Siem Reap has an old-world charm that wins travelers’ hearts. Equally captivating, these nearby destinations around the Cambodian city are guaranteed to give you a memorable weekend getaway.

Weekend Getaways From Siem Reap #1

Bangkok, Thailand

With the perfect balance of modern and historic elements embellishing the Thai capital, Bangkok is undoubtedly a stunning city. 

Discovering hidden places & visit traditional markets and temples
Cruising on the khlong and discovering hidden places & visit traditional markets and temples

 

Admire the city’s beauty on a boat ride along its canals, making stops at temples and markets on the way.

Take a fulfilling trip to Ayutthaya and mingle with the friendly locals while learning their traditional way of life. Get a breath of fresh air cycling around the car-free Ko Kret Island and its beautiful pottery village.

Full day of cycling around the beautiful Ko Kret Island just on the edge of Bangkok
Full day of cycling around the beautiful Ko Kret Island just on the edge of Bangkok

End the day on an exciting tuk tuk tour around Wat Pho, the Flower Market and other famous attractions or on an enticing food safari to the city’s best eateries on the back of a scooter.

How to get there: An hour away from Siem Reap, there are almost 10 flights per day to Bangkok with return tickets starting at SGD 119.00

 

Weekend Getaways From Siem Reap #2

Luang Prabang, Laos

Once traversed only by adventurous backpackers, Luang Prabang has become a tourist hotspot made possible by the city’s recent modernization.

Walk small trails in front of an amazing landscape and visit a Khamu community
Walk small trails in front of an amazing landscape and visit a Khamu community

Tap into your adventurous side and trek to the Kuang Si Waterfalls sitting in the middle of lush forested mountains. You can also trek to and kayak in the gorgeous Nam Khan River.

Weave your way through the mountains and sink anchor so you can explore Laos’ most amazing waterfalls and sacred caves
Weaving your way through the mountains and sink anchor so you can explore Laos’ most amazing waterfalls and sacred caves

 

Enjoy spectacular views without breaking a sweat cruising down the Mekong River at sunset, passing beautiful waterfalls and sacred caves. Don’t leave the city without riding on a majestic elephant, let alone an opportunity of giving one a bath.

How to get there: 1½ hours away from Siem Reap, there are 5 flights per day to Luang Prabang with return tickets starting at SGD 312.00

 

Weekend Getaways From Siem Reap #3

 Hanoi, Vietnam

With its history spanning an incredible thousand years, Hanoi is a remarkably cultured city with lots to offer. Learn to cook local dishes in a culinary class and let Hanoi make its way to your heart through your stomach.

Learning to cook some typical Vietnamese dishes which represent the North of Vietnam
Learning to cook some typical Vietnamese dishes which represent the North of Vietnam

Take in the sights, sounds and smells of the bustling Vietnamese capital on an exhilarating city tour. Discover Hanoi and its gorgeous countryside on a Vespa day tour and the city’s bustling ambiance after dark on a Vespa night tour.

 Full day ride on a vespa to discover the bustling city of Hanoi as well as its quiet countryside
Full day ride on a vespa to discover the bustling city of Hanoi as well as its quiet countryside

Make your way to the mesmerizing Halong Bay Island studded with wondrous limestone peaks to complete your trip. Kayak the emerald waters to deserted beaches and climb a massive limestone cliff afterward.

How to get there: Almost 2 hours away from Siem Reap, there are 3 flights per day to Hanoi with return tickets starting at SGD 155.00

 

Weekend Getaways From Siem Reap #4

Singapore

Since the hit release of the ‘Crazy Rich Asians’ movie, Singapore is once again in the spotlight and is being looked at with dreamy eyes by travelers.

View of Marina Bay Sands. Enjoy a journey of cycling around Singapore.
View of Marina Bay Sands. Enjoy a journey of cycling around Singapore.

Swap your planned mode of transport for a refreshing bicycle tour around the city’s famous attractions. See the best of the ‘Lion City’ gliding along on an exciting segway tour around Sentosa’s sun-kissed beaches and the iconic Merlion.

 

Perfume Workshop for Kids
Perfume Workshop for Kids

If you’re traveling with kids, bring them to an intriguing workshop on perfumery that will awaken their five senses and creativity. A trip to Universal Studios will send kids into a frenzy as they relive their favorite Hollywood movies and enjoy the epic rides.

How to get there: 2 hours away from Siem Reap, there is 1 flight per day to Singapore with return tickets starting at SGD 268.00

 

Weekend Getaways From Siem Reap #5

Phuket, Thailand

Though Instagram-famous, Phuket is a place that has to be seen to be believed. Take in the island’s indescribable beauty from the skies on a hair-raising helicopter tour.

 Helicopter scenic flight from Phuket airport area
Helicopter scenic flight from Phuket airport area

Explore the island’s caves and hidden lagoons on a kayak tour that ends with a magical Loy Kratong ceremony complete with fireflies and bioluminescent planktons. 

Sea cave exploring inside Phang Nga Bay’s marine geology
Sea cave exploring inside Phang Nga Bay’s marine geology

Take an underwater adventure in the tropical blue waters on a diving trip to the famous Phi Phi Islands where you’ll see beautiful marine life and vibrant coral reefs.

Satisfy your inner foodie on a hunger-inducing food tour then take a leisurely stroll in the picturesque Phuket Old Town.

How to get there: 1½  hours away from Siem Reap, there are 4 flights per week to Phuket with return tickets starting at SGD 140.00

 

Weekend Getaways From Siem Reap #6

Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia

The delicious reign of Nasi Lemak and Laksa on the streets of Kuala Lumpur is a compelling enough reason to visit the city. Treat your palate to the best of Ipoh’s culinary scene on a full-day tour and follow it up with an evening food tour in the heart of the city sampling traditional local dishes.

Explore the best of Ipoh’s food scene
Exploring the best of Ipoh’s food scene

Get the best views of the city from unusual perspectives on a helicopter sightseeing tour during the day. At night, you can enjoy spectacular views in an immense mangrove forest surrounded by sparkling fireflies.

Discovering the amazing scenery and Kuala Lumpur's essential landmarks from up in the air during a 30 min helicopter ride
Discovering the amazing scenery and Kuala Lumpur’s essential landmarks from up in the air during a 30 min helicopter ride

Get the best of the local culture on a night tour on which you can enjoy a beautiful traditional dance performance, filled with the stunning ambiance of the lit up city.

How to get there: 2 hours away from Siem Reap, there are 2 flights per day to Kuala Lumpur with return tickets starting at SGD 126.00

 

Weekend Getaways From Siem Reap #7

Phnom Penh, Cambodia

With a rich history and captivating culture, Phnom Penh is the perfect place to begin your Cambodian adventure. Visit cultural attractions, meet amicable locals and learn the city’s story on a Khmer Rouge History Guided Tour, Historical Phnom Penh Guided Tour and a Private City Tour.

Visiting the Tuol Sleng Genocide Museum - a Khmer Rouge prison, in this 4.5-hour tour
Visiting the Tuol Sleng Genocide Museum – a Khmer Rouge prison, in this 4.5-hour tour

Cross the river and make your way to the lovely Mekong Island where you can explore Buddhist temples, purchase the island’s famous silk products and take in beautiful sceneries.

Two days / one night trip in the south of Cambodia riding a Harley Davidson motorbike
Two days / one night trip in the south of Cambodia riding a Harley Davidson motorbike

Bring out the rebel in you on the Harley Davidson Private Tour as you go up the thrilling Bokor Mountain, a ride comparable to one on the Swiss Alps.

How to get there: 45 minutes away from Siem Reap, there are 7 flights per day to Phnom Penh with return tickets starting at SGD 132.00

 

Weekend Getaways From Siem Reap #8

Pakse, Laos

Pakse is a small, tranquil city in southern Laos that makes the perfect relaxing weekend getaway if you are looking for some peace and quiet.

 

Visiting the archaeological sight of Wat Phou in Champassak
Visiting the archaeological sight of Wat Phou in Champassak

Discover the city on a 3-day tour that takes you around Pakse and to the neighboring Chamasag and Don Khong. Explore ancient religious sites, beautiful green islands and the biggest waterfalls in Southeast Asia that will make you fall in love with the city.

Khonephapheng, the most impressive Mekong waterfall in Laos
Khonephapheng, the most impressive Mekong waterfall in Laos

When in Pakse, don’t forget to savor delicious local dishes such as Khao Soi, made of minced pork and curdled blood, and Nam Khao, a crispy rice salad, in the city’s amazing eateries.

How to get there: An hour away from Siem Reap, there are 4 flight per week to Pakse with return tickets starting at SGD 263.00

 

Weekend Getaways From Siem Reap #9

Hong Kong

If anything, Hong Kong should be visited for its unique landscape. Take a scenic helicopter ride around Hong Kong Island and fly atop some of the world’s tallest buildings and explore the serene countryside on Lantau Island from inside a glass-bottom cable car suspended 400-meters above sea level.

Spectacular views of the famous Victoria Harbour skyline during a 15 mins helicopter scenic flight
Spectacular views of the famous Victoria Harbour skyline during a 15 mins helicopter scenic flight

Treat your appetite to mouth-watering Chinese dishes on a 3-hour food tour as well as a cultural night tour, after which you can take a stroll along the harbor admiring the colorfully-lit skyline.

Discovering Chinese Cuisine Heritage
Discovering Chinese Cuisine Heritage

A trip to the picturesque Hong Kong Disneyland is a must. A magical display of fireworks across Princess Aurora’s castle is the perfect end to a fun-filled day.

How to get there: 2½ hours away from Siem Reap, there are 7 flights per week to Hong Kong with return tickets starting at SGD 378.00

 

Weekend Getaways From Siem Reap #10

Taipei, Taiwan

From beautiful hills and hot springs to amazing food and festivals, Taipei is truly a phenomenal city. Be enthralled by Danshui, its colonial buildings and hidden spots on a 5-hour tour that ends with you devouring a fish ball soup.

Danshui's Lane of Love
Danshui’s Lane of Love

To better understand some of Taipei’s culture, visit warehouses run by single mothers selling sweet potato dishes. The shape of Taiwan resembles that of sweet potato, which is why it plays an important role in their everyday lives.

 

Stepping into Ningxia Night Market, one of Taipei's most popular markets
Stepping into Ningxia Night Market, one of Taipei’s most popular markets

Make sure to head to Ningxia Night Market on an empty stomach and dig into the fried yam balls, mullet roe and other delicious local delights.

How to get there: 3½ hours away from Siem Reap, there are 4 flights per week to Taipei with return tickets starting at SGD 458.00

We hope this list of weekend getaways from Siem Reap will help you make the most of your time in Asia. If you need any further advice, please do not hesitate to contact us.

By Elodie

 

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