Siem Reap

Welcome to Siem Reap

Before the rediscovery of Angkor by the Europeans, Siem Reap was a tiny village. Since then it's a touristic boomtown. There was a halt to tourism during the Khmer rouge regime but since 1995 it started again.Siem Reap is the gateway to Angkor and as such it is mainly catering for everything the tourist needs, or don't need.
Siem Reap has many markets, the most famous is the old market which is located at the town center. There, you will find both local food and souvenirs of all kind.
There is also the night market which covers two places on both sides of the river, it is a nice stroll at the end of the afternoon before or after having dinner or a drink.
Siem Reap also has many buddhists temples. All these temples or Wats are visitable. The Wat is an open and communal place, one of the only rules to respect is to wear a "decent" outfit, usually that means having arms and legs covered. You will often meet the monks there, they are open and eager to know about the visitors.


Visa on Arrival can be obtained at the Visa Counter upon arrival at Cambodia International Airports in Siem Reap & Phnom Penh. Please note that not all foreign passport holders can apply for a visa on arrival.
Visa can also be obtained at the following points of entry:

Cambodia-Thailand border
1. Poipet International checkpoint
2 .Cham Yeam International checkpoint
3. O’Smach International checkpoint

Cambodia-Vietnam border
1. Bavet International checkpoint
2. Kha Orm Sam Nor International checkpoint

Entry Visa requirements:
1. Passport valid for at least four (6) months from the expiry date
2. One recent photograph (4 x 6)

Visa Fees (payment in U.S. Dollar only):
Tourist Visa: USD 30.00
Business Visa: USD 35.00
Tourist Visa can be extended once for up to one (1) month (single entry).

Important Notice:
Visitors will be fined USD 5.00 per day for overstay.
Entry into the Kingdom can be refused to visitors without sufficient funds for their stay and/or a return ticket.

The currency of Cambodia

The national currency here is the Riel (1 US Dollar = app. 4000 - 4200 Riels), but everybody uses US dollars in Siem Reap. Make sure you always have small change for small shops or tuk tuk as they probably won't accept a 100 or 50 dollar bill! Beware that worn dollar bills, or even presenting a small tear, will not be accepted in Cambodia.

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