Cambodia is a charming country with extraordinary friendly people. Here you can enjoy a tropical paradise with beautiful nature and majestic temple ruins and at the same time be blown away by how wonderful the people are despite their tragic history.
You’ll soon learn that Siem Reap has so much more to offer than ”just” the temple complex of Angkor Wat. Visit a local family and spend a few hours in their shoes, go horseback riding and experience the life of the people in the villages, do a cooking class and learn some Cambodian dishes, watch sunsets in the floating villages of Lake Tonle Sap - whatever you want to do during your stay here in Siem Reap, we can arrange it for you!
When you do tours with us at Babel Guesthouse you are guaranteed good service. Our drivers have been working with us for many years, and we always get good feedback from our guests on them. They are a big part of Babel family, and they will make sure your stay will be memorable.
Angkor Wat is not just one temple like many people believe. The Angkor Archaeological Park consists of scores of temples, hydraulic structures (basins, dykes, reservoirs, canals) as well as communication routes. The most popular temples are Angkor Wat, Bayon and Ta Phrom. You get to se them all in one day, but we strongly recommend you to take time to visit some of the less visited temples, where you can walk around in peace, and really feel the atmosphere of the wild jungle surrounding. You can choose between buying a 1-day pass, 3-day pass or 7-days pass.
Do you feel “templed out”? Need to relax? For 3 usd a day, you can use the swimming pool next door from Babel. You could also just have a traditional Khmer massage in your room at Babel.
The Tonle Sap Lake is the largest fresh-water lake in Southeast Asia and the richest fishing lake in the world. A lot of Cambodian and Vietnamese people live on the lake, in floating villages. The most visited floating village is Chong Khneas and Kampong Pluk. A trip to see the sunset over the lake is recommended.
We are very proud to introduce you to Babels very own Village Tours, made by staff and Tuk Tuk drivers at Babel Guesthouse. We have three different tours where you will really learn more about the real Cambodian life in the countryside.
Other popular ways to experience the real life in the countryside:
Cambodian cuisine has its roots in Khmer tradition, but has also absorbed influences from China, India and France. Compared with Thai or Vietnamese food, Cambodian cuisine is not as spicy or as sweet but still full of flavours. Learn more about traditional Cambodian Cuisine, and learn how to cook khmer food yourself.
We at Babel Guesthouse are very proud of our restaurant. Especially our Asian dishes! Some people say you haven’t experienced real Cambodia before trying the national dish Fish Amok!
But we can also recommend paying a visit to restaurants and cafes with a heart, as follows:
The religion Buddhism plays an important role within the Cambodian culture. Visit a modern temple and receive a traditional Buddhist Monk Blessing like a true Cambodian.
We can strongly recommend you to pay a visit to the National Museum, to really learn more about the history of Angkor Wat. The Landmine museum is a very good project, which offers a wealth of information about the war history of Cambodia and the surrounding countries.
There are also a growing numbers of traditional shows for you to understand about Cambodian customs.
Do you want to make a difference? Donate blood at Angkor Hospital for Children.