Siem Reap General Information
While most people who visit Siem Reap come for the Angkor Wat experience, there are many other things worthwhile to see & do as well. If your travel plans permit, we suggest that you might want to spend an extra day or two exploring Siem Reap, the town has evolved rapidly over the past few years with the emergence of some nice bars, excellent restaurants and fashionable boutiques.
You can enjoy walking around the French Colonial architecture around the Old Market and in the old French Quarter, shop for local arts & crafts in the Old Market, visit silk farms, go see the unique Cambodian Circus "Phare" or take in the wildlife near Tonle sap Lake.
Siem Reap is a fairly flat, compact town so walking around is very easy. It is less than five minutes leisurely stroll from the Golden Banana Hotel to the Old Market area and Pub Street.
Motodops (motorbike taxi) are plentiful and a full-day service can be arranged. Agree on a price first. We strongly recommend requesting a helmet. Foreigners are not permitted to hire motorcycles themselves.
Tuk-tuks will call to tourists from nearly any street corner. Most tuk-tuks can carry up to four people. Prices can double at night or during bad weather. Agree on a price first and make sure the driver is absolutely clear about your destination.
Cars with drivers can be hired for single trips or whole days. Most speak a little English but are not tour guides.
The Cambodian language is Khmer. English is commonly spoken in hotels and most bars and restaurants in town.
The climate in Siem Reap is tropical. There are two main seasons. The Rainy Season (June-October) and the Dry Season – which is divided into two sub-seasons, cool (November-February) and hot (March-May).