Why Siem Reap
When you’re stressed, all you want to do is get away from everything.
There’s no better place to do just that than the lovely town of Siem Reap.
The small, touristic city can be busy at times but never in the likes of Phnom Penh. Thanks to tourists flocking from all over the world to gaze at the splendor of Angkor Wat, you will find a wide variety of choices when it comes to food, hotels, and activities.
The best thing about Siem Reap is that 10 minutes in any direction and you’ll find yourself in the peaceful Cambodian countryside. I find that being surrounded by nature is the perfect way to de-stress and bring yourself back down to earth.
But you don’t have to take my word for it; in this article, three different Siem Reap venues are listed in the five best wellness retreats in Cambodia!
Keep reading and you’ll find some of the best places in Siem Reap to refresh your body and mind!
The food you eat can play a huge part in reducing your stress and will make you feel clean, energetic, and even make you look better!
When you come to Siem Reap to relax and pamper yourself, don’t go binging on cheap alcohol and tasty burgers. Make your body happy by eating healthy. Perhaps you may even want to take a day or two to detox all the impurities out of your system.
There are many eateries across the city that will be able to cater to what you need but the three following cafes are amazing!
You can find The Hive in Kandal Village. The Hive is a small, hip urban cafe that serves a wide variety of fruit and veggie juices, healthy food, and excellent coffee. The staff will even help you set up a detox plan if that’s what you’re looking for.
Sister Srey Cafe
You will find the very popular Sister Srey Cafe along the riverside, near Old Market. Check out the menu for a ton of healthy dishes. The chicken salad is my personal favorite.
If you’re not looking for a complete detox but you are looking for tasty, wholesome food, Sister Srey Cafe is the place!
Located near Wat Bo Road, Footprint Cafe is another amazing spot if you need to rest, eat, and relax. As you walk inside you’ll find a comfortable, warm atmosphere. They have several bookshelves full of books that you can read and buy. The menu has a delicious selection of vegetarian options, shakes, and coffees.
BioLAB Coffee & Office
BioLAB Coffee & Office is a great place for meeting with friends or colleagues. It’s also a good spot to meet new people for networking and idea exchanges. They serve up many nice dishes, coffees and fruit shake.
Eating right is only the first step in stress relief. Getting outdoors and exercising are both great ways to unwind your body.
This is especially true if you work a desk job or live in an urban area. Luckily, Siem Reap has easy access to the countryside.
You can meditate, relax, and explore the Angkor Wat complex or you can find other yoga/pilates/meditation places around town.
There are also many interesting spots to head to just outside of Siem Reap such as Phnom Kulen.
So get outside and get some fresh air! Let’s find a hotel just outside of the city!
Imagine standing in a lush, green field surrounded by the sounds of nature. Fresh air, a soft breeze, and a beautiful sunset while doing yoga is not a fantasy! If that sounds like an amazing experience then you need to check out Preah Garden.
Don’t want to plan anything or spend any money?
Head to Phnom Krom late in the afternoon for sunset. Go solo or with friends. The experience is amazing either way.
I recommend either cycling or driving there yourself and stopping at the local market by the hill to pick up some snacks. From there choose either the long winding road or climb the stairs to the top.
Make sure to explore before the sunset, as you will find a temple, many amazing views, and some ruins.
Finally, sit back and relax as the sun sets and vibrant colors light up the sky over rice paddies, lakes, and small villages.
While heading in the direction of Phnom Krom you’ll see a bunch of lotus farms.
At most of them, you can rent a hut for a while and relax in what feels like the middle of nowhere.
Fresh air and beautiful views aren’t the only things that you’ll get. You can order freshly caught fish or even choose to go fishing yourself.
This is a great way to spend the afternoon relaxing. I like to follow it up by heading to either Phnom Krom or Angkor Wat for sunset right after.
Nutrition, exercise, and being in the great outdoors has been covered but what else should you do for the ultimate relaxation of your body?
It’s time to feel like you’re a king or a queen!
Everyone needs to spoil themselves once in a while. And going to a spa is the perfect way to do it.
Siem Reap is a town where you can find massage parlors and spas everywhere but you have to know which are good and which are the best!
The lotions and oils at Kaya Spa smell amazing, probably because they were created by the people of Senteurs D’Angkor. The staff have high standards and will leave you feeling brand new!
You’ll find this well-known spot in Kandal Village. Whether you need a scrub, a facial, waxing or just a simple massage Frangipani Spa is the place to go.
It is one of the longest-running spas in Siem Reap for a reason!
This is a nice place to escape the hustle and bustle of town and to relax after a long day of temple exploring. The therapists are all trained by experienced specialists. You can even personalize your spa experience as you wish. All treatments are tailored to your preferences and requirements.
This spa hires therapists from a small village to train and educate them in massage therapy. They are all trained in-house by an expert massage therapist. They perform amazing treatments and you’ll leave more than satisfied with their services.
Location: Old Market Area
Tel: 063 761 593
Opening hours: 10 am-midnight
Bodia Spa uses 100% natural products that support local businesses. They are well known for their acupuncture and stretching treatments. Here, you will leave feeling refreshed and pampered!
Navutu Dreams Wellness Resort
I couldn’t leave one of the best resorts in Siem Reap off this list. You will experience full-body wellness and healing.
The Navutu Dreams Resort and Wellness Retreat is one of the best places to go if you’re in need of stress relief. They have different detox plans and wholesome meals to help cleanse your body. They have yoga and meditation classes and pilates so you can peacefully stretch and exercise your body and mind. They even offer amazing massages, facials, and scrubs in their world-class spa.
This may just be the perfect place if you’re searching for total relaxation.
If you’re looking for more things for relaxation leave a comment below. I will cover them in the next article.