross in markets across the whole region. That also applies to those elephant pants, whose apparent enduring appeal is a greater mystery than the question of who shot President Kennedy. Back at the Made in Cambodia Market, there are stalls by international fashion designers – yes, really – exotic drinks makers (Sombai), NGOs with a proven track record of helping young and disadvantaged Cambodians to develop their skills and build their futures, and many, many producers of jewellery, clothing, cosmetics, art, scents, and so much more. It’s open every day, and they often have live entertainment in the evening, so keep an eye or an ear out. Shopping divas can head straight to the air-conditioned comfort of T Galleria, a retail Mecca for the discerning traveller, who should remember their passport and proof of forward travel to cash in on the duty-free discount on all items. Senteurs d'Angkor

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T Galleria

Gleaming to the heavens with more luxury brands than you can shake a diamanté-encrusted stick at, this is heaven for those totally addicted to brands. Meanwhile, cultural brownie points can be picked up going to the National Museum next door, or you could say you’re going to the museum and, you know, just popped into T Galleria for a quick looksie – it would have been rude not to... On the drive back into town, there’s another chance for a cultural, and indeed nutritional, feed-up at the FCC Angkor, which has its own little shopping complex including a gallery belonging to iconic Angkor photographer John McDermott (not to be missed) and an outlet for Madagascan-French fashion designer Eric Raisina, who is the poster boy for high fashion in Cambodian and whose vibrant, elegantly floaty designs has graced catwalks around the world. Kandal Village is a recent development on the Siem Reap scene, that kind of grew up by accident but has turned into a real sort of bohemian quarter – without all the drama – and is definitely worth a look. Here, you’ll find lingerie at Tiffany (all the expat ladies say “ye-ah! ye-ah!!”), the most

wonderful range of beautiful “things” at trunkh., gorgeously tailored and not-so-expensive clothes at Sirawan, sunglasses and eye glasses at Eye See (together with their French-trained optician), and fabulous scented things at Saarti. There is so much more to Kandal Village, but we’d be here forever – just go and have a look and you’ll see. Shopping in Siem Reap is not always for the faint-hearted. Everything is kind of scattered. We think the best “areas” are definitely around Kandal Village, but if you want more things within easy reach of each other, then Alley West near Pub Street is also well worth a meander. There you'll find Smateria, which for over a decade has been selling a delectable selection of colourful bags and accessories all infused with the elegance of Italian design, but with the added cool of Khmer craftmenship reviving and repurposing local fabrics. Popular items include flower key rings, laptop and iPad sleeves, pochettes, and shoulder and handbags. As a social enterprise, employees work in fantastic conditions, with their children given free preschool.

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Shopping / Leisure Bodia Cambodian Apothecary

Inspired to preserve and promote traditional Khmer handcrafted remedies and products, Bodia Nature was created in 2007, and then recently changed name to Bodia Cambodian Apothecary. They offer natural and authentic Cambodian remedies. The products range from body scrubs to hair care, massage oils, herbal balms, creams and more. All products are made in Cambodia at the Bodia workshops in Siem Reap and Phnom Penh Phnom Penh, which pride themselves not only on producing 100% genuine Khmer products, but also ones which meet EU standards. Old Market Area, Tel: 077 322 685

Helicopters Cambodia

Get onboard with the longest running aviation company in Cambodia. New Zealand-managed Helicopters Cambodia have been accident free since the beginning of operations in 1998. Flight options include a 20 minute flight over the Angkor Wat complex, Tonle Sap Lake and Phnom Krom or half to full day trips over lesser visited temples, Preah Vihear, Koh Ker and Bong Mealea. Australian-accredited pilots fly cutting edge aircrafts, including the EC130T2 for up to seven passengers and new addition, the Bell 505, which can take two on the once in a lifetime experience of seeing Angkor from above. #658 Hup Quan Street, Tel: 012 814 500

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at a Glance ICF Church

ICF Cambodia is an international, non-denominational, Christian church. It has played an important role in facilitating the work of the Christian community while helping breaking the cycle of poverty by empowering people to achieve their potential. They reach out to eight different villages and support over 300 children and their families individually. Currently, there are about 900 people attending the church each weekend, for various services such as Oneighty, taking place on Saturday nights from 6-8pm, and ICF Kids, 8am-11am, and ICF Celebration, 6pm-8pm, both happening on Sundays. ICF Road, Tel: 078 501 100

Khmer Ways

There’s nothing more Khmer than hopping on a moto – a Honda Dream to be precise! These machines are the stallions of the roads, allowing you to see the Kingdom’s remote beauties, with experienced German-Khmer founders as your guides. Ride through Siem Reap’s last jungle, taking in the ancient Srah Damrei elephant statue in their signature Kulen Mountain adventure tour, or ride to the top of the world in their multiday Preah Vihear Explorer, with many more tours available, all departing outside Siem Reap city. There’s something for everyone, with all the essentials thrown in! N/A, Tel: 088 606 3374

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Ammo Jewellery Workshop  

 9am-4:30pm (Mon-Fri)  Sat by appointment

Try a bullet jewellery making class from $32.00, see our local artisans using recycled bullets, silver and gemstones, and buy from our shop!

I6 Craft Alley (next to Hansa BBQ), off Wat Bo Road 096 678 8731 www.ammojewellery.com

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 7:30am-6:30pm| |

Craftsmen master ancient crafts such as high quality lacquer works, silk paintings, stone and woodcarving, showcased in our collection with fine silk clothing and home furnishing. Stung Thmey St. M2 (Ad pg 101) 063 963 330  www.artisansdangkor.com

Artisans Angkor Silk Farm

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Guided tour of workshops to experience how silk is traditionally made in Cambodia. Wide range of clothing and accessories hand-woven by Artisans Angkor weavers. National Silk Centre.

Contents Arts, Crafts & Silk Clothes & Accessories Miscellaneous

Artisans Angkor

100 104 104

063 380 375

(16km west of town on National Route 6) (Ad pg 103) www.artisansdangkor.com

Khmer Ceramics Centre (Ad pg 19)

 8am-7:30pm| |

Our trainees give you a free guided tour of all stages from turning raw clay into a beautifully finished, fired and glazed Khmer Ceramic; visit our showroom, gallery or attend a ceramic class. where you see this logo, these outlets accept Visa cards for payment

Road to Angkor, also Alley West.



F6 017 843 014

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Kokoon

Susu

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Discover a selection of high quality products: Cambodian silk, handbags, fancy jewellery, delicatessen corner, Cambodian spices, aromatic candles, and an exclusive spa collection. Pi Thnou St.



Senteurs d’Angkor

(Ad pg 95)

 7am-10pm|  Workshop: 7:30am-6pm

Choose from a very nice selection of quality Cambodian handicrafts (silk, statues) and renowned Senteurs d’Angkor products: spices, tea, coffee, hand made soap, Angkor balm, aromatic oil.

Call-Kim

092 256 388

T Galleria Angkor

 9am-10pm|

Visit Cambodia’s largest luxury duty-free shopping destination, next to the Angkor National Museum, to find exclusive brands like Burberry, Bulgari, Fendi, Gucci, YSL, and more. (Ad pg 105) Charles De Gaulle Ave. (Angkor Nat. Museum)

Old Market area. (also on Airport Road L4 Work Shop) and Sivatha Blvd 063 964 801

looking for apatment, vehicle, visa register business + work permits.

K3 016 466 866

The Lane.

K4 063 963 830

(near Old Market)

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Handicrafts created by women in precarious situations. Necklaces, bags, kramas and more.

G6 063 962 511

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Clothes / Accessories

T Galleria Angkor



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The largest factory outlet in Siem Reap with wide selection of renowned brand apparels and accessories. Easily accessible and strategically located along the river.

I6 063 969 668

Achar Sva St.



Smateria

 8am-7pm (not Sun)|

Smateria is not just about recycling. Our products are developed based on the idea of using common materials with style and giving them new life. Alley West. (Ad pg 104) www.smateria.com

L3 063 964 343

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Visit Cambodia’s largest luxury duty-free shopping destination, next to the Angkor National Museum, to find exclusive brands like Burberry, Bulgari, Fendi, Gucci, YSL, and more. (Ad pg 105)

Angkor Fashion Plaza

Charles De Gaulle Ave. (Angkor Nat. Museum)

G6 063 962 511

Miscellaneous Bodia Cambodian Apothecary 

 9am-10pm| |

Producing all natural beauty products, everything we make, from our facial scrubs to essential oils, is handcrafted using only the finest ingredients found in Cambodia’s rich virgin landscapes. Lucky Mall, ground floor.

H4

(also below Bodia Spa, Old Market area) (also in The Passage) (Ad pg 21) www.bodia-nature.com

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ARTS & CULTURE

Khmer renaissance Cambodia is a country rich with culture, and there's no better place to delve into what's on offer than Siem Reap, otherwise known as the Kingdom's cultural capital. The history of Cambodian art stretches back many centuries in ancient pottery, silk weaving and stone carving, with the height of Khmer art production taking place during the Angkorian period. During the Khmer Rouge's reign of terror, up to 90 percent of artists were killed, with the majority of the survivors fleeing the country, leading to a decline of artistic traditions. During the last 20 years, Khmer art and culture has seen a huge revival as the number of tourists heading to the country rises and governments and NGOs increasingly contribute to the preservation of Cambodian culture. Popular forms of Cambodian art include silk weaving, dating back to the 1st century, with modern silk-weaving centres based in Siem Reap. Non-textile weaving is another traditional craft, with many Cambodian farmers weaving baskets from thinly cut bamboo. Mat weaving is a common seasonal occupation. Stone carving and ceramics are also ancient art forms that are popular with Cambodians, and pottery traditions in the country stretch back to 5000BC. As well as reviving these ancient traditions, many Khmer artists have

returned to the country to share their skills with a generation of creative youngsters, leading to a boom in modern Cambodian arts and crafts. A spike in the number of Western artists and photographers setting up shop in Cambodia has also led to an

Theam’s House increase in artistic works exploring Khmer culture, people and life. One such artist is American photographer John McDermott who first visited Angkor Wat in 1995. During the following years, he expanded his artistic interpretation of the temples, working with light and shadow to create images that reveal the true essence of these magnificent and holy structures. John has two galleries, one at FCC Angkor Resort and the other at Raffles Grand Hotel d'Angkor.

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Angkor Silk Farm Theam's House is another must-see item on the agenda of art lovers. Born in Takeo, Cambodian artist and designer Lim Muy Theam was nine when the Khmer Rouge regime fell and Vietnam invaded Cambodia. He was among the refugees who arrived in France in 1980. Fifteen years later, he returned to his homeland to help revive the local art sector. He has transformed the ground floor of his home into a working gallery where visitors can view his stunning collection of ceramics, paintings, sculptures and lacquers. An unusual bid to boost the Cambodian arts scene is the circus that recently landed in Siem Reap after branching out from the success of its Battambang project. Blending traditional and modern theatre, music, dance, acrobatics, juggling, and contortion, this wonderful show, Phare, the Cambodian Circus, tells stories about Cambodian lives and society and serves as a tool to build the careers of Cambodian artists, revive Khmer art and foster worldwide connections with the Kingdom. Shows take place daily at 8pm at the junction of the Ring Road and Sok San Road. Another famous part of Khmer culture is Apsara dancing, and there are plenty

of places offering daily showings of this classical Cambodian art form. Apsara Theatre, based at Angkor Village Hotel (St. 26, off Wat Bo Street), puts on a popular show with 40 dancers, singers and musicians bringing the traditional dance, famous for its subtle, ethereal appearance, to life. Angkor Silk Farm, located out in Pouk District and part of Artisans Angkor, offers free guided tours of the silk-making process, from mulberry bush cultivation to production of silk fabrics and accessories. During the tour, visitors are treated to a detailed guide to silkworm farming, cocoon unwinding, preparation of the silk threads, ikat technique (tie-dying of the threads) and silk weaving. There is also an onsite shop selling top quality silk products. Khmer Ceramics & Fine Arts Centre offers fun pottery classes for the whole family. Enjoy making your own creations, which are fired and glazed in one of their kilns ready for the next day. During you visit to the workshop you will learn about the ceramics making process, with each step fof the process clearly explained. They also have palm packaging and wood carving workshops for you to check out while you're there.

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MARKETS

The art of the deal Siem Reap's bustling local markets are a must for all those who love to haggle hard over a purchase, or even for those that don't. You're guaranteed to come across something unique and interesting. There's never a dull moment during a visit to one of Siem Reap's many markets, but make sure you prepare your senses to be bombarded with the sounds, smells and sights that await as you set off on a shopping mission. Once you get used to the verbal barrage, you realise the scarves are beautiful, cheap and just what auntie would like. The Old Market (Phsar Chas) is one of the town's most popular markets and is full of character, colour and bizarre items. Souvenir stalls litter the edges of the market, selling everything from Khmer art, crafts, and jewellery to bags, trinkets, carvings and statues. Venture inside and you'll get lost in the rabbit warren of endless aisles flogging everything from pots and pans to homeware, and mountains upon mountains of clothes to wade through. No market would be complete without a food section and The Old Market is no different, with stacks of stalls selling local street dishes, as well as a rainbow of tropical fruit and veg, meats and fishes. It is also home to a range of strange smells, so it's often prudent to keep your inhalations via the mouth as you pass some of the stalls. The marketplace is a hive of activity, especially early in the

morning when restaurateurs and guesthouse owners buy their fresh produce for the day. If you plan to buy a souvenir here, however, keep in mind that many supposedly Cambodian handmade products are in fact mass produced in factories

The Old Market overseas. For genuine Khmer item, you might be better browsing one of the specialist boutiques. Long-running Angkor Night Market is the original night market in Siem Reap and offers a little bit of everything for everybody, from shops to bars to a small cinema! So not only does it have a good range of shopping, it also offers a host of entertainment to give shoppers some respite. The Landmine Victim Band welcomes you at the entrance playing traditional Khmer music, and in the Island Bar and Brick House Bar you can

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Angkor Night Market rest up over a drink. You can even go to the cinema; the Movie Mall screens cultural documentaries nightly. The Noon to Night Market is clean and bright, but lacks the character of Old Market. Prices are roughly the same as the Angkor Night Market across the more than 100 stalls, though the latter offers a more pleasant shopping environment. The Art Centre Night Market, located across the river from the Old Market in the Wat Damnak area, features various NGOs selling their wares in a bid to raise awareness, with many of them training and employing disadvantaged youths, women or men in a variety of skills. Osmose and the Silk Lab are two good causes to support, with some good products to buy too. This market tends to be a lot quieter than the others. If you are looking for a more modern shopping experience, there has been an influx of shopping malls around town, the two main ones being Angkor Trade Center and Lucky Mall. They have been created mainly for the locals, who go there to experience their shiny newness, the escalators and fast food, but are worth a look if the heat of the local markets becomes too much to bear. Adidas also has a

shop on Tep Vong Street selling the real deal if you’re after some genuine sportswear. Center Market (Psar Kandal) is directly targeted at tourists and sells similar goods to Phsar Chas. It's currently under extensive renovation, though, and this is expected to last up until July. The last treat after a long, hard day trawling the market stalls is a massage... a fish massage. At $3, it’s a fun enough experience, providing you're not too ticklish. After a quick cleanse, you submerge your pinkies in a small tank of fish that are claimed to enjoy nibbling the dead skin. The sales banner says it all: “If we don’t make you happy you don’t pay”. But seeing as how the first five minutes is a sequence of one toe first nervousness and ensuing hilarity, refunds are presumably infrequent. Following the huge success of a similar market in Phnom Penh, visitors to Siem Reap can now check out the Temple Contaner Pub Zone, a beer garden and open market area made using shipping containers. It's the first of its kind in the town and is well worth a look to grab some cheap t's, sunglasses, souvenirs, and hang out with the young cool local crowd who often hang out here in their spare time.

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STREET 11

TO PUB STREET >>

Siem Reap Old Market

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STREET 9

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< MONEY EXCHANGE

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JEWELLERY/WATCHES HARDWARE/GENERAL SOUVENIRS CDS/DVDS PET SUPPLIES

2 6 10 14 18

FOOD/GROCERIES HOUSEHOLD ART PARKING RATTAN

3 7 11 15

FOOD/STALLS SILK PRODUCTS BOOKS/MAPS BAGS/LUGGAGE

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Within the market many stalls sell multiple items, and change randomly. The labels on this map are a general guide only.

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COOL CORNER PIZZA > NEAK KRORHOM (BUS) > EXCHANGE > REFRESHMENTS >

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CLOTHING/SHOES HANDICRAFTS GLASSES/OPTICAL BEAUTICIAN/HAIR

SIEM REAP RIVER

OLD MARKET BRIDGE

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NIGHT MARKETS

Nocturnal bargains Unlike neighbours Thailand, Vietnam, and even Laos­– as well as many other countries in the region – Cambodia did not have any after-hours trading centres to offer shopaholics a nocturnal fix until early 2007. The scene changed with the opening of the Angkor Night Market in Siem Reap. Ten years on, and you can still peruse more than 200 Khmer-style huts built from natural materials and stocked with traditional Cambodian handmade products, including clothing, silks, art, jewelry, wood and stone carvings and other handicrafts – often produced by orphans and handicapped people who are allocated stalls at a discounted price. Opposite the original night market is Noon Night Market, boasting around 100 stalls selling handicrafts and souvenirs from 12 noon til 12 midnight. Over on the east bank of the Siem Reap River, opposite the Old Market, you’ll find Siem Reap Art Center Market, with its range of clothing, accessories, silk products, handicrafts and artwork, toys, and decorations. Traditional Apsara dance is performed nightly from 8pm. The market is open daily from 8am-10pm, but be aware many stalls tend to close around 5pm. A little further up the river and inside the King’s Road Angkor complex, the Made in Cambodia Market is a unique showcase for a multitude of

beautifully crafted, locally produced products presented with the aim of creating more jobs for Cambodians. It opens from noon til 10pm, and you might even catch some acrobatics from visiting Phare Cambodian Circus performers. Angkor Night Market

BB Angkor Market runs until 10pm, perfect for those that can't stumble further than the end of Pub Street. Of course, bargaining is an essential skill, and a great way to mingle with the locals. Good English is generally spoken throughout the markets, so get verbose with your haggles! And you'll discover plenty of bars and restaurants to help replenish your energy levels and you enjoy the bustling vibes, as well as some massage and even tattoo parlours.

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LEiSURE

On an activity kick There’s plenty more to Siem Reap than just the wonders of Angkor and it’s well worth taking time out from trudging round the temples to explore the town and surrounding area. There's something in Siem Reap to keep everyone entertained. For example, you can learn all about Cambodian crafts at Artisans Angkor. See how traditional Khmer artwork, such as silk, stone and wood carvings, lacquer ware, silver plating and silk painting are created in their series of workshops. To get really handicrafty, sign up to a pottery class and have a go at creating and painting your very own pottery. Khmer Ceramics and Fine Arts Centre offers a series of classes aimed at introducing the traditional Cambodian craft to visitors. Students learn to use the potter's wheel and model clay by hand. Lotus Farm by Samatoa lets visitors explore one of the spectacular farms that produce the threads used to make the fashion house's stunning designs. Visitors can discover how the ecological lotus fabric is created. Brush up on your photography skills by signing up to a Nathan Horton course, where budding snappers can hone their camerawork under a professional eye. Adventure fans will never be short of adrenaline fixes in this part of Cambodia. Kickstart Dirt Bike Adventures offers half, full and two-day tours around Siem Reap and its remote temples.

You can also tour the Angkor complex the eco-friendly way with electric bikes from Green e-bike. No emissions, no noise, no sweat. Their admirable slogan: travel responsibly for a greener tomorrow. Meanwhile, a countryside life tour with Cambodia Vespa Adventures gives you the chance to relax and take it Artisans Angkor

all in from the back of a Vespa. Over six hours, you’ll interact with villagers, be introduced to Khmer spiritual life and visit remnants of the Khmer Empire. With Khmer Ways, you can do like the locals do and take a voyage of discovery on a Honda Dream 125cc. Follow the trails through lush rice fields, bamboo groves and remote jungle towards hidden villages and ancient temples. Four-wheeled biking is another way to see the relaxed, rural way of life.

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Enjoy a range of special offers at more than 40 merchants in Cambodia discounted rooms, free upgrades, late check-outs, exclusive deals on food, beverages, spa treatments and activities, free gifts and more! To enjoy the offers, simply visit the outlets /merchants and present your Visa Card. HOTELS & RESORTS

DINING

WELLNESS & EXPERIENCE SHOPPING

SIEM REAP Borei Angkor Resort & Spa Heritage Suites Hotel Lotus Blanc Resort Memoire d’Angkor Boutique Hotel Memoire Siem Reap Hotel Navutu Dreams Resort & Retreat The Privilege Floor Rambutan Resort Sokha Angkor Resort Sokha Siem Reap Resort Sokkhak Boutique Hotel PHNOM PENH Amanjaya Pancam Suites Hotel Garden City Hotel Rambutan Resort Sokha Phnom Penh Hotel KAMPOT Champa Lodge Thansur Bokor Highland Resort SIHANOUKVILLE Sokha Beach Resort

SIEM REAP Chanrey Tree Restaurant Damnak Lounge Fine Dining The Dining Room at Park Hyatt Embassy Restaurant Grill Wine Cafe Niam Niam Restaurant Sokkhak River Restaurant PHNOM PENH Le Moon Rooftop Bar Uy Kuy Teaw Yi Sang Riverside

SIEM REAP Khmer Ceramics Pottery Class Mudita Spa Samadhi Yoga & Wellness Centre Sokkhak Spa The Spa at Park Hyatt The Spa by Lotus Blanc Vespa Adventures PHNOM PENH Aura Spa Cambo Cruise Water Tours Samata Wellness Studio

SIEM REAP Khmer Ceramics Centre Smateria Theam’s House PHNOM PENH Couleurs d’Asie Rajana Association Craft Shop Smateria Theam’s House


Phare, the Cambodian Circus

Quad Adventure Tours can help shape your adventure depending on your needs, from relaxing family tours to a more extreme two-day trip to the remote temple of Koh Ker. Since 1998, Helicopters Cambodia has been chartering flights around the Angkor complex, granting the opportunity to experience the temples from a completely different (and exhilarating) viewpoint, as well

as a picturesque visit to the floating villages on the nearby Tonle Sap lake. Angkor Zipline, formerly Flight of the Gibbon, offers Cambodiaâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s only zipline canopy tour. Located inside Angkor Archaelogical Park they have four zipline crossings (one of which is a double zipline), three sky bridges, and an abseil descent. The course takes roughly two hours to traverse and there is plenty of information about wildlife, flowers and fauna along the way. If you fancy exploring the countryside on top of a four-legged friend then Happy Ranch offers countryside trail horse rides ranging from a leisurely one hour to a more strenuous half day, as well as sunrise and sunset trots. With its mix of traditional and modern theatre, music, dance, acrobatics, juggling, and contortion,

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Phare, the Cambodian Circus, is a Cambodian treat for the whole family, with shows held every night from 8pm. Those interested in Khmer history should delve into the stories of the ancient Angkor Empire at the Angkor National Museum, which uses state-of-the-art multimedia tech to tell the tale of this great empire. The darker side of the country's recent history is displayed at the Cambodian Landmine Museum. It also provides education and support to dozens of at-risk youths and landmine affected children. And the War Museum displays an interesting range of equipment from the same era. Those looking to attend a mass service on a Sunday can visit ICF Cambodia, an international,

non-denominational, independent Christian church. It has played an important role in facilitating the work of the Christian community in proclaiming the gospel of Jesus Christ in Cambodia. there are about 900 people attending the church each weekend, for various services such as Oneighty, taking place on Saturday nights from 6-8pm.

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Cambodia Landmine Museum (Ad pg 117)

 7:30am-5:30pm

Our museum also provides education and support for dozens of at-risk youth and landmine affected children. Created as a place for healing bodies, hearts and minds.

015 941 517 Banteay Srei  www.cambodialandminemuseum.org Champey Cooking Class 

DiRECTORY A visit to Siem Reap is not just about the temples, as magnificent as they are. You may be pleasantly surprised at the range of activities available in the town and surrounding

L4 077 566 455

www.restaurant-siemreap.com

Explosive Detective Dog Show  Mon-Fri Show Times: 8:30am & 4pm

dance shows, museums, trips to the

National Highway 6 , near Siem Reap Airport

selection of 10 Must Sees on our

 010 926 744, 010 926 724, 010 926 725  hello@explosivedetectiondogs.org (Ad pg 120) www.explosivedetectiondogs.org

Tourist Map for more suggestions as to how to spend your time here.



Tonle Sap lake and more. Check our

helicopter rides, bike tours, Apsara

Old market area. 

The Explosive Detection Dog Show is an exclusive experience. Dogs are efficient in locating unexploded bombs due to their sense of smell as you will soon see.

countryside. Golf, balloon and

 9:30am-1:30pm, 3-6pm|

Learn the secrets and subtleties of the interesting Khmer cuisine.

Legend

Air Conditioning Credit Cards Opening Times Map Reference

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Helicopters Cambodia

 24 hours

See the temples from the air. Flights from US$90. Enjoy the view! Other packages available too. 658, Hup Quan St.  (Ad pg 116)



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EXPLORiNG SiEM REAP

A legendary name

If certain reports are to be believed, the origin of the name 'Siem Reap' reads like a plotline in Game of Thrones, stacked with royal indiscretions, vanquished armies, elevated leaders and reclaimed territories. Winter was never coming, mind. The literal translation of Siem Reap is said to be “Siem flattened” or “defeat of Siem”, with Siem being the Khmer name for the former region of Siam, now called Thailand. The name was allegedly given by King Ang Chan I, the illustrious ruler of Cambodia from 1516-1566 in the post-Angkor era. Siamese King Chairacha had been purportedly poisoned by one of his concubines, Lady Sri Sudachan, who had been having a secret love affair with a commoner while the big man was off playing war games in the Kingdom of Chiang Mai. Chairacha’s 11-year-old son with Sudachan became regent, but was soon killed by Thai nobility along with his mother and her lover, who also briefly claimed the throne. Chaichara’s brother Thianracha had escaped these power battles by entering the monkhood, but was eventually convinced to become King Maha Chakkraphat in 1548. The Thai royal family feud was a convenient distraction to allow Ang Chan to successfully sack the Siamese city of Prachin Buri the following year, enslaving its residents and taking them back to Cambodia. Chakkraphat was naturally furious, but was sidetracked by an attack from the Burmese army. It’s never easy at the top. After managing to defeat the Burma brigade, the Siamese King ordered Prince Ong to lead a campaign against Ang Chan to retrieve the Prachin Buri slaves. The rival factions clashed near the Angkor temples, with Ang Chan apparently dispatching of the Prince with a lucky musket shot from the back of an elephant (sounds legit, right). The Khmer King celebrated his victory by naming the battleground Siem Reap, as the legend goes.

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QUICK FACTS: Date of construction: Late 12th or early 13th century | Creator: King Jayavarman VII | Locale: Angkor Thom | Style: Baroque Khmer architectural style (Bayon style) | Function: Official state temple of the King | Famous for: Multitude of serene, massive stone faces | Best time to visit: Sunrise The Bayon is one of the most famous temples in the Angkor complex. Richly decorated, this impressive temple was built in the late 12th or early 13th century as the official state temple of the Mahayana Buddhist King Jayavarman VII. The Bayon stands at the centre of Jayavarman's capital, Angkor Thom. Following Jayavarman's death, it was modified and augmented by later Hindu and Theravada Buddhist kings in accordance with their own religious preferences. The Bayon's most distinctive feature is the multitude of serene and massive stone faces on its 54 towers which jut out from the upper terrace and cluster around its central peak. The smiling, gargantuan faces, meant to represent the bodhisattva Avalokiteshvara, bear more than a passing resemblance to the great king himself. The Bayon is decorated with 1.2km of extraordinary bas-reliefs, incorporating more than 11,000 figures, depicting everyday life in 12th-century Cambodia. TECH TIPS: - Google Maps and Street View: Siem Reap and the Angkor Wat complex has been digitised to help you explore the vast historical site. - Angkor Wat Cambodia Tour Guide: This Android and iPhone app from Guiddoo helps you explore the complex with its fantastic audio-visual travel guide.

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GETTiNG AROUND THE TEMPLES

Transport of call With so many temples to explore, it's vital you choose the right way to go see them to make the most out of your trip to Angkor. Here, we give you tips and pointers to guide your through your adventure. The time-honoured way of a temple trek is by tuk-tuk. For about $20 a day, the driver will take you to all the main sites, often offering an overview of them and their legends as you drive. Tourists are not allowed to rent motorbikes in Siem Reap, so hiring a motodop and driver is your next best bet. A moto allows you to travel quickly and skirt the traffic that stacks up during evenings and holidays. Alternatively, starting at $1 a day, it is possible to cycle throughout Angkor at a leisurely pace, particularly if you have a three-day pass. There are scores of stranger ways to explore the temples. If you're with a group, why not try an electric car? Carrying up to 16 people, these carts provide a quiet, shady ride, and at just $3 per person are a great way to go. You can find tickets outside the south gate of Angkor Thom. Renting a whole taxi costs from about $25 a day and can take up to four passengers. Meanwhile, the fun and environmentally friendly electric Green e-bikes cost just $10 per day to rent. The battery lasts for around 40-50km, and they're remarkably quiet.

See the temples in all their glory from the sky. There are a series of companies offering visitors the chance to see Angkor Wat and the surrounding temples by helicopter. Flights start from around $90. Elephant riding at Bayon temple is available, but we encourage you

Green e-bike not to do this, as it is cruel and very stressful for the elephants. Recently one female elephant died from exhaustion, she was literally worked to death. Wild elephants wonâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t let humans ride on top of them. So in order to tame a wild elephant, it is tortured as a baby to completely break its spirit. If you want to get close to these gentle giants without harming them then check out the Elephant Valley Project in Mondulkiri.

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Siem Reap City Plan to spend $20 to $25 to hire a guide for taxi or tuk-tuk travel. Guides provide an overview of what you are about to see, and give you a walking tour of the temples. Always agree on prices in advance, charge your camera and bring plenty of bottled water! Professional temple tour guides can be hired for $20 to $30 a day and can speak most major languages. There will be many people approaching you at the temple gates claiming to be guides. Many aren't, so it's worth checking their credentials or pre-booking from a reputable agent. All professional guides must be licensed with the Ministry of Tourism and they should carry identification cards. To book a guide, contact the Khmer Angkor Tour Guide Association on +855 (0)12 866 914. KATGA offers a list of Ministry of Tourism and UNESCO trained guides. Travel website TripAdvisor is another good source of information and a simple search will flag up a series of highly recommended guides and their contact details, as well as tour companies offering a range of packages to suit all needs and schedules. Now it's time to decide what you're going to see, and with more than 45 temples scattered across the 400 square

km Angkor Archaeological Park, it will take up to one week to see it all. Visitors can buy one-day passes for $37, three-day for $62 or week-long for $72 (prices were a fair bit cheaper before February this year, but let's try not dwell on that). Plan your route carefully in order to try and avoid hordes of tourists getting in the way of that perfect photograph. This is where an experienced guide can be a real help. A handy tool to guide you through the treasures of this massive archeological complex and help you plan your route is the Siem Reap Tourist Map from Pocket Guide Cambodia, freely available at your guesthouse. The most popular temples of the park are Angkor Wat, the "Great City" of Angkor Thom, which contains The Bayon temple, as well as Ta Prohm, the jungle-covered temple made famous by Angelina Jolie in the 2001 Hollywood blockbuster Tomb Raider. All of these temples can be taken in over the course of a day, if you have the energy to keep going from dusk to dawn â&#x20AC;&#x201C; just be sure to keep cool and hydrated during hot and humid weather, and pack a coat or umbrella to cope with the frequent thunderstorms. The Bayon

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Welcome to Siem Reap, Kingdom of Cambodia. Now that you are here you may want to know your options if you’re planning to leave by air. Hopefully one of the airlines on these pages will take you to your preferred destination. Siem Reap International Airport has internet access, duty-free products, a bookshop, cafes, and more for travellers’ convenience. The airport is about 6km from town, and you can get a taxi to most places for around $5. Alternatively, if you’re travelling light, a moto taxi costs around $2. When arriving at the airport, registered taxis are available inside the terminal exit. Outside the airport you will find independent taxis – prices are roughly the same. When you book in advance, most hotels will offer a free pick-up service. Please check with the airline or a travel agent for up-to-date schedules and pricing.

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Destinations by air DEPARTURES

SiEM REAP iNTERNATiONAL AiRPORT JAN-APR 2018 AiRLINE DESTiNATiON DATE TiME BEIJING W|F|SUN 20:55 HONG KONG T|W|S|SUN 14:10 HONG KONG M|T|TH|F|S 15:25 HONG KONG M|W|TH|F|S 20:55 CEBU PACIFIC AIR MANILA T|TH|S|SUN 23:15 CHINA EASTERN AIR KUNMING M|W 22:30 CHINA SOUTHERN AIR GUANGZHOU DAILY 11:10 GUANGZHOU DAILY 18:20 JETSTAR ASIA SINGAPORE M|T|TH|F|SUN 16:00 LAO AIRLINES PAKSE T|TH 10:30 PAKSE DAILY 14:40 LUANG PRABANG DAILY 14:40 LUANG PRABANG M|W|F|SUN 16:25 MALAYSIAN AIRLINES KUALA LUMPUR T|W|S|SUN 13:20 SILK AIR SINGAPORE T|F|S|SUN 10:40 SINGAPORE TH|F 15:10 SINGAPORE T|W 18:25 SKY ANGKOR AIRLINES NANNING M|W|F 10:55 TIANJIN T|F|SUN 13:25 GUIYANG M|F 18:25 WUHAN M|F 19:05 BEIJING W|F|SUN 19:40 CHENGOU T|S 21:20 VIETNAM AIRLINES HANOI DAILY 17:55 HANOI DAILY 19:50 HANOI DAILY 20:30 HCMC DAILY 10:10 HCMC M|TH|F|S|SUN 13:55 HCMC DAILY 18:30 HCMC DAILY 21:35

Note: Schedules are subject to change, so please check with a travel agent. Departure tax is included in the price of the ticket.

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TRAVEL

The ways around There is much more to see in Cambodia than the temples of Angkor and the capital city of Phnom Penh; the Kingdom's offering of exciting destinations is rich and plentiful. There are the beaches at Sihanoukville, Irrawaddy dolphins in Kratie, the hill tribe areas of Mondulkiri and Ratanakiri just to name a few, and they’re all easy to get to with a little forward planning. The roads have mostly been improved and there are now more areas covered by regular bus services. The route between Siem Reap and Phnom Penh has the most options with buses leaving hourly from 6:30am-2:30pm – the Giant Ibis bus with Wi-Fi on board and lots of leg space has proven to be very popular. There are now a few companies providing a faster service by minivan that carry fewer passengers. Capitol and Sorya also have coaches to Battambang, Kratie, Kampot/Kep, Sihanoukville, Ratanakiri and all the towns in between. Taxis are a popular choice, especially if you’re in a small group, and allow you to shave a bit of time off and stop at places along the way. A one-way journey to Phnom Penh will cost you from $65 upwards, depending on the quality of the car and the driver, and the time of day that you choose to leave. Early

morning will be cheaper as the driver should be able to find some passengers to take back to Siem Reap in the afternoon. If you’re in a hurry and not worried about the cost, there are daily

Giant Ibis flights between Phnom Penh and Siem Reap, and regular flights from Siem Reap to Sihanoukville. Check www.cambodiaangkorair.com. There is also the option of renting a motorcycle, which offers the most freedom for your journey. You will need to leave your passport as collateral and you are responsible for the bike. Driving in Cambodia poses its own set of challenges and you should read up before hitting the highway – driving after dark is also not recommended.

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Bus services

Cambodia's road network has improved dramatically in the last few years and the main tourist cities and many provincial capitals are easily accessible by bus. Here's an overview of your options. All of the companies listed here use air-con buses of generally good quality. Some also offer TV, snacks, water and an onboard toilet. The route from Phnom Penh to Siem Reap is now covered by some companies using Ford Transit minivans, which offer a quicker service though lacking the onboard amenities of the larger buses.

Giant Ibis

Siem ReapPhnom Penh/ Kampot/Sihanoukville/HMC/ Bangkok Includes: free Wi-Fi, TV showing US movies, snack, drink, cold towel, air con, toilet (nightbus only)

Capitol Tour

Siem ReapPhnom Penh/ Battambang/Poipet/Mondulkiri Includes: TV, air con

Liang US

Siem ReapPhnom Penh/ Battambang/ Poipet/Kompong Cham/Kratie Includes: TV, air con

Mekong Express

Siem ReapPhnom Penh/ Battambang/ Poipet/Sihanoukville/Ho Chi Minh Includes: free Wi-Fi, TV, snack, cold towel, toilet, air con

Rith Mony

Siem ReapPhnom Penh/ Ratanakiri/Koh Kong Includes: TV, toilet, air con

Sokha Komar Tep Siem ReapPhnom Penh Includes: TV, drink, cold towel, toilet, air con

Sorya Transport

Siem ReapPhnom Penh/Battambang/ Kampot/Sihanoukville/Pakse/Kompong Cham/Krati Includes: TV, air con (VIP buses also offer snack, drink, cold towel, Wi-Fi)

PSD Xpress

Siem ReapPhnom Penh/ Sihanoukville Includes: TV, drink, snack, Wi-Fi, air con

Minivans Mey Hong Transport

Seila Angkor Express

Neak Angkor

Siem ReapPhnom Penh Incl: Wi-Fi, drink, cold towel

Siem ReapPhnom Penh Incl: drink

Siem ReapPhnom Penh Incl: drink

Tickets can usually be arranged by your hotel or guesthouse, though you can also buy them directly from the bus companies - please see our listings for contact details.

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Facts 'n' figures

Here’s some general information about Siem Reap town and province to help you get your bearings, and give you the best preparation to experience the local culture and conditions. CLIMATE

POPULATION

Approximately 230,000 (town) 1.12 million (province)

AREA

January to May is the dry season in Cambodia, though it gets hotter from month to month. In April and May, the temperature can reach 40⁰C, so be sure to wear sunscreen and drink plenty of water to keep hydrated.

400 sq km (town) 10,300 sq km (province)

CURRENCY

Riel ($1 = 4,000 riel approx.) US dollars are used for most transactions, although it’s worth carrying a few thousand riel in change for small purchases. The 500R and 1,000R notes are the most useful.

RESTAURANTS > 700 (catering mainly to foreigners)

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Siem Reap International Airport, 6km to the northwest of town. Departure taxes are now included in the ticket price.

BARS

> 90 (catering mainly to foreigners)

ORIENTATION

SAFETY FIRST

Try to avoid travelling alone at night, especially on unlit streets. Siem Reap is generally safe, but it’s worth taking precautions. Whenever possible, use motos or tuk-tuks that you know and trust – if in doubt ask at your hotel or guesthouse.

Siem Reap town can be roughly divided into the following six areas: Taphul Village Area (west), Old French Quarter (central), Wat Bo Area (East), Old Market Area (south), Wat Damnak Area (southeast), and Road to Angkor (north). Many streets have no name, so it’s worth making a note of landmarks (markets, hospitals, hotels etc) to help with finding your way around.

HOTELS & GUESTHOUSES

> 1,000 (catering mainly to foreigners)

INDUSTRY Tourism, agriculture & fishing

TRANSPORT

Motos: 3,000R+ short trip, $8-10 per full day Tuk-tuks: $1+ short trip, $20+ per full day Taxis: $25-30 per full day

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Must-see Must-seelocations locations AND AND BORDER BORDER CROSSINGS CROSSINGS PREAH PREAH VIHEAR VIHEAR

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SIEM REAP The number one tourist attraction in Cambodia, for reasons stated in this very book.

PREAH VIHEAR An ancient Hindu temple situated atop a 525-metre cliff near the Thai border.

LAOS KOH KER DOM KRALOR O’YADAO

STUNG TRENG

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KRATIE

A remote archaeological site which was an important city for the Khmer Empire.

STUNG TRENG A picture-postcard river town and important trade hub just 50km from the Laos border.

RATANAKIRI

MONDULKIRI TRAPEANG PHLONG

A province with a wealth of natural resources including a volcanic crater lake.

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A sleepy Mekong river town offering the chance to see rare Irrawaddy dolphins.

BAVET

MONDULKIRI

KAAM SAMNOR

The largest but least populated province – think jungle, hills and waterfalls.

KEP A favourite seaside resort for local and foreign tourists – try the pepper crab!

PHNOM PENH The Kingdom's capital, bursting with history, culture, and things to see and do.

OUDONG The former Khmer capital – remains of past kings are kept in mountaintop stupas.


Airlines

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Travel

Air tickets can usually be purchased or changed at a travel agent or online, but if you need to get in touch with an airline directly you’ll find their contact details here. Please see our “DESTINATIONS BY AIR” pages for current flight schedules.

Boat Operators DiRECTORY

Travel in Cambodia has become much easier in recent years as the quality of the roads has improved. There are bus services to most main towns, as well as taxis and boats on the Tonle Sap lake.

Seven companies operate boats to Phnom Penh, sharing the schedule between them. You can buy tickets from most travel agents in town. Alternatively:

Bus Companies There are numerous bus services to Phnom Penh and other destinations. The bus station is about 4km east of town. Some companies provide pick-up services. Alternatively, a tuk-tuk should cost about $1 a person – see page 133-134 for details.

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EXPLORiNG ANGKOR

Bakheng mountain

QUICK FACTS: Date of construction: 889-910 A.D. | Creator: Yasovarman I Function: Principal temple of the Angkor region Style: Khmer | Famous for: Sunset views of Angkor Wat Best time to visit: Sunset Phnom Bakheng (Bakheng Mountain) is a Hindu and Buddhist temple in the form of a temple mountain. Dedicated to Shiva, it was built at the end of the 9th century, during the reign of King Yasovarman (889-910). Located atop a hill, it is nowadays a popular tourist spot for sunset views of the much bigger temple Angkor Wat, which lies amid the jungle about 1.5 km to the southeast. The large number of visitors makes Phnom Bakheng one of the most threatened monuments of Angkor. Since 2004, World Monuments Fund has been working to conserve the temple in partnership with APSARA. A symbolic representation of Mount Meru, home of the Hindu gods, a status emphasized by the templeâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s location 65 metres above the surrounding plain. The temple is built in a pyramid form of seven levels, representing the seven heavens of Hindu mythology. PHOTOGRAPHY TIPS: - To add variety to your photos, try changing your perspective: move up, down and around your subject, taking photos as you go. - Play around with the depth of field function. For example, to make your subject stand out against a blurred background, zoom in and use a wide aperture like f4.

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TECHNOLOGY

All about the app Whether you use them to find out more about the Angkor temples or get help locating the trendiest spot in town, everyone can benefit from mobile mastery. Google Maps and Street View: With the updates to the Google StreetView having taken place in 2014, Siem Reap and the Angkor Wat complex have been digitised to help you explore the vast historical site. The Street Maps are still an invaluable tool for helping you find your way around the immense and iconic temple, or for aiding you in your quest to find that elusive restaurant in town! Angkor Wat Cambodia Tour Guide: This excellent app from Guiddoo will help educate you about the temple complex with its fantastic audio-visual travel guide explaining the history and the most popular temples around. It provides you with enough information to go exploring the vast site solo, if that's how you roll. Cambodia Language Guide: Created by World Nomads, this app can help you in a sticky language situation, which is bound to happen if you don't have any Khmer in your vocab. With a directory of phrases, you can attempt the local language, and the audio is on hand to assist your pronunciation when attempting to negotiate tuk tuk-fees and finding places of interest. iTsumo / Uber / Grab: Ride-hailing apps are the future of cross-city

transport and Cambodia has its share of them. iTsumo proclaims the â&#x20AC;&#x153;most reliable and cheapest taxi fares", Uber offers it well-known services as found across the world, while Grab is Southeast Asiaâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s biggest ride-hailing platform. Currently available in

iTsumo Phnom Penh and emerging in Siem Reap, with more destinations to come. BookMeBus: This app is a sturdy addition to a robust domestic travel industry that is seeing an improvement in choice and professionalism. BookMeBus enables you to select routes, dates and times and buy tickets. And of course check out the Pocket Guide website for all the info you need to get from A to B, www.pocketguide.asia

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Phnom Penh Travelling to...

Here are the available transport options if you’re planning a trip to the Kingdom's capital.

BUS National Route 6 is now smooth tarmac all the way to Phnom Penh, making for a generally comfortable journey. Several bus companies ply this route, with prices ranging from $5 to $15. The journey takes around six hours, usually stopping for a break in Kampong Thom. Check with individual companies for times, though there are generally buses leaving from 6:30am-2pm, as well as at night. See page 133-134 for more details.

BOAT Once a popular transport choice, there are now better options, given the improvements to the roads. At about $35, it’s relatively expensive and the view can quickly get monotonous. If you do choose the boat, wear plenty of sunscreen if you sit on the roof, and take earplugs to drown out the noise of the engine. Boats leave from the Siem Reap ferry port around 7am, and journey time jetty-to-jetty is around six hours. TAXi Fuel prices have fallen over the past year, so a taxi is a good choice, especially if you are in a small group. You should be able to get a car to yourself for between $60 and $80 depending on what time of day you want to leave (mornings are generally cheaper as the driver has the chance to find a return fare back to Siem Reap). You also have the option to stop en route as you choose. Ask your hotel or guesthouse to arrange this service for you.

PLANE The quickest and most expensive option, the flight to Phnom Penh takes around 45 minutes. An increasing number of airlines are flying the route, with prices around $100 one way, although cheaper options are often available online if you book in advance. And remember you’ll need a taxi or tuk-tuk into Phnom Penh city from the airport.

TRAiN Contrary to some rumours, there is no passenger railway service from Siem Reap to Phnom Penh. So if anyone tries to sell you a train ticket, don’t buy it. Train service in the country resumed in April of last year to connect Phnom Penh with the coast. Unfortunately, Siem Reap is still not reachable by this mode of transportation. www.facebook.com/pocketguidecambodia 141


COASTAL DESTiNATiONS

As beach day comes SiHANOUKViLLE

To escape the Siem Reapâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s sizzling heat, head down to the cooling waters of Sihanoukville, the laidback epicentre of Cambodia's coast. While Serendipity Beachâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s popularity remians among backpackers, the beautiful Otres Beach, south of town, is the ideal spot for a relaxed, family vacation. And the southern islands are the place to be if you are looking for the tropical paradise vibe.

GETTiNG THERE

Although less than 350 kilometres apart if you fly, on the road the journey between Siem Reap and Sihanoukville can be as long as 530 kilometres. Cambodia Angkor Air offers flights throughout the week, with one-way tickets going for up to $150. Flight time is just under an hour. By road, the journey by bus usually takes around 14 hours. Giant Ibis (the safest) and Mekong Express are some of the companies that offer this route. Tickets go from $20 to $24. Taxis are also available, costing up to $150. The trip by taxi will take about 10 hours.

WHERE TO STAY

Sihanoukville has a huge variety of accommodation, ranging from a basic fan room at $5 to a luxurious suite for $250 a night, with several boutique hotels in the $30-60 range. Most are located either downtown, near the

bustling Ochheuteal Beach, or at Victory Hill. Otres Beach, is a popular option for travellers seeking peace and quiet.

ACTiVITiES

Sihanoukville is, without a doubt, the watersports capital of Cambodia, with a long list of activities offered to the visitor. Many visit this beach town in search of their scuba diving certification (off the coast), or to relax with a snorkeling, kayaking or Ocean pier at Sihanoukville

standup paddleboarding session, while others go for jet skiing or flyboard frolics. Day trips include Ream National Park and Tek Chou Waterfall. If you are craving some adrenaline, keep in mind that most of these trips can be done by dirt bike or quad.

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Seafood

FOOD & DRiNK

There are numerous expat-owned restaurants that have brought many international culinary delights to the city, including French, Russian, Japanese, Korean, and, of course, Chinese. Restaurants specialising in local food are also widely available. Sihanoukville is a fishing town where fresh seafood is brought to the market daily in astonishing variety, keeping the numerous restaurants in town well stocked with the freshest produce.

NiGHTLiFE

When the sun sets over the glistening ocean, Sihanoukville does not go to sleep. People party in the many bars along the beach, but there are plenty of off-beach places as well, including a string of bars along Serendipity Beach Road. Downtown and Ochheuteal Beach are quite popular nocturnal spots, though Otres Beach is becoming increasingly fashionable. During high season, the Otres Market features stalls, live music and DJs until the early hours.

cash machines or 24-hour electricity, plus the phone signal and internet connection is unreliable at best. The most popular is Koh Rong. Although the island is almost entirely forested, visitors are well rewarded by the crystalline waters and white sandy beaches. Koh Rong is substantially busier and boasts a markedly more vivid party life than Koh Rong Samloem, the island's smaller neighbour. Koh Rong Samloem is the slightly more upmarket option, with new high end places springing up. Off the coast of Ream National Park sits Koh Thmei, an almost uninhabited island flanked by mangrove forests, where visitors can spend starry nights in environmentally friendly, solar-powered bungalows. Closer to Sihanoukville is Koh Ta Kiev, a small island just an hour offshore with rustic accommodation and camping options. Snorkelers should head to Koh Kaong Kang/Thass or the uninhabited Koh Koun. Although none of the islands listed are more than three hours from the mainland, island-hopping off Cambodiaâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s coast can require patience â&#x20AC;&#x201C; getting from one to the other may require going back to shore or hiring a private boat for the journey. A round trip ferry ride between Ochheuteal Beach and Koh Rong/Koh Rong Samloem will set you back $20. Kohrong Island

THE iSLANDS

The picturesque islands scattered across the turquoise waters of the Gulf of Thailand are some of Cambodia's most pristine spots. Few have paved roads,

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KAMPOT & KEP

Sunny, peaceful and a few degrees cooler than inland, Kampot and Kep are favoured holiday getaways for Cambodia’s city-dwellers. Kampot, a quiet but happening riverine town, and Kep, a sleepy coastal city, are must-see destinations for any traveller searching for a taste of Cambodia’s South.

GETTiNG THERE

Travelling from Siem Reap, you will need to head first to Phnom Penh in order to make it to Kampot. Once in the capital, National Route 3 takes travellers to Kampot, with buses taking about four hours and costing around $5. A private taxi for this same journey will set you back $45, but it will take no more than three hours. If you are starting off from Sihanoukville, the 100-kilometre journey to Kampot will take around an hour and a half, with the road in a (hopefully) good condition. Expect to pay in the region of $35 for a private taxi. Shared taxis cost $5 per person, and usually carry six or seven passengers. While there are no proper buses currently, there are several minivan companies that

go between destinations – Kampot Tours and Champa Mekong Tours are the most popular with expats. The trip will cost $5 and take two hours. The quiet seaside resort of Kep is about 30 minutes southeast of Kampot. The trip is only 25km but can take up to an hour depending on which type of transport you choose; your options include tuk tuk (around $12 one way), moto ($6), taxi ($20), boat ($9.50) and bus ($3). More adventurous readers might hire a motorbike and ride the journey instead – this is quite a popular choice especially in the dry months.

FOOD & DRiNK

Fresh seafood is widely available, with crab, prawns, squid and many types of ocean fish caught fresh daily. No visit to Kep is complete without a taste of its crab. Culinary adventurers head straight to the Kep crab market, where they can choose the choicest live catches from vendor’s baskets, haggling down the price before paying a few thousand riel to have them steamed at a nearby stall.

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Health tips There can be few things as frustrating as waiting months to go on your holiday and then have it ruined by getting sick once you are there. Cambodia has its fair share of things to make you ill, and many dangers come and go with the seasons. During the dry season (November-May), it can unsurprisingly get very hot and dusty, especially around the outskirts of town and out in the temples. With the heat and the dust comes an increase in health hazards. Anything from eye infections to respiratory problems to heat stroke or worse can hit you. Take care of yourself this season by following a few simple tips:

HAVE LONG SLEEVED CLOTHiNG Great for protection from the sun when there's no shade, but also useful in the cooler evenings.

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ALWAYS CARRY CLEAN WATER WiTH YOU If you are exercising or sweating a lot, consider drinking an electrolyte solution once a day. (Don't go overboard though, too much ORS becomes a laxative!)

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BE WARY OF HEAT EXHAUSTiON If you're feeling dizzy, have a headache, or get stomach cramps after being in the sun, get yourself to a cool place. Drink extra fluids.

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The following organisations provide services in Siem Reap. Please be aware that the Cambodian medical system does not provide an international standard of care, and in some cases evacuation to Bangkok or Singapore may be required. If in doubt, contact your insurance company for assistance. Please note: inclusion in this section does not mean a recommendation or endorsement by POCKET GUiDE (Cambodia)

Royal Angkor Hospital Address: National Rd 6 (Airport Road) Tel: 063 761 888 / 012 235 888 / 063 399 111 Website: www.@royalangkorhospital.com Western Doctor: No (Khmer, Thai, Japanese) Consultation Fee: Foreign $145 / Khmer $20 Services/Facilities : 24-hour hotel call service, 24-hour Accident and Emergency service with ambulance and evacuation system, diagnostic Imaging with 3D-CAT scanner, X Ray, ultrasonography, surgery, service laboratory, intensive care unit, surgical services and specialty clinics Ambulance: 24 hours emergency and non-emergency ambulance services throughout the region Beds: 16 (+ 3 ICU)

U-Care Pharmacy Address: Pi Thnou St (near the Old market) Telephone: 063 965 396 (ext. 104) Website: www.u-carepharmacy.com Pharmacist: Dy Noch (7 years experience – all pharmacists have studied for 5 years)

Consultation Rates: N/A Services / Facilities: Since 2004, the first Cambodian chain of health and beauty stores. The largest selection and the most renowned brands that you are likely to find in Cambodia. The origins of all products are certified. Pharmacists are all selected based on their professionalism and knowledge.

Pachem Dental Clinic Address: 242, Mondul 3 Telephone: 013 83 83 03 / 063 96 53 33 Website: www.pachemdental.com Western Dentist: No Consultation Rates: All $5 Services/Facilities: Dental cosmetics, restorative dentistry, white fillings, full or partial dentures, bridges, dental crowns, implant dentistry, dental sealants, orthodontics, pedodentistry.

Angkor Hospital For Children Address: Tep Vong St.(cnr. Oum Chhay St) Telephone: 063 963 409 Website: www.angkorhospital.org Western Docs: Various volunteers on rotation. Consultation Rates: Free though foreigners might wish to make a donation

Services/Facilities: Outpatient and inpatient departments, low acuity unit, emergency room, intensive care unit, surgery, dental clinic, eye clinic, physiotherapy, radiology, pharmacy, laboratory, play therapy Ambulance: No Beds: 50 (+4 in ER)

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SPAS & MASSAGE

Take five to revive Taking time out is a must during any holiday, and there are plenty of places to leave you feeling well and truly pampered in Temple Town. If exploring all the wonders of Angkor has left you feeling in desperate need of some rest and relaxation, then try one of Siem Reap's plethora of spas for a dose of unwind time. For centuries, massage has been used as a form of relaxation with archaeological evidence stretching back to many ancient civilisations, including in China, India, Japan, Egypt, Rome and Greece. You'll find a host of treatment and massage options, from Swedish, Thai, Balinese, Japanese and Chinese to Hawaiian and traditional Khmer. Ranging from cheap massages to spas where you can splurge, you're sure to find somewhere to make you feel on top of the world and ready to hit the temple trail all over again. To soothe the soul, head over to the sumptuous Bodia Spa at Heritage Suites Hotel to watch the sunset from

Bodia Spa

Sokkhak Spa

the newly-created tropical garden roof terrace while enjoying a foot massage. There's also a branch in town located above U-Care, and one at Templation Angkor Resort. Indulge in one of the spa's many treatments, which include the Bodia Classic Oil Massage (60 minutes for $32) and the couple's package, 'In The Mood For Love' ($125 per person). Beautifully designed natural dĂŠcor complements the 100% natural treatments, which are made in-house. The tranquil spa boasts 16 single rooms and five doubles. Frangipani on Hap Guan Street has dedicated itself to the art of healing by taking inspiration from its surroundings and incorporating some of the ancient secrets of Asian beauty. Offering a tranquil environment with running water and tropical plants inside, the spa offers a

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Kaya Spa

variety of massage treatments, body wraps, scrubs, facials and waxing. Firm favourites on the menu include the Tropical Massage (60 minutes for $25) and the Tropical Facial (60 minutes for $42). All treatments, except waxing and those under 30 minutes, include a complimentary foot bath. Islands Massage in the Old Market is a cheap and cheerful favourite with tourists and expats alike. Combining traditional massage techniques with alternative remedies, the air-conditioned salon offers a range of relaxing therapies priced from $4 up, including body, foot and four-hands massage. Islands Massage is open daily from 10am to late. In Khmer, sokkhak means tranquility, and the Siem Reap spa of the same name offers just that. Combining nature-inspired decor with a soft and warm atmosphere, Sokkhak Spa on Soksan Street has hand-picked products containing botanical and marine homemade ingredients. Massages on offer include the Khmer herbal compress (60 minutes for $28) to purify, relax and relieve aches and pains, and the four-hands massage (60 minutes for $44), a unique treatment from two therapists.

Kaya Spa is located inside a beautifully renovated colonial house on Pi Thnou St in front of the Old Market. Enjoy quality traditional massages and special treatments such as aromatherapy, candle, stone or khmer massages, facial treatments, body scrubs, manucures, pedicures and more. If you like the products they use, you can also visit their boutique and discover a full range of 100% natural wellness products for the skin, body, hair and home. Drift away with Samadhi Yoga by Navutu Dreams Resort on Navutu Road, which holds a variety of daily yoga classes to help put you in a serene state of meditative consciousness, surrounded by lush rice fields and sugar palm plantations. They also have an elite staff of masseuses and wellness experts on hand, with the focus on whole body health and healing â&#x20AC;&#x201C; their signature treatments are aimed at making you your best self again. For those on a tight budget, Pub Street's Temple Massage offers 60 minute foot massage for only $1.50! You'll also find body oil massage amongst other options here, in ambient surroundings with superfast Wi-Fi, so you can surf while you soothe.

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Health & fitness

Spa & Beauty Bodia Spa

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A haven of time, space and comfort where the professional therapists’ aim is to rebalance your body-mind-emotion harmony. Old Market area (above U-Care).

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(also at Heritage Suites Hotel and Templation Angkor Resort) 063 761 593 (Ad pg 21) www.bodia-spa.com

Kaya Spa

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The ultimate body-and-mind relaxation. High quality massages and special treatments by professional therapists.

DiRECTORY Keeping fit and healthy in Siem Reap has never been easier - there are plenty of gyms and health clubs and an ever-increasing number of spas and beauty salons. There are also various informal sporting events (touch rugby, football, softball, etc.). Have a look at Facebook for more details and check out the listings on the back page of the Friday edition of The Cambodia Daily.

Pi Thnou St. (Ad pg 15) www.kaya-angkor.com

Sokkhak Spa

L4 063 966 736

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Stimulate your senses to boost your body and motivate your mind using essential oils from plants, flowers, seeds and leaves. Five essential oils; especifically formulated to combat individual complaints. Soksan St, next to Haven rest.



L3 092 671 937, 063 763 797

Pharmacies

Legend

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U-Care Pharmacy

  8am-midn't (Lucky Mall till 9pm)| | Medicines and beauty products up to the highest international standards. Old Market area. (Ad pg 19) (Also at Lucky Mall)

www.u-carepharmacy.com

K4 063 965 396 063 966 683

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Poolside bliss

Visiting the temples can be hot work, so if you’re finding it hard to keep your cool, why not spend the afternoon dipping in a swimming pool? Several of Siem Reap’s upscale hotels have swimming pools, and many welcome outside guests to use their facilities for a small charge… Here’s a quick selection of venues where you can relax, cool off in the pool, enjoy a drink or a snack, and just get away from the hustle and bustle of the town.

ANGKOR VILLAGE6am-10pm

SOFITEL

Kafu Resort & Spa8am-9pm

SOKHALAY ANGKOR

- Chlorine water pool - Includes: towels - $10 (free for children) / Order food and drinks to the value of $10 and swim free

- Salt and chlorine water pool (mix) - Includes: towels - $5 (free for children under 12 yrs)

MAD MONKEY7am-7pm - Chlorine water pool - Includes: waterproof loungers and bean bags - Swim for free if ordering food and drinks / $5 deposit for towel use, refunded when guests leave

PRINCE D’ANGKOR

7am-9pm - Salt and chlorine water pool (mix) - I ncludes: gym, sauna, towels - $10 ($6 for children under 11 yrs)

SIEM REAP RIVERSIDE

7am-9pm - Chlorine water pool - Includes: towels - $3 ($1.5 for children under 11 yrs)

6.30am-8.30pm - Salt and chlorine water pool (mix) - Includes: steam, sauna, gym, towel - $25 (free for children under 12 yrs)

7am-10pm - Chlorine water pool - Includes: gym, towels - $6 ($3 for children under 11 yrs)

VICTORIA ANGKOR 7am-7pm - Salt and chlorine water pool (mix) - Includes: food and drinks up to $30 value - $25 (1/2 price for children 12-6 yrs, free for children under 6 yrs) / $12 for pool access only without food and drinks voucher.

Prices quoted were correct at time of print but please contact the venue for full details. Keep in mind that these hotels have limited space and will give priority to their own guests, so it’s a good idea to call in advance to check availability.

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EXPLORiNG ANGKOR

Banteay Srei

QUICK FACTS: Date of construction: 967 A.D. | Creator: Courtiers named Vishnukumara and Yajnavaraha | Function: Constructed to honour Hindu god Shiva | Style: Khmer | Famous for: Its pinkish colour and elaborate carvings | Best time to visit: Early morning or late afternoon Banteay Srei may very well be one of the most beautiful and unique temples in the whole Angkorian complex. However, due to its relatively remote location, about 32km northeast of Siem Reap and 21km northeast of Bayon, the temple doesn’t see nearly as much tourist traffic as it rightfully deserves. This is good news for you. There is a reason why many describe this temple as the jewel in the crown of Angkorian art. The temple’s name—Banteay Srei, which translates to “citadel of women”, or “citadel of beauty”—should already give you a clue. It is said that it must have been built by a woman, as its famously elaborate carvings, which cover nearly every inch of the temple, are supposedly too fine for the hand of a man. Enchanting as well are the diminutive proportions of its buildings, which stand in stark contrast to the gargantuan sizes of sculptures and buildings found at Angkor Wat or Bayon. PHOTOGRAPHY TIPS: - To add variety to your photos, try changing your perspective: move up, down and around your subject, taking photos as you go. - Play around with the Depth of Field function; for example, to make your subject stand out against a blurred background, zoom in and use a wide aperture like f4.

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ACCOMMODATiON

Sleep and cheerful No matter what your budget is, Siem Reap is full of places waiting to welcome you through their doors, from guesthouses and Khmer-style inns to luxury five-star hotels and resorts. Wherever you travel, the place you choose to stay in can often be the difference between making your trip a beautiful memory or a time to forget. Siem Reap has so many options that, whether you are taking a gap year out backpacking around the globe or visiting some of the worldâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s greatest sites with poolside champagne to end the day, you won't have trouble finding somewhere suitable. For a fraction of the price of a hotel in your home country, you can wake up to proper Italian coffee, French bread and some exceptional Khmer hospitality. In the past few years there has been a boom in the building of budget guesthouses, five-star hotels and everything in between. Siem Reap Sokhalay Angkor Hotel Resort & Spa

Jasmine Lodge has plenty of affordable and stylish options from which visitors can choose. Here's a sample. Sokhalay Angkor Hotel Resort & Spa offers the ultimate in relaxation and reinvigoration, with lavish amenities and spectacular views, all within easy reach of the temples. Nestled amongst five hectares of beautifully landscaped tropical garden, amid lily ponds with freshwater fish, you'll find 40 traditional Khmer-style wooden villas and the largest pool in town. Jasmine Lodge guesthouse on Highway 6 (also known as Airport Road) offers everything from dorm rooms to air con, TV and hot water rooms at a bargain price. Alternatively, Wat Bo Road on the east side of the river has for many years been the main area for the budget-minded, with more than

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Soria Moria a dozen low-priced guesthouses from which to choose. As everyone vies for business, the amenities have become better and better. Be aware that this is the most popular time to visit Siem Reap, so book ahead to secure your first accommodation choice. You can check out the latest rates on agoda.com, which now lists over 400 hotels and guesthouses in and around Siem Reap catering to all budgets. The area half a kilometre west of Sivatha Street, one of the town’s main thoroughfares, is becoming another popular, low-price district with the bonus that the shops cater to locals, so it’s a nice place to go if you want to experience a slice of everyday life in Siem Reap. The segment that has seen the most growth in Temple Town is boutique hotels. In the range of $25 to $75 per night, you will be able to find lovely rooms with sumptuous surroundings befitting a treasured holiday. Wat Bo boasts a number of these Shangri-las, including Two Dragons guesthouse and Soria Moria, which offer a new dynamic. Tropical gardens, first-class cooking and an eye for detail are what make these places special.

The Rose Apple is a quaint affair, owned by a husband-wife team and tucked down a quiet lane. Boasting a saltwater swimming pool, the staff are friendly and the rooms are modern, cosy and clean. The chances are that if you're reading this and deciding where to stay, you haven’t pre-booked yourself into one of the city’s five-star luxury hotels. One of the great joys in life is staying five-star, and being completed catered when you’re on holiday. If it’s only for one night, it’s a real bargain to stay at one of Siem Reap’s best hotels and see how the other half – okay, how the top few percent – live it up on the road. There are several international standard luxury hotels where rooms can be had for less than $120 a night if you’re willing to bargain a little, for which you will get access to a stunning swimming pool, a gourmet restaurant (or two) and a palatial room. Spas, golfing, the finest of dining – these have the makings of a quality vacation. A few words of caution, though. If you’re cruising the web for a bargain, check carefully. That double aircon room for $10 is probably priced per person, not per night, so be sure to double check before going through with a booking.

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Family run guesthouse set in a large and new house surrounded by plants and trees, providing a cooling shade. Very tranquil. Breakfast included. Free pick-up service. G3 Off Airport Rd.  012 898 627  www.bousavyguesthouse.com

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DiRECTORY Siem Reap has an enormous range of accommodation options, from a simple $5 guesthouse to a $2000 suite, and virtually everything in between. We can't list every place but here is a selection that covers most price ranges so you should hopefully find something to suit your requirements.

Legend Air Conditioning Cards Accepted Television Hot Water Swimming Pool Internet Access Room Rates = budget = midrange = high-end

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Luxurious accommodation with all amenities in the riverfront grounds of a former ambassador’s house. There’s also a very popular restaurant and bar in which to unwind after a long day at the temples.

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Mad Monkey Hostel

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Budget "flashpacker" guesthouse with dorm, single, double, triple rooms. Sivatha Blvd.  

J3 063 688 0008

Rose Apple (The)

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Centrally located, new colonial style amidst tropic surrounding, discover a cosy B&B. 6/10m saltwater pool, restaurant AC or fan and service from the heart. Your home away from home! Wat Svay Village. www.theroseapple.com 017 582 231, 092 752 801 

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Within walking distance to all shopping, entertainment, finalncial and business center. 7km/15minutes drive to Angkor Wat Temple and international airport. 481, Sivutha Blvd.  www.siemreapriverside.net

N/A 063 760177

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Sophisticated, elegantly-designed rooms with all amenities and scenic views. Road to Angkor.  

E6 063 964 600

Soria Moria Boutique Hotel |   | | |  Scandinavian run boutique hotel with a special touch. Deluxe rooms, international restaurant, rooftop bar with sundeck and sky jacuzzi. Very friendly and knowledgeable staff. Tep Vong St.  www.thesoriamoria.com

K6 061 311 187

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Quit it! Smoking not allowed The Kingdom has traditionally been regarded as a smokers paradise, thanks to its lax smoking regulations and enforcement, and cheap charlie ciggies – smoke ‘em if you got ‘em folks. But take a deep breath, if you can, because the powers that be here have purportedly started to stub out the practice of public smoking. Yes, earlier last year the Cambodian government announced it will attempt to enforce an actual law (we were hoping it would be a driving law, but hey, one step at a time). As of September 2016, establishments were to face a staggering $12.50 fine should they fail to display no-smoking signs in both Khmer and English, or if they were found to be providing customers with ashtrays. Smokers themselves were also to be at risk – more than if they chain-smoked a pack of notorious Ara Red – with $5 fines being dished out to those caught sparking up in public. Chewing tobacco will also be banned, but let’s be honest, that’s foul anyway and should be kept for prisons, cattle ranches, baseball games, and apparently Scandinavia. We, like many, fully expect every minister and military chief from here to Poipet to have stopped smoking in karaoke parlours, seedy nightclubs, and such, so we officially recommend you do the same. Unofficially, we’re wondering when the authorities will finish their cigarette break and actually begin to fine people.

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EXPLORiNG ANGKOR

Beng Mealea

QUICK FACTS: Date of construction: Early 12th century | Creator: King Suryavarman II | Locale: 40km east of Angkor Wat | Style: Angkor Wat style | Function: Town Centre | Famous for: One of Angkor's largest temples | Best time to visit: Morning Beng Mealea temple is from the Angkor Wat period, and can be found 40 kilometres east of the main temples of Angkor, along the ancient royal highway to Preah Khan Kompong Svay. It was originally built as a Hindu temple, but some buddhist carvings and decors can be found inside. Primarily made of sandstone and largely unrestored, it has a thriving jungle growing amongst its courtyards and towers. The recently built road to the Koh Ker complex makes travelling to the temple much easier than before, although it is still roughly 75km from the center of Siem Reap. Beng Mealea has been dated by its architectural style, identical to Angkor Wat, but its real history is unknown. It faces East, with a basic layout of three enclosing galleries around a central sanctuary. You will also find extensive carvings of scenes from Hindu mythology, such as the 'Churning of the Sea of Milk'. TECH TIPS: - Google Maps and Street View: Siem Riep and the Angkor Wat complex has been digitised to help you explore the vast historical site. - Angkor Wat Cambodia Tour Guide: This android and iPhone app from Guiddoo helps you explore the complex with its fantastic audio-visual travel guide.

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The Back Page Emergency Numbers  063 963 409 Jin Hua Int’ Hospital  063 963 299 Ly Srey Vyna Clinic  063 965 088 Royal Angkor Int’ Hospital  063 761 888  063 761 739 Tourist Police:  012 402 424 Angkor Children’s Hospital

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SiEM REAP POCKET GUiDE JANUARY 2018  

A handy pocket-sized guide on where to go, what to do, where to eat, drink & relax in Siem Reap, Cambodia.

SiEM REAP POCKET GUiDE JANUARY 2018  

A handy pocket-sized guide on where to go, what to do, where to eat, drink & relax in Siem Reap, Cambodia.