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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).

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Businesses


Travel Services

  • ABOUTAsia Travel UTOPIA VERIFIED DEC 2015

    Affinity Angkor UTOPIAN VERIFIED SEP 2016, 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:

      "Pilu is an excellent, professional and charming tour guide. I was only in Siem Reap for a very short time. He and the driver were at my hotel early and kept me entertained throughout the day. We shared very tasty, local food. For me, one of the best things was that Pilu was knowledgeable, but not overwhelming. He answered my questions and always able to expand or condense the information as wanted. I highly recommend him." -- Tony, Sep 14, 2016

      "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 UTOPIAN VERIFIED NOV 2016, 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:

      "Be sure to get in touch with Sovan when visiting Siem Reap. We used his tuk-tuk for five days to visit all the sites. Sovan replied immediately to my email and even contacted us a few days before arrival to re-confirm things. A great driver, winning smile, and he always arrived ahead of the agreed pick-up times. His customers are his first priority. Lovely gentle manner and good English!" -- Garry, Nov 25, 2016

      "I have just returned from my 3rd trip to Siem Reap. Each time I have been met by the smiling face of Sovan as I exit the airport. This very friendly pleasant and efficient young man is a wonderful guide. He knows his way around Seim Reap very well and is happy assist his clients to make the best of their time. He is a sole operator and so has the flexibility make or change plans as desired." -- Neil, Aug 12, 2016

      "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 UTOPIAN VERIFIED NOV 2016, 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:

      "Just finished a three-and-a-half-day tour with Vuthy, who offered airport and hotel pickups and drove us around Siem Reap. Vuthy spoke fluent English, Khmer and Chinese. He turned out to be a very professional driver who guided us, giving us brief information on temples, as well as introducing us various Cambodian customs and cultures. Vuthy always kept prompt replies on emails and messages. We were so secure exchanging ideas and details about our whole trip. Vuthy is also a local foodie. IWe didn't expect to have had a delicious local breakfast while we waited for a temple to open. We also didn't expect that we could enjoy such a nicely flavored coffee in a high-end cafe in downtown Siem Reap. Other restaurants that he brought us to also offered quality food with okay tourist prices (as restaurants usually have two menus for tourists and local people). Vuthy drove safely. He was alert all the time. We would like to thank Vuthy for bringing me so many new perspectives like our road trip to rural areas around Siem Reap - my favorite. What made this trip special is that we met friendly and happy people, so in love with what they are doing. We wish to be back very soon." -- Francis and Karl (Hong Kong), Nov 9, 2016

      "Mr Vuthy Transport provided extremely comfortable and friendly transportation around Siem Reap and in particular to temples in the area. He was welcoming and more than happy to provide background information on areas we were visiting and was always prompt and professional." -- Craig and Mark, Nov 9, 2016

    Q Travel Cambodia UTOPIAN VERIFIED NOV 2016, 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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      Comments from Utopians:

      "I have just come home from my 2nd visit to Siem Reap and Sareth made my holiday just as exciting and as memorable as he did last year. I researched before I went and gave him all the information about what I wanted to see. The tour he planned was fantastic, better than I could have imagined. I loved that he organizes it on a personal level. He is a truly wonderful person, guide and friend. He knew what I would like to see and what times I would like to go. Cooking classes, the circus, the sunsets, the temples. Nothing was impossible and I have come home with more wonderful memories." -- Paul (Brisbane), Nov 22, 2016

      "This was my 2nd time with Q Travel, but the first for my friends. We visited Angkor Wat and surrounding temples. Sareth was an amazing tour guide. He customized our tour itinerary and was always checking with us to make sure we were OK. The tour was very informational and Sareth was able to answer all our questions. He also knew all the best places for photos and set the timing so that we avoided the large tour buses of groups. We strongly recommend Q Travels to anyone looking for a private and memorable tour." -- Billy, Oct 19, 2016


Popular Spots

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


Fitness

    • MEN's UTOPIAN VERIFIED DEC 2016, UTOPIA VISITED JUN 2016
        Near Wat Po Lanka, Utopia Map
        089-787-600, email

        Five minutes tuk-tuk ride from the old town center and minutes from Angkor Wat (give your tuk-tuk driver the phone number above and he can call for directions). Their well-equipped gym is the perfect place to stay in shape. Relax by the large swimming pool with bar or wander through the wet area to see what's steamy. Massage also on offer in their spa. Pool and gym are open all day.
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        Comments from Utopians:

        "Went to MEN's on a Mon evening. It's a bit tricky to get there by walking, but thanks to Google Maps, I did. Place is super clean and nice. It's a hotel with a gym across from the sauna and pool. Arrived sometime after 6pm and the guys were mostly locals, in their 20s. Foreigners started coming later. US$5 USD to get in. You can use the pool (bring change of clothes) and then head over to the sauna for some fun after working out (towels and condom/lube provided)." -- C, Nov 21, 2016


Massage and Spas


Meeting Places

      Comments from Utopians:

      "Having lived in Siem Reap for many years, I would like to warn Utopians that both the riverside area, and the area around the Royal Gardens at night are not safe; needy guys are often drug addicts who are operating with the knowledge and connivance of the police and who are simply waiting to catch the naive tourist unawares. Do not agree to any offer they make, and, at night, do not go to these areas at all." -- Joe, Oct 14, 2016


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

    • Chanrey Tree (Khmer) UTOPIA VISITED JUN 2016
        On the riverfront, next to Malis, Utopia Map

        Gay-owned, serving traditional Khmer food in a lush, contemporary setting. Fresh local ingredients. Professional and charming staff. Open for lunch 11am-2pm and dinner 6-10pm.
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    • 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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    • Sokkhak River (French fusion) UTOPIA VISITED JUN 2016
        On the riverfront, next to Chanrey Tree, Utopia Map
        Reservations: 765-825.

        Gay-owned, serving French fusion cuisine in a lush, aircon setting highlighting modern Cambodian art. Fresh local ingredients. Professional and charming staff. Open for lunch 11am-2:30pm and dinner 6-10:30pm.
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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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