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Q   a VirtualTourist member asked a question · December 15, 2016
Money exchange at Siem Reap  (5 Answers)

Is there big difference to change USD into local currency at the airport? Or in the town there is reliable money exchange kiosks?
For the Angkor pass, do they change back money in USD or local money? Thanks.

Q   a VirtualTourist member asked a question · October 31, 2016
how to spread the 3-day itinerary into 4?  (3 Answers)

Since I will bring my mother and a 4-year old boy together, I want to spread the ordinary 3-day itin (Small circle, big circle, outer circle) into four so that they won't get too tired . Given the ticket is valid for 3-days, I wamt to make the best value for it, for example can I take out Beng Melea temple (pay entry separately), Roluos Group (not sure included in the angkor ticket or not), floating village or Tonle Sap lake as the 4th day. Does it work? Suggestions are welcomed. We have 4 full days other than the arrival and departure days. The drivers don't quite get my points and suggested the 3-day itin plus something else on the 4th. Thanks.

Q   a VirtualTourist member asked a question · June 21, 2016
Looking forFrench guy with original crepes (French pancakes)  (3 Answers)

Looking forFrench guy with original crepes (French pancakes)
Jun 20, 2016, 10:24 PM
Hello SR-lovers. I had the pleasure of spending 3 daus in SR last week. It were memorable days. Just left a few days ago and I will be back.

I am Rob from Belgium and I import a couple of things. This was my first time in Cambodia and I loved it. We were making a trip from Bangkok, HCMC Vietnam, Mekong deta PP and SR and I am now on Koh Tao.

During my stay in SR I met a French guy who was selling original French crepes on the night market on SR. He lived there since 1 month with his Cambodian girlfriend. He spoke very good English and we agreed to stay in contact. But that evening I lost my smartphone and I don't have his details anymore.

Can anyone who is in SR at this moment and who meets this guy ask him to contact me? You can not miss him. He is the only one who is selling French pancakes. He has a nice little booth with French flags.

He can send me an email on [email]

Would appriciate any help!!!

Q   a VirtualTourist member asked a question · March 03, 2016
Can you visit Battanmbang from Siem Reap in a day?  (15 Answers)

I will be staying in Siem Reap for a day longer than my tour, and want to know if I can get to Battambang and have a look around, then back to Siem Reap for the night?

Q   a VirtualTourist member asked a question · February 27, 2016
Exchange money in Siem Rap  (17 Answers)


I will be in Siem Reap (Angkor) from 25 to 29 March, arriving by plane and return from this city also.

Being a very tourist destination, I wonder if it is really necessary to change U$S x Riel (KHR) or should change the minimum (which would be a value to exchange in those days?)

Thank you for answers

Rodolfo Brasil

Q   a VirtualTourist member asked a question · January 28, 2016
Is it safe to carry a shopping bag or messenger bag with buckle when shopping in Siem Reap?  (14 Answers)

I have read various advisories about travel in Siem Reap. All alerts about shoulder bag-snatching, theft and scams paint a picture of a glim and dangerous city of Siem Reap. May i ask is it safe to put on a messenger bag attached to my waist with a buckle or a shopping bag when shopping in Siem Reap during daylight hours? I fly to Siem Reap this Sunday.

Q   a VirtualTourist member asked a question · January 27, 2016
Mosquito problems in Siem Reap  (4 Answers)

Is Siem Reap filled with dengue-mosquitoes? Is it necessary to bring mosquito repellent to Siem Reap especially when visiting Angkor Wat?

Q   a VirtualTourist member asked a question · January 24, 2016
Problem of bag-snatching in Siem Reap  (4 Answers)

May i know whether bag-snatching is still a recurrent problem only in Pub Street or throughout Siem Reap? Do the bags snatched include shopping bags? Or only backpack?

Q   a VirtualTourist member asked a question · January 24, 2016
Are US$2 bills still acceptable in Siem Reap?  (13 Answers)

Are US$2 bills still acceptable in Siem Reap? Some tourists said yes, some said no.

Q   a VirtualTourist member asked a question · January 23, 2016
Are Siem Reap taxi drivers reliable? Question on 8-hours Siem Reap taxi trip cost  (5 Answers)

Can i know whether Siem Reap taxi drivers reliable? Do they know addresses well? Is a 8-hours round trip in Siem Reap that costs US$38.50 considered reasonable? The trip includes a number of stops along the way as i wish to visit about 6 offices, lunch at a restaurant on River Road, Angkor National Museum and Wat Preah Rath Roth.

Q   a VirtualTourist member asked a question · January 21, 2016
Sunrise Tour in Angkor Archaeological Park  (37 Answers)

Knowing that there are no sign directions in Angkor, based on your experiences, where are the good viewing points to see Angkor Wat at sun rise? How do you find your way with torchlight if you are alone?

Q   a VirtualTourist member asked a question · January 16, 2016
Where exactly to eat vegetarian food in Siem Reap? Need full addresses  (6 Answers)

I have been looking for a list of exact addresses of vegetarian restaurants or food courts in Siem Reap on Internet but i can't find any. Addresses come only in roads' names. Can anyone let me know where can i find exact directions to the restaurants? At least the alleys' names and unit numbers will help.

Also for guests not staying in Victoria Angkor Hotel and Park Hyatt, can they enter these hotels' restaurants to dine?

Also does Lim Fan Chinese Restaurant at Angkor National Museum Mall sell vegetarian options? I only notice seafood on its Facebook. Is there vegetarian restaurant at Angkor National Museum Mall?

Q   a VirtualTourist member asked a question · November 19, 2015
Tonle Sap Tour or Individual?  (7 Answers)

Which is worth it? A tour to Tonle Sap or get there by ourselves? Once there, haggling price for the activities.?

Q   a VirtualTourist member asked a question · November 18, 2015
Travel from Bangkok to Siem Reap  (9 Answers)

What is the best way? How long does the train take? Not too expensive but don't want to spend all day traveling, not enough time.
Should travel be booked in advance or while in Bangkok?

Q   a VirtualTourist member asked a question · September 03, 2015
Help with hotel in Siem Reap  (9 Answers)

I´m going to Siem Reap in mid November.
Will stay there for 5 nights and I will, of course, visit Ankor Wat and the temple area for a couple of days, visit Siem Reap and do some sightseing.

Another importand thing is to chill, relax and load my batteris by the pool on a nice resort.

The hotel is very important for me. I´m looking for a nice hotel with a great pool and I´ve found two good places but I can´t decide. Saem Siemreap Hotel or Lotus Blanc Resort. Both with very nice reviews on TripAdvisor.

But I´m a little bit concerned of the location. They are both located outside the city center, especially Lotus Blanc Resort.
And I´m also a little bit concerned about the pool on Saem Siemreap Hotel. That the pool is located in the shadow between the buildings.

Any experiences on any of these two hotels?

How important is the location of the hotel? Or is it so small so I can take a tuk tuk wethever I want? Or is it a disadvantage to have a hotel outside the city center.

Any other suggestions?

Today I also found Memoire d' Angkor Boutique Hotel which is located a little bit closer.

Q   a VirtualTourist member asked a question · August 20, 2015
Travelling with a 12 yr old | Vegetarian food  (2 Answers)

Hello VT,

My wife and I intend to travel to Siem Reap in November with our 12 year old son. It would be a dedicated Angkor Wat visit, want to spend most of the time, about 4 days, at the temple complex during the daytime.

The best way for us to get there seems to be a flight into SR from Bangkok, but some of them do not reach in day times. Is it ok to reach in late evening or at night?

We would want to stay in a happening active neighbourhood where we could entertain ourselves and the child in the evenings. Stepping out on the street and wandering about town are actually fine, so we are a little apprehensive of the larger hotels/properties. On the flip side, larger hotels possibly have better in-compound activities from a child's point of view. So suggestions would be welcome about the choice of hotel.

We are lacto-vegetarians and are somewhat concerned about the ease of finding our kind of food. We have never traveled in SE Asia, except Sri Lanka where it was tough finding vegetarian food. I have heard that vegans are either frowned upon or are rendered a laughing stock in Cambodia ;-) hence would like to know.

Any comments, suggestions to help us make the most out of our trip would be welcome.

Thanks and cheers!

- Dunyagol

Q   a VirtualTourist member asked a question · June 26, 2015
Siem Reap to Phnom Penh by boat  (3 Answers)

Looking to travel to Phnom Penh from Siem by boat in mid / late January. Have heard contradicting reports that water levels may be too low.??, and that Angkor Express is the only option.
Firstly, is this a reasonably reliable service.?....taking late departures and adverse weather as the norm.
Secondly, is there storage on board for a large dive bag...or will I end up sitting on it on the roof.? ( that appeals.!)
I could take the bus, but a long, wild and probably unpredictable venture across the Cambodian countryside on water really appeals. One other thing....does it leave from the centre of Siem Reap.?....and where does it terminate in Phnom Penh....(is it fairly central).?
Any advice, tips or suggestions greatly appreciated. Solo travel with no kids or family in tow, so used to roughing it.!!
Many thanks

Q   a VirtualTourist member asked a question · June 21, 2015
Hotels in Siem Reap  (6 Answers)

Can someone advise me about hotels in Siem Reap? My adult daughter and I will be staying for three nights in July. I have tentatively booked at Diamond d’Angkor Boutique Hotel but my travel agent has suggested either Angkor Heritage Boutique Hotel or Hollywood Angkor Boutique Hotel, both of which are quite a bit cheaper. I want somewhere that is not too far off the beaten track with easy access to markets, and the major tourist attractions.

Q   a VirtualTourist member asked a question · June 20, 2015
Which are do you recommend to stay in Siem Reap?  (3 Answers)

I'll spend 3 nights in S.R. Which area do you suggest to stay? I would like to visit Angkor Wat and also enjoy the evenings in a nice neighbourhood to meet people.

Q   a VirtualTourist member asked a question · February 22, 2015
How do we spend 8 Days in Siem Reap?  (10 Answers)

We don't have choice because of seat sale that we availed which covers 8 days in Siem Reap. I think that would be way too long and we might get impatient once we have already toured major attractions of Siem Reap. We will be staying in Mandalay Inn Siem Reap. Can you please suggest other places to visit after Angkor Wat, Angkor Thom, Bayon, etc? We are afraid that on our 5th day, there will be no more places to see after we covered the popular ones. Your help will be greatly appreciated. Thank you so much in advance.

Q   a VirtualTourist member asked a question · January 10, 2015
Ankor Wat tours  (8 Answers)

What company does good Ankor wat day tours?
Thanks in anticipation of your help

Q   a VirtualTourist member asked a question · January 05, 2015
Bus Station  (6 Answers)

Where is the Ibis Bus Station located in Siem reap please?

Q   a VirtualTourist member asked a question · December 29, 2014
Which hotel?  (6 Answers)

We want to stay in a spa hotel at the end of our trip but want it to be more Cambodian than big hotel chain. We have seen the Belmond which looks amazing but VERY expensive, is it worth the splurge or are there other hotels you can recommend?

Q   a VirtualTourist member asked a question · December 09, 2014
High Tea Venues  (4 Answers)

We will be in Siem Reap for 4 nights early Feb and I would like to take my wife to a first class hotel or other venue that provides British Style High Tea.

Would also consider any venue providing a Traditional Cambodia High Tea.

When in Bangkok we have visited the Grand Hyatt Erawan Hotel that provides a Thai High Tea ( afternoon), traditional Thai Food. We will revisit in Feb after we depart Siem Reap.

Would appreciate any restaurants ( mid range price & good food) in Siem Reap for evening meals, our hotel is walking distance from Pub Street.

Q   a VirtualTourist member asked a question · September 12, 2014

Has anyone done a road or a road and train trip from Siem Reap to Bangkok recently? Have searched under 'Transportation' in relevant VT pages but could not find any mention.

I have gone through advice in and


What was the journey like? Which bus and/or train did you avail of? What was the duration of the entire journey? Was it too tiring and/or stressful? What was your experience at the border crossing? Did you do an e-visa for both Cambodia and Thailand beforehand?

Would be extremely grateful for any advice which is fairly current.

Thank you!

Q   a VirtualTourist member asked a question · August 24, 2014
Hotel with Sunny Poolside in Siem Reap  (4 Answers)

My friend and I will spend four days in Siem Reap in January. As this is our last days before heading back to the snow in Scandinavia we would like to spend some time by the pool as well.

We have found some hotels with pools, but from their websites it is hard to understand if the pool has lots of sun during the afternoon and early evening. The plan is to do temples in the mornings and sunbathing after lunch.

Can anyone recommend a hotel with sunny poolside for a maximum of about $ 40 per night in central Siem Reap?

Thanks from Lena

Q   a VirtualTourist member asked a question · July 22, 2014
tour guide, buy ahead or at the hotel  (7 Answers)

Many reviews for the hotels in tripadvisor recommend getting the tour guides at the hotel, not my usual practice. However, i am concerned about the weather in my September visit and would like more arrangement flexibility. Assuming I stay at a decent hotel, would hotel arrangements be wise?

Q   a VirtualTourist member asked a question · April 22, 2014
Transit at Siem Reap airpot (REP)  (3 Answers)

Does anyone know how long it takes/is supposed to take to transit at REP?

I am wondering if the connection of the flight arriving at 20:25 and the other one leaving at 22:50 works fine. Both are international flights and they are operated by different airlines. As REP looks a small airport, I wouldn't feel like spending too much time there.

Q   a VirtualTourist member asked a question · April 06, 2014
Trip in Siem Reap  (11 Answers)

how much of money we need to prepare for 4 days trip in Siem Reap?

Q   a VirtualTourist member asked a question · March 13, 2014
i day tour  (3 Answers)

hi, is it possible to do a day trip from ho chi minh into siem reap ?
I found flights that would let me do sightseeing most of the day and flying back at night.
some one told me you HAVE to spend one night at least. gov. regulations.
is it true?

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