About 25km north of Siem Reap lies one of the largest butterfly centres in South-East Asia, with a tropical garden filled with thousands of colourful butterflies. The centre also trains local farmers in butterfly farming, enabling them to diversify their income.
SEE & DO
Banteay Srey Butterfly Centre
Founded by renowned Cambodian filmmaker Rithy Panh, this resource centre is dedicated to preserving audio-visual archives that were damaged under the Khmer Rouge. It organises a mobile cinema during the dry season, too.
For Arts Sake Gallery
Siem Reap has been crying out for a new art space and this gallery has been a welcome addition. Exhibitions feature Cambodia’s bright young art stars such as photographer Neak Sophal, and painters Thin Dina and Sopheap Nhem.
This emporium sells locally grown spices for home cooking, such as turmeric and curry powders. Book a wine tasting session, during which you’ll learn how to pair wine with Cambodian spices.
Neverland Art Space
This new gallery space aims to offer artists a conducive venue to display their artworks, which are often quite experimental– think noise bombing, for example.
Siem Reap Countryside Life Tour
Suffering from a temple overdose? Explore Siem Reap’s bucolic side instead with tour operator Vespa Adventures. Have lunch among the rice paddies; watch sugar palm juice being harvested; and go shopping at a local market.
EAT & DRINK
Set in a traditional wooden house on stilts, this laid-back cocktail bar offers a much-needed reprieve from the craziness of nearby Pub Street. Sip on drinks made using Khmer fruits, herbs and spices, or sign up for a cocktail-making class. It holds a farmers’ market on Sundays, too.
Botanico Wine & Beer Garden
This lush hideaway is a co-working space by day and a beer garden by night. On offer are locally brewed craft beers; we’d recommend sampling the pale ales and red ales by Cerevisia Craft Brewhouse, one of Cambodia’s first craft breweries.
Located next to the river, this swish restaurant offers a hearty countryside-influenced menu. Highlights include roast chicken glazed in Siem Reap honey, rice brandy and lemongrass and a flavour-packed pomelo and spinach salad.
Old Shanghai meets street at this chic bar, which is festooned with cherry red lanterns that cover industrial fittings. You’ll find ice cream and chilled teas here in the day; come nightfall, the menu changes to include rums by local distiller Samui, craft beers and cocktails.
This no-frills, open-air restaurant caters mainly to a local clientele. The menu is in Khmer only, but you can’t go wrong if you ask for the green pepper crab, clams in tamarind sauce or the grilled mackerel.
The latest addition to buzzing Street 308 is this cool new bar sporting an industrial-chic aesthetic. The soundtrack is heavy on hip hop, but it’s the cocktails that impress most — think artisanal spirits and fresh seasonal ingredients jazzed up with fun elements like foams and house-made flower syrups.
This restaurant is as sinful as it sounds. Recently opened by Hong Kong chef Jorge Chen, it serves Asian fusion dishes, reinterpreted with a heavy dose of carbs. The pulled crab and shrimp ravioli with chilli comes highly recommended.
This hole-in-the-wall Japanese eight-seater is referred to by in-the-know locals as the city’s secret sushi bar. Come early or risk missing out on chef Seya San’s melt-in-the-mouth otoro (fatty tuna belly) and kara-age (triple fried chicken).
Named after co-owner David Chhay’s mother, this three-storey cocktail bar brings 1960s Cambodian rock and roll to Street 308. Some of the cocktails here are named after Khmer rock legends.
Decked out in a chic, industrial style – reclaimed wood and light bulbs dripping from beams – this unassuming bar is a great place to unwind. Go for an ice-cold Cambodia Beer or a fun, boozy ice cream float served in a Mason jar.
This restaurant is Cambodian celeb chef Luu Meng’s latest project. The building itself – a late white structure modelled on an Angkorian temple – is inspiring, but so is the food. Sample dishes made with top-notch ingredients, such as moringa soup and red curry with Kampot rock crab.
25-year-old French chef Malo Gruget helms the signature restaurant of the Monsoon Hotel in the trendy Tonle Bassac neighbourhood. His menu is an intriguing blend of French and Cambodian flavours — for example, salmon is smoked with local jasmine tea, while foie gras is marinated in Khmer coffee.
Nesat Seafood House
Despite its city-centre location, this restaurant looks and feels like a fisherman’s house. As the décor would suggest, it serves up fresh clams, oysters, shrimp and other seafood from the coastal province of Kampot
This light-filled café and juicer blends Cambodian design influences (think rattan and bamboo furniture) with pared-back Nordic sensibilities and plenty of reclaimed wood. The menu covers cold-pressed juices, superfood smoothies and acai bowls in coconut husks.
Bee Vintage and Craft
The slow-fashion movement is gaining traction in Phnom Penh, and one shop driving this change is Bee Vintage and Craft. Located in a quiet alley, it sells second-hand and handmade clothing, accessories and shoes.
Not only does this business sell exquisite, intricately hand-woven rattan bags, bowls, baskets and platters, it also supports 15 female artisans from the nearby weaving village of Kro Bei Riel.
Sa’art means “beautiful” in Khmer, and this bijou, celestial-scented boutique is certainly that. Here, you’ll find 100 percent natural lotions, soaps and candles for the body and home. Topping our list are the beautiful silver Buddhist alms bowls filled with natural soy wax and essential oils.
Jaya House River Park
This brand new, 36-room boutique property on the banks of the river oozes Khmer elegance, with large suites – many boasting private pools – decked out in polished dark wood and stone. Other nifty features include Malongo espresso machines, home-made teas and even dedicated tuk-tuk drivers for each room.
Located near the Siem Reap River, this former family home is now a lovely 27-room boutique hotel. It pays homage to the river with thoughtful design touches like the use of reclaimed timber, water features running throughout the property, and a dreamy blue colour scheme.
White Mansion Boutique Hotel
Housed in the old US embassy, this boutique hotel offers affordable luxury. Lounge under a private canopy by the lap pool, enjoy baguettes at ground-floor bakery Eric Kayser and peruse indie stores on Street 240.
这家餐厅如其名，到访后会让人肚子满满的“罪恶感”。由来自香港的厨师Jorge Chen创立，Fat Passion为你带来亚洲风fusion料理，搭配上大量的淀粉类食材来重新诠释。重点推荐手撕螃蟹与虾饺配辣椒。
Jaya House River Park
设有36间客房的全新精品酒店同样座落河畔，弥漫高棉式的优雅知性。偌大套房以抛光深色木材和石材为主要元素，大部分客房设有私人泳池。其他亮点包括 Malongo 意式浓缩咖啡机和自家茶茗等。酒店甚至为每间客房分配一位tuk-tuk车司机，负责接载宾客。
Kool As U
在不同制衣场工作了将近十年之后，KosalOu 在19号街上开设了休闲时尚服饰品牌Kool as U（取自本名）。原本只专攻男装，Ou时尚又好玩的时装现在也为女性设计，另外也提供量身定做服务。
以老板之一David Chhay的母亲命名的这家三层楼鸡尾酒吧，将1960年代柬埔寨摇滚乐风重现在308号街之上。Le Boutier通过以柬埔寨摇滚传奇音乐人为名的创新鸡尾酒，
Neverland Art Space
White Mansion Boutique Hotel
在前身为美国大使馆的白墙内，是这家为游客提供实惠奢华选择的精品酒店。在泳池边的私人天棚放松心情、到名厨Eric Kayser的面包店品尝kuyteav面及法式面包，再到时尚的240号街的独立时装店购物 。