Siem Reap Resources
Candy Publications: The website design is a little busy, but this local guide provides helpful, detailed lists of accommodations, restaurants, businesses and sites in Cambodia.
TourismCambodia.com: This site was established under the Ministry of Tourism of Cambodia. The listings can be a little overwhelming, the most helpful sections are “What to See” and the extensive page on “Angkor Wat.”
Agoda.com: Online hotel search service that specializes in Asian travel.
Hotel Be Angkor: A personal hotel with a choice of three rooms, each showcasing the work of a different locally-based artist. Hotel Be Angkor is located on The Passage in the the heart of the Old Distract. The owners take pride in practicing corporate responsibility, sustainable and eco-friendly tourism, and locally-based initiatives. Rates include daily breakfasts, airport pick-up, WiFi, a complimentary fruit drink and welcome drink – starting at $74 USD.
The Hotel One Collection: This concept hotel is run by the same owners as Hotel Be Angkor. It only has one room, meaning guests receive individualized attention. A spacious suite overlooks the Old Market of Siem Reap and is decorated in the work by a local artist. Amenities include a private roof-top terrace, jacuzzi, two-person Granito tub, mobile phone, private bathroom, outdoor shower, and an indoor/outdoor sound system. Rates include daily private terrace breakfasts, airport transfers, WiFi, drinking water and soft drinks, a complimentary fruit tray and welcome drink — starting at $150 USD.
Shinta Mani Resort & Club: Shinta Mani runs an upscale boutique hotel and resort with Angkorian-inspired design. Both the club hotel and resort offer a tranquil and shady setting in the Old French Quarter. Shanti Mani operations have the reputation for high service and excellence. It is run by the NGO, The Shinta Mani Foundation, an organization dedicated to responsible tourism by providing education and training to Cambodians in the hospitality industry. Rooms start at $83 USD per night at the Resort and $170 USD per night at the Club.
Chamkar: Delicious vegetarian restaurant in The Passage that serves Khmer fare subtly infused with French cuisine.
Green Star Restaurant: Not-for-profit, traditional Khmer restaurant with cheap prices. Established through the Green Gecko Project, Green Star generates funds to support Green Gecko projects and initiatives. It’s located away from the tourist area at the South end of Wot Bo Road.
AHA: Fine dining establishment operated by the Shinta Mani Foundation. Located in The Passage, this funky, modern restaurant serves tapas-style fare and has an extensive wine list.
The Blue Pumpkin: The Blue Pumpkin is an east-meets-west restaurant, bakery, and ice cream parlor with a lounge atmosphere. It’s not the kind of place to go for a traditional experience, but is convenient when you need pack lunches or breakfasts to-go for day trips.
The Old Market: Skip the souvenir stalls and head to the food area. This is a good place to find spices, teas, dried fruits, and nuts to bring back. There’s a great selection of produce and prepared foods, just remember that those items will probably not be allowed through customs in other countries.
Bodia Spa: A relaxing, mid-range spa for massages and body treatments. They sell a line of herbal balms and scrubs that make great gifts. Many of the products are also sold in local drugstores. My balm has lasted over a year and is one of my favorite, soothing treatments for sore muscles and joints.
Binky Higgins: This women’s boutique offers well-priced, quality-made, limited edition clothing and accessories. The store takes an ethical approach to production by providing excellent working conditions and hiring local women, empowering them with sustainable skills and encouraging them to be involved in the creative process. Located at FCC complex on Pokambor Avenue.
The McDermott Gallery: These three Siem Reap galleries features iconic photography of Angkor and Asia by American photographer John McDermott. They also carry rotating exhibitions of local and international mixed media artists. This is an interesting place to see art even if you are not interested in making a purchase. Locations at the FCC complex, The Passage, and Raffles Hotel.
Smateria: Store that sells fun yet practical bags and accessories hand made in Cambodia from common and recycled materials. Great gift options for men, women, and children. The store is located in Alley West in the Old Market area.
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Lara was instilled with the travel bug at an early age and has visited over 25 countries. Her mother’s job as a flight attendant enabled a childhood of seeing the world. In addition to being the founding editor of En Route Traveler, Lara also works as the Art Director for the branding firm, Belmont Inc., in Alexandria, VA. In her spare time, she instructs high-energy Zumba dance classes, contributes as a Local Expert to AFAR, enjoys vegetarian cuisine, dabbles in photography and, of course, travels as much as possible.