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Travel & Resources: SIEM REAP / ANGKOR

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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 JUN 2019
      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:

      "Thank you, Pilu, for a most wonderful tour with five Germans from Berlin. Everything was well organized and your charm made it special to us." -- Martin, Dec 11, 2018

      092-501-691, LINE/WeChat/WhatsApp: +85592501691, 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:

      "Sovan was our driver and guide in Siem Reap. Words cannot describe how pleasant and professional our experience with him was. Sovan is punctual and accurate - he delivers on all of his commitments, is always on time and you never have to ask him something twice. He goes above and beyond in suggesting things to do, finding trustworthy food places that fit your interests, and making sure you are safe and happy - from safety tips, to the cold water he always carries in the car. Lastly, Sovan is very honest when it comes to money - he sets expectations correctly in advance and sticks to them. You never get a feeling that he's trying to 'milk' you. What a treat." -- Eddie, Jun 13, 2019

      "Sovan is simply the best driver and guide! We spent 3 wonderful days with him. He was always honest, kind, patient, flexible and punctual. We were able to plan our tours with him and change them at any time. Don't look for another driver/guide, he is the right one!" -- Mike, Dec 29, 2018

      "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

  • Helpful Khmer Tours UTOPIA VERIFIED JAN 2018

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

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    Phare, The Cambodian Circus UTOPIAN VERIFIED JAN 2019, 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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      Comments from Utopians:

      "The show is great and it helps talented men from poor villages. They are trained and get, at the same time, a free education! A bit outside of town but tuk-tuk for about US$4 will take you there and maybe waits for US$8. and brings you back. The Utopia Member discount worked fine when showing the plastic card! Opens at 7:30pm." -- Smoothshaver, Jan 26, 2019

      "US$18 to $38, depending on seat category, but it is worth every penny. Great spectacle, lots of humour, impressive artistics." -- Martin, Dec 11, 2018

Bars and Clubs

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Cabaret Shows



        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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Massage and Spas

Restaurants and Cafes

    • The Blue Pumpkin (bakery and ice cream) UTOPIA VISITED JUL 2018
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        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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        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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        Comments from Utopians:

        "Nice Chinese food in the very small lane parallel to Pub St. Very good dim sum at a reasonable price! Nice and not noisy as on Pub St!" -- smoothshaver, Jan 19, 2019

      Comments from Utopians:

      "Almost next door to the nice Heaven & Dreamboys gay nightclub is the small Thai Kitchen restaurant with great, delicious food and very inexpesive prices. Very friendly, good service! Cook appears also in the show next door with pop and Thai songs and cooks heavenly Thai dishes! Open Mon-Sat only 10am-10pm." -- smoothshaver, Feb 1, 2019


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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