The below article is written by Reece Ferguson from Khmer Night about the experience with a visit to Siem Reap recently in the "new normal". Check it out to know what to expect if you are planning to visit Cambodia in the "new normal" in 2022.


Siem Reap has really gone through the wars lately, with lockdown’s and “Red Zones” seriously impacting the city. The lockdown is though now over, meaning this might well be your last chance to visit a truly empty Angkor Wat.

Every now and again you get a job-perk, so when Khmer Nights were invited to test out a new tourism app in Siem Reap, we jumped at the chance. Visiting the floating village on Tonle Sap and Angkor Wat were duly picked as our personal tour choices and we got ready to embark on a mini-adventure.

When the crisis is over, you need this guide to visit Angkor Wat without the crowds

What is the current situation in Siem Reap

Until extremely recently Siem Reap was under an intense lockdown, which severally impacted not only peoples movements, but also people’s pockets. The lockdown is now over, but bars remain closed and restaurants are only offering take-out only. This will undoubtedly change soon, but in the short-term if you want to come to Siem Reap to party, now is not that time. 

It is though still possible and relatively easy to travel here, with a bus ticket from Phnom Penh setting you back $12-13. There is still no night bus, but again this might be a situation that changes. 

Here is our Siem Reap Travel Guide

The floating village in Siem Reap

When it comes to floating villages in Siem Reap there is a actually a fair bit of grey area as to what constitutes one, as well as a great many to choose from. In certain parts of the province there are a number of villages that consist of houses on extremely high stilts. During the dry season it involves climbing a lot of stairs, while during the wet season you travel about by boat. They are though fixed abodes.

And then you have actual floating villages, where people, shops and even churches are situated on boats, or at least floating structures. The most famous of these from a touristic point of view is Tonle Sap floating village, which during its hey-day would have seen thousands of visitors on a daily basis.

When visiting during current times you are likely to be one of just a handful of visitors, obviously not great for the local economy, but a rare chance to truly enjoy this cultural adventure. It costs $20 to take a boat trip and of course you have the opportunity to buy crafts at the obligatory stop at the local gift shop. 

Here is our Tonle Sap Lake Travel Guide

Visiting an empty Angkor Wat

Of course the main touristic reason to visit Siem Reap is to see the marvel that is Angkor Wat. If you live in Cambodia you have most likely already visited at some point, but you also most probably would have been grouped with thousands of flag waving tourists, all needing to be dodged to get that perfect picture. 

As things stand this may well be your last chance to visit a truly empty Angkor Wat, particularly if plans to open the country to Chinese and Korean tourists bears fruit. 

Of course it is not completely empty, with there being local as well as foreign tourists coming to take advantage of the very same thing you are, the lack of people.

There are though less people than there have probably been in 20+ years, obviously disregarding the last almost two years of Covid-19 and what it has done to the tourist industry.

There are though few enough people to mean that you are able to take some amazing pictures, without having to try and dodge the hordes international guests. For those inclined there are guides offering full tours for $10, but the real joy and beauty is in being able to stroll along at your own leisure and really take in the sheer magnitude of the place. 

Here is everything you need to know about Angkor Wat

How to visit an empty Angkor Wat during Covid-19?

Visiting now is not all that different to normal times, with you needing to pick up your Angkor Pass at the huge ticket building located next to 60 Meter Street.

And it is here that you first truly get to understand just how much tourism has been affected. The building has the size and infrastructure to deal with thousands of guest per hour, but as you buy your ticket you are likely to be one of just a handful of people.

There are varying lengths of tickets that can be purchased, but a two day pass will set you back $37, with all major credit cards (and Union Pay) being accepted.

You may want to know about the best time to visit Angkor Wat

Visiting other sites – Angkor Wat Map

Of course the main complex represents just a tiny part of Angkor Wat and there are temples littered all around the area that can be visited as part of your Angkor Pass, so many in fact that we cannot list them all. Of course how many you can fit in a day depends on your ability to deal with temple fatigue, but again now is truly the time to make the most out of that pass. 

You may want to learn the full story of Angkor - The mythical city of Khmer Empire

Hotels in Siem Reap during Covid-19

When you drive through Siem Reap it is the vast amounts huge hotels that are closed, or have for sale signs on them that really shows the magnitude of how this city has been affected by the pandemic. 

There are though still a number of great hotels, with now also being a time to get great deals. As things stand avoid using apps such as, instead simply rocking up and asking for the best price will ensure the best available deal.

One such hotel that is particularly good value right now is Sabara Angkor Resort, where a standard room will set yo back $25, and a suite with private pool as little as $50-60, again depending in your negation skills. 

So, whilst we all hope that normal life returns soon, now might be one of the last opportunities to make the most of a bad situation. As things open up the chance to visit an empty Angkor Wat will surely become something of the past. At least we hope so.

Siem Reap - Angkor Wat Tour in NEW NORMAL

Craving to visit the empty Angkor Wat? Here are our recommended tour packages in Siem Reap below. You can either check our Cambodia tour collections for your reference. In case you need to make a custumed-made itinerary, feel free to contact our team at your own convenience.


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How long to spend in Cambodia may seem like a ridiculous question to address, but if you have plenty of time and aren’t sure how much to dedicate, this blog will definitely help you out. 

How long can you stay in Cambodia? 

Well, as long as you like! From 7 days to a month, there are various ways you can travel across Cambodia and uncover its secrets. Advising an ideal trip length for Cambodia is a bit of a complex challenge, as it depends on several factors such as the places you wish to visit, the activities you plan to join, or if you want to combine Cambodia with its neighbor countries. 

Stay tuned! We are going to sort all these things out including the step-by-step guide to create the best itinerary in Cambodia.


A Sihanoukville sandbox will be initiated on November 30th, which will allow quarantine-free travel not only to the port city, but also Koh Rong Island and Dara Sakor Resort in Koh Kong province.

This will now allow for quarantine-free travel to and within the Kingdom, but what exactly is in the fine print?

Sit back while we dive into the Sihanoukville Sandbox, outlining how it will work and what to expect. 


Since the beginning of the COVID-19 pandemic, Asian countries has taken the cautious approach to inbound travel and has had some of the strictest border restrictions and closures. At the moment, the nations of the region are in the beginning stages of reopening their borders for tourism, with every country introducing its own regulations.

The “unlocking” statuses vary widely. Travelers entering Asian countries may be required to do everything from going into quarantine, submitting negative COVID-19 test results, presenting proof of health insurance, and proof of vaccination (known a vaccine passports).

There is an understandable uncertainty with how you should travel to the Asian region if you are planning to. This is why we present you the list of 19 Asian countries, along with details on the current travel situation. As each country applies precisely defined regulations, you should always check the official websites listed in the article below for the latest government announcements.


Not to be outdone by Vietnam’s recent announcement of fully reopening without testing on arrival, Cambodia has made a big announcement of its own less than 24 hours later: they have removed testing altogether including the requirement for a PCR test prior to departure and the ATK test upon arrival.  Additionally, they have announced the reinstatement of Visa on Arrival for all travellers to Cambodia whether by air, sea or land.

For anyone who has ever dreamt of experiencing the wonders of Angkor without the crowds, there has never been a better time to go! For inspiration, go here to check out some of our amazing Cambodia tours. For further details regarding entry procedures, please read on.


Choosing the best time to visit Angkor Wat can be a little tricky. You almost have to choose between rain and muddy temple sites or good weather with hordes of people who always seem to be in the way of photographs. Following the typical weather patterns for much of Southeast Asia, the best time to visit Angkor Wat in Cambodia is during the dry season from late November to early April.

Fortunately, with a little timing, you can take advantage of the best times to visit Angkor Wat. Even better, travelers who hire drivers to visit ruins farther afield get rewarded with those Tomb-Raider-Indiana-Jones photos with no other tourists in the backdrop.


Angkor Wat, Cambodia's famous UNESCO World Heritage Site, is breathtaking and thrilling to explore. The temple ruins have a way of igniting the inner archaeologist in all of us. You won't soon forget wandering the sprawling, carved ruins of a once-great civilization!

The history of the City of Temples is riddled with incredible facts and events. For instance, Angkor Wat is the largest religious monument in the world, but it didn't make the new list of Seven Wonders of the World, and while it was previously rented for profit to an entity outside of Cambodia, the local government took back control in 2019.


We believe you have the right to arm yourselves with as much information as possible before making any decision.

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