Some brief travel information about Cambodia; where to go, eat, stay and how to get there.
It’s all about Tuk Tuk as you may have imagined, or possibly the hire of bicycles to get around -if you can handle the humidity. These are just the simplest ways to get around; you will be hassled by Tuk Tuk drivers constantly while in Phnom Penh or Siem Reap – and every now and then you’ll say yes. Make sure you bargain with these guys, as they will often start at a price that’s at least 3 times what you should be paying.
Things to do & see (or not)
You can find our TripAdvisor reviews by clicking the TripAdvisor logo on the right of this page, or clicking here. We have tried to review most things we’ve been and seen, where possible. Our summary rating is given in each place’s title if we’ve been (maximum score is ♦♦♦♦♦)
S-21 Genocide museum ♦♦♦♦♦
Absolutely worth the trip – you will earn & feel a lot of things if you visit this place. Our Cambodia post covers a lot of this.
Angkor Wat ♦♦♦♦♦
Clearly this is why most people go to Siem Reap & it won’t disappoint. An incredible piece of world heritage. We found 1 at to be enough, as they sell 1 or 3 day tickets; but then we’re not massive temple enthusiasts. 1 day isn’t enough to see it all – but is enough to see the key sites. TripAdvisor review here.
War Museum – Siem Reap ♦♦♦♦♦
This place is incredible, but you must get a guided tour (which is free); you will be disappointed without it – it simply looks like a pile of old weapons without the stories to go with it. TripAdvisor review here.
Killing Fields – Wat Thmey – Siem Reap ♦♦♦
This place is apparently nothing compared to the Phnom Penh killing fields. It’s a very brief stop in Siem Reap, but it could do with a little attention from the Cambodians. It doesn’t really tell you much, but coupled with the War Museum it’s worth seeing if you don’t manage to see the Phnom Penh killing fields, TripAdvisor review here.
Places to stay
We stayed in an Airbnb in Phnom Penh, which was very handy, and then in Xing Angkor hotel (also through Airbnb) in Siem Reap. There are a lot of hotels that use Airbnb; but it’s fairly evident when you try and book that’s the place isn’t actually a ‘homestay’ or ‘bnb’ – it’s a hotel. Still there are some reasonably priced options there. The hotel we were in was OK, with the best thing about it being that it meant we had Bib as our tuk tuk driver & guide for a few days. See our post on Cambodia.
Places to eat
For this section, we’ll simply provide links to our TripAdvisor reviews for your consideration 🙂
- Bistro Langka – Phnom Penh (♦♦♦♦♦)
- Romdeng – Phnom Penh (♦♦♦♦)
- Botanica Wine & Beer Garden – Phnom Penh (♦♦♦♦)
- Grill Wine Café – Siem Reap (♦♦♦♦♦)
- Lilypop Restaurant – Siem Reap (♦♦♦♦♦)
- Steakhouse (previously AHA) – Siem Reap (♦♦♦♦)
Costs (all in GBP(£) – approx. 5000 Cambodian Riel to the £ at time of writing)
- Food & Drink
- Single main course – £1-3 in a decent local restaurant – e.g. Lilypop above. As much as £10-15 in a higher end place.
- Beer – £0.50 – £1 in most places
- Approx £10-15 for a day (plus a tip – generally not expected but when someone’s given you their whole day & made it excellent – we figured it’s only right).
- Night buses from Phnom Penh to Siem Reap
- Approx £12 each way
- £12-15 a night for a reasonable double room with air conditioning – won’t be amazing at this price, but comfortable enough