Siem Reap is one of my favorite places on the planet. The city itself has its problems but it is hard not to fall in love with the temples of Angkor. Although the numbers of tourists have increased dramatically, it is still possible to feel a bit like Indiana Jones here....more
This gallery sells a variety of stunning black and white photographs produced by John McDermott. Mostly high quality. Even if you aren't interested in buying, a great place to preview the temples or get inspiration for your own shots.
Probably the best spot in Siem Reap for high quality locally produced souvenirs. The silks, silver / tin, and lacquer pieces here are gorgeous and they also offer a wide variety of newly-produced sandstone sculptures. Best one-stop-shop for souvenirs. Also has a smaller outlet in front of Angkor...more
This spot has recently been relocated as the Park Hyatt takes over the former space at the Hotel de la Paix. The food here is modern Cambodian / Western-fusion and the decor used to be phenomenal. Keep an eye on this spot. The highlight at the previous location was being able to sit on swings while...more
This is my favorite temple complex. Although the highway to it is now paved, it is still unrestored and is relatively untouristed. Be careful as you roam around as you are allowed to go anywhere (as of my last visit) but many parts severely damaged and may not be stable / secure. An absolute highlight....more
Ta Prohm is beautifully unrestored. Though you can debate whether or not this is the right thing to do for the sake of preservation, there is no question that the vines and trees here give the temple a romanticism that you won't find elsewhere (unless you visit Beng Mealea -- which I highly...more
The Bayon is gorgeous. One of the more magical and memorable places to visit in Siem Reap / Angkor. I love visiting for sunrise -- will be virtually empty and the faces on the temple gradually emerge from the dark.
An absolute must see. Try to visit multiple times during your visit so that you catch it in different light. One of my favorite times to go is for sunrise. Incredible to see the faces of Jayavarman VII (or whoever you believe they are) gradually appear from the darkness. You will also have the place to...more