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34 Best Siem Reap Attractions Every Tourist Must See

The temple complex known as Angkor Wat, is so much more than most people expect and it is serviced by the town of Siem Reap.

Top Attractions

Angkor Wat is the best known of the temples in the area, possibly because, unlike most of the others, Angkor Wat has never been forgotten and left to disappear into the jungle and become ruins. It may have dropped off the European map, but the Cambodians still celebrated and worshipped there. Sunrise and sunset are considered special times for photographic opportunities.

Other Temples

Angkor Thom is the old capital city of the Kymer people and it contains a number of other amazing attractions in the complex. The Terrace of the Elephants and the Terrace of the Leper King are in the same vicinity, and can be viewed together easily. Other temples are further apart and a tuk-tuk is needed to transport you between sites. Generally, tourists choose to see the temples in two sections, the Big Tour and the Small Tour. These names relate to the length of the tour not the number of temples. There are many temples and it takes a number of days to see even a few of them. Some special temples are Ta Prohm, still over-run by the trees of the jungle and Neak Pean, with a bridge across a lake to the ruins.

Day Tours

Other than the temples, Cambodia has lots to offer. Try going to a street market and eating frogs, insects, snakes or tarantulas! Go to the Floating Village or catch a boat down to Phnom Penh. Get out into the countryside and taste the palm sugar, watch the people planting rice, or check out some of the orphanages that sell craft that the children make.

34 Most Popular Attractions in Siem Reap

1. Angkor Archaeological Park

  • Angkor was the ancient seat of the Khmer Empire, which dominated Cambodia and the surrounding regions for centuries. Its kings left behind an impressive
  • Adults US$20-$60, Children < 12yrs free (whole Angkor Archaeological Park)
  • Krong Siem Reap, Siem Reap Province, Cambodia
  • 5am-6pm (Sunrise to sunset)
  • 7

2. Angkor Wat

  • If you’re spending any time in Cambodia, Angkor Wat is a must-see attraction. The largest of the temples in the Angkor Archaeological Park, it is
  • Adults US$20-$60
  • Angkor Wat, Krong Siem Reap, Siem Reap, Cambodia
  • Daily 5am-6pm
  • 4

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3. Phnom Bakheng

    Phnom Bakheng is one of the oldest temple mountains of the Angkorian era. Competing with Angkor Wat in what concerns the sunset panorama, this edifice
  • $20-$60
  • Phnom Bakheng, Krong Siem Reap, Siem Reap Province, Cambodia
  • 5am-6pm (Sunrise to sunset)

4. Banteay Chhmar

    Located in North-Western Cambodia, Banteay Chhmar is a temple complex dating from the Angkorian era. It was built during the reign of King Jayavarman VII
  • $5
  • Banteay Chhmar, Banteay Meanchey Province, Cambodia
  • 5am-6pm (Sunrise to sunset)

5. Phnom Kulen National Park

  • Phnom Kulen National Park is located 50 km away from the rest of the attractions of the Angkorian Archaeological Park and represents the first pillar of
  • US$20
  • Phnom Koulen National Park, Banteay Srei, Siem Reap, Cambodia
  • 5am-6pm (Sunrise to sunset)
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6. Chau Say Tevoda

    The small Hindu temple of Chau Say Tevoda is a rectangular construction comprising of a sanctuary and entry towers in decay. The carvings are still visible
  • $20-$60
  • Chau Say Tevoda Temple, Krong Siem Reap, Siem Reap Province, Cambodia
  • 5am-6pm (Sunrise to sunset)
Angkor Thom

7. Angkor Thom

  • Angkor Thom embodies the power of the old Khmer Empire. This city once supported perhaps a million people. For centuries, it was the capital of the empire.
  • Adults US$20-$60, Children < 12yrs free (whole Angkor Archaeological Park)
  • Angkor Thom, Krong Siem Reap, Siem Reap Province, Cambodia
  • 5am-6pm (Sunrise to sunset)
  • 1

8. Ta Prohm

  • The scenic ruins of Ta Prohm have been maintained in their original form, ever since they were discovered by the European explorers. For this reason, the
  • Adults US$20-$60, Children < 12yrs free (whole Angkor Archaeological Park)
  • Ta Prohm, Krong Siem Reap, Siem Reap Province, Cambodia
  • 5am-6pm (Sunrise to sunset)
  • 4

9. Banteay Srei

    Located 23 miles north of Angkor Wat, Banteay Srei – also known as the Citadel of Women – is a spectacular Hindu temple, completed 150 years prior
  • $20-$60
  • Banteay Srei, Siem Reap Province, Cambodia
  • 5am-5pm

10. Phnom Krom

    Phnom Krom is an ancient temple located on a hill bearing the same name, 15 km away from Siem Reap. The remnants are three towers, dedicated to the Hindu
  • $20-$60
  • Phnom Krom, Siem Reap Province, Cambodia
  • 5am-6pm (Sunrise to sunset)

11. Preah Khan

    Located north of Angkor Wat, Preah Khan is a huge Buddhist temple built during the Khmer Empire. Its significance lies in its architectural features –
  • $20-$60
  • Preah Khan Temple, Street Number 15, Krong Siem Reap, Siem Reap Province, Cambodia
  • 5am-6pm (Sunrise to sunset)
Baphuon

12. Baphuon

    Located within a walking distance from Bayon, Baphuon used to be a very impressive architectural edifice. One of the most prominent elements is a Buddha
  • Adults US$20-$60, Children < 12yrs free (whole Angkor Archaeological Park)
  • Baphuon, Krong Siem Reap, Siem Reap, Cambodia
  • 5am-6pm (Sunrise to sunset)

13. Neak Pean

    Neak Pean is a small Buddhist temple of Khmerian era, built on an artificial island. Its name is derived from the ornamental carvings of snakes. The construction,
  • $20-$60
  • Neak Pean, Krong Siem Reap, Siem Reap Province, Cambodia
  • 5am-6pm (Sunrise to sunset)

14. Ta Keo

    Ta Keo is the first sandstone temple mountain in the history of the Khmer Empire. The edifice is dedicated to Shiva and although it is tall and multi-layered,
  • $20-$60
  • Ta Keo, Krong Siem Reap, Siem Reap Province, Cambodia
  • 5am-6pm (Sunrise to sunset)

15. Beng Mealea

  • Perhaps one of the more mysterious edifices in Cambodia, Beng Mealea is a fresh piece of tourism attraction – until recently it was impossible
  • $5-$20
  • Beng Mealea, Siem Reap Province, Cambodia
  • 5am-6pm (Sunrise to sunset)
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