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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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Travel Services

    Affinity Angkor UTOPIA VISITED JUL 2018
      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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      092-501-691, LINE/WeChat: +855 92 501 691, email

      Gay and lesbian-friendly tuk-tuk and automobile 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:

      "We had a wonderful time in Siem Reap visiting so many site with Sovan! We loved his punctuality, patience and interactivity, proposing many places that we would not have discovered without him. Two days with his golden tuk-tuk and one day with a SUV to some remote temples. Perfect driving, can only recommend." -- Vince, Sep 30, 2018

      "OMG - Sovan is amazing! Great service. Very attentive to our needs. Happy to offer advice and guidance. Took us to great sites and restaurants. We could not have had a better driver. Thank you for making our visit that much better! Highly recommend!!!" -- Robert, Mar 29, 2018

      "The first time I visited Siem Reap (Jan 2015), I booked Sovan for three days to show me the temples and night life. He was great! Since then, I have recommended him to friends that came to visit. I just went back to Siem Reap with four friends and we booked Sovan and his 'brother' - two tuk-tuk for five people for four days - and, again, he did not disappoint. He's prompt and professional. Sociable and funny. He has great recommendations for restaurants and sight seeing planning. He's easy to coordinate with and most importantly, he's a good guy!" -- Greg, Mar 28, 2018

      "Sovan is the most reliable tuk-tuk driver I have ever met in Southeast Asia. He can provide all means of transportation to explore the beauty of Angkor Wat and Siem Reap, even a car if you wish to explore Cambodia. I've known him for quite a while and whenever I am in Cambodia he is the driver of my choice. A wonderful and kind gentleman!" -- Kai F., Mar 7, 2018

      "Sovan is an excellent tuk-tuk driver, but not only that, he is fluent in eEnglish and knows perfectly all about Siem Reap, Angkor, Turen mountain and he will drive you (car or tuk-tuk) everywhere you wish. He knows also all the good places in the city and will advise you about all you need. If you go to Siem Reap don't worry, Sovan will manage all for you. I went four times I cannot imagine now to go again without mhim. Perfect." -- Jean-Claude, Jan 29, 2018

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  • Mr Vuthy Transport UTOPIA VERIFIED JUL 2018, UTOPIA VISITED JUN 2017
      017-703-257, WhatsApp/LINE/WeChat: +85517703257, email

      LGBT-friendly aircon car and van transporation in comfort, and guided tours in Siem Reap and around Cambodia. Explore Battambong, Ko Ker, Preah Vihear, Kep, Kampot, Sihanoukville, Phnom Penh and more! Let Vuthy help you plan your own unique itinerary whether you are a first-time visitor or a returning traveler. 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.
      Utopia Member Benefit: 10% DISCOUNT when you show your member card.
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      Comments from Utopians:

      "Vuthy is a great guy, not just a safe driver, but also a knowledgeable guide to all the historic sites. He's happy to take you anywhere in the country. Strongly recommended." -- John, May 2, 2018

      "I and my partner enjoyed Vuthy's service very much during our trip in Siem Reap. He brought us everywhere we wanted and always had good suggestions on local food, night market, gay clubs, etc. Also, good driving skills." -- Sam & Eadwine, Dec 20, 2017

Popular Spots


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

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    Phare, The Cambodian Circus UTOPIA VERIFIED JUL 2018, 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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        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:

        "MEN's is a haven for gay male travelers. This is a very laid back place where guests feel that they are truly welcome from the moment they arrive until the time they check out. It is located in a quiet residential street. The facility is modern and sleek. The gym is next to an ample area around a palm tree lined pool. The sauna bath attracts locals from 5-9pm every day." -- Doug G, Jan 5, 2018

Massage and Spas

Restaurants and Cafes

    • The Blue Pumpkin (bakery and ice cream) UTOPIA VISITED JUL 2018
        Utopia Map

        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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    • Cuisine Wat Damnak (Khmer fine dining) UTOPIA VERIFIED JUL 2018, UTOPIA VISITED JUN 2017
        Utopia Map
        965-491, 077-347-762

        Foodie alert! Perhaps the best Khmer fine dining in the country and lauded in The Top 50 Restaurants in Asia 2016. 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 JUL 2018
        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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    • Miss Wong UTOPIA VISITED JUL 2018
        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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      Viroth's Restaurant (Cambodian) UTOPIA VISITED JUL 2018
        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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Shops and Salons

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

        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

        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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    • Garden of Desire UTOPIA VISITED JUL 2018
        The Passage, parallel to Pub St, Utopia Map

        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 JUL 2018, UTOPIA VISITED JUN 2017
        Off Wat Bo Rd (in the small road leading to Wat Bo), Utopia Map

        Gay-owned barbershop specializing in hair design, hair tattoos and hair coloring. Hunky owner (and bear fan), 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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