Visitor's Guide Bloom Garden

In the places below there are a lot of things to do for tourists. Through research on the internet we made a list of these things. The whole list can be found as a attachment. We will give a description for the places we’ve been visiting and things we have done in each city.

Siem Reap

Siem Reap is located in Northwestern Cambodia and the gateway to the world-famous Temples of Angkor, including Angkor Wat. Angkor Wat is on the list of the New7Wonders of the World; it’s beautiful, breathtaking and for sure a must visit in Siem Reap.

But Siem Reap has more to offer; impressive colonial buildings, the national museum, authentic shops, a great offer for local Khmer but also Western, Chinese and Japanese food, a city with a buzzing Pub Street, many (night)-markets, daytrips and hiking tours, cooking and yoga-lessons, different spa’s, silk farms and much more. If you want to go out for some beautiful nature and scenery, the great lake Tonle Sap and the Kulen Mountain are definitely worth a visit.

  • Visiting the Beatochello concert
    This free concert is performed by Dr. Beat Richner, the founder of several children’s hospitals in Cambodia. During the concert he plays at his cello and talks about the hospital. 90% of the finance for the hospitals comes from donations, so at the end of the evening the guest are asked to donate some money or blood for the hospital.
  • Shopping at the Night Market
    Seam Reap has a well known night life. The night market in the middle of the center is a important part of this night life. The market is spread over several streets, is half covered and a popular place for tourists. The market starts at 4 pm and last until 12 pm.
  • Shopping at the Art Market
    The art market is one of the many markets in Siem Reap. Many art lovers come here to buy their small pieces of art to take home as a souvenir. Make sure you negotiate well about the price, many sellers start 20-40% higher with their prices.
  • Shopping at the Old Market
    The Old Market is a daily market, with more traditional Cambodian stuff. The local people also come here to buy their daily grocery. It’s located near the art and night market, in the center of the city.
  • Sewing workshop with cement bags
    Price on request 

    Everywhere in Cambodia you can buy bags or other stuff made of old cement bags. In Seam Reap there is a small store where local people make these products by hand. You can visit their work space but also make a small bag yourself. Pick the bag you want to use and the model and make it yourself or let the workers make your bag.
  • Visiting the Tonle Sap Lake and Kampong Phluk village
    Take a tuktuk to the Tonle Sap lake where you can visit the Kampong Phluk village. During the drive to the lake you can enjoy a new side of the Seam Reap province. At the lake a small boat will bring you to the lake. You will sail through the village and can watch the locals working and see their living style. Halfway you can rent a smaller rowing boat and a villager will bring you trough the floating forest.
  • Visiting Angkor Wat
    $20 entrance fee
    One of the most seen and popular places of Cambodia. This gathering place of different Hindu and Buddhist temples is located just out Seam Reap. The most famous temples are the Angkor Wat Temple, Angkor Thom and the Bayon temple. But there are many more, beautiful (ruins of) temples to visit.
  • Visiting the Cultural Village
    $15 entrance fee
    There are a lot of different opinions about the cultural village. On one hand, you can learn a lot about the Cambodian culture. Different small performances, show you traditional customs and traditions. On the other hand, the reconstructed buildings are not so nice and the performances are all in Khmer language.
  • Visiting Angkor Artisans Silkfarm
    At this workshop of Angkor Artisans foreigners make silk on the old fashion and traditional way. You can get a free tour and see all the phases of making silk. The workshop is open every day, but on Sunday most of the workers are free. The tour ends in the shop, where prices and quality are very high. Located 15 kilometers from the center of Seam Reap.
  • Visiting the dance of the House Of Peace
    Every Sunday, 7 pm, this orphanage organize a traditional dance show. It’s located just out of the center, not very easy to find. But the warm welcome of the kids make the search worthwhile. Accompanied by live music, the kids perform several dances in traditional clothes. After you can donate some money to the organization.

Things to do in Siem Reap

We made a list of activities for our Bloom Garden guests. Of course, you can discover a lot more during your stay in Siem Reap, but it will get you on your way. If you got any recommendations, please let us know!

For the activities with a * we can arrange your ticket, appointment and drive you with our TukTuk.
For the places/activities with ** you don’t need a ticket. We can arrange your drive and appointment (if necessary).

Outdoor Activities

ANGKOR WAT *

Angkor is one of the most important archaeological sites in South-East Asia. Stretching over some 400 km2, including forested area, Angkor Archaeological Park contains the magnificent and fascinated remains of the different capitals of the Khmer Empire, from the 9th to the 15th century. They include the famous Temple of Angkor Wat, Angkor Thom, Ta Prohm and the Bayon Temple; with its countless sculptural decorations. You can also choose to see the sunrise at the Temples of Angkor Wat, which is definitely a great experience and view.

$20 for a one day ticket / $40 for a three day ticket / $70 for a one week ticket

If you want to go to the Temples of Angkor Wat with the TukTuk, ask our staff for more information and prices!

CAMBODIA JEEP *

With Cambodia Jeep you can explore Cambodia in an American Army Jeep. You can rent a jeep, including a driver, for a day tour but the company also offers more extensive package deals. Cambodia Jeep provides day tours, private tours, family tours, sunset tours and lotos rallye with the jeep. Whether you want to visit the Angkor Temples or make an adventurous tour through the countryside, the choice is yours! They can also arrange an English-speaking guide, lunch, water and fruits.

The price depends on the tour of your choice; please ask our staff for more information about the tours and prices.

FLIGHT OF THE GIBBON *

‘See the Jungle through the eyes of a Gibbon.’

Explore 1500-year-old rainforest from high in the treetops and learn about the flora and fauna in the Angkor jungle. Crisscross over the jungle canopy on ten ziplines and explore the jungle across four hanging bridges spanning hundreds of meters.

$99 per person; including a pick-up, safety equipment and traditional Cambodian meal (excluding ticket to the Temples of Angkor).

FULL DAY ADVENTUROUS COUNTRYSIDE *

Cycle tour countryside
Cycling through the countryside and experience the daily life of the Cambodian people, including a visit at a local market
Fresh prepared lunch in a Traditional Local House
Visiting the stilted village Kampong Kleang
Kampong Kleang is the biggest stilted village in Cambodia, where the houses rise above the water on 10m high stilts

Boat tour through floating village
$39 per adult / children under 12: $20 / children 0-5 year: free

Including pick-up service, English speaking tour guide, bicycle, boat tour and entrance fee, lunch, local snack, water and refreshing towels.

Note: dress modestly with your knees and shoulders covered in order to respect the local culture.

KHMERWAYS *

In Cambodia the major means of transportation is by motor, with Khmerways you can discover the country in the way of the locals. Follow the Khmers trails through the green rice fields, lush bamboo groves and remote jungle towards hidden villages, ancient temples and breathtaking views. During the trips you will avoid the busy traffic and the guides of Khmerways will give extensive instructions before the tour starts. If you don’t want to ride the motor yourself, it’s possible to sit on the back of the guides’ motors.

Khmerways provide different tours, all tours include a guide, motor & helmet, fuel, lunch & snacks, cold drinks & water, entrance fees, pick up & drop-off at the guesthouse:

Countryside Adventure
Beng Mealea
Kulen Mountain Adventure
Khmer Cruiser
Overnight and Customized
The price depends on the tour of your choice; please ask our staff for more information about the tours and prices.

HALF-DAY COMMUNITY CYCLE TOUR *

During this half-day tour, 15 kilometers of cycling, you see the countryside at the east of Siem Reap. You leave directly from the town area and cycle on paved and dirt road. Experience the real countryside and learn more about the daily life of the Cambodian people, the school- and community system and the importance of the pagoda in the commune.

$19 per person, including English speaking tour guide, bicycle, water and refreshing towels.

HELISTAR *

See Angkor’s amazing temples and sights from the sky with a thrilling helicopter scenic flight. Fly in luxury air-conditioned helicopters and let the beauty of the Temples of Angkor and Siem Reap and its surroundings amaze you! Helistar provides different packages.

Prices are between the $90 and $530, for more information please ask our staff.

Indoor Activities

CONCERT: KANTA BOPHA CHILDRENN HOSPITAL**

Every Saturdaynight Dr. Beat Richner plays on his cello and speaks about the activities of his Children’s hospitals in Cambodia. Performances are held at the Jayavarman VII Hospital, near Bloomgarden.

The hospital also welcomes both monetary and blood donations.

The concert is free. / For more information about blood donation, please ask our staff.

KAYA SPA*

Discover the ultimate body and mind relaxation in a peaceful environment. KAYA SPA provides a full range of high quality traditional massages as well as special treatments such as aromatherapy, candle massage, facial treatments, manicure and pedicure.

Guests of Bloom Garden Guesthouse get a discount of 20%.

Ask our staff for the brochure with the treatments and prices.

KHMER CERAMICS & FINE ARTS CENTRE *

‘Experience the Cambodian Pottery Class’

Learn about clay pottery and produce your own artistic inspired Cambodian bowl. You will be guided through the tools and taught how to use a clay potter’s wheel, while having fun getting your hands on with the clay. After you make your own 5 pieces you can add Khmer carving to make it even more unique. The classes are given by young Cambodian’ who are very helpful and friendly.

$20 per person, including free pick-up & drop-off, free soft drink & water and 1 of your own pottery piece.

Guests from Bloomgarden get 15% discount

LAND MINE MUSEUM *

Learn about the importance of clearing landmines in Cambodia. With potentially 5,000,000 still in the ground, landmines have immensely impacted the history and culture of this country. The museum is interactive and the main focus is educating the visitors about the dangers of landmines, where they came from, who laid them, how they work and their presence in Cambodia.

$5 per person

LOTUS DREAM SPA *

Lotus dream spa is a small family owned business located at the Kandal Village (See Markets and Entertainment). Reasonably priced massages, scrubs, mani & pedi and facials! The spa is clean, the atmosphere is very peaceful and the staff is friendly.

Ask our staff for the brochure with the treatments and prices.

NATIONAL MUSEUM *

‘The Legend Revealed’

If you’re interested in Khmer history, culture and the stories of the ancient Angkor Empire at the Angkor nation, you should visit the National Museum. The museum has 8 different galleries, from The Origin of Khmer Empire to the Great Khmer Kings and from a gallery of 1000 Buddha images to the fasciation of Apsara.

$12 per person with pick-up service

Please ask our staff to arrange the ticket and pick-up for you!

THE GREAT ESCAPE *

‘Find clues, solve the mystery and escape the room!’

The Great Escape is a live-action puzzle game, where you walk into a mysterious room and have to solve the mystery. You’ve got one hour to find the code to open the safe, the code can be found in the most unexpected places, by thinking outside the box and to work together. It’s a fun, entertaining and brain-working activity in Siem Reap. At this moment they provide two rooms:

The Crime Scene 66
The Lost Room
The prices start at $23 for two persons (each) but you get a discount if you join with more people, include pickup & drop-off.

Food & Drinks

FARMERS MARKET **

Farmers/producers from Siem Reap join and sell their products at the Farmers Market, think about fruits, vegetables and bread. They also serve breakfast/lunch; delicious bagels with cream cheese, various cakes, coffees and fresh juices. A nice place to spend a Sunday morning.

Open every Sunday morning from 9am until 1pm.

Breakfast / Lunch / Coffee

HASHI (JAPANESE) RESTAURANT**

A must for the sushi lover! A great Japanese restaurant, they serve a variety of tasteful dishes and let you experience how it feels to be dining with a real Japense traditional cuisine. The décor is pleasant and the service is optimal!

Open for lunch: from 11am until 3pm

Open for dinner: from 6pm until 11 pm

Lunch / Dinner

NETH SOCHEATA RESTAURANT **

In a cozy alley near the Old Market you can find Neth Socheata Restaurant. This is a perfect place to try the authentic local Cambodian cuisine. They serve delicious curry, amok, spring rolls, beef loc lac, eggplant dishes and much more! The dishes are served with vegetables and chicken, pork or beef (or vegetarian).

Lunch / Dinner

MAMMA SHOP **

‘Freshness & Quality, Tradition & Love’

Great fresh Italian food and restaurant! Mamma Shop can be found at the Kandal Village, a nice place for strolling around, shopping and dining (see Markets and entertainment). The pasta of Mamma Shop is homemade and with real authentic Italian flavors. They also serve pizzas, antipasti and good wine. A real Italian night out!

Open Mon-Sat from 11:30am until 10pm

Lunch / Dinner

OLD WOODEN HOUSE**

‘Asana Old Wooden House Cocktail Bar’

Drink unique cocktails and relax on highly unusual seating surrounded by a unique piece of history. ‘Asana’ is the last traditional Cambodian wooden house in Siem Reap.

Open daily from 11am until 1am

Drinks

PEACE CAFÉ **

Peace Café provides fresh healthy vegetarian food, fresh juices and shakes, a bakery and a fair trade shop. The café is located in a beautiful and quiet garden near the river. Not only food and drinks are provided at the Peace café but also a cooking class and programs such as meditation, yoga and Khmer lessons.

Open daily from 7am until 9pm.

Lunch / Dinner

For more information about the lessons provided by the Peace Café, please ask our staff.

SALA BAI HOTEL & RESTAURANT SCHOOL **

The Sala Bai Hotel & Restaurant School trains each year free of charge more than 100 students. This program is devoted for helping underprivileged young Cambodians, with a preference given to the girls, who are more vulnerable and have lower access to education. As a guest you can walk around the school, talk with the students and have breakfast or lunch at the Training Restaurant.

Open on weekdays

Breakfast: 7.30am until 9.30am

Lunch: 12.00am till 2.00pm

SISTER SREY CAFÉ **

The perfect spot for breakfast, lunch or coffee with cake!

Sister Srey Café is a social enterprise; set up to support Khmer students, who struggle to keep a balance between study and supporting their family. By providing various incentives and activities for the local and rural community they want to make a sustainable impact.

Sister Srey Café offers a healthy and vegan menu and everything is prepared fresh daily. They serve good coffee, great breakfast with eggs, a tasteful & creative lunch and amazing cakes & muffins! The style of the café is colorful and cozy. The staff always greets you with a smile!

Open daily from 7am until 6pm. Closed on Monday.

Breakfast / Lunch

TOUICH RESTAURANT**

This family restaurant is outside the rural city of Siem Reap. The area is peaceful, quiet and the house/interior is Khmer. On the menu you can find Khmer and Western food, which both taste delicious. Bloomgarden’s favorites are the skewers and the Khmer mojito! The owners and the staff are friendly and do their best to give you a beautiful evening.

Open daily from 6pm until 10pm

Dinner

VITHEI BBQ OLD STADIUM **

If you want to spend an evening out at a more local place, you can visit Vithei BBQ Old Stadium. They provide a unique style of Cambodian dining known as ‘Phnom Pleung’ (Fire Mountain). Our own favorite, the meat is very tasty and the service is always with a smile!

Open daily from 4pm until 11pm

Dinner

Markets and Entertainment

KANDAL VILLAGE **

Kandal village is a rising art and cultural place where you can find cafes, galleries, baristas, arty home ware shops, spas and nice fashion stores. If you’re looking for unique gifts, memories or experiences of your time in Cambodia, you’ll find them at this place. The Kandal Village is a walk able block near Pubstreet and the Old French Quarter and all the shops etc. are inside.

For more information about Kandal Village, please ask our staff for the brochure!

MADE IN CAMBODIA MARKET**

This market, held every weekend at Shinta Mani, is a culmination of some of the best local made products by the most talented artisans of Siem Reap. Artisans are skilled craft workers who make or create products by hand. See and buy a selection of wonderful items; regular stall wares include colorful art, clothing, accessories from recycled items, local jewelry designs, flavor-infused rum and local sweets and treats.

In the evening at 7pm there is a cultural Apsara performance. So now and then, you get a special show by some of the local circus performers from Phare Cambodian Circus. Grab a seat, a glass of wine from one of two wine shops, something to eat and enjoy the show!

The market itself and the Apsara performance are free of charge.

NIGHT MARKETS**

Siem Reap has many night markets. The original night market is located in the heart of the town, the Art Night Market can be found at the other side of the river, near the Pub Street. The night markets open around mid-afternoon and stay open until midnight. More than 200 thatch roofed shops and stalls offer souvenirs, handicrafts, fish massage, mani&pedi, food, drinks, clothes and many other things. A nice place to wander around before going to the buzzing Pub Street of Siem Reap.

OLD MARKET **

During the day the Old Market is the place-to-be. At the old market you can find everything you need. You can shop for some clothing, bags, accessories and souvenirs or have a massage, mani&pedi or get your hair done. You can have a look at the many food-stalls where the women sell meat, fish, fruits and vegetables.

PHARE, CAMBODIAN CIRCUS *

Experience one of the highlights of Siem Reap and meet young talented performers in breathtakingly entertaining and original Cambodian shows.

The Cambodian Circus tells unique Cambodian tales using modern circus arts and high-energy music, touching on themes in Cambodian tradition, ethos and spirit. The performances mix theatre, music, dance, acrobatics, juggling, aerial acts, fire and contortion with an explosion of virtuosity and sensitivity. During the hour-long shows, the Phare performers share their emotions and excitement, blowing the audience away with their integrity and power.

Phare artists are students and graduates from Phare Ponleu Selpak Artistic Center in Battambang. Eight young men, who came back home from a refugee camp after the Khmer Rouge regime, formed the association 20 years ago. They were greatly helped by art therapy and wanted to share this new skill among the poor, socially deprived and troubled youngsters in Battambang. They founded an art school and public school followed to offer free education. A music school and theatre school were next and finally, for the kids who wanted more, the circus school. Today more than 1,200 pupils attend the public school daily and 500 attend the alternative schools. Phare Ponleu Selpak also has extensive outreach programs, trying to help with the problems highlighted in their own tales.

Every night at 8pm

Tickets for adults: $18, $25 and $35 (different seating)

For children: $10, $15 and $18 (different seating)

PUB STREET **

Nightlife in Siem Reap

Siem Reap’s nightlife can be found at the famous Pub Street. For a fun night out and meeting other people, you should go here. The whole area is packed with pubs and clubs. You can enjoy yourself with some drinks at the beginning of the evening and later go for a dance in one of the clubs. There is something for everyone. People will dance on the streets, enjoy the party and have lots of fun!

Kulen Mountain

  • Walking a Jungle Tour
    $80 and 100, Average price a day
    You can walk through the jungle with your personal guide who can show you the most beautiful places and walking routes. The tour can be adapted to your own physical condition.
  • Visiting the waterfall
    $80 for renting a car from Siem Reap, $25 for guide
    On the top of Kulen Mountain is a refreshing and large waterfall. Many residents of Cambodia come here in their free time to relax and enjoy the natural environment. Next to the waterfall are several bungalows you can use to relax and eat the food from local restaurants.
  • Sleeping in a homestay
    At Kulen Mountain you can sleep in a home stay. A warm welcome from the hosting family and a total new experience. You can take a shower under the stars and sleep and live in a real Cambodian way.
  • Sleeping next to the waterfall
    Next to the waterfall are small bungalows were you can sleep. Lying in your bed, seeing the stars, candle light around you and the deafening sounds of the waterfall. In the morning your guide will cook breakfast and you can shower under the waterfall.