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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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  • Siem Reap Countryside Cooking Class UTOPIA VERIFIED JUN 2013
      BBU Rd (inside the 3 Hours Laundry, near by Thunborey Hotel), reservations by email. Different from other cooking classes in town - learn to cook plus learn about Cambodian culture and customs. Help support the local communities and villagers. Gay and lesbian-friendly. Utopia Member Discount

Travel Services

      +855 978-992-221, email. Gay and lesbian-friendly travel agency. Experts for luxury private tours in Cambodia and Angkor Wat, away from the crowds.

    Affinity Angkor UTOPIA VERIFIED JUN 2015
      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 Discount

      Comments from Utopians:

      "I booked two days private tour with Affinity Angkor beginning of this month and was highly impressed by the professional service I was offered. Very helpful and prompt in answering my queries. Close to my arrival date they contacted me again with confirmation of the pick-up details, which was a nice gesture. I was picked up from my hotel on time in a clean, aircon 4WD. The drive was very comfortable and was offered complimentary cold water. Could not have hoped for a better way to experience the temples of Siem Reap, having Pilu as my tour guide. He is extremely knowledgable about the history, religion and local customs and traditions. The way the tour was tailored was very flexible, avoiding the big groups and crowds. In addition, Pilu is very friendly with great sense of humour, which made all the difference; it felt like I was touring the temples with a friend!" -- Stan, Jun 20, 2015

    Gold Tuk-Tuk UTOPIA VERIFIED JUN 2015
      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.

      Comments from Utopians:

      "Sovan is the driver to use in Siem Reap, especially if you want to get around the gay spots. Very careful when driving and his English is good. Truly trustworthy." -- Johan, Jun 25, 2015

      "I spent four days in Siem Reap in March. I used Sovan from Gold Tuk-Tuk as my guide and driver while I was there. He met me at the airport and took care of me until I departed. He was knowledgeable, dependable and honest in every aspect of his services. His English language skills were great. I highly recommend him if you are need of a driver or guide." -- joed, May 2, 2015

      "Sovan has been a great driver with his tuk-tuk during my visit. He took me whereever I liked and always suggested the best way to visit the temples. If you do not know the city, he will take you around. Do not hesitate to contact him. A great guy." -- Marck, Dec 25, 2014

      "Sovan is a lovely travel companion making the whole Angkor Wat experience unique and amazing. Totally recommended." -- Matthew D., Jan 24, 2014

      "We just had three great days with Sovann who operates Gold Tuk-Tuk. He's prompt on his reply when we first inquired and booked and always on time and reliable. He's always ready and knows when we exit the temples and that comes really handy especially at some of the busiest places like Angkor Wat. He also gave us a good recommendation of places to visit, routes, restaurants, spas, and the gay life in general." -- Erwin, Nov 14, 2014

  • Mr Vuthy Transport UTOPIAN VERIFIED OCT 2015
      017-703-257, email. Gay-friendly tuk-tuk, aircon car, driver, and tour guide in Siem Reap. English and Chinese spoken.

      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

  • Prek Toal Tours & Travel UTOPIA VERIFIED AUG 2014
      Wat Damnak Village, 077-797-112, email. Gay-owned family business focused on unique cultural travel experiences and community development. Experience life in a floating and farming village. Learn about the unique culture, environment and how Khmer live. Let them help make your time in Cambodia richer.

    Q Travel Cambodia UTOPIA VERIFIED JUN 2015
      +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.

      Comments from Utopians:

      "My boyfriend and I had a great guide from Q Travel Cambodia when we visited Angkor Wat. He was so very knowledgeable about all places we went to, but still didn't overflow us with information. Everything I asked, he could tell or explain. Very smooth tour. Driver was always on time at the exit point and took us to next stop. We had a great lunch in a restaurant close by. All was 5 stars." -- Johan, Jun 25, 2015

    Comments from Utopians:

    "Siem Reap tuk-tuk driver, Simon, is very gay-friendly. He's offering airport transfers, full and half day tours including early morning sunrise Angkor Wat tour, or any gay places to visit, all for fair price. Excellent English and the cutest smile in town." -- Minhasa, Nov 12, 2014

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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 SEP 2015, UTOPIA VISITED JUN 2015
      Comaille Rd (behind the Angkor National Museum), 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 Discount

Bars and Clubs

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Cabaret Shows


Massage for Men

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Meeting Places

    • Along the river banks at dusk, starting across across from the FCC and continuing a couple of 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. UTOPIA VISITED JUN 2015

Restaurants and Cafes

    • The Blue Pumpkin (bakery and ice cream) UTOPIA VISITED JUN 2015
        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.

    • Cuisine Wat Damnak (Khmer fine dining) UTOPIA VISITED JUN 2015
        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.
    • Hawaii Pizza House (pizza and pasta) UTOPIA VISITED JUN 2015
        Same road and side of the road as Home Sweet Home guesthouse, Utopia Map. Favorite haunt of local expats who love the excellent pizza and pasta in this unpretentious and inexpensive local dive. Consistantly delicious and easy on the wallet.
    • The Little Red Fox Espresso UTOPIA VISITED JUN 2015
        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.
    • Miss Wong UTOPIA VISITED JUN 2015
        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 Discount
    • Sugar Palm (Khmer cuisine) UTOPIA VISITED JUL 2015
        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.

      Viroth's Restaurant (Cambodian) UTOPIA VISITED JUN 2015
        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, 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.
    • Eric Raisina Haute Couture UTOPIA VERIFIED JUN 2015, 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.
    • FCC (Foreign Correspondents' Club) UTOPIA VISITED JUN 2015
        Pokambor Ave (on the river, next to the Royal Residence), Utopia Map. Many high quality, small boutique shops with a breezy, beautiful view of the river.
    • Garden of Desire UTOPIA VISITED JUN 2015
        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.
    • Lin Barbershop 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 Discount
    • Prolung Khmer Pottery and Weaving Center 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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