Siem Reap is located in the Northwestern Cambodia and the gateway to the ruins of Angkor Wat. I actually liked Siem Reap more than Phnom Penh. It is cleaner and calmer, a reminiscence of my hometown in Cebu.
We arrived here very early at 5:30AM and we just slept until afternoon, we were very tired for all all the bus rides we had from Ho Chi Minh to Phnom Penh andPhnom Penh to Siem Reap (even if we were just sleeping). We decided to rest and take it as a chill day.
Aside from the Angkor Wat, Siem Reap has a lot to offer, from temples, musuems, night markets, floating villages and street foods. Below are the things you can do (but we did not) if you have more time in Siem Reap.
- Hiking in Mt Kullen- These rainforest trails offer hidden gems in the rainforest such as ancient temples, respected monasteries, and rushing waterfalls. The top of Kulen Mountain has over 55 ancient temple ruins while the summit houses a 16th-century Buddhist pagoda and an 8-metre-long sandstone statue of a reclining Buddha.
- Aspara Dance Performance- A mixture between Cirque du Soleil and a Native American Pow Wow, the Aspara Dance performance is a must-see.
- Pottery Class- Learn the basics of pottery making techniques just like the ancient Cambodians from Angkorian times.
- Visit Angkor National Musuem- it houses 1,000 artefacts from the ancient Khmer empire. The museum is divided into 8 galleries that are themed by era, religion and royalty. Displays include relics from the pre-Angkorian periods of the great Khmer kings Funan and Chenla, Angkor Wat, Angkor Thom, stone pallets with ancient Khmer and Sanskrit inscriptions, as well as traditional costumes of former kings, queens, warriors, and Apsara dancers.
Here’s what we did since we woke up late in the afternoon already.
- Try Authentic Khmer Cuisine- We visited The Christa Restaurant in the place where there’s less tourist. It’s one of the best rated restaurant in Siem Reap and it did not disappoint. My first Khmer food is amazing, I could still remember the taste in my mouth. We tried FISH AMOK, RED PASTE KHME STYLE CHICKEN and CAMBODIAN SPRING ROLLS and it was sooo worth the 7 USD total price. I choose this restaurant since it could get too pricey when you eat it in Pub Street since they cater more to foreigners.
- Wander around Pub Street- Pub Street is the Khao San of Siem Reap. There are a lot of stalls, bars, khmer food etc. But I think it’s too expensive for my budget so we just wander around.
- Angkor Night Market- We bought a lot of pants here, since one of our friends who was there before us mentioned that it’s cheaper than Bangkok and yes it is! We score the same pants for 2 to 3 USD here that you can get 4USD in Bangkok.
- Eat a lot of Street foods along Angkor Night Market- My favorite was the BBQ Chicken and Vegie Fried Rice, it was too good we had to eat dinner there for two straight nights. On our last night, we had to order two. hahaa. They say Cambodia is an expensive South East Asian Country, but based on what we ate, I think it’s okay. 😀
- Made in Cambodia Market- brings together the most exciting examples of craftsmanship in Cambodia today. There are also live performances and a lot Cambodian arts for sale. I think that if you really wanna bring home something truly made from Cambodia and only from Cambodia, you should visit this place.
WATCH OUR FOOD TRIP HERE:
TIPS IN TRAVELING SIEM REAP
- Hostels are very cheap, we scored ours at PHP500+ per room (twin bed) with an additional pick-up from the bus station when you arrive.
- Wat Bo Road – where our hostel is located is very walkable and only 15minutes walk to Pub Street and Angkor Night Market. It is very walkable and relatively safe when we were there. So better choose a hostel near that area.
- There are grab tutktuk in Siem Reap if you don’t want to be scammed. But it’s better to walk around so you can familiarize with the environment as well as get a glimpse of what is really happening around.
- Choose to eat where the locals eat. I mean yes, you can also eat from Pub Street etc, but the restaurants across the river behind the markets is cheaper but with the same delicious taste. Sooo?
That’s it! Our Siem Reap trip was mainly because of Angkor Wat but I am happy that I was able to taste its food and culture even for a day. I may not be able to go back any time sooner, ( I wish I could, so I could do the things I did not do) but it will always have a special place in my heart.
Do you plan to visit Cambodia? Due to the Covid19 pandemic, the Cambodian government imposes a travel fee og $ 3000 to all travelers entering Cambodia. There will be changes to the policies I think, but hopefully everything will be back to how it is used to be, soon.