Packing Guide: Siem Reap

Packing Guide: Siem Reap

1. Knee Length/Long Skirt or Dress – When visiting the temples in Siem Reap you will need to cover your knees and shoulders out of respect for the religion and culture. The misconception is that you need to be covered to enter the grounds, which is not necessarily true (just the actual temple inside the grounds); however, it is recommended that one is covered up out of respect for the culture. Most locals wear long pants and long sleeves at all times. Keep in mind wrap skirts and dresses can be purchased at any of the stalls surrounding the temples for as low as $4.00.

2. Jogger Pants or Linen Pants – These will serve as the same purpose as a long skirt or dress (covering knees). Therefore, this is a style/comfort decision. Some people are simply more comfortable in pants. It is perfectly acceptable to wear leggings or yoga pants. Like skirts and dress, pants can be purchased at any stall as low as $3.00, just do not purchase at Ankor Wat, unless you would like to pay about $8.00 for a pair.

3. Shirt or Tank – As mentioned above your shoulders do not need to be covered at all times, so feel free to wear a short sleeve shirt or tank top, just don’t forget a to bring a scarf. Loose cotton shirts are recommended with the heat!

4. Scarf – If you opt to wear a tank top, shorts, short dress or skirt, bring a scarf that can be wrapped around the shoulders or waist, like a sarong. Just make sure the scarf is large enough. Again, scarves can be purchased at any of the stalls for $3.00-$8.00.

5. Comfortable Shoes – Sneakers will the most the comfortable as the grounds are uneven and made up to loose stones and it can be easy to slip. Tourists do wear sandals as they can be a bit more stylish, so to get the best of both worlds (style and comfort) I recommend espadrilles (with rubber soles) or converse sneakers.

6. Cross Body Bag, Backpack or Fanny Pack – Whenever traveling you need a bag of some sort to keep your items safe. Make sure to select something with zippers and that can be held close to your body. Yes, fanny packs, were a thing of the 80’s, but they are making a comeback and very handy.

7. Hat – Top off the ensemble with a cute stylish hat to protect yourself from the heat.

8. Sunglasses – I know we keep repeating this sentiment, but it is very hot and the sun is intense, so you’ll want sunglasses.

9. Water – It is very hot and can get very tiresome exploring temples all day, so you will want to be hydrated. Most likely your driver will provide you with bottled water, but just in case he does not, come prepared!

10. Also, don’t forgot your sunscreen…it is hot! Hot! HOT!

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Travel Guide: Siem Reap, Cambodia

Siem Reap (the capital city of the Siem Reap Province) is a popular resort town and tourist getaway in Northwest Cambodia. It is not your typical resort town with sandy beaches and palm tree lined streets: however, its proximity to Angkor Wat captivates travelers from all over the world.

Travel Information/ Airport/ Visa:

When you first arrive at Siem Reap International Airport you will be surprised by the quaint airport with tarmac deplaning, reminiscent of a small tropical Island.

The airport consists of one main building where you obtain your tourist visa/ go through customs and get your luggage – doesn’t get much easier than that. Visas are $30USD and can be obtained upon arrival (just don’t forget to bring a passport photo).  And yes, they take US currency and actually prefer it to Cambodian Riel.

Insider Information – Before you leave the airport make sure to exchange $20.00US for Cambodian Riel as this will come in handy while exploring the town, trinket shopping and when you come into contact with locals (mostly children) who may provide small services for you (like removing your shoes prior to entering a Buddhist monastery).


There is no need to prearrange a hotel transfer as this can be handled once you arrive at the airport. After collecting your luggage, exit the airport, you will find a transportation service center on your left.  You will be able to arrange a hotel transfer van ($10) a car ($7) or a tuk tuk ($3).

There are over a thousand temples in the Angkor area, ranging in scale from nondescript piles of brick rubble scattered through the rice fields to Angkor Wat, said to be the world’s largest single religious monument.

If you have limited time in Siem Reap, these are the five must see temples:

  • Start the day off by watching the sunrise over Angkor Wat
  • Bayon (this is this temple will mutple Buddha head statues)


  • Ta Prohm (this is temple where the giant trees seem to grow out of the sky)
  • Banteay Kdey (this is the tomb raider temple)
  • End the day by watching the sunset at PreRup

Insider Information– Buy the temple pass the evening before after 5 pm; therefore, it is good the entire next day.  You can see the sunset at PreRup and the sunrise at Angkor Wat without purchasing a two day pass. You can hire a driver through your hotel; however, any tuk tuk driver or shuttle transportation service driver will make himself available to tour you around for approximate $20 – $30 per day.


If you are in the mood to experience the Cambodia night life the best place is the The Old Market area, which includes the nearby Pub Street alleys and the Night Markets. You can spend the evening people watching, sipping fancy cocktails, shopping for souvenirs or local artisan crafts, or experience the local style with a henna tattoo.

If shopping is your vice, you will have plenty of options; however, skip the elephant pants and go for the wrap around skirts that come in a variety of colors and patterns. They are really more stylish than the pants and just as comfortable.  Most of the shops have similar items so do not feel pressured to buy in one place as you most likely will see the same items later that day.

Insider information- Every shop keeper will bargain with you and don’t worry if you feel like you are paying too little as they will never sell anything below its actual value. Most items will range from $3 to $10.  Make sure to have lots of $1 as this will come in handy when exercising your bargaining skills.  Souvenirs to buy in Cambodia are elephant print clothing, silk scarves and robes, rattan mats and Cambodian candy.


When traveling to foreign countries it can be difficult to decide where to stay. I stayed at the Sofitel Hotel in Siem Reap and I would recommend this hotel.  Their concierge was helpful and they set up tours to Angkor Wat for me.

My visit to Cambodia was a wonderful experience. Hopefully some of my information about this region will help inspire you to travel there or provide you with some necessary information.