Siem Reap City
Tourists visiting Siem Reap hangs around the Pub Street and Night Market area which are full of bars, restaurant and shopping centers. The population is Siem Reap province is around 1 million. Ninety percent of the people work in the tourist sector thus their income and daily is dependent on tourism.
If you are all templed out, you may want to visit some of Siem Reap's other attractions. We have listed some of our favourites for you to choose.
Angkor National Museum
The Angkor National Museum is the place to begin before your tour of the temples. There are 3D cinemas and the tour guide will give you ample information about the temples, its history and an explanation for the building of the temples. Entrance fee is $12.00 per person. Tickets can be purchased at Golden Banana reception or at the entrance. You should plan for about 3 hours for the tour.
Visit a Village
Siem Reap City is the great place to explore during your visit. Its charm beauty and friendly people will take your heart away. However, an excursion to a village will give you an idea about the real daily Cambodian life, one can assume that those wooden houses on stilts are representative of their ancestor’s home during the Angkorian period. If you are interested, please discuss the tour with our staff.
Royal Ballet Dance and Buffet Dinner
At night, there are a few great restaurants offering a buffet dinner and a nightly Cambodian Classical performance. It costs $12.00 per person including the buffet dinner and the performance. The performance starts at 7:30pm, ending about 8:30pm. The Apsara Dance is one of the most elegant dances, known to Cambodians as the dance endowed and descended from heaven. If you are interested, it is best to reserve to secure front seats. Please ask our reception staff for a reservation.
For more information, please obtain a copy of “Stay Another Day in Cambodia” from the reception. It is a great book with lots of excursion ideas. The booklet is published and funded by the German Technical Corp. and the International Finance Group. They aim to encourage tourists to visit and shop Cambodian products that will directly benefit the Cambodian community.
Restaurants and Bars in Siem Reap
In Siem Reap there are numerous restaurants in the Pub Street area in the Old Town. For some good food, please try the GOLDEN BANANA KITCHEN first. Then on to Pub Street, try Khmer Kitchen or a bit more upscale you could try the Sugar Palm or Viroth’s, a great meal would cost about $10 including a drink. A bit more expensive at the five stars Grand Hotel or Hotel de la Paix. Ask the staff for details.
To visit all the bars in town is a hard thing to do and you will end up with a terrible hangover the next morning. Just pick one you like. Some suggestions:
- Linga Bar for a gay friendly hangout with great cocktails and staff
- Miss Wong for a sip of old Shanghai
- Laundry Bar – opens until 3am or 4am, a great place to hang out for playing pool and meeting other people.
- Angkor Wat? very close to the Laundry Bar
- Blue Pumpkin for a great air-conditioned hangout in a beautiful designed place upstairs. They serve great ice cream, pastry, Asian fusion food, burgers, chips, great variety of drinks.
- The Temple Bar – is a meeting spot, very popular for young travelers