Going to Siem Reap
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- Angkor WatSiem Riep Cambodiarecommended Angkor WatI've been to over 30 countries, and spent years of my life living and traveling in Asia, and Angkor Wat is the most spectacular ancient site I've ever been to. It's surreal, with the large-format ... read moresculptures, narrow corridors and twisted tree branches growing around, into and out of the rocks. You have to go twice, at both sunrise and sunset to really appreciate it. If you can, hire a local motorbike guide to take you to even more remote ruins in the surrounding area, too (though watch out for your personal safety, of course). A totally amazing place, no lie.Sara Benson
I stayed in Siam Reap for 4 days. Arrival on day one, with dinner and a walk around. Second day sunrise and most of the morning and afternoon at Angkor Way. Third day most of the morning and afternoon at outlying temples, then back to Angkor Wat for sunset. Day four departure after breakfast. Hope that helps!
- Angkor Night MarketSiem Reap, Cambodiarecommended Angkor Night MarketWhile it’s tempting to spend each night in Siem Reap noshing in a different restaurant – Mexican, Cambodian, or Japanese – you’re doing yourself a profound disservice if you don’t make some time to ... read morevisit the city’s amazing night markets as well. The Khmer barbeque restaurants in particular are outstanding (and cheap!) and make what is possibly the world’s best banana shake.Recommended for:FoodiesMatthew Crompton
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- Angkor PalmHospital Street, Siem Reap, Cambodiarecommended Angkor PalmWith a fine atmosphere and good service, Angkor Palm restaurant in the center of town (just down from Pub Street) serves up a broad range of traditional Khmer cuisine, but for the full experience, ... read moreorder their rightly-popular Khmer-spread sampler, in which each of six dishes -- from rich fish amok to honey-glazed Khmer pork ribs -- is an excellent window into one of the world's tastiest and most under-publicized cuisine.Matthew Crompton
definitely eat here when you go.
- Preah KhanAngkor Complex, Siem Reap, Cambodiarecommended Preah KhanTo my mind, the finest ‘unrestored’ temple at Angkor, Preah Khan has all of the dramatic tree-in-temple scenery that makes Ta Phrom such a crowd-pleaser, but offers much more besides. The enormous, ... read moresprawling monastic complex is possibly the finest place in Angkor for independent exploring, with acres of crumbled passageways and tumbled walls and narrow corridors, in addition to blockbuster photo opportunities with the encroaching jungle. Better still, being both larger and less well-known than Ta Phrom, it doesn’t get anywhere NEAR as crowded, and is one of the best places around to have your own private ‘Angkor’ moment. A top-three choice for the Angkor complex.Matthew Crompton
Ta Prohm is the famous "tree-in-temple" spot, but this spot is equally good, larger, and with nowhere near the crowds.
- Banteay SreyNational Road No. 6a, Siem Reap, Cambodiarecommended Banteay SreySome 38 kilometers northeast of the main body of the Angkor complex, this isolated temple might be one you’re tempted to pass up, but don’t even consider it. Though tiny by Angkor standards, the ... read morestone-carving at this temple is among the world’s most exquisite. Its name, which translates as ‘the Temple of the Women’, refers in fact to the fineness of these carvings, which are both the best-preserved and most finely-wrought at Angkor. While some of the sacred city’s sights succeed thru their enormous scale, Banteay Srey is all about quality over quantity, and might end up being one of your very favorite temples at Angkor.Matthew Crompton
Don't neglect this temple way out from the other monuments -- it has the single best collection of carvings in Angkor.
recommended Siem ReapIt’s tough to imagine a more perfect pairing: the temples of Angkor, and the lovely tourist town of Siem Reap. After spending a long day in the heat taking in what is arguably the world’s finest ... read moretemple complex, the excellent restaurants, bars, and laid-back vibe of Siem Reap are just the thing to fortify you for another awesome sunrise out in the sacred city the following day. It’s a testament to the relaxed kindness of the Cambodian people that this little town, so flooded with tourists, is also so hassle-free. Even if you come, as most do, for Angkor, with little thought to its service town, you’re likely to find yourself a Siem Reap convert by the time you leave: it’s one of the sweetest little places in SE Asia.Matthew Crompton
I'd say you need a minimum of two days to see the temples, but Siem Reap is a fantastic place to linger, and you could easily do double that just enjoying the town.