7 reasons to visit Siem Reap, besides the epic beauty of Angkor Wat


While we can’t deny the splendor of Angkor Wat, the UNESCO World Heritage site isn’t the only reason to visit Siem Reap. We’re counting down all the, amazing, albeit non-temple related, must-do’s in honor of Lub d, the super cool new hostel bursting with friendly vibes and exciting adventures, located just a few steps from the Siem Reap River.

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Say oui oui to spicy, fresh Cambodian flavors.

The unique blend of French cooking and Southeast Asian flavors comes alive all over Siem Reap. For fancy foodies, Wat Damnak or Sugar Palm provide a delectable fix in a beautiful setting. Then get down to earth (literally) and try a few cooked critters at Bug Cafe. Hey, Cambodians have been eating insects way before it was trendy!

Not all those who wander neighborhood markets are lost.

Coming from Bangkok, we assume you have a healthy appreciation for getting lost in the bustling lanes of local markets. Make your way to Psah Chas for delicious goodies galore. It’s just a few minutes walk from Lub d! Pop by Phsar Polanka or Phsar Leu to satisfy all your nam pang sandwich cravings and you’ll probably be the only tourist around.

Go deeper and learn something new about Siem Reap.

Round out your trip with a visit to the Cambodia Landmine Museum or the Angkor Center for Conservation of Biodiversity. See another side of Cambodia and admire the strength of the people who helped this country overcome adversity.

Take a retro inspired trip through the countryside.

Ride in style through the Cambodian countryside. Vespa Adventures’ tours offer insight into daily life outside of Siem Reap. We won’t give anything away, but expect to travel off the beaten path and sample tasty locally made snacks.

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Gain an appreciation for Khmer art.

Art is a window to the soul and Siem Reap is a hotspot for all types of Cambodian art. Visit Artisan Angkor to witness traditional handicrafts, then browse one of the city’s stylish galleries to celebrate local artists. Lub d embraces Khmer art through the Cambodian decor, Siem Reap-inspired design and layout of each room. The spacious mixed dorms and ladies dorms (each with 10 plush beds) and private rooms for two (complete with private bathrooms) each have unique artistic touches.

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Enjoy Siem Reap’s relaxed vibes, espresso in hand.

We have just the place to soak in the atmosphere of this ancient city: Lub d’s spacious swimming pool with swim up bar. Little Red Fox, one of the best coffee brewers in town, is Lub d’s resident brewmaster. The on-site cafe also hosts a wicked happy hour. Rock up for a few drinks, make new friends and listen to live music in the heart of Siem Reap.

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Let Lub d make your trip to Siem Reap even more memorable.

Yep, this hip hostel is a reason to visit Cambodia all on its own. Lub d captures the vibrant feel of Siem Reap and promises an unforgettable experience for travelers in-the-know. This travel hub is a hotbed of excitement where Siem Reap’s travelers meet up, swap stories and make memories. Bonus: it’s located just 5 minutes walk to the famous Pub Street and historic temples. (Because, who are we kidding, that’s why you’re here!)

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Each day is a new travel adventure, and Lub d offers so many extra touches to make your trip even better. Beyond the location, friendly vibes and awesome people, there’s a co-working space, 24/7 hi speed wifi, Grab and Go Bar, all-day breakfast, helpful tour desk, and luggage storage up to 60 days while you travel to your heart’s content.

Book your stay now and get 10% off Lub d’s best rate using promo code LUBDCCN. Enjoy!




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