This post has been requested for me to publish first in my Cambodia content I have noted down so here it is. Filled with 5 great things you need to do if you travel to Cambodia and especially in Siem Reap that you mustn’t miss.
ANGKOR WAT AT SUNSET & SUNRISE
Angkor Wat is the main temple ruins for tourists to visit in Cambodia and was the main home to the king of Cambodia. We did a 2 day entry for Angkor Wat and went to see it at sunset one night and the next morning did the sunrise which we got up really early (5am) to see. We hired our favourite little tuk tuk driver who quoted us a really good price to visit Angkor Wat and told us about the buying the pass situation which was really helpful. At sunset it was great as the lighting was perfect to get some really good pictures of the main temple and the front gates, but unfortunately for us after the really early wake-up call the sunrise was a little disappointing as it was quite cloudy that morning and the sunrise wasn’t seen until much later in the day but apart from that it was a great day out and to see Angkor Wat when it wasn’t absolutely boiling was a pretty good choice. Our tuk tuk driver also took us to 3 other popular temples to see which I will explain more down below. (pictured above: Angkor Wat at sunset)
EXPLORE THE MARKETS
There are quite a few different markets spread around Siem Reap including the Old Town Market, Night Market and the Noon Night Market which is along Pub Street. There are so many different things to look at there you are bound to find and pick up something you like although some of the stalls do sell the same thing so always haggle a good price if you find one that’s being competitive for you to buy something from them.
GO FOOD EATING HUNTING
We had a little day of exploring Siem Reap as we arrived in the afternoon we didn’t really get to explore much and it always looks so different in the dark so we decided to explore during the day to find someplace good to eat and drink. I admit most of the places can get quite samey but you will always find a little gem hidden somewhere. I had seen someone who had visited Cambodia rave on Instagram about a little coffee cafe called The Little Red Fox Espresso which took a little bit of exploring the streets to find but once we had finally found the way to it it was a perfect little coffee shop which did really good drinks and food and was very eco friendly which I loved. They use metal straws instead of plastic ones and have lots of leaflets and goods you can buy like t-shirts or a shopping bag that are ethically made and also helping to promote anti-elephant riding in Asia which I also loved being cruelty free. My Dad also found this cool beer place called Siem Reap Brew Pub so if you love your beer like my Dad does check this place out because they brew their own beers.
TEMPLE RUINS TOUR (either including 4 temples or more)
As well as taking us to Angkor Wat, our tuk tuk driver also took us on a 3 temple ruin tour which we could choose which ones we wanted to go to. So we went to Ta Phrom which is famous for having Tomb Raider filled there and is also famous for the massive trees and the roots growing around, over and through the temple ruins which was really fascinating, we also did Bayon and Preah Khan which is a little less known but was actually built by a son for his mother to show his love for her. (You can also get blessed by a monk in any of the temple ruins, you do have to give a small donation to the monks and you also get a little bit wet as he blesses you with holy water)
Unfortunately we didn’t do the floating markets as these are very popular but I have heard lots of good things about them so if you fancy exploring the original floating markets, I highly recommend checking this out.
What are you looking to explore if you visit Cambodia?