Siem Reap is a sleepy town that comes alive at night with a vibrant pub scene. With many not to be missed sights at the neighbouring Angkor World Heritage Sites, a couple of days are needed to explore Siem Reap. We did a quick 2-night side trip from Bangkok and found it to be sufficient. It was also fun to try our hand at some videography on this trip so be sure to check out our travel diary video on YouTube below! Thanks xx
Definitely the highlight of Siem Reap, the unofficial eighth wonder of the world, Angkor Wat, lives up to the hype. Without a doubt the sunrise at Angkor Wat is a must do and is worth waking up early for, especially because you can beat the heat and the crowds. Make sure to take a guide from the entrance as they can give you some valuable information about the temples for a small fee based on what you would like to tip. We tipped about $10USD.
Other than Angkor Wat, Bayon and Ta Phrom are two of the best temples in the area. We loved the vibrant oranges and contrasting greens of Bayon, which made for some great photo ops. But our favourite temple of them all was Ta Phrom, the temple where the trees have intertwined with the structures and Tomb Raider was filmed. If it’s good enough for Angelina, then it’s good enough for us!
Exclusive tip | During rainy season make sure to take an umbrella as the downpours come unexpectedly. Plus, a brightly coloured umbrella makes an amazing focal point for some shots, like the one we captured in our cover photo!
Central market for shopping
Unlike the fake brand filled markets of Thailand and Hong Kong, The Central Market in Siem Reap sells simple wares, necessities, and replicas of the temple relics. The prices are very affordable and you can practice your bargaining skills. It’s also the main market where the locals shop for fruit and veges so you can also see the local way of life.
Pub Street for eating and drinking
The best place to party the night away after a long day of exploring the Angkor temples is Pub Street. Basically, all main roads lead to this area and you will find all the restaurants and bars to fuel your desires.
King’s Road for a more upmarket experience
Feeling a little fancy? Then King’s Road is the best place to go. With a French restaurant, homemade macaroons, and a wealth of food options. The prices are a lot higher than other restaurants in Siem Reap but if you are looking for a little luxury then that’s the place to be.
The Royal Palace is a lot smaller and less traditional than its counterpart in Phnom Penh but if you have some free time it’s a nice place to chill out and observe the monks.
Take a tuk tuk
Ever since I was a child, tuk tuks have been one of my favourite modes of transportation. They are especially fun in Cambodia and we met some cool locals who drive them. Additional marks to anyone who finds the elusive Batmobile tuk tuk!
STAY || Viroth Hotel
Viroth Hotel is located in a back street across the small canal separating the hotel from Pub Street. Even though the walk is meant to be about 10mins we spent our whole trip taking advantage of the 3-minute tuk tuk ride which set us back about 2usd each time. This boutique, beach resort style hotel is modern and refreshing, especially after a long day of exploring the dusty temples. With all the modern technology conveniences, such as Wi-Fi, and cable television included, you can stay up to date with the world back home. Plus, the food at the hotel restaurant was some of the best we had in Siem Reap so it’s worth stopping by to eat even if you aren’t staying at the hotel. As an added culinary bonus, an a la carte breakfast is included in your room rate and if you have a sunrise tour planned, the lovely staff will prepare a simple breakfast picnic to go. All of this amazingness is available at a very inexpensive price so we highly recommend Viroth for your next visit to Siem Reap.
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Book Here || http://www.viroth-hotel.com/
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