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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 2017
      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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    Gold Tuk-Tuk UTOPIA VERIFIED OCT 2017, UTOPIA VISITED JUN 2017
      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:

      "A wonderful time in Siem Reap in large part thanks to Sovan. He is honest, always on time, had some great suggestions and is very knowledgeable. He had great suggestions for restaurants. The temples are, of course, spectacular. He knew exactly which ones to take us to." -- Brian G., Oct 14, 2017

      "Sovan did not disappoint! He was my eyes, ears and wheels for five exceptional days. For starters, he replied immediately to my initial email. He showed up early the first day and offered an itinerary, although I had a few suggestions in mind. He knows this city inside and out -- from what to do, where to go and where to eat! We spent days exploring the city, afternoons getting lunch or massages and evenings at shows and great restaurants! I highly recommend Gold Tuk-Tuk! Angkor Wat is not the only hidden treasure in this amazing town! Mahalo from Hawaii!" -- Jim, Mar 9, 2017

      "Sovan was amazing to work with. He was the perfect tuk-tuk driver. He was thoughtful, with options for our time. He drove safely and expertly as he navigated the traffic of the city and out into the countryside. We will certainly hire him for our next trip to Siem Reap." -- ColKev, Dec 25, 2016

      "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

    Mr Vuthy Transport 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:

      "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 UTOPIA VISITED JUN 2017
      +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


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 VERIFIED JUN 2017, 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 UTOPIA VISITED JUN 2017
        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


Restaurants and Cafes

    • The Blue Pumpkin (bakery and ice cream) UTOPIA VISITED JUN 2017
        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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    • Cuisine Wat Damnak (Khmer fine dining) 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 JUN 2017
        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 JUN 2017
        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.
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      Viroth's Restaurant (Cambodian) UTOPIA VISITED JUN 2017
        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 2017

    • Garden of Desire UTOPIA VISITED JUN 2017
        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 VISITED JUN 2017
        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. 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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