Lives in Siem Reap Province, Cambodia
Since Nov 2014
18-24 year old male
Sales Manager - See Asia Differently
Monuments & statues, Ancient ruins, Religious sites, Historic sites, Architectural buildings
Bodies of water
Flea & street markets
Religious sites, Mountains, Waterfalls
No trip to Siem Reap is complete without a visit to Angkor Wat, and rightly so. This iconic temple complex is officially the largest religious structure in the world, and one cannot help but absorb its spiritual flare upon gazing at its beauty. There is no end to the depth of Angkor Wat, so spend enough time immersing yourself within its history, bas reliefs, impressive architecture and mysteries.
Known more commonly as the 'Tomb Raider Temple,' this spot has become a favorite among tourists. The fact that Ta Prohm, untouched by archaeologists, has been almost entirely taken over by nature is part of its charm. It serves as a powerful reminder that while empires rise and fall, the riotous power of nature marches on, oblivious to the dramas of human history.
'The Temple of Many Faces' is an interesting one to include in your day. Built in dedication to the Buddha in the 12th century, it has withstood time very well. It's only a short distance from Angkor Wat and a little less crowded.
Made from red sandstone and covered in intricate carvings, Banteay Srei is a masterpiece you'll want to behold. An easy visit during your day of temples.
Head to the rooftop of this elegant restaurant located close to the Siem Reap River. Enjoy happy hour discounts (two-for-one cocktails and complimentary tapas) daily. This is an idyllic place to rest your feet and enjoy Siem Reap after a full day of exploring the temples.
The West Baray Lake is Cambodia’s largest Baray, formerly used as a water reservoir during the Angkor period. Nowadays, it offers a tranquil environment for tourists and locals to lie in hammocks or enjoy a picnic and attempt to understand how man managed to create such an impressive lake. You can spend the day exploring the area and even take a swim in its fresh water, rent a boat or take a walk around the edge of the Baray. Either way, the West Baray is the closest thing to a beach that you will find in Siem Reap, and is well worth the trip.
The King's Road restaurant complex has a great variety of cuisines and a pleasant atmosphere that is a breath of fresh air amidst the hustle and bustle of town. With many easy options with delicious food at reasonable prices, it's a great place for an early dinner.
Students of the Phare Ponleu Selpak Association's performing arts school have created a series of exhilarating shows that have wowed audiences not just in Cambodia, but all over the world. You can expect to see just about any combination of acrobatics, dance, music and theater. Each performance is unique in its own right, and touching representations of Cambodian history and culture are embedded within each of the seven shows. With its mission to offer a platform for the Cambodian children to develop their skills, Phare has truly set an example to the world in more ways than one. By going to one of their shows, you can witness something spectacular and contribute to a project that is making a real positive impact on the world.
If you still have energy after the circus, wander through the infinite stalls of the night market. There is a vast selection of clothing, souvenirs and jewelry, as well as massage parlors and bars.
Start the day with a hearty breakfast at this socially oriented cafe. The staff are friendly and will have a laugh with you, and the servings are generous and tasty! Upstairs is a small shop of locally produced clothing, skincare products, and other goods. The large table at the front is an excellent spot for people-watching along the Pokambour Street.
Phnom Kulen National Park is the ideal day out for anyone who is looking to explore the wildlife of Cambodia. It is situated roughly 45 kilometers outside Siem Reap, so it offers a refreshing change of scenery. Expect to see pagodas, monks, spectacular waterfalls and mountains on this cultural pilgrimage into one of Cambodia’s most sacred sites.
One of the first training restaurants in Siem Reap, Haven has an excellent selection of Khmer and Western dishes, served in an outdoor setting that is pleasant and secluded from the street. The staff are in training and aim to please!