Siem Reap & Phnom Penh, Cambodia

Route: Siem Reap is in the north of the country. You can start off here to spend three to four days, and make your way down to Phnom Penh for a few more days.

Transportation: If traveling internationally, the best ways to arrive to Cambodia are either through Bangkok or Singapore. A regional low fare airline Jetstar Asia has flights to Siem Reap from Singapore. The same flight then continues down to Phnom Penh and returns back to Singapore.

For this trip we flew into Siem Reap and took a four hours bus down to Phnom Penh and get back on Jetstar Asia to get back to Singapore. The buses are comfortable and convenient.


  • Siem Reap: Golden Temple Villa is a lovely hotel with a small and charming garden. At time of this trip, their prices included breakfasts. However, if you are light sleeper, ask to stay not on the ground floor. They will also arrange for tuk tuk rides to Angkor Wat sites. Although they have very good sightseeing options, you can also customize them.
  • Phnom Penh: Velkommen Guesthouse is a British run establishment, in a prime spot, very close to the promonade and main eating and going out options. They have a beautiful superier room with its own balcony. It's very good value for your money.

Food: There is such good food in Cambodia, from local curries to more experimental options in the capital.

  • Siem Reap:
    • Sugar Palm has excellent seven courses taster menu. Make sure to try their soups.
  • Phnom Penh:
    • Friends is a local nonprofit running a few restaurants in the capital, serving exceptionally tastey dishes. They are modern spins on local food with great combinations of curries and fruits. They also train chefs and other restaurant staff as part of their work. Hihgly recommended!

Extra: Cambodia is known for its affordable massages. Make sure to take advantage of it. Here's one we tried in Siem Reap, called devatara spa. It has really nice facilities on the main drag in Siem Reap.

For more: See Lonely Planet's Cambodia section, official toursim site and souteast Asia's travel forum, For many nationals, you can get visas at international airports upon arrival. If you'd like to beat the queus, consider applying for an e-visa.

Siem Reap holds the jewels of the ancient Kemer civilization, while the capital Phnom Penh provides the urban pulse for the whole country. Music by Flying Lotus; Elephant Ride'07

This video is about: Siem Reap; Cambodia; Phnom Penh; Angkor Wat; Angkor Tom; Banyon; Library; Kemer

From: December 2011