Siem Reap, Cambodia // April 2018
Our second country on our month trip to Asia was The Kingdom of Cambodia! Flying with Jetstar from Singapore to Siem Reap, Cambodia for 3 nights!
Lonely Planet have a book called ‘Ultimate Travel, 500 Places to Visit’ and the number 1 place in the world to see were the temples of Angor Wat. So ever since then Cambodia has been our top country to visit and Angkor Wat can now finally be crossed of our bucket list! And it did not disappoint!
Where to stay
Sabara Angkor Resort and Spa– this 5* hotel was one of our favourite hotel we’ve ever stayed in! Only opening a few months before our visit, it was a 10 minute tuk tuk drive from the airport and a short tuk tuk ride from everywhere we wanted to visit. It had the most beautiful garden and pool area and included an amazing restaurant offering the best Khmer cuisine possible.
Where to eat
Red piano– this is on the very busy Pub Street and has a big balcony you can sit at and watch the action. They do a selection of Asian and international food. They did the best Cambodian curry!
Royal Spice Restaurant– this was the restaurant at our hotel which did such amazing food. They offered a ‘Khmer Creative Cuisine’ set menu and it was our favourite meal of the trip!
Le Tigre de Papier- here they serve authentic Khmer food along with other cuisines. They also offer cooking classes twice a day.
Where to go
Angkor wat, translates to ‘City of Temples’- a UNESCO heritage site since 1992 and the largest religious monument in the world! This has been at the top of our bucket list for a while now! Definitely up there with one of the best things we’ve ever seen! We payed for the 3 day pass and had a tuk tuk driver for the day to take us around the site as all the temples are quite a distance from each other. The Angkor ruins stretch over more than 248 square miles so it’s definitely worth the tuk tuk!
The Tah Prohm is famous for the Tomb Raider film and was so amazing to see how the trees and roots have grown all into the stone work.
We came on our first day around mid day and stayed to watch the sunset over the temple which was stunning and then the next day we got there at 5am to watch the sunrise. Some people told us not to bother going to watch the sunrise as there are hundreds of people which spoiled it but we went off season so there wasn’t as many, but either way this is one of the most beautiful scenes we have and ever will see so it’s definitely worth it!
What to do
Cookery class at Le Tigre de Papier– this was our first time doing a cookery class and we loved it! It was $15 each which is a really good price for a cooking class and was about 3 hours long. You get to visit the food market to see what type of food you’ll be using and where it’s come from and pick out the dishes you want to make. And then you all get to sit down after and tuck into your 3 course meal you’ve created!
Where to shop
Pub street- Pub street isn’t the most cultural place in the world and is full of Westerners and Tourists but it’s a must see! Full of bars, restaurants and live music, it’s the most lively place ever! And it’s also full of markets you can go to day or night full of gifts and clothing.
Angkor Night market- this bustling market is open from 5pm to midnight, under its thatched roof huts you can find everything for everyone!
Cambodia seems to use two currencies, dollars and Riel, sometimes you’ll pay in dollars and they’ll give you half the change in Riel which can be confusing.
For Angkor Wat, unless you’re Cambodian or under 12 you have to buy a pass. You can buy a one day pass for $37, a 2/3 day pass for $62 or a 7 day pass for $72 and you can use them 7 days within 10 days. We decided to go for the 2/3 days as it was so hot it was good to break it up instead of doing one full day in the heat.
You can buy the pass in one location at the official ticket centre p, located about 4km away from Siem Reap and opens at 5am.
The Angkor Pass is also valid for some other monuments in the Siem Reap area such as Phnom Krom, Wat Athvea and Roluos Group.