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Chinese New Year ! Angkor Wat Discovery,Cambodia & Phan Thiet Beach Retreat,Vietnam
Tour Code: STS-KH-003 Price per person from: From RMB 7,380
Departure Date: Daily Click for Price Details

Cambodia is a relatively small country, but the sights offered in this tour are stunning. The temples of Angkor are without doubt the most important sights in the world. The extravagant beauty of the temples, built between the 9th and 14th centuries AD is an absolute must for all visitors to the country. Angkor used to be the spectacular political and cultural centre of the Khmer empire. The temples are the only witnesses to the former grandeur of this kingdom, because they were the only stone buildings allowed by the deeply religious emperors. Their beauty and the special atmosphere is above description. And you also can enjoy and relax at the best beach of Vietnam, that's why we name this package.



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Angkor Wat Discovery & Phan Thiet Beach Retreat
9 Days/ 8 Nights
 Departure date: Daily

Flight schedule-by Vietnam Airlines
Date  Flight No.  Dep. City/ Time   Arrival City / Time      Duration
Day 01  VN 901   Beijing / 1545      Hanoi / 1820    5 hrs 35 mins
Day 02
  VN 845   Hanoi / 1655       Sime Reap / 1850   1 hr    55 mins
Day 05
  VN 828   Siem Reap / 1820      HCMC / 1920    1 hr
Day 09
  VN 900   HCMC / 0600      Beijing / 1445      5 hrs 35 mins

Tour Itinerary-
Day 01 Beijing--Hanoi
Flight from Beijing to Hanoi, Upon arrivel in Hanoi, transfer to the hotel
Overnight in Hanoi


Day 02 Hanoi-Siem Reap(B)
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 03 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 04 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 05 Siem Reap-HCMC-Phan Thiet(B)
Take the flight to HCMC, upon arrivial , transfer to beachside town Phan Thiet directly, rest of the day, simply relax.
Overnight in Phan Thiet

Day 06 Phan Thiet(B)
Doing exercise in early morning on the beach is a good decision. Breathe in and out. Let fresh sea air overwhelm your poor lung which has been spoiled by air polution in city.
Do not forget to rent a bicycle when you are in Phan Thiet. You won't have other chance to ride along the beautiful and peaceful beaches or simply just move up and down sloping streets like that.
Overnight in Phan Thiet

Day 07 Phan Thiet(B)
Beside all the funs a beach destination can offer to you, Phan Thiet will surprise you more.
If you've never been to desert than you have a chance to taste the feeling of it right near the tropical beaches of Phan Thiet! Go and have a look! It's amazing and you can also slide down from the dunes with the plastic sheets offered by the local kids.
Overnight in Phan Thiet


Day 08 Phan Thiet-HCMC(B)
Enjoy the last moment in Phan thiet, then transfer to the airport 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)
Package the breakfast in the hotel, and transfer to the airport , catch the flight back to Beijing.


Hotel List- 

  Category Adult Share Twin Adult Extra Bed Child Share Existing Bed with Adult Child Extra Bed  
  Standard Room 7,380 6,830 4,360 5,170  
  First Class 8,420 7,520 4,520 5,860  
  Superior A 8,500 7,270 4,860 5,600  
  B 8,540 7,490 4,860 5,820  
  C 8,420 7,820 4,860 6,160  
  Deluxe A 9,980 9,080 5,120 7,410  
  B 10,050 9,080 5,120 7,410  
  C 9,210 7,920 5,120 6,310  
  D 9,160 7,980 5,120 6,410  

  Category Hanoi Siem Reap Phan Thiet HCMC  
  Hotel Name Room Type Hotel Name Room Type Hotel Name Room Type Hotel Name Room Type  
  Standard Zen Hotel Superior Room City River Hotel Superior Room Pandanus Beach Resort Standard Room Sanouva Hotel Deluxe Room  
  First Class Zen Hotel Superior Room Apsara Angkor Deluxe Room Coco Beach Resort Bungalow Sanouva Hotel Deluxe Room  
  Superior A Medallion Hotel Deluxe Room Borei Angkor Hotel Deluxe Room Mui Ne Sailing Resort Superior Room Cotinental Deluxe Room  
  B Medallion Hotel Deluxe Room Angkor Village Hotel Deluxe Room Allezboo Beach Resort Deluxe Room Cotinental Deluxe Room  
  C Medallion Hotel Deluxe Room Prince D' Angkor Hotel Superior Room Seahorse Hotel Deluxe Room Cotinental Deluxe Room  
  Deluxe A Medallion Hotel Deluxe Room Victoria Angkor Resort Superior Room Victoria Phan Thiet Garden View Room New World Deluxe Room  
  B Medallion Hotel Deluxe Room Victoria Angkor Resort Superior Room Victoria Phan Thiet Beach Front Room New World Deluxe Room  
  C Medallion Hotel Deluxe Room Angkor Village Resort Cottage Room L’ Anmien Mui Ne Superior Room New World Deluxe Room  
  D Medallion Hotel Deluxe Room Angkor Village Resort Cottage Room L’ Anmien Mui Ne Deluxe Room New World Deluxe Room  

  Price Inclusions and Exclusions

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


· Air tax—Approx. RMB1,140 per adult, RMB1,050 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
· Cambodia International Airport departure tax ( USD25 per person)
· Personal travel insurance (should include helicopter evacuation for Laos & repatriation)
· Personal expenses
· Tips for guide, driver, boat crew & hotels' porters
· Two-Entry Tourist Visa to Vietnam*
· Meals other than those mentioned above
· Other services not clearly indicated in the Package Inclusion above

Angkor Village Resort & Spa
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Angkor Village Resort & Spa The famous Angkor Village Hotel and 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
Victor Angkor Resort&spa
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Victor Angkor Resort & 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.
Victoria Phan Thiet
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Victoria Phan Thiet At one of Vietnam's most idyllic seaside resorts, 200 km (124 miles) north of Ho Chi Minh City, the four star Victoria Phan Thiet Beach Resort & Spa is located beside a vast, palm-fringed white sand beach on the South China Sea.
L'Anmien Mui Ne Resort
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L'Anmien Mui Ne Resort Welcome to L'An Mien Beach Resort, Mui Ne's first member of 'Small Luxury Hotels of the World' in Phan Thiet, Vietnam.
New World Saigon Hotel
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New World Saigon Hotel A host to presidents and dignitaries, the breathtaking New World Hotel Saigon stands as the largest and most impressive 5-star hotel in Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam. Set in the thriving centre of the city, where the icons of Saigon's renaissance vibrantly contrast with vestiges from the past, it is well within walking distance to the colourful Ben Thanh Market and many landmarks, museums and cultural centres. Blending thoughtful amenities with uncompromising standards, spacious guest rooms embrace guests in supreme comfort. For those seeking the ultimate retreat, there's an executive floor with private lounge.

Siem Reap Phan Thiet

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.


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 - 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.


*  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 ( 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.


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


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.  


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$-18$.  


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.


*  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.  


*  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.


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!



Getting there & around

Phan Thiet bus station (Ben Xe Binh Thuan; 821 361; Ð Tu Van Tu; 5.30am-3.30pm) is on the northern outskirts of town. Phan Thiet is on Hwy 1A, 198km east of HCMC, 250km from Nha Trang and 247km from Dalat . The nearest train station to Phan Thiet is 12km west of town in dusty little Muong Man.

Located in Binh Thuan province, Phan Thiet is 200 km from Saigon and lies south of Cam Ranh bay on the southernmost stretch of Central Vietnam. Binh Thuan was once a part of the Cham kingdom. In 1692, Lord Nguyen Phuc Chu captured the area and named it Binh Thuan Dinh. Binh Thuan is quite important in Vietnam's history, as it was because of this area that in 1306 King Tran Nhan Tong agreed to the marriage of princess Huyen Chan to King Jaya Sinhavarman III of the Cham Kingdom. During the revolution against the French, it was in this area that the two patriots Phan Chu Trinh and Tran Quy Cap had their start. Furthermore, according to local lore, the area around Phan Thiet is where Han Mac Tu, the disfigured poet, spent his time forlornly as he waited for Mong Cam, the lady of his dreams.

Bai Rang

Bai Rang or Rang Beach is probably the most beautiful beach in Phan Thiet. It is located 15 Km northeast of Phan Thiet and is described by the locals as the beach that is nestled in the middle of a coconut palm forest. Other landmarks in the area of Rang beach are Da Ong Dia (boulders of the Earth God), and Suoi Tien (Celestial stream).

Mui Ne Sand Dunes

However, by far the most popular among tourists are Mui Ne Sand Dunes and Mui Ne Beaches located 12 miles East of Phan Thiet. The sand dunes in this area are shaped by the elements of the wind and therefore is a spectacular site to the visitors.