Bangkok to Siem Reap by Bus (and vice versa)

There are several options for traveling between Bangkok and Siem Reap including flights, train/bus, and bus. In this article, I am going to focus on bus services. But let me start by saying this, if you plan in advance you can sometimes book flight tickets for under $50 and I’d recommend that. There is nothing…

The Cost of Living in Cambodia (inc Siem Reap & Phnom Penh)

Cambodia is becoming a very popular destination for expats with more and more choosing to move to the country every day. It may be to find an English teaching position (or German, French, Chinese or Japanese), working for corporate or government, to open a business, to retire, or working as a digital nomad. Whatever the…

Where to find Great Coffee in Siem Reap? Here’s your guide

If you crave for a well-blended latte, then this post is for you. Siem Reap is a melting pot of cultures from its past colonial history, modern entrepreneur expats, and well-traveled locals who return with new ideas and skills. For the most part, the coffee scene reflects this, there are local styles of coffee, classic…

Where to Stay in Siem Reap (and Where You Shouldn’t!)

Trying to figure out where to stay in Siem Reap and which area is going to suit you best? Then read on. After living here for over 6 months I’m going step you through how to choose the best area, and the best guesthouse or hotel for you. As you surely know, Siem Reap is…

Guide: Renting an Apartment in Siem Reap

If you’re going to be staying in Siem Reap for more than a few weeks then you will probably want to negotiate something cheaper than hotel or hostel rack rates. Here’s an intro to how it all plays out here in Siem Reap. Fortunately, there are loads of places that offer short term and long term…

Siem Reap to Poipet/Aranyaprathet Border Crossing & Return [Scammerless]

The closest international border to Siem Reap is located on the Thai/Cambodia border at the Cambodian city of Poipet with Aranyaprathet on the Thailand side. If you are going Siem Reap<>Bangkok overland then you will be going through this border checkpoint. Reading previous reports on the internet, noting that some are quite dated, this was…

Spa’s, Massages and Ways to Relax in Siem Reap

Trekking around temples in the beating sun takes its toll, a heavy toll sometimes and Siem Reap is a place where chillin is a must do activity. Rest and relax time is not just part of the holiday schedule it’s a necessity for managing and getting through the unrelenting heat without pushing yourself into a…

Cambodia Gone Wild – The Amazing Khmer New Year Festival in Siem Reap

Asia has some of the world’s most amazing festivals, including the traditional and recent additions that have tacked themselves onto existing traditional holidays. One newcomer which looks set to become a globally renowned event is Siem Reap’s Angkor Sankranta Festival. The event ties into the traditional Khmer New Year (based on Buddhist calendar) which celebrates…

Beating the Heat in Siem Reap & Cambodia

Cambodia is hot, all the time. Scorching, burning hot. But, don’t fear, it’s survivable and more than that, if you do it right it actually becomes quite comfortable and dare is say enjoyable. Why do I say enjoyable? To be honest, the heat for forces you to be relaxed. You can’t ‘dress up’, there’s no…

Po Banteaychey Pagoda Siem Reap

Once you have hired a scooter it opens up exploring Siem Reap and enjoying the local countryside, one suggested short road-trip is to Po Banteaychey Pagoda. It’s an easy cruise and the roads are all paved and in good condition. Not busy either and along the way there are several fuel stations and places to get…

The Fast Guide to Angkor Wat & Angkor Archaeological Park

Angkor Wat and the Angkor Archaeological Park are somewhere that I cannot recommend visiting enough, seriously, just go there. I have spent the last ten years stepping through ancient cultures in Asia but this is something truly special, the minute I walked onto the path towards Angkor Wat and looked towards this massive stone temple…

The One Page Essential Super-Guide to Siem Reap Cambodia

Being home to the amazing UNESCO-listed ancient ruins that are Angkor Wat, Siem Reap is one of Cambodia’s key destinations for travelers. It’s also a vibrant city and one, due to the massive volumes of international tourists, and the ones who fell in love and stayed, emerging as a very cosmopolitan city it’s own unique…