Lives in Dingle, Ireland
Since Jul 2010
25-34 year old female
Historic Sites, Ancient Ruins
Ancient Ruins, Sacred & Religious Sites
Nature & Wildlife Areas
Ancient Ruins, Sacred & Religious Sites
Waterfalls, Bodies of Water
Flea & Street Markets
Points of Interest & Landmarks
Bodies of Water
Gift & Speciality Shops, Factory Tours
A complex of temples, you just have to see some of them.
The site of the Tomb Raider films! Get as many pictures as you can, and don't be afraid to ask for the sights to be cleared :) People are friendly. It's so incredible to see a temple overtaken and reclaimed by nature. You will want to take lots of pictures, even beyond the Tomb Raider ones.
The face of the temples, this is the main one you will visit. Be prepared to climb short vertical stairs to get to the holy place. If not, you can skip it and wander around the rest of the complex. Start at the back, and go to the front. You will have less people (or no people!) in your pictures.
One of my favourite temples, it is wonderful to wander through the pillars of Buddha faces. Check out the long wall of stories! One of the best on the site.
A good place to sleep and make your base, it's 5 minutes walking distance from the heart of Siem Reap. Breakfast is included, and free water every day in the rooms. There is a safe, air conditioning, fan, running water and the rooms are spacious and immaculate. Wifi is free in every room and in the lobby, as well as a free business centre for real computers. The bathrooms are a little tired and could use work, but functional and it got the job done.
High class eating in Siem Reap, it's likely the most expensive place you'll find. Also a great place to ease yourself into Cambodian food. It won't break the bank, a full evening's meal will cost $25 USD, but the fusion flavours are worth it. And the service is just top notch.
A great place and a great initiative - they rescue and rehabilitate animals and also provide education to youth to try to steer them away from the traditional medicine or village practices that are endangering local and native species.
Totally different than any other temple, and off the beaten track, Banteay Srei is a female temple in a totally different style. For something different than the temples of Angkor Wat, go check this out. It's not big but on hot days there is no shade, so bring water!
Like the Petroglyphs from back home, carvings in the middle of the jungle show the dedication to religion seen all over Cambodia. These are still sites used today.
It's very overwhelming stepping into the old market - noise, smells, crowded stalls, offers flying at every opportunity and the heat makes it disorienting. But it's an experience you need to do. And a good place for souvenirs! Also - see if you can try some local fried crickets or tarantula!
I was told of this place by a friend and I sought it out. Be sure to go to this place and not any place that just calls themselves Khmer Kitchen! No reservations, first come first served, so you may have to try more than once. Very local dishes, and lots of locals eat here.
Only one street, lit by lights and a massive neon sign, this is where you go for drinks after dinner. There is also the local haunt of Angelina Jolie from Tomb Raider (The Red Piano) here.
I've never seen a floating village and this really highlights a different way and standard of living. Be prepared for a bit of a culture shock but also to have your horizons broadened at how different Westernized life is to many places in the world.
A very worthy cause, you're supporting local artisans. The silk tour is only about half an hour and very interesting. And free! Be prepared to spend time and money in the shop. Amazing quality stuff.
Another amazing initiative supporting locals and the community. The food and flavours are incredible. This is an absolute must for dining, and it is again quite cheap! The ingredients are fresh and day of so things on the menu can run out (it's a good thing though!)