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Chinese New Year ! The Best of Cambodia- Glory Angkor Wat & Sihanoukville Beach
   
Tour Code: STS-KH-002 Price per person from: From RMB 8,220
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Sihanoukville Beach

Sihanoukville Beach

Sihanoukville Beach

the girl

Sunset in Angkor Wat

Khmer's mysterious smile

Splendid Angkor Wat

Tour Dates Destinations Today's Activities Meals Include

The Best of Cambodia- Glory Angkor Wat & Sihanoukville Beach
9days/ 8days
Departure date: Daily

 

Flight schedule- by Vietnam Airlines
Date  Flight No.  Dep. City/ Time   Arrival City / Time                Duration
Day 01  VN 903   Beijing / 0105     HCMC / 0515        4 hrs 10 mins
Day 01  VN 3819   HCMC / 0915      Sime Reap / 1035        1 hr    20 mins
Day 04  K6 102       Siem Reap / 1115    Phnom Penh / 1200              45 mins
Day 08  VN 3856   Phnom Penh / 1920  HCMC / 2005                          45 mins
Day 09  VN 900   HCMC / 0600     Beijing / 1445                   6 hrs 45 mins


Tour Itinerary-
Day 01 Beijing-HCMC-Siem Reap
Flight from Beijing to Hanoi, Upon arrivel in HCMC.Transfer to aiport fly to Siem Reap, Upon arrivel in Siem Reap, transfer to the hotel and then time at leisure. you can simplely just take a visit to one on the most famous temple-angkor wat in the afternoon, with its incredible symmetry, Angkor Wat is the masterpiece of Khmer architecture. It was built by king Suryavarman II (1113 - 1150) to honor Hindu God Vishnu and for funerary purpose - it is the only Angkorian temple whose entrance faces the west.
Overnight in Siem Reap

Day 02 Siem Reap(B)
Today you can visit of a selection of temples, including the Royal City of Preah Khan with impressive sculptures, Neak Pean built on a small circular island, Ta Som, East Mebon, Preah Rup.
Afternoon you can continuing Thommanon temple , Ta keo , one of Angkor's great mountains temple, Ta Prohm with a part of the jungle, Banteay Kdei, Srah Srang a Royal bathing place, Prasat Kravan with unique brick sculptures.
Overnight in Siem Reap

Day 03 Siem Reap(B)
Time at leisure, option tours includes enjoy the sunrise at Angkor Wat, then visit the famous Bayon Temple, Phimeanakas Temple within the Royal Palace enclosure, Baphuon Temple, the Terrace of the Elephants and the Terrace of the Leper King.
Take a snap in the afternoon, or just relax in the pool. At the end of afternoon, following the season, since the Mountain Bakend, the sunset on all the temples, with spectacular views over Angkor Vat.
Overnight in Siem Reap


Day 04 Siem Reap-Phnom Penh-Sihanouk beach (B)
Take the morning flight to Phnom Penh, upon arrivial , you will be welcomed in the airport, and transfer to resort in Sihanauk beach directly.Rest of the day, recommend take a rest by lying on the beach, and enjoy the sunset.
Overnight in Sihanouk

Day 05-07 Sihanouk beach (B)
Be honored as the primier beach in Cambodia, Sihanoukville boasts sandy beaches, and top-notch scuba ping and snorkelling locations. From here, you can visit plenty of islands where you can experience even more of this area's natural beauty. Islands like Koh Rong and Koh Tang are very popular with tourists.
Also as a seaport, there is a large variety of seafood restaurants throughout the city, presenting the catch of the day in a selection of tasty dishes.
Overnight in Sihanouk



 Day 08 Sihanouk-Phnom Penh-HCMC (B)
 Enjoy the last moment in this loverly seaport city, then transfer to the airport in Phnom Penh, and return to HCMC, Upon arrival in HCMC, transfer to the hotel. After a fresh up rest, take a walk in the central area, you can easliy reach all the main sites, such as 
 the central post office, Notre Dame Cathedral, and Reunification Palace, etc. then enjoy the local dinner in a local restaurant.
 Overnight in HCMC

 Day 09 HCMC-Beijing(B)
 Transfer to the airport , catch the morning flight back to Beijing.

 

 Hotel List-

               
  Category Adult Share Twin Adult Extra Bed Child Share Existing Bed with Adult Child Extra Bed  
  First Class 8,220 7,480 5,160 5,810  
  8,550 7,590 5,290 5,910  
  Superior A 10,010 8,700 5,700 7,020  
  B 9,750 8,760 5,700 7,020  
  C 9,720 8,560 5,700 6,880  
  D 9,460 8,620 5,700 6,920  
  Deluxe A 11,300 9,120 5,960 7,450  
  B 10,860 8,920 5,960 7,250  
  C 11,320 9,340 5,960 7,660  
  Luxury A 11,780 9,220 5,960 7,560  
  B 12,900 9,320 5,960 7,780  
  C 11,660 9,420 5,960 7,890  
               

                   
  Category Siem Reap Sihanouk  HCMC  
  Hotel Name Room Type Hotel Name Room Type Hotel Name Room Type  
  Standard City River Hotel Superior Room Malibu Bungalows Superior Room Sanouva Hotel Deluxe Room  
  First Class Apsara Angkor Hotel Deluxe Room Malibu Bungalows Superior Room Sanouva Hotel Deluxe Room  
  Superior A Borei Angkor Hotel Deluxe Room The Independence Superior Room Cotinental Hotel Deluxe Room  
  B Angkor Village Hotel Deluxe Room The Independence Superior Room Cotinental Hotel Deluxe Room  
  C Prince D' Angkor Hotel Superior Room The Independence Superior Room Cotinental Hotel Deluxe Room  
  D Tara Angkor Hotel Deluxe Room The Independence Superior Room Cotinental Hotel Deluxe Room  
  Deluxe A Angkor Palace Resort & Spa Deluxe Room  Sokha Beach Resort  Superior Room New World Hotel Deluxe Room  
  B Angkor Village Resort & Spa Cottage Room  Sokha Beach Resort  Superior Room New World Hotel Deluxe Room  
  C Victoria Angkor Resort & Spa Superior Room  Sokha Beach Resort  Superior Room New World Hotel Deluxe Room  
  Luxury A Le Meridien Angkor Resort & Spa Superior Room Sokha Beach Resort Superior Room Renaissance Riverside Hotel Deluxe Room  
  B Raffles Grande D' Angkor State Room Sokha Beach Resort Superior Room Renaissance Riverside Hotel Deluxe Room  
  C Sofitel Royal Angkor Resort Superior Room Sokha Beach Resort Superior Room Renaissance Riverside Hotel Deluxe Room  
                   

  Price Inclusions and Exclusions

 

Included features-
· Round trip economy class air ticket
· 8 nights hotel accommodation in Siem Reap, Sihanouk and HCMC, based twin sharing/ room type mentioned above
· Meals as indicated in the itinerary, B= Breakfast
· Return airport transfer in Siem Reap, Sihanouk and HCMC by private vehicle
· All hotel government tax & service charges

 

Exclusions-
· Air tax—Approx. RMB1,440 per Adult, Appros. RMB1,350 per Child
· Alcoholic drinks & drinks at mealtime + Optional visits + Personal expenses (e.g.Telephone, laundry)
· Visa stamping fee for
Cambodia (visa on arrival, valid 30 days: 20US$ upon client's nationality + 1 photo. Passport has to be valid at least 6 months after departure date of the country). Subject to change without prior notice
·
CambodiaInternationalAirport departure tax ( USD25 per person)
· Personal travel insurance
· Personal expenses
· Tips for guide, driver, boat crew & hotels' porters
· Multi-Entry Tourist Visa to
Vietnam *
· Meals other than those mentioned above
· Other services not clearly indicated in the Package Inclusion above

Raffles Grand Hotel D' Angkor
Official Website: http://www.raffles.com/en_ra/property/rga
         
Raffles Grand Hotel D' Angkor Some travel the world seeking adventure. Others journey in search of the good life. At Raffles Grand Hotel d'Angkor, experience the best of both. For over 75 years, a visit to the ancient Angkor temples has been synonymous with a stay at Raffles Grand Hotel d'Angkor. Now sensitively restored, the hotel's renewed elegance and modernity complement the mystery and grandeur of Angkor as never before. A destination unto itself - it is a residence of choice for connoisseurs visiting mystical Angkor.
Sofitel Royal Angkor
Official Website: http://www.sofitel.com/gb/booking/hotels-list.shtml
         
Sofitel Royal Angkor Take a trip. Escape. Go and visit somewhere new and see if we are there… Give in to that irresistible wanderlust. Discovering and staying in the most exceptional hotels in the world has become the modern-day Graal, a game, a quest…
Le Meridien Hotel
Official Website: http://www.starwoodhotels.com/lemeridien/directory/hotels/asia-pacific/kh/detail.html?sortType=
         
Le Meridien Hotel The closest hotel to the legendary temples of Angkor Wat. Complete with a Khmer-designed swimming pool and therapeutic Khmer massages.
Angkor Palace Resort & Spa
Official Website: http://www.angkorpalaceresort.com/gallery/
         
Angkor Palace Resort & Spa Angkor Palace Resort & Spa is a member of Summit Hotels & Resorts™, an acclaimed collection of more than 150 hotels and resorts around the world, in the Preferred Hotel Group™ family of brands which represents over 700 independent properties.
Victoria Angkor&Spa
Official Website: http://www.victoriahotels-asia.com/eng/hotel-in-cambodia/angkor-resort-spa
         
Victoria Angkor & Spa Within the five star Victoria Angkor Resort & Spa enjoy the comfort, elegance and superb refinement of the French Art de Vivre in the heart of Siem Reap.
Angkor Village Resort
Official Website: http://www.angkorvillage.com/
         
Angkor Village Resort welcome travelers in search of exotic Indochinese ambiance. The architecture of both hotels is directly inspired from Cambodian traditional villages Built in true Khmer tradition, our wooden houses nestled among tropical ponds and gardens, secluded from the hustle of the town,offer peace and serenity.

Siem Reap Sihanoukville

Get around

Travel to and around the Angkor Archaeological Park is extensively covered in its own article. The following is a discussion of travel with Siem Reap.

On foot

Most of the sights in Siem Reap can be seen on foot. But be aware that most of the streets around town degrade into small swamps of muddy water and potholes of unknown depth following rain (almost daily in the wet season), making the roads a challenge to navigate.

By bicycle

Many guesthouses will lend you bicycles either for free or for a nominal charge.

By motorbike

You'll have plenty of tranportation offers from motodops (motorbike taxi with driver). Rides within town should only cost $1, although prices can double to $2 at night and during bad weather. Agree on a price first and hop on the back. You can also hire a motodop for a full day for ~$10. Some motodops may be able to provide you with a helmet if you request one in advance.

The rental of motorbikes to tourists in Siem Reap is prohibited. However, foreigners can ride motorbikes they have rented elsewhere such as in Phom Penh.

Notice the make-shift petrol stations next to the road, selling stolen petrol in old 2 litre Coke bottles. Much cheaper than petrol stations!

By tuk-tuk

Within Siem Reap, tuk-tuk rides should cost $2, with prices doubling to $4 at night and during bad weather. Tuk-tuks are ubiquitous. If you plan to stay in Siem Reap for a few days, it can also be a good idea to build a relationship with one tuk-tuk driver as once they know you they will quite often take you to places off the regular tourist route and allow you to experience the "real" Siem Reap.

A word of advice: pay them for their services only after everything you have arranged is completed. For example, if you arrange for a later trip to the airport and pay them beforehand, chances are that they will not show up. Although you can also bargain on the fees, remember that an extra dollar or two is a great deal of money for your driver and his family.

See

The reason most people come to Siem Reap is to visi Angkor Archaeological Park, which is thoroughly covered in its own article. The town itself boasts quite a number of beautiful modern Buddhist temples which are attractions in their own right.

Angkor National Museum, 1,000 Buddhas. The museum also shows the history of the Angkor complex as well as Khmer culture and clothing using high tech displays and video screens. $12.  

Landmine Museum, (6 km south of Banteay Srey, 31 km from Siem Reap), This tiny museum was set up by local deminer Aki Ra to educate locals and tourists about the dangers of land mines. Piles of defused mines and UXO lie around the site and the guides are mostly teenagers who were orphaned or injured by mines, many of whom live onsite. This is a very worthwhile attraction that brings home the scale of the problem and shows you a slice of real Cambodia. The museum moved in 2007, so make sure your motodop doesn't try to take you to the old location in a village near Angkor Wat. You can possibly combine the visit with a visit to Angkor Butterfly Center which is a few kilometers south - http://www.angkorbutterfly.com/abcvisit.html# entrance fee to Landmine Museum $2.00.  

Wat Thmei Temple & Stupa Memorial to the Killing Fields Near Siem Reap, (short distance outside of the city center). There are some cheaters standing at the temple entrance or on the graves on the right side. After a short introduction they will ask you to give them directly donations/tips for their school in the temple. In fact they are not from the school and are trying to cheat on tourists. Free, donations welcome.  

Kampong Phluk Floating Village, (off the Highway to Phnom Penh). This is a much more authentic 'floating village experience' than the one close to the Tonlé Sap ferry harbour. Enquire at your local hotel for a day trip to this fascinating village on stilts, which should cost ~$30. It takes about 2 hours to reach the village, depending on the road conditions and water level.  

Cultural Village, (National Road #6). features small tributes to all the cultures of Cambodia. A wax museum highlights major figures in Cambodian history, and there are miniatures of many national buildings and monuments throughout the gardens. Witness local dancing or a Khmer wedding ceremony at various stages throughout the park. Guides are not necessary but will add a lot of significant insight to the displays. $12; Guide: an extra $5..

Silk Worm Farm, Catch a free tour of the silk farm and have the opportunity to buy silk products. Free 20 min shuttle bus leaves twice daily. (See website for details)

1000 lingas and reclining Buddha, (50 ilometers from siem reap). Shiva lingas are supposed to be kept wetted all the time with running water. Normally it is done by installing a pot top of the lingas with drip thread. 1000 lingas is a fantastic idea, as one can see the 1000's of lingas on river bed, with clean fresh running water 6-12" overheads. Close to it is reclingin budha statue. A priest here can read your fate with a traditional style fortune telling yantra. close to it is also a fascinating water fall. Enchanting Khmer dresses available at $5 for upto 5 photographs in woods and waterfalls. 100's of tourist can be seen spending hours at these spots. additional $10 with day tour on car or $ 35.  

Cello Concert, The free "Beatocello" concert is held each Saturday night at the Kantha Bopha children's hospital in Siem Reap. Concert runs from 7.15 - approx. 8.30pm, features Dr Beat Richter playing his cello, shows a film about his work in Cambodia and speaks on the medical issues affecting children in Cambodia. Donations encouraged.

Do

*  Army Shooting Range, (near Banteay Srey and Kbeal Span). Armament and explosives availability apparently is only limited by how much you are willing to spend. Listening to the soldiers-turned-used car salesmen put the hard sell on a new machine gun is almost worth the trip. This is a true game of Russian roulette - fancy pulling the pin of a 30+ year old grenade and possibly getting the faulty one? Make sure that whoever is supervising you is also willing to stand next to you! $30+ per round. Grenade throwing: $30.

*  Cambodian Village Trips. A unique insider look to a real Cambodian life. Spend time with village kids at their school, harvest or plant some corn, and interact with villagers.

*  Cooking Classes. Several restaurants throughout the city offer courses on Khmer cooking.

Paul Dubrule School of Hotel and Tourism, (National Road #6). The school itself offers high-quality hospitality training to underprivileged Cambodians, who recieve scholarships. Definitely pricier than elsewhere, but the attention to detail, cleanliness and comfort are unparalleled. It is, after all, a school for hospitality. Vegetarian- and vegan-friendly. 5-hour class: $40.  

*  Dirt Bike Tours.  

*  Hidden Cambodia Dirt Bike Tours, + 855 (0)12 934 412 or (0)12 655 201,. Motorbike and 4x4 tours.

*  Habitat Tours. Siem Reap is a hub of ecotourism and conservation efforts.  

Sam Veasna Center for Wildlife Conservation (SVC), SVC organizes eco-responsible tours to remote habitats, with the goal of promoting wildlife conservation and benefiting rural communities. Tours range in length from 1 day to 2 weeks.

*  Helicopter Flight, Borey Angkor Arcade, No. A-25, National Road 6 (diagonally opposite Total petrol station on the road to the airport), 855 (0)12 449 555, 8:30AM-5PM. Helistar Cambodia offers scenic helicopter tours of the temples beginning at US$90/person for an 8 minute jaunt around Angkor Wat. It is not a particularly cheap way to tour but the view is spectacular and memorable. Also on offer are specialized tours, aerial photography and charter services. Multiple aircraft in service. Walk-in customers welcome.

*  Massage. Several Khmer massage parlours can be found in Siem Reap. Unlike those in Bangkok, these are generally genuine massage parlours and not a front for sexual services. The Khmers believe that the Thai massage is derived from Khmer massage which is just as relaxing (and requires less twisting and turning).

*  Swimming Pool @ Aqua, 7 Makara Street (east of old market), (01) 1736243 (swim@aquacambodia.com). Aqua is an open-air swimming pool with a nice bar. $2.50 per person.  

*  Theatrical Dances @ Apsara Theatre, +855-63-963-363. The only air-con theatre in town presents various traditional popular and classical dances and serves a set of local specialties. Booking recommended.

*  Visit an Orphanage. Think carefully before visiting an orphanage. Is the orphanage sustainable, does it protect children's safety, and are you actually making a contribution (e.g. monetary or in-kind, IF you have checked what the orphanage actually needs). It costs an orphanage time and therefore money (staff hours) to show tourists around. Make sure your visit is a worthwhile one and if you're not sure if it is, think hard before visiting.

The Sangkheum Center for Children, Chey Village, Siem Reap (A few km past airport on Hwy 6), 855 12 67 56 37, Children's center for orphaned, abused or neglected Cambodian Children. Buy some rice, T-shirts, school supplies, or other gifts (except for candy as this will do more damage than good), and go out to the children's center for a look at the welcoming village-like setting. The center serves ~50 residential children, and 50 daytime students in the community who are determined to be most in need. Children are aged 2-18, and receive basic care and additional enrichment classes to supplement their public schooling.

ACODO Orphanage, Siem Reap, Every evening at 6.30pm, children from the ACODO orphange put up a 1 hour long traditional Khmer dance performance. This is a free performance but visitors are encouraged to make donations (in cash or in kind) to the orphanage. You can also arrange to volunteer and teach english for the next day (or longer). ACODO is just less than 5 minutes away from the Old Market by bicycle or tuk tuk. See the website for directions.

*  We Are The Champions Performances by the Local Disabled Community, Night Market (back of Night Market adj. to Sand Bar), (+855) 12676826. 8:30PM-9:15PM, every night except Sunday. A two act play written and performed by participants who share with great feeling what it is like to be disabled in Cambodia and the challenges and vision of their lives. As many of the performers are in pursuit of education to better their lives they appreciate donations of school materials such pens and writing books. Free, Donations encouraged.

*  Khmer Ceramics Centre (KCC), Temple road (30m after the traffic light when you come from Siem Reap; on the right hand.), +855 (0)17 843 014, 8AM-7:30PM. Take a clay class guided by Khmer potters. No experience is required. You may visit the workshop. A good way to get in touch with local communities. Your artwork is delivered within 24 hours at your accommodation.

*  Beyond Unique Escapes - Cooking Class, Cnr of Sivutha Bvld and Alley West (Alley West is the extension of the lane way behind pub street), +855 (0)77 562 565, Cambodian Cooking Classes in a beautiful location 10 mins from town. $22 per person including return transfers. Classes include a visit to a local family and information on Cambodian cooking customs and beliefs. Hands on classes for a maximum of six people - unless you book for a private group. $22.

Festivals

*  Angkor Photography Festival: Photography for Change,. Annual festival that showcases outdoor projections of regional and international photographers.

Buy

As elsewhere in Cambodia, US Dollars, and to a lesser extent, Thai Baht are preferred over Cambodian Riel for all purchases except the very smallest. There are a number of large, flashy souvenir shops around town, complete with temple-style decorations and a surplus of staff, which happily charge two to five times the going price elsewhere in town. These are best avoided.

Despite what you may be told at the Thai border, international ATMs in Siem Reap are plentiful, and banks will do cash advances from credit cards.

Heritage Watch  a non-profit organization, has launched a campaign that aims to encourage support for Cambodia's arts, culture, heritage and development. Businesses that are giving back to the community are certified as Heritage Friendly by the independent organization and permitted to display either a gold or silver Heritage Friendly logo.

*  Angkor Market, Sivatha Blvd. Siem Reap's closest thing to a supermarket, offering a good range of food, snacks, alcohol and even some souvenirs. Clearly-marked, non-negotiable but reasonable prices.

*  Psar Chas (Old Market), (to the south of town). Sells a reasonably attractive collection of artifacts and tourist junk. Please don't buy anything purporting to be antique; it probably isn't, but it's stolen if it is.  

*  Center Market, (at the corner of Sivutha Blvd and Achamean Street). Offers an eclectic collection of clothes and trinkets for good prices. Don't forget to bargain. Most stalls carry the same selection so you can shop around and find the cheapest price. Many of the goods here cannot be found in Thailand.

*  Khmer Ceramics Centre, Vithey Charles De Gaulle (Temple road), Khum Slorkram (on the road to the temples; 30 m. after the traffic light when coming from Siem Reap), +855 17 843 014, 8AM-7:30PM. The Khmer Ceramics Centre trains and sells the work of young Cambodians in Khmer ceramic arts. 1 hour to half-day introductory courses in ceramics for visitors and their children are also available. Admission is free.

*  McDermott Gallery, FCC Building, Pokambor Ave. (On the river, between the King's summer palace and the Post Office), +85512274274, 10AM-10PM daily. Elegant, friendly gallery with photography of Angkor by John McDermott, called "the Ansel Adams of Angkor" by the New York Times. Also McDermott Gallery 2, on the passage between Pub Street and the Old Market with world class photography of Asia by severeal different artists. Art buffs will want to pick up a copy of ArtVenues, a free guide to the galleries of Siem Reap.

*  The Red Gallery, FCC Building, Pokambor Ave. (on the river, between the King's summer palace and the Post Office), +85592822323. 10AM-10PM daily. Contemporary Cambodian art, everything from sculptures made from decommissioned AK-47s to paintings, pen and ink drawings, photography, lacquer, bronze and mixed media in a funky, eclectic space.

*  Artisans d'Angkor, Stung Thmey Street, +855 63 963 330, 7:30AM-5:30PM. A workshop in downtown. Showcases traditional Cambodian handicraft skills such as wood and stone carving, lacquering, gilding and silk painting. Visitors are conducted on a free guided tour where they can see the crftsmen in action. The boutiques display the many items produced. Tours available in Khmer, English, French, German, Spanish, Japanese and Chinese.  

Eat

There are hundreds of restaurants in Siem Reap and you will have no trouble finding something which suits your tastes and budget. If you don't want to eat out, most guesthouses have a basic restaurant attached and can quickly whip up a decent fried rice.

Pub Street is best known as a watering hole, but it has also many nice restaurants that won't break the bank.

In town, there are entire streets catering for the traveler tastes with pizzas, hamburgers, and tasty westernised versions of Cambodian food such as Amok and 'Khmer curry'.

The numerous Karaoke restaurants offer a real authentic experience of modern Khmer dining. Many of the most authentic Karaoke-style restaurants are hidden in the backstreets, though your moto or tuk-tuk driver will no doubt know where to take you. He will be happy to wait (or join you) if you are really out in the boonies. Try to sit far from the speakers and prepare for mozzies. There is often no English menu, but one of the staff will be happy to help you order. Try phnom pleurng, a delicious cook-it-yourself beef barbecue. Another sensational dish, which is only available at these types of restaurants, is the trei bung gancheyt - a whole fish bubbling in a tasty peanuty sauce with green veggies.

*  Fresh at Chilli Si Dang (Fresh), East River Road, next to City River Hotel (2 minutes from Pub Street), +85517875129, 7am-2am. Beautiful riverside garden out of the hustle and bustle.Enjoy great high quality local and western food, play pool, relax on the balcony and use the free WI-FI with sunset views. Friday Quiz, Saturday BBQ, Sunday Roasts, Specials everyday $3+. (13.356093,103.858362) 

*  Selantra Restaurant, Wat Bo Road (5 minutes to Pub Street), 012569975, 10AM-10PM. Everyday happy hour from 6PM to 8PM, special set menu available everyday, every Sunday every bottle of Chilean or French wine will get another bottle for free! 3$-18$.  

Budget

The street directly west of Pub Street is lined with many stalls offering meals of fried rice or fried noodles for about $1. The hawkers seem to have two menus with different prices and simply hesitating in front of a stall and tends to earn a like-it-or-get-your-money-back offer. The food seems to be fairly clean. The markets also offer local Khmer fare but hygiene can be dubious.

*  Angkor Famous, (on the small alley parallel to pub street). Offers tasty Thai and Cambodian fare at reasonable prices. Two-for-one beer specials and friendly staff.  

*  Chiang Mai, (on Wat Bo Rd). Basic Thai fare. Lunch: From $1.50, dinner costs a bit more.

*  Chivat Thai 2, (on Wat Bo Rd). Basic Thai fare. Lunch: From $1.50, dinner costs a bit more.

*  Phsar Chas Restaurant, (Street 9). Good food for a very reasonable price. Coconut curry: $1.50; Fruit shakes: $0.50.

Mid-range

*  Blue Pumpkin, Pub Street, Upscale, clean, air conditioned, WiFi connection.  

*  Butterflies Garden Restaurant, (On the east side of the river, in the Wat Bo area), A small garden enclosure filled with butterflies and excellent fare. The restaurant employs local disadvantaged youth to catch butterflies, which are released at 11AM Mon-Thu into the garden. Private dining areas in the garden are a lovely venue. Extensive menu, vegetarian-friendly. Meals from $3-$6.

*  Café Moi Moi, Angkor Rd (to the left, after Meridien, before ticket booth). An unpretentious alfresco restaurant with a delightful little garden, serving up Khmer dishes, some traditional, some with a Japanese twist. Nibble some pickles and sweet peanuts, try their famous pumpkin pudding for dessert and wash it all down with a large beer. Amok: $3.50, Prahok: $3.

*  Chamkar, (in the old market). sty, clean, all vegetarian. Offers cooking classes.  

*  Curry Walla Indian Cuisine, on Sivatha road. Halal. Serves vegetarian & non-vegetarian Indian fare. Offers free internet access to all customers as well as guidebooks for reading. From $2.50.  

*  Curry Walla 2, Night Market Road. Same as above.

*  Ecstatic Pizza, (Pub Street, opposite Province Hospital). $4-$7.

*  Happy Angkor Pizza, (Pub Street). depending on how the police are feeling that day either may or may not sell you cannabis-laced "happy" pizza. It may pay to subtly confirm with your server that the pizza will be "all the way happy" but don't try the "extra happy" unless you know what you're doing. Also, note that if they are willing to sell you any herb without the pizza it is likely to be of poor quality.  

*  Happy Herbs Pizza, (Pub Street).  

*  Kama Sutra, Pub Street (opposite D's book shop). Authentic slightly upmarket Indian food. $7.

*  Khmer Family. Tasty and cheap local grub, although it's rather toned down for the foreign palate and often tastes like Thai food without the chillis. Pleasant, breezy second-floor balcony. $2-$4.

*  Khmer Kitchen, (alley behind Pub Street). Good value and very popular.

*  La Volpaia Pizzeria, #0263 Vithei Charles De Gaulle (on the way to Angkor Wat, in front of Stad Chas, between Angkor National Museum and Sofitel Hotel), (855) 063 764 184, noon-2:30PM and 5:30PM-10:30PM. Italian Cuisine specializing in pizzas and pastas and grilled steaks. A/C dining room, VIP rooms, outdoor and garden seatings.

*  Maharajah, (old market area). Indian halal restaurant, free Wi-Fi.

*  Mandalay Kitchen''', Mandalay Inn, Psar Krohm Road, 063 761 662, 092 865 356. Home-cooked style Cambodian and Burmese food. Air-conditioned and free WiFi.

*  Samapheap, (on the eastern riverbank a short hop down from Route 6). large and popular restaurant, catering to both Khmers and tour groups. The menu is extensive, service is quick, and the food is good. $2-$5.  

*  Singing Tree Cafe, (At the entrance to Alley West just 20 meters off Pub Street and the Old Market), an unusual place combining delicious and affordable home style cooking with environmental displays. Large (mostly vegetarian) menu comprised of both authentic Khmer home cooking and large selection of grilled sandwiches and fresh salads, juices and shakes. $2-$5.

*  Socheata I & II, Pub Alley. Plastic chairs and a few geckos. Huge menu, good service. For the more adventurous, you can also get frog dishes here. From $2.  

*  Temple Club/Temple Restaurant, Pub Street. Good food, good service. Many meals good for 2 person or for one very hungry one. Try their banana spring rolls! Free Apsara dance in the evening. Before 6pm: Meal & beer for $3.

*  Viroth's Restaurant, Wat Bo. Very good Khmer restaurant, always quite full with foreigners (be prepared to book or to wait to get a table). A very extensive menu with Vegetarian options wherever possible. $5-$8.  

*  Viva, Pub Street. Siem Reap's first and only Mexican restaurant, with a menu containing just about everything you'd expect in a typical Mexican restaurant. Good food, reasonable prices.  

Splurge

*  Abacus. Beautiful garden setting and a temple-stone bar. Renauld, the Maitre 'd, adds flair and style, and the excellent menu is a real treat. At around US$10 for a main, you might not be eating here every night if you are on a tight budget, but it is well worth splashing out at least once.

*  Alliance Art Cafe, Wat Damnak Road, Housed in a French colonial building built in 1953, on the former grounds of the French Cultural Center, this cafe offers both French and Cambodian dishes within an art exhibition space. With main courses from $6 to $18 it is certainly pricey in a Cambodian context, but the food is good and it has a very stylish ambience - a good choice for a romantic meal or a business dinner. $15-25.  

*  East India Curry, Located at the top floor of the Claremont Angkor Hotel on Street 20, the restaurant offers tasty Indian food with views of the city. A full meal including drinks will run you $15 per person. Plenty of vegetarian options available.

*  L'Angelo, Le Meridien. Probably Siem Reap's most daring restaurant, serving fusionesque Italian cuisine like foie gras on a bed of white asparagus and balsamic vinegar ice cream in a setting so achingly modern that the only decoration is a cloud of black dots on the white wall. There is a price to pay though a full meal with a glass or two of wine on the side can easily set you back around $100 for two.

*  Le Malraux. tel +855-63 966-041. In the heart of the city, on Sivatha street. French cuisine and Khmer specialties, all made with local and fresh products. Open early in the morning for breakfast.

*  Meric, Hotel de la Paix, tel. +855-63-966-000. Acclaimed by some as the best Khmer restaurant in all Cambodia, it is set in a chic hotel with a minimalist modern feel. You are liable to forget where you are. The chefs here painstakingly source out the freshest (and strangest) ingredients to build their multi-course seasonal menu (US$31++ optional wine pairing US$16++). A typical set will have you dining on dried snake salad and grilled frog, but rest assured, it all actually tastes good. Arrive before 9.15 PM for the four course prix-fixe Khmer meal with wine selection. Sit in airconditioned comfort, or outside tables and lounge furniture. The hotel also has a modern bar with local art displayed.

Drink

Most of Siem Reap's watering holes are concentrated in a few lanes north of Psar Chas (the old market), mainly on a street known appropiately as "Bar Street" or "Pub Street". Drinks usually $2 and up, although most if not all bars have happy hours before 8PM and draft Angkor often goes for as little as $0.50. When ordering beer - be careful, if you order a bottle of beer and the beer is open when delivered to the table - there is a good chance it is watered down - ask for the bottle to be opened at your table.

*  Angkor What?, Pub Street. The pub that started it all, still going strong after ten years and covered in years of scribbled notes from travellers to prove it.

*  The Dead Fish Tower: Near CCB Bank, Phsar Chas. This trendy spot features live crocodiles, a full menu of both western and local dishes, and great entertainment. The Dead Fish is a laid back bar/restaurant, where patrons sit on the floor. A night at the Dead Fish could likely include some combination of live western acoustic guitar music, followed by a Khmer traditional dance performance.

*  FCC Angkor, (west river bank next to post office), Opened in October 2002, this is far and away Siem Reap's hippest place for a bite and a drink. A branch of the legendary  Phnom Penh Foreign Correspondents' Club, the FCC offers food (~US$5) and drink (~US$3) in a marvelous blend of modern style and colonial architecture if at a fairly steep price, at least by Cambodian standards.

*  Giddy Gecko, Walking Street. Western run bar and lounge with an eclectic array of music and a chilled out atmosphere. The up and coming real pub street of Siem Reap.

*  Laundry Bar A popular French-owned expat hangout with a sophisticated setting and chilled atmosphere, this is definitely a late-night bar. It features a huge selection of music albums for sale at $5 for 7 albums (on one MP3 disk). Free pool table.

*  Le Tigre du Papier, Pub Street. Free movies most evenings, a huge selection of used books upstairs and cheap shots of the aniseed liquor pastis. French-run.

*  Linga Bar, the only 1 of 2 gay-friendly bars in the village that attracts gay and straights alike. In the words of the owner, your grandmother would feel comfortable here. Great drinks opposite the markets, parallel to the "bar" street.

*  Martini, a lively Khmer nightclub with great local music, some shows, and lots of activity. No entry charge, a token parking charge for bikes, and a flat rate of $2 a beer.

*  Miss Wong, The Lane. An atmospheric and relaxed cocktail bar with good reviews. New Zealand-owned.

*  Soup Dragon, Pub Street. A restaurant/bar on one of the corners of the "bar" street in the old part of town. Great sunset vista from their rooftop with the added bonus being it is the same time as happy hour - two for one cocktails, drinks range from $2-$4. The food is mostly Vietnamese, good and cheap plus they make their own ice cream.

*  Sports Bar, Alley Street (Just Behind Pub Street old market). More than just a sports bar, with free pool table and 3 large HD TVs. Great place to watch rugby and football while you're abroad.

*  Temple Club, Pub Street. A popular western-orienated (but Khmer-owned) nightclub featuring Angkorian decor, three free pool tables, and a rocking dance floor, it's not uncommon for this place to be open until sunrise. Inexpensive drinks hide the fact that the beer is watered down and the glasses are small sized. You may have to wait some time at the bar for a drink, the bigger the club gets the less care there is for the customer.

*  The Warehouse. Just finished a massive refit. One of the best atmospheres in town. Great cocktails and inventive pub fare on all three levels. The ground floor tends towards raucous good times while the 1st floor offers free pool, Nintendo Wii, a large flat screen tv for sporting events and a table football table to entertain you. The rooftop has one of the best views in Siem Reap, with a chic lounge atmosphere and a semi-open kitchen. Free draft beer offered at various times on Friday (with an Angkor Wat ticket), though courtesy dictates you have a drink or two before or afterwards or dine from the food menu.

*  Banana Leaf Cafe (Bananaleaf restaurant), Pub Street. Small contemporary street side café, with week-end live music. Efficient and professional staff will entertain the crowd until late hours. Great affordable cocktails and the unique crocodile burger...for you predeator!

 

Get around

Distances between the beaches are a little too long to walk comfortably, but getting around is easy, as the roads are wide and bike taxis (motodop) are everywhere. The standard price is US$1 per trip, although expect to haggle at night or if the distance is long. They'll gladly pile on two people and their luggage too. For larger groups, car taxis can be called up by phone (flat US$5 to most places around town).

There are dozens of the ubiquitous tuk-tuks around the new bus station and the accommodation areas. They are some of the most persistent and over-charging drivers in Cambodia; they have formed an "association" for price fixing - a trip to the bus station, $2 in Phnom Penh, costs $3 if your bus company pays but they will hit you for $6 if you arrive at the bus station and want to go to the beach. If you have decided where you will stay it can help to call for a pick up; even if its not free, it may save you some overcharging.

The ride from the new bus station to Serendipity Beach should cost no more than $3 during the day.

Another great choice to get around is to rent a scooter. Haggle a bit and you can get it for US$5 a day. Fuel is quite cheap and can be bought at many roadside shacks. However, as of 2009, renting scooters to foreigners is technically illegal, and the police may stop and fine you.

See

The town itself doesn't offer much to see.

Beaches

The main reason to visit Sihanoukville is the beaches. They are not as crowded as many of those in Thailand, but can be cramped on weekends and holidays. Like many beaches in Southeast Asia, they are covered in a lot of rubbish, but Otres beach is very clean.

Victory Beach, (south of the commercial port). Plenty of budget accommodation nearby on Weather Station Hill.  

Independence Beach. Also known as '7-chann beach' after the seven-storey Independence Hotel  

Sokha Beach. owned by Sokha Beach Resort, it is private but you can access it by paying a couple dollars. You wont have many people begging or trying to sell you something here.  

Ochheuteal Beach. the most popular beach, with many restaurants, bars and food vendors. Pronounced, roughly, "oh-chur-teal".  

Serendipity Beach. Guesthouses and bar/restaurants right on the beach, open until the early hours.  

Otres Beach, (South-east of Serendipity and Ochheuteal Beaches). Amazing 4km long stretch of clean, white sands. less crowded and definitely more relaxed than other beaches in Sihanoukville. every season more and more beach bars and guesthouses are poping up along the beach. tourists will find accommodation in rooms or bungalows (prices ranging from $5 - 30 p/night). otres beach is great place for lazy sunbathing but other activities also available (catamarans, windsurfing, kayaks, various boat trips, bicycles).  

Other

Kampong Pier Nup Lok, (2 km north of the commercial port). The old fishing port. Offers some nice views.  

Ream National Park. A wonderful mangrove nature reserve about 30 minutes driving from Sihanoukville. Take a moto to park headquarters for $2. From there, park rangers offer walking tours for $5 or boat tours for $20 (4 people). Call in advance. The organised trips from Sihanoukville can be disappointing, as they sometimes fail to supply a proper guide and the food can be a bit dodgy.  

Koh Russei (Bamboo Island). See the seperate article on Koh Russei for more information.  

Do

Scuba Diving. There are many islands off the Cambodian coast that have lots of coral and fish. All the dive boats in Cambodia leave from the Sihanoukville port area. There are 2 PADI Dive Centers, 1 SSI Dive Center and instructors from NAUI and CMAS working at smaller dive shops in town. The main scuba diving area is the Koh Rung Group located 14 miles offshore. There is also some shallow diving at Koh Tas 6 miles of shore. The best diving is the overnight trips to the Koh Tang Group, 35 miles from Siahnoukville, where large pelagic are seen regularly, visibility is double what you will find at the close in sites. 2 dive day trips US$59-70, overnight trips US$185-195 all inclusive.  

Golden Spa & Massage, (opposite monkey republic), 011921110, Offers a wide variety of massages as well as nail care, body scrubs and so on.  

Snorkeling. Possible around most of the islands, with the best snorkeling being at the further our islands for visibility, corals and fish. Many restaurants at Serendipity Beach advertise a snorkeling trip for $15, but most are incapable of properly explaining what their offer includes. Most will boil down to the same trip organized by one of the travel agents which includes (simple) breakfast at the beach, a visit to two snorkeling spots and a 3 hour lunchbreak at Koh Russei (Bamboo Island).  

The Cambodian Children's Painting Project (CCPP) This is located on Serendipity Beach Rd. CCPP is a NGO which works with impoverished Cambodian children. Together with volunteers the children create art which is then sold to help support the children's families and the project itself. As part of the project children are provided with access to education, painting materials, sport activities, two meals a day, medical assistance and dental assistance. Social workers are employed to work with the children's families. You can help by becoming a volunteer, donating painting materials, buying a painting, donating money or by holding an exhibition of the children's art.

Unspoiled Island Day Trip. Finding a clean and unspoiled beach (apart from private Sokha Beach) is challenging in Sihanoukville but can be found a couple of hours away on the island Koh Rong Saloem. Daily ferries can take you there in the morning or a one-day trips including snorkeling, fishing, lunch and light breakfast can be booked at  This particular company takes its passengers to a deserted 5km strip of pristine beach. It's run by a very fun and entertaining German man called Robert. There is also accommodation on the island at Lazy Beach.  

Buy

There are several small shops in the town, plus a standard Cambodian market ('Psaa Leu'). Although tourism is growing, don't expect large scale tourist markets. As at November 2008, there is still no tailor.

Several clothing and souvenir shops are opening downtown and around the Victory Hill and Ocheteaul area as well.

ATM machines can be found throughout the city. Downtown, there are ATMs from ANZ Bank, Canadia Bank, and Acleda Bank. There are also ATMs around the "Golden Lions", on "Beach Street", at CCS Hotel and one at the Golden Sands Hotel, Occheuteal Beach.

Rajana, (Above the Starfish Cafe). Handicrafts  

Eat

Along the beaches, especially at Ochheuteal Beach, there are many food stalls and some restaurants serving grilled, meat, chicken, and seafood with chips/fries and a beer for $3-$4. There are a good many restaurants in town as well. Sihanoukville has a surprisingly diverse set of cuisines.

Angelo's Restaurant, Near Golden Sands Hotel, Excellent BBQ (try the ribs!) and Greek cuisine.

Grand Restaurant Kampuchea, Next to Angelo's and accross the road from the Beach Club on Tola Street. The Chicken Amok Curry (served in a coconut) is a particular highlight (US$3).

Happa, Serendipity Beach Rd. Japanese teppanyaki (hot plate) restaurant.

Cinderellas Coffee Shop, Ochheuteal Beach. Very pleasant coffeeshop/cafe just off Ochheuteal Beach with comfortable indoor and terrace patio seating. Offering a reasonably priced menu featuring western, Korean and Asian dishes - a fusion selection. A la carte menu for lunch and dinner offering a concise choice of western, Indian, Korean, Japanese and fusion dishes. And, of course, lots of coffees - espresso, cappuccino, frappes, cold coffee and excellent pastries and ice creams. The Apple Strudel is excellent. Full bar, beer, wine, cocktails. Tel: 012-613380

Ku Kai, Serendipity Beach Rd. Japanese restaurant with sashimi (raw fish) and awesome ribs.

La Paillote, tel. +855-12-632347, Victory Beach. French-Khmer cuisine in one of the finest restaurants in the country. Entrees US$5-11.

La Reserve Sihanoukville, on Victory Hill, Gourmet French Cuisine with Master Chef Patrick Escribe, Table de France.

L'luna d'Autunno. Situated on the right hand side of Ekareach Street, a short way before the curve that heads down to the Golden Lions. L'luna is a wonderful Italian Restaurant offering one of the best dining experiences in Sihanoukville. The staff are extremely well trained & friendly, and prices are not overly expensive, with Pasta's and Pizza's at around 8 to 9 dollars.

The Look Bar and Restaurant. On Victory Hill in Bar St. Free pool, multiple TV-Screens, WiFir and a wide selection of drinks and food. Weekly blues/rock/rock'n'roll live music and BBQ with latino music.

Maharajah Royal Indian Cuisine Halal Siem Reap's popular,Now opened a sister restaurant in SihanoukVille,at Victory Hill +855-15-966221 menu from $3~$10

The Mexican, tel. +855-12-315338, Serendipity Beach Road. Mexican, Western and Khmer Food, sizzling fajitas, tacos, jalapeno poppers, quesadillas

Mick and Craig's restaurant. Near the Golden Lions. ASihanoukville institution which has been providing comfort food in Sihanoukville since 1997. Check out the nightly specials. Their mexican "tex mex" menu and Sunday roast are particular favourites.

Monkey Republic. Near the Golden Lions. Favourite dishes are Kekabs, Baracuda (fish) and Chips, Chicken Amok and Some fine gourmet rolls. Prices are reasonable and the portions are big.

Noh Kor Phnom, Occheuteal Beach (inland, on first road to beach when coming in from town). Friendly no-frills seafood restaurant with a menu of over two hundred options. Try the steamed sunfish with soybeans and ginger (US$4.25).

Pim's Restaurant, Ochheuteal Beach. Western ala carte menu, BBQ, and wok menu. Traditional Cambodian evenings. Nine hole mini-golf, petanque (boules), darts, pool and table tennis.

Same Same But Different. On the beach, reasonablefood, good price, good staff. Excellent Thai Green Curry. Beware the Happy Pizza, it's very happy.

Drink

The trend on Serendipity Beach is to advertise with permanent 'Happy Hour', which usually implies cocktails for 2 or 2.5$ and draft Anchor beer for as little as 50-75c. The latter is only recommendable if you don't mind drinking it with ice, however, as it is not as cold as it should be.

Captain Morgan, Golden Lions Plaza. Nice looking bar with friendly staff. Food and snacks. Open until very late.

Dolphin Shack, Located on Serendipity Beach. 25c happy hour draft, $1 Vodka Mixers, outside dance floor.

Monkey Republic, Near Serendipity Beach. 75c happy hour Draft, Big parties every Thursday. Good pool table. Good tunes selected by UK DJs.

The Nap House, Located right on Serendipity Beach. From Golden Lion Roundabout, go Beach Road south and continue on steep road down to beach. Last plot on the right, beach front. Open air disco. 25c happy hour draft. Loads of people. Open until late.

Star Bar, Located downtown behind Shell gas station. Extremely cold Anchor draft beer (happy hour 50c, rest of the day 75c). Friendly waitresses. Good pool table. Decent kitchen with western oriented menu. Popular Wednesday evening barbecue US$2.