Lives in Austin, Texas
Since Oct 2008
50-64 year old female
I am an independent international nurse researcher and avid paddler. I have lived in a remote area of a developing country and I have many close friends around the world. I travel for work (usually upscale places that host educational conferences) and for my research (often pretty minimal accommodations). I enjoy a good steak but it pains me to waste money, even when I am expensing the meal.
Ancient Ruins, Historic Sites
Historic Sites, Ancient Ruins
For a delightful semi-formal meal after a long day at the temples, try Olive. French food at reasonable prices. Quantities are typical of European restaurants.
Even the Cambodians have caught the Mexican food bug. No, your meal will not be authentic, but yes, it will be good, and prices are reasonable. Fast service close to the markets make this restaurant appealing.
This is probably why you came to Siem Reap. On our small van tour, our guide discussed current Cambodian culture as well as the cultures of the various kings who constructed the temples. His insights were valuable, and considering the price of a tuk-tuk to and from Siem Reap, the tour was not much more costly than going on our own.
For large portions in a delightful off the beaten path atmosphere, venture to this German and Thai restaurant, run by a Belgian man and his Thai wife.
The statues are stunning, but the main appeal of this area is that it goes on and on. Imagine what it looked like when this was a kingdom of a million people!
It helps with perspective to see more than one temple. Some are older than others, and some are more well preserved. Hinduism gave way to Buddhism, and the carvings reflect this change.
This temple is quite different from Angkor Wat. It is interesting to compare and contrast them.