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SIEM REAP -- Area Code +855-63

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General Information

    Siem Reap, a bustling trading post sprung up at the gates to Angkor's magnificent world wonders and the majestic wildlife haven of the Tonle Sap lake, is now home to the revival of traditional Khmer arts and culture as well as being Cambodia's capital of cool.

    Funkiness, the fantastical and the sublime all co-exist in this friendly, safe and easy-going tropical holiday destination. You'll be doing yourself a disservice if you just fly in and out for an exhausting 2-day temple tour. There's so much to discover and the pace of life so pleasurably lazy that you can easily spend a week here without being bored.

    Hidden jungle animal sculptures that pre-date Angkor, peaceful Buddhist temple compounds housing vibrant 200-year-old murals (including a market scene with four arm-in-arm same-sex couples), an air-conditioned modern Museum explaining the art and iconography you'll encounter at Angkor (do see this first before you begin your temple trek), contemporary art exhibitions by emerging Khmer artists, market places bulging with the stuff of everyday Khmer life, cheap and delicious hole-in-the-wall eateries, eco-tours to floating villages and silk farms, more than a bit of gay life and a chance to interact with friendly and approachable locals, worthy social projects addressing the many needs of a large rural population, a "beach" on the edge of a cosmic ocean where locals go to swim and picnic, a chance to get all your Christmas shopping done in a day -- Siem Reap provides vivid memories at every turn.

    The population of the province is around 1,000,000 and growing fast (that's about 40,000 Utopians living in the vicinity of the city).

    Navigating the local gay scene is easy with our interactive Utopia Map of Gay & Lesbian Siem Reap:

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Businesses


Travel Services

  • ABOUTAsia Travel UTOPIA VERIFIED DEC 2015

    Affinity Angkor UTOPIA VISITED JUN 2016
      012-254-554, 015-254-554, email

      Professional, licensed and openly gay guides to Angkor Wat and Siem Reap vicinity. Explore the wonders of Angkor as well as the charming small-town points of interest. Find out what's new on the local scene and experience an insider's view of historic and contemporary Khmer life. Flexible hours and completely custom intineraries with your interests in mind. You'll steer clear of tourist traps and commission shopping. Honest, friendly and a good sense of humor about life. English and Mandarin spoken. Reasonable rates. Car and tuk-tuk arrangements.
      Utopia Member Benefit: 5% DISCOUNT.
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      Comments from Utopians:

      "Our group of five just finished three days of tours with Affinity Angkor. I have been to Siem Reap four times now and I have to say I have never enjoyed it more than on tour with Pilu. He was very easy to deal with when booking the tour via email from Australia and was able to come up with an itinerary that suited our group perfectly. Nothing was too much trouble. Pilu was very punctual and everything was done with a smile. Pilu went out of his way to make this a truly unforgettable experience for all of us. Our estimated times for the daily trips often went over the planned times due to our extra requests but this was no issue at all. The service was exceptional and the price was great value with no hidden extras." -- Wayne I., Jul 22, 2016

      "I had a perfect experience with Affinity Angkor. Booked the tour in advance and received extremely quick response with all necessary information. My guide, Pilu, was extremely thoughtful, professional and knowledgeable, providing just right amount of information. The driver was also great, offering cold towels and water whenever I got back in the car. Overall, great experience." -- John, Jul 1, 2016

    Gold Tuk-Tuk UTOPIA VISITED JUN 2016
      092-501-691, LINE/WeChat: +855 92 501 691, email

      Gay and lesbian-friendly tuk-tuk driver who is prompt and honest. He knows the gay scene venues, the temples and also the off-beat places and cheap laundry and Khmer food joints. Reasonable English and sincere service. Call when you arrive or send a simple email request well in advance of your trip. You can call his mobile phone whenever you need to get from point A to Z in Siem Reap and Angkor.
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      Comments from Utopians:

      "Sovan and his tuk-tuk are absolutely amazing! Sovan is a perfect driver and also a nice guide, he knows perfectly the place and drives to lovely monuments, not only the most famous. Nice guy, very kind, he also knows perfectly the town, all the gay places and can advise you. I had a perfect time with him, I recommand him to any traveler and I want to come back and meet him again. PERFECT." -- Jean-Claude C., Feb 1, 2016

      "Very nice and pleasant tuk-tuk driver. Sovan was always on time (even arrived before the appointed times), very courteous and showed a lot of flexibility in plans. He drove us three days to several of the major temples, including more remote ones. His suggestions were good. His prices were very reasonable." -- Christian & Stephan, Jan 4, 2016

    Mr Vuthy Transport UTOPIA VISITED JUN 2016
      +855 17-703-257, email

      Gay-friendly tuk-tuk, aircon car, driver, and tour guide in Siem Reap and around Cambodia. See the main tourist sites as well as off-the-tourist-path temples, wildlife, countryside and fascinating towns and cities. English, Thai and Chinese spoken.
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      Comments from Utopians:

      "Mr Vuthy Transport was a fantastic driver, tour guide and arranger of everything I needed. He has an SUV with ice-cold aircon, which, if you aren't used to the heat, you'll need. He was also very gay friendly and interesting to talk to, not only about Siem Reap, but all sort of related subjects. I hired him for two days, one of which we spent driving to Angor Wat and the surrounding temples where he explained the history of the temples and the area. He knew exactly where the best places to drop off were -- that avoided the tourist mob and also reduced the amount of walking and backtracking needed. He also picked me up and dropped me off from the airport, arranged for me to have a massage at a great place, and we had lunch together one of the days also. All in all, a great guide and driver to have on your side in Siem Riep, especially for gay travelers!"-- Mark G., Oct 2, 2015

    Q Travel Cambodia UTOPIA VISITED JUN 2016
      +855 92-594-558, email

      Gay-owned travel service offering fun tours of the historic temples of Angkor Wat and the Siem Reap area. They specialise in gay-friendly excursions that cater to the needs of LGBT travelers. If you want a detail-rich itinerary into Angkor's history, a more general overview, or just a cheerful introduction to Siem Reap's exciting nightlife, they provide it all. They welcome individuals, groups, couples and extended families. They will steer you away from tourist traps and toward remarkable memories of the real Cambodia that will last a lifetime.
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Accommodations

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Attractions

      Navigating the ruins of Angkor is easy with our interactive Utopia Map of Angkor:

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    Phare, The Cambodian Circus UTOPIA VISITED JUN 2016
      Phare Circus Ring Rd (2km from the Old Market), Utopia Map
      015-499-480, email

      Spectacular, don't-miss entertainment with lots of eye-candy for Utopians! Uniquely Cambodian, daringly modern, The Big Red Big Top hosts nightly themed performances that touch deeply on Cambodian tradition, ethos and spirit. The music is Cambodian, the artists are Cambodian. The skills are daring: contortion, juggling, acrobatics, balancing mixed with dance, modern and traditional theatre. The essence of the young, vibrant Cambodia Cool cultural movement that has emerged in the Kingdom in the last decade. Nightly shows at 7.30 p.m.
      Utopia Member Benefit: 20% DISCOUNT on seat "A" or seat "B" adult tickets, purchased directly at the Big Top. Members must show their card to claim this discount.
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Bars and Clubs

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Cabaret Shows


Discos


Massage and Spas


Meeting Places

    • Along the river banks at dusk UTOPIA VISITED JUN 2016

        Starting across across from the FCC and continuing a few blocks south, Utopia Map. Young men studying foreign languages sit on the benches and eye passersby. They may be needy, but it's fun to flirt and a lovely place for an evening stroll.
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Restaurants and Cafes

    • The Blue Pumpkin (bakery and ice cream) UTOPIA VISITED JUN 2016
        Utopia Map
        063-963-574

        Where else in the world can you find a fresh baked "chocolate linga" but in Siem Reap? This hip bakery features superb goodies including breads, tropical fruit pastries, cakes and Cambodian-inspired ice creams. Sandwiches, quiche and drinks are also on the menu. The perfect place to refuel after a long, hot day climbing stone temples.
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        Comments from Utopians:

        "The Blue Pumpkin is a great place to escape the heat and lounge on a comfortable sofa, refuel with some delicious food and enjoy free Wifi. Their fish amok and spring rolls became my favorite lunch and I had it a few times. Great fruit shakes and try the fresh squeezed Detox juice to take the edge off of last night's Pub Street excesses." -- fsnyc, Jan 10, 2016

    • Cuisine Wat Damnak (Khmer fine dining) UTOPIA VISITED JUN 2016
        Utopia Map
        965-491, 077-347-762

        Foodie alert! Perhaps the best Khmer fine dining in the country. Indigenous food traditions are rising like a phoenix from Chef Johannes' experimental kitchen. Formerly the chef at the 5-star Hotel de la Paix, he is in the process of creating an encyclopedia of Khmer cooking and has opened his own venue to perfect his voyage of culinary re-discovery. All ingredients are fresh-sourced from Cambodia, including cocktail ingredients. Two multi-course fixed menus to choose from each week. Flavor-filled and artfully presented, the meals are satisfying and full of color, texture and surprise. The interior is modern and understated, allowing the food and the conviviality of the diners to take center stage. Closed Sun and Mon.
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    • The Little Red Fox Espresso UTOPIA VISITED JUN 2016
        No 593 Hap Guan St, Utopia Map
        016-669-724, email

        Popular coffee shop run by a gay couple in the up-and-coming Kandal Village area with many cool boutique shops and restaurants in the immediate vicnity. Excellent coffees, teas, and hot chocolate along with homemade cookies and sandwiches. Casual atmosphere. Spacious hair salon upstairs by appointment. Closed Wed.
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        Comments from Utopians:

        "The Little Red Fox Espresso is a chic place to hang out and enjoy some superior coffee before you head over to Trunkh, Louise Loubatieres, and the other interesting shops in Kandal Village." -- fsnyc, Jan 10, 2016

    • Miss Wong UTOPIA VISITED JUN 2016
        Utopia Map
        092-428-332, email

        On The Lane, parallel to Pub St. Gay-owned restaurant and bar. The cherry-red lanterns that dangle from the doorway beckon passersby to slip into one of the intimate leather booths for a variety of handmade dimsum in bamboo steamer baskets, along with a choice selection of Chinese-flavored noodles, hot pots, soups and specialties including duck pancakes, tea-infused veggies, sweet and savory pork belly noodles, and don't-miss coconut flan. The fabulous interior is a nod to the camp 50s art of Vladimir Tretchikoff. Exotic cocktails made with premium spirits. The top-notch staff and conversation-friendly volume of the music make this arty venue wonderfully cozy and romantic. All of the town's hip, gay expats hang here at some point during the week. Owner and bon vivant, Dean, is one of Siem Reap's wonders. You will no doubt be drawn back again and again to the magic kitchen of Miss Wong.
        Utopia Member Benefit: 10% DISCOUNT.
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    • Sugar Palm (Khmer cuisine) UTOPIA VISITED JUN 2016
        Tapul Rd, Utopia Map
        964-838

        Open air, fan-cooled heritage terrace on 2/F with local art on the walls and superior crafts in the bookcases. Order their fantastic amok first thing as it needs time to bake. Good variety of Khmer specialties and fruit smoothies. Relaxed ambience and great service from the charming staff.
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    • Sunday morning Farmers Market UTOPIA VISITED JUN 2016
        Asana (an old wooden house tucked away in the alley near Miss Wong and Station Wine Bar), Utopia Map

        Foodie alert! Fabulous baked goods (breads, bagels, cakes and quiches) along with local produce! You can sit at the tables surrounding the old house and order drinks, juice or coffee on Sun morning only.
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      Viroth's Restaurant (Cambodian) UTOPIA VISITED JUN 2016
        242 Wat Bo St, Utopia Map
        012-826-346, email

        Gay-owned restaurant whose gorgeous and understated Cambodia Cool design is as much a showpiece as its refined Khmer home cooking. Specialities include chicken satay, green bean salad, yahorn, and roast chicken. We loved the tender lemon pork and large pots of iced Earl Grey. Beautiful urban garden setting and romantic atmosphere. Recently added 2-story addition is super stylish and the perfect setting for birthdays or private parties. The all-male service staff are gorgeous and friendly. Moderately priced food and drinks, good selection of cocktails and wines. Drop by for lunch or dinner. Reservations are a good idea in high season.
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Saunas


Shops and Salons

    • Artisans Angkor UTOPIA VISITED JUN 2015
        Stung Thmey St, Utopia Map
        963-330

        Superb traditional arts and crafts shop with a modern twist. You can wander through their on-site workshops watching stone carving, metal-working, silk painting, wood carving and more.
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    • Eric Raisina Haute Couture UTOPIA VERIFIED JUN 2016, UTOPIA VISITED JUL 2013
        53 Veal Village, Kok Chork, Utopia Map
        012-965-207

        By appointment only, but don't miss a chance to see Eric's studio workshop. He's designed fabric for top fashion houses like Lacroix and Gaultier. Born in Madagascar, trained in Paris, he's established a cutting edge workshop on the outskirts of town that produces hand-made, vibrantly colored scarves, hats, bags, shirts and dresses at very reasonable prices. Inventive and artful use of local silk and organics, combining Khmer, African and modern European techniques, in surprising textures and super saturated colors that match the visual energy of modern life in Asia. Pieces also available at select 5-star boutiques, such as the Heritage Suites.
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    • FCC (Foreign Correspondents' Club) UTOPIA VISITED JUN 2016

    • Garden of Desire UTOPIA VISITED JUN 2016
        The Passage, parallel to Pub St, Utopia Map
        012-319-116

        Superb contemporary Khmer jewelry and wearable art. Truly world-class designs by owner Pisith and other top local craftsmen. Besides being a fascinating artist (almost every piece has a compelling conceptual story behind it), he is also dedicated to cultivating artistic creativity in young Cambodians.
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    • Lin Barbershop UTOPIA VERIFIED JUN 2016, UTOPIA VISITED JUN 2015
        Off Wat Bo Rd (in the small road leading to Wat Bo), Utopia Map
        012-240-706

        Gay-owned barbershop specializing in hair design, hair tattoos and hair coloring. Owner, Lin, will discuss your hair concerns and suggest style options for a touch-up or great new look.
        Utopia Member Benefit: FREE HAIR CUT with purchase of hair coloring.
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    • Prolung Khmer Pottery and Weaving Center UTOPIA VERIFIED JUN 2016, UTOPIA VISITED JUN 2015
        Bakong, Roluos area, Utopia Map

        Fantastic Khmer pottery workshop and cotton/silk weavers. Prices here are much lower than at the market shops in town and it's a just short tuk-tuk drive out into the countryside. You will also get to interact with the craftspeople and watch the process of producing the wares on sale here.
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