I finally made it to the beautiful temples at Angkor Wat in Siem Reap, Cambodia. This was an amazing experience and it certainly lived up to the hype. Even if you’ve been in Asia for a while and seen enough temples to last a lifetime, I still highly recommend visiting Angkor Wat. The amazing history of that Kingdom along with the beautiful surroundings makes it a must see.
Cambodia is starting to become a popular destination for expats due to the low cost of living and easy visas. Many people are looking for alternatives outside of Thailand and Cambodia has a lot going for it. Siem Reap has a small expat community and after spending several days exploring this small city I got a good feel for it. Here is my official location review of Siem Reap, Cambodia.
Siem Reap Women Rating: 2/5
Siem Reap is a small town and there isn’t much going on. Almost everyone there has something to do with the tourism industry. Being a small town your choice of women is limited.
The best site to meet cute girls from Cambodia is Asian Dating. A quick search of girls ages 18-30 and active within the last week resulted in 20 girls… Not much to work with, but many of them are very cute. If you are staying in Cambodia for a while it’s worth signing up for Asian Dating for sure.
Your next best option for meeting girls is to just walk around an socialize. I met several cute girls who worked at hotels, shops and restaurants. Khmer girls are somewhat shy and conservative so don’t expect to roll into town for a few days and bang a handful of Khmer cuties… Generally speaking, these girls aren’t like that. I didn’t see many running around partying at the bars.
However, I do find many Khmer girls sweet and attractive. If you lived in Siem Reap I’m sure you could find a nice girlfriend but it’s certainly not the place to run wild and be a player. Khmer girls aren’t easy and this town is small. Only move here if you are looking to settle down.
Whore Mongering in Siem Reap, Cambodia
Whore mongering also sucks in Siem Reap. The only real options I saw were the massage parlors. There were a few places in the tourist trap with cute young babes trying to pull me inside. I’m sure these places would come in handy if you were stuck in this boring town with no date. If you need a quick release just walk around pub street and you will run into these massage parlors. I spotted several ladyboys in the line up so be careful! Women Rating: 2/5
Siem Reap Cost of Living Rating: 3/5
Siem Reap is just like any town in Cambodia. It’s relatively cheap but everything is run down. I stayed in a $15 a night guest house and it was pretty filthy. Good enough for a Single Man to crash for a few nights but now I’m staying in some place MUCH nicer in Vietnam for half the price…
That’s a strange thing about Cambodia. It’s cheap, but not as cheap as it should be in my opinion. The infrastructure is brutal in some places. You can live cheap, but that same money will get you something better in neighboring countries. That goes for apartments, food, women, etc. I’m not sure why that is.
Food costs anywhere from $3-$5 but I didn’t venture far from the tourist trap. It must be cheaper away from the tourist areas because how can these people live off a few dollars a day? Regardless, we are foreigners so expect to pay.
One good thing is beer is cheap. Angkor beer is decent on a hot steamy summer night and these beers cost 50 cents a pop. Many bars on pub street have 50 cent drafts for happy hour as well. Tremendous value! I love going out and getting hammered at the bar for $5. That’s the cost of one shitty beer in America!
Sorry I can’t tell you about long term housing but I was told a decent apartment was $300 a month and it goes up from there. You can also negotiate with your guest house if you want a longer stay. They’re especially flexible during the low season. Cost of Living: 3/5
Quality of Life Rating: 3/5
Siem Reap is a small town that is completely build around the Angkor Wat attraction. I met several expats who owned businesses there and they seemed happy. The expat community seems very small and tight knit. The visas are easy and it’s pretty straight forward opening a business in Cambodia.
If you had a good business idea I think Cambodia would be a good spot to open shop. It’s easy to get started and there is a constant stream of tourists going to Siem Reap every year. Think of something they want and make it happen. I see plenty of foreigners are running businesses around the town.
Outside of the temples there’s not much going on. You can go hiking around the jungle, explore on your motorbike and then hit pub street to drink yourself to death every night. I would go nuts living there long term but if you’re a country boy you might like it.
If you’re looking to party at night just walk down to pub street. The place gets pretty rowdy at night with several long streets of bars, restaurants and shops. I had a good time drinking there in the evening and it’s interesting to chat with people from all over the world. Of course, most people there are tourists so I’d imagine the expat scene would get pretty claustrophobic after a while.
The town is surprisingly clean and organized compared to Phnom Penh. It seemed much safer as well. It was refreshing to get the hell away from the capital city.
I enjoyed my short stay in Siem Reap. Angkor Wat was an unforgettable experience. I met some nice Khmer people and some cool foreigners who have been established in Cambodia for a while now. It’s a charming town but there’s so many more interesting places to live long term. Quality of life: 3/5
Cost of Living: 3/5
Quality of Life: 3/5
Siem Reap, Cambodia Single Man’s Paradise Rating: 8/15
If you’re interested in starting a small business that caters to tourists then Siem Reap is a great option. There’s a low cost of entry and the country is very business friendly. They use US dollars as well which makes things easy on us Americans. You will have a constant flow of tourists each year.
Just don’t consider Siem Reap long term unless you enjoy a slower pace of life in a small town. Find a beautiful young Khmer lady to live with and enjoy drinks and stories with the tourists drinking on pub street every night. That will be your life. I enjoyed my time exploring Angkor Wat and I would go again someday. But I was happy to move onto other adventures.
Have you been to Angkor Wat? Tell me about your experience in Cambodia. Please comment below!