A Quick Guide to Siem Reap, Cambodia

Eat Like a Local – The best food we had in Cambodia wasn’t from a fancy restaurant, but from a modest eatery in Kbal Spean, asking our tour guide and driver for tips on what to order. Locals always know best, so always ask about any speciality dishes in the area.

Products of a Cambodian Kitchen:

Morning glory soup

Morning glory soup

Mango salad with smoked fish and Cambodian spring rolls

Mango salad with smoked fish and Cambodian spring rolls

Pan-fried chicken with ginger and fried fish with Khmer spices

Pan-fried chicken with ginger and fried fish with Khmer spices

Fried bananas topped with honey

Fried bananas topped with honey

Don’t Stray Too Far from the Tourist Trail – We all want to explore off the beaten paths when traveling because it will definitely feed that lust for adventure that got you on the plane in the first place. However, don’t completely snob tourist spots; they can be quite fun, too.

Angkor Night Market and Pub Street, for example, will lure you with one-dollar massages, crafty souvenirs, delicious eats and cheap beer, so put it on your list to go to in Siem Reap. Yes, it is loud and bustling, but that’s part of the appeal!

Angkor Night Market’s Bright Lights

Angkor Night Market’s Bright Lights

 

Elephant Riding – a touristy but fun activity

Elephant Riding – a touristy but fun activity

Put Elephant Riding on your list, too! Cambodia isn’t Thailand, after all!

So, When in Manila and wanting to get out, go take that 3-hour flight to Siem Reap and follow this quick guide. You won’t be disappointed!

 

 

A Quick Guide to Siem Reap, Cambodia

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