Siem Reap is a unique blend of splendour and culture, a gateway to Angkor Wat, the millennium-old temple ruins of the Khmer Empire. Set along the Siem Reap River, this town's burgeoning popularity with travellers has experienced rapid growth from its temples to its unbeatable cuisines and vibrant nightlife.
Depending on your interest, Siem Reap can be visited at any time of the year. The Water Festival held in November draws tourists by crowds to witness this joyful celebration with plenty of action. Meanwhile being the coolest months of the year, December and January are considered the best time to visit Siem Reap. With this perfect weather, you can enjoy outdoor activities like cycle rides, walking tours and visiting temples too, as the heat is bearable. Just make sure that you book early as these are very much the peak season.
Bohol-Panglao International Airport - Officially opened in 2018, the Bohol-Panglao International Airport is a new airport replacing the space-constrained Tagbilaran Airport to support Bohol's increasing passenger traffic and to boost local tourism. It takes approximately 40 minutes to reach the airport from Tagbilaran city. Dubbed as the first eco-airport in the Philippines with the installation using advanced Japanese technology, the airport provides plenty of facilities and amenities for its travellers. Ground transportation is also easy and readily available.
Siem Reap-Angkor International Airport – Small and quaint, Siem Reap-Angkor International Airport is designed in a contemporary Khmer style. Don’t be surprised that you will alight straight onto the runway by the main building where you will have to walk a short distance about 200 metres from the plane into the airport. For a small airport with relatively few flights, it has an impressive selection of shops and other facilities to enable travellers to unwind before and after their journey. The tuk-tuk drivers and taxis available makes getting in and out of the airport an easy task.
Siem Reap, like other South-East Asian cities, has a tropical climate with a dry and wet season. The dry season runs from November till April with temperatures between 25°C -35°C. While the wet and rainy season runs from May till the end of October when heavy rain showers can be expected. The city is also well protected from tropical storms.
Angkor Wat – A visit to Siem Reap is not complete without going to Angkor Wat, one of the world’s most incredible ancient sites. As the largest religious monument in the world, it contains hundreds of temples and is so vast that even after multiple visits, you will still feel that you have only just scratched the surface. Start early for a sunrise view or go at sunset to watch these stunning silhouettes of the temples, a view so incredible that no words can describe.
Phare Ponleu Selpak - Using their energy, emotion, enthusiasm and talent, the Phare artists bring alive historical, folk and modern Cambodian stories through theatre, music, dance and modern circus. The performers are graduates from the Phare Ponleu Selpak Performing Arts School in Battambang that trains disadvantaged youth to hone their skills and to earn a decent living. You will be astonished at the dazzling spectacle held under a big top nightly. Besides, it's also for a good cause.
The Old Market – Enjoy the local experience at The Old Market or as the locals call it Psa Chaa, a must-visit as it will give you a glimpse of the real Cambodia. The market is divided into small sections selling different goods and has everything. Walk and browse through to your heart’s content, or you can cross opposite using a traditional wooden bridge to Siem Reap Art Market, where there is also a wide range of handicrafts and souvenirs to choose from.