- Explore the City of Temples
- Discover the Secret of the Smiles
- Follow in the Footsteps of the Movie
- Enjoy the Stunning Sunset
- Cycling Through the Jungle
- Close Encounter with Wildlife
- Indulge in the Charming Countryside Scenery on a Quad Bike
- Fly Over the Tops of the Trees
- Enjoy the Traditional Charm of Dance and Music
- Join a Cooking Class and Be Your Own Chef
Siem Reap now reopens to travelers. From March 17, 2022, you don't need to do the nucleic acid test or post-arrival test to enter Cambodia as long as you're fully vaccinated.
There is no doubt that the first thing that comes into your mind when you think about Siem Reap is the UNESCO World Heritage Site — Angkor Wat. But in Siem Reap, you can do more than just visit Angkor Wat.
We can arrange trips for the top things to do in Siem Reap, from visiting the UNESCO World Heritage Site to doing fun activities and seeing the charming countryside scenery.
1. Explore the City of Temples
Angkor Wat — Recommended Visit: Half a Day
The name, Angkor Wat, means the ‘city of temples’. It is a temple complex and the largest religious monument in the world. Riding a bike from the center of Siem Reap, you will reach this site within 15 to 20 minutes.
Walking on the stone roads covered with moss, wandering in the mysterious corridors, capturing different aspects of scenery from different shaped stone windows, you will feel like you are falling into a time tunnel.
2. Discover the Secret of the Smiles
Bayon — Recommended Visit: Half a Day
Located in the center of Angkor Thom, the capital city established by King Jayavarman VII, the Bayon is well-known for its mysterious smiles and fine relief carvings. There are about 200 smiling faces inside the temple and they face different directions.
If you are interested in the reliefs there, you will be shocked by the carving skills. About 11,000 characters were sculptured from stone with different appearances and actions. The culture, religions, and lifestyle of that time were permanently recorded on the stones.
3. Follow in the Footsteps of the Movie
Ta Prohm — Recommended Visit: Half a Day
If you are a movie fan, you must have watched the movie Lara Croft: Tomb Raider, and will have a strong impression of the temple, which is wrapped by the trunks of thousand-year-old trees.
You may have believed it was the special effects in the movie but now your impression of Ta Prohm from the movie will change as you go there to experience the magical power of nature directly.
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In addition, I want to specifically mention the guides provided in certain locations. Rum, in Siem Reap, made the most memorable experience possible. His positivity was contagious - even when it felt like 1000 degrees and we were tired. He brought it all to life, and created a couple days of Ankor Wat, etc. that we will never forget! He heard my daughter's request for specific Cambodian food, and changed our itinerary to go to a village and eat at a locally known shop. He brought the dessert she asked about to us in the car! Overall, he and his driver "Lucky" were a reason to go to Siem Reap. In addition, the other guides (minus one which was switched out immediately) were stupendous. Mon in Bangkok was friendly and provided a great day there; Eak in Chiang Mai gave us a world-class food-tour and day touring the city and its surrounding temples with lots of laughs; Tommy in Hanoi kept us from getting killed in the traffic and gave a stupendous food and architecture/history tour - so very friendly and funny; the fishing village tour in Hoi An, as well as the side-car tour in Saigon, were both unforgettable! Thank you Sharon, and Asia Highlights. Would definitely use again for future trips!More
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We have been touring Cambodia, guided by Borin ( and driver 007) for the last 2 days. What a fabulous experience! Borin has been a wonderful guide, the best so far in Southeast Asia, explaining the history and culture of Cambodia through his tours of the temples in and around Angkor, as well as the Landmine museum. He has answered all our questions, made sure we were comfortable, and that we have had great food. 007 made sure we always had enough water and cool towels for our face/neck.We highly recommend Borin as a tour guide for Cambodia!!More
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Tour of Vietnam, Cambodia, Laos and Thailand
The tour guides and drivers were another high point. All were very good, friendly, knowledgeable and spoke English well. There were two that I want to call out for their excellence. Chan Sovannarith in Siem Reap was our guide in Cambodia. He really made the experience special. His knowledge, willingness to answer all my questions, helpfulness and general attitude made him fun to be around. In order to praise the second exceptional guide I have to explain about an unfortunate occurrence that I had. I'm normally a very active senior, but after leaving Cambodia for Laos I was suddenly struck by the most intense back pain I've ever experienced, couldn't even roll over in bed (turned out to be sciatica). The guide, Mr. Sonophet, really went the extra mile. He went with my traveling companion and bought a back brace and medications for me. When that didn't help much he took me to a clinic where I was seen by a doctor, given a shot and pain meds. He hand-made a walking stick for me that I'm still using! He made it possible for me to somewhat participate in the activities, i.e. a bed on the boat down the river. When it was time to move on to Bangkok he got me a wheelchair at the airport. I can't thank him enough for these kindnesses! This problem lasted for the remainder of the trip, through Bangkok and Phuket and these guides were also very helpful getting wheelchairs, etc. It was a terrible disappointment to have this wonderful trip disrupted, but it would have been SO much worse without the great help that I received from the guides and my poor travel companion!More
Deb M, Mar 2023
In good hands with Sam
Sam Ol took very good care of us - lots of information, listened to and answered all our questions, was passionate about the places we visited and about his people and country. He was kind, had a great sense of humor, and made sure we felt safe and comfortable at all times. He helped us to fall in love with Cambodia in 3 short days.More
Carol Jones, Feb 2023
Best tour guide in Cambodia
When we first arrived at the airport in Siem Riep it was so nice to be greeted by Mr Sam Ol. We instantly fell at home when we saw his friendly smile. We were impressed by his great English and knowledge of the temples. On the tour to the temples Sam took care of us every step of the way. He took awesome pictures of us. It felt like we were on a tour given by our brother who is also a professional photographer. Also, we appreciate his humor as well as the fact he had an answer for every question we had. I give Sam 5 stars, best tour guide ever :)More
Len S, Feb 2023
Mr. Sam our guide in Cambodia, he and the driver out standing service they went above and beyond touring, my wife so amazed beautiful country, we're planning back here near the futures. Thank Mr. Sam,We'll feedback the whole trip next week when we be home in USMore
Pho Lover, Feb 2023
We are still in the middle of our trip, but we are just finishing up our time in Cambodia and our guide, Borin, has been AMAZING!!! He has truly made our time here unforgettable and I plan on referring all of my friends and family to come visit this beautiful country! Thank you, Borin, for everything you did to make our trip so fantastic!More
Danielle Blount, Feb 2023
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All of our guides have been terrific. Mr. Sam in Siem Reip was especially wonderful. Both he and our driver were polite, safe knowledgable and informative. Sam made our trip memorable and enioyable. We will definitely recommend Sam and Asia Highlights to our friends.More
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Our experience in Siem Reap could not have been any better thanks to our outstanding and cheerful guide, Charity. Her very good English speaking made it so easy to learn so much from her. She understood and answers all of our questions.She was relaxed and very knowledgeable. She went out out her way to help us make amazing pano photos of the cotton trees at Siem Reap and on our sunset cruise. She also advised us on Chanrey Tree restaurant—what we found to be the very best vegan restaurant on our first three weeks of our Asia tour. So glad to have vegan meals with very little oil!!! We are not supposed to have oil and is very hard to find vegan with no oil. Went went back the next night.More
Barbara Cornyn, Jan 2023
Best guide and driver in Cambodia
Mr Rum takes his profession very seriously and enriches the visits with his depth of knowledge and his interesting and relevant stories. He is a great story teller. More importantly, he is a nice person who we very much enjoyed getting to know in our short time together. Both he and Thary have winning smiles. They are easy to be around and fun to spend time with. It’s not surprising that Mr Rum has maintained contact and friendships with many previous clients.More
John Mullin, Jan 2023
Charity and Cambodia were amazing!
We had a fantastic time in Siem Reap. Charity was our tour guide and was the best! She brought knowledge and enthusiasm as she took us around. She was friendly, warm and open making our tour and experience in Siem Reap so wonderful. She gave us awesome suggestions for us to do at the end of the day such as go see a dance performance or visit the night market as well as an early morning activities like watch the sunrise from a hot air balloon. It was magical and we are so grateful to Charity for making this such a memorable trip. She also gave us great suggestion for food and went far and beyond to make sure our vegetarian and food requirements were met. Our driver and car was fantastic as well. We had the best time in Cambodia and would love to visit again. We recommend visiting and having Charity as their tour guide to anyone who has the opportunity to come!More
Prema, Jan 2023
Amazing tour of Cambodia with excellent…
Amazing tour of Cambodia with excellent guide Luch.. Luch was very knowledgeable and took an extra mile to explain us the Angkorwat sculptures.. the private car was very comfortable.. well planned .. we loved Cambodia and would definitely recommend my friends.. Asia highlights are the bestMore
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Our rep in Cambodia Chan Sovannarith…
Our rep in Cambodia Chan Sovannarith was very attentive and accommodated my daughter not feeling well by taking us to a chemist to get medication for her. I highly recommend Chan as a rep with Asian highlights he did an excellent job when taking us back to the airport he literally waited to make sure we were all set for our flight to Chang Mai in Thailand. I felt safe knowing he was there incase there were issues. Again, great rep. Thank you!!More
Karen Brooks, Dec 2022
We enjoyed our trip VERY much
We enjoyed our trip very much. Our guide, Mr. Polrith is very knowledgeable and provided insightful information about the history, culture and religions of the country. Temples of Cambodia are amazing. They are more beautiful than you can imagine. Thank you so much Mr.Polrith and see you next timeMore
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4. Enjoy the Stunning Sunset
Bakheng — Recommended Visit: About 5pm to Get the Best View
Bakheng Hill is a 70-meter-high hill located between Angkor Thom and Angkor Wat. It takes 10 minutes to get to the top from the foot of the hill.
Bakheng Temple was built on top of Bakheng Hill and, after hundreds of years, the steps to the top of the temple have been worn away and deformed, but this doesn’t hamper visitors’ expectations of seeing the best sunset in Siem Reap.
In order to protect visitors’ safety and to maintain the temple, there is a restriction of 300 visitors going up to the top of the temple every day. If you want to have a bird’s-eye view of the whole city and enjoy the stunning sunset, you should end your trip to the other attractions before 5pm.
5. Cycling Through the Jungle
To Angkor Wat and Angkor Thom — Recommended Trip: One Day
Cycling is the best and the healthiest way to discover Siem Reap. You can stop anywhere you are interested in rather than relying on a driver to take you to see areas of interest. It takes 15–20 minutes to ride from the center of Siem Reap to Angkor Wat.
On the way there, you will see friendly vendors smiling at you, you can shake hands with the children, and you can even smell the sunshine going down through the lush trees. These are the things you cannot experience when you are in a tuk tuk or a car.
When you are riding a bike through the jungle, you will feel like you are falling into a time tunnel and being a witness to its history.
6. Close Encounter with Wildlife
Tonle Sap — Recommended Visit: One Day
Lying on the southeast side of Siem Reap, Tonle Sap is the largest and the most important freshwater lake for waterbirds in Southeast Asia. You will have a chance to enter this time-forgotten world.
When you get close to birds’ habitats, your expert bird-watching guide will use his/her keen eyesight to spot the birds and tell you their names. You can also get close to the birds’ nests with the help of the experienced boat driver.
Sitting on the mini Tara boat to Tonle Sap, you will pass the floating village of Prek Toal, which still retains the lifestyle that the ancient Cambodians used to have. In the village, you can see shops, schools, and markets, allowing you to see Siem Reap from another perspective.
7. Indulge in the Charming Countryside Scenery on a Quad Bike
Around Siem Reap — Recommended Visit: 2–3 Hours in the Afternoon
Want to get away from the hustle and bustle of Siem Reap city center? Want to stay away from the crowded tourist attractions? Want to get close to the countryside of Siem Reap? A quad bike trip is what you want.
You will pass the local villages, rice fields, and temples, which are seldom seen by other visitors. In the late afternoon, an amazing countryside sunset will also be waiting for you.
8. Fly Over the Tops of the Trees
Angkor Archaeological Park — Recommended Visit: 2–3 Hours in the Morning
Have you ever imagined that you can fly through a forest like a gibbon? Take the Flight of the Gibbon Adventure — you will not only experience the quick sense of excitement but will also enjoy seeing Angkor Wat and Angkor Thom from another angle.
You can also cross four hanging sky bridges, scramble into a tree house, and make a rappel
9. Enjoy the Traditional Charm of Dance and Music
Special Restaurants — Recommended for an Evening Meal
Apsaras are female spirits of the clouds and waters in Hindu and Buddhist mythology. They are superb in the art of dancing and the origin of today’s Apsara dancing.
After a day of sightseeing, you can dine out in a restaurant that provides an Apsara dance performance to drive away the day’s fatigue and have a feast not only for your stomach but also for your eyes and ears.
10. Join a Cooking Class and Be Your Own Chef
Enjoy Cambodian Cuisine — Recommended Duration: Half a Day
If you are taken with the delicious Cambodian cuisine, it is the best time to learn how to get others to be taken with it too. Taking the morning class, you will have a chance to visit the local market. The chef and your guide will be very friendly and the instructions will be easy to follow.
After finishing the cooking class, you can enjoy your food and have an interesting conversation with your fellow travelers. This is a good alternative activity to temple visits.
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