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Living in Siem Reap, Cambodia:
Tips for Moving and Visiting

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If you've been wondering what it's like to live in or visit Siem Reap, the Crowdsourced Explorer community can help. We asked three people living in Siem Reap what someone who is considering moving to or visiting there should know. Here are their pros and cons, tips, and advice:


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Siem Reap has a feeling like no other place, it’s a small city with enough to do you’ll never feel bored, but not too big it becomes overwhelming. There is something for everyone, with history everywhere, whether it’s small temples in the city, or the world famous Angkor Wat complex. If you fancy an adventure you could go quad biking or zip-lining, if you want to relax there are plenty of cafes or you could watch the sunset over the rice fields, there is even a beach if you know where to look. To top it off the locals are some of the friendliest people you will ever meet, they are more than happy to help you or even just have a conversation.

Michael, says: 2023

The water isn’t potable, as it contains large amounts of arsenic. This should not be a problem as bottled water is available in stores, which are abundant. The food is safe though, as long as you stick to the more western style restaurants. Local food may be consumed safely if it is well cooked and served quickly.

Someone relocating to Siem Reap should know this city’s heat. It is regularly in the nineties, and temperatures can climb up to 106 degrees during the dry season. One should learn some words in Khmer, or Cambodian. Khmer food is absolutely delicious, and Siem Reap has no shortage of options! If you’re in the mood for Western food, the chefs here really know how to deliver great flavor and quality for the price. There are chic little boutique hotels with spa services and cocktails on offer, and abounding coffee shops and fair trade enterprises to frequent. Siem Reap is Cambodia’s City of Temples, so while you live here, pick up a ticket and explore the dozens of ruins all around the province, most over 700 years old.

Bernard, says: 2020

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