This summer, make your way to one of the underrated cities in Southeast Asia: Siem Reap, home to the Angkor Wat. Below, we give you more reasons why you should put Siem Reap on your travel bucket list. It’s reasonably affordable Traveling in Siem Reap won’t set you back as much in terms of your […]
November 13, 2019
This summer, make your way to one of the underrated cities in Southeast Asia: Siem Reap, home to the Angkor Wat. Below, we give you more reasons why you should put Siem Reap on your travel bucket list.
It’s reasonably affordable
Traveling in Siem Reap won’t set you back as much in terms of your budget, especially when compared to cities like Hong Kong or Bali. Accommodation, transportation and food are all affordable, which means you can have more room for extras like drinks, massages or even shopping. The most expensive item you’ll have splurge on is the entrance ticket to the Angkor complex, which will be well worth it of course.
The magical temples
You’ve seen countless of sunrise photos of Angkor Wat, now it’s time to see it with your own eyes. The exploring and the wandering doesn’t stop there, as your entrance ticket will allow you to visit the other notable temples as well, such as the Bayon temple and its smiling faces; the Ta Prohm and its overgrown trees sprawling around the temple facade; and the beautiful Banteay Srei with its delicate carvings.
The locals are friendly
Cambodia has a tumultuous past but the locals have stayed friendly and hospitable. Learn more about the Khmers and their culture, ask the Buddhist monks about their practice, talk to your tour guide about the history and myths behind the temples. They’re a passionate people and they’re more than willing to share a piece of their story.
The exciting cuisine
Khmer food is often overshadowed by the neighboring Thai and Vietnamese cuisines, but don’t let that stop you from taking a bite. Sample their take on curry with the fish or chicken amok, or try their well-seasoned beef stir fry called the lok lak. Looking for something warm and comforting after a long day of temple hopping? Order a Khmer sour soup or a bowl of Khmer noodles for dinner.
It’s an upcoming shopping destination
Siem Reap might be the last place you’ll go to for shopping in Southeast Asia, but it’s home to locally-made souvenirs you won’t get anywhere else. Take a peek into what happens behind the scenes by visiting artisan workshops like at the Artisans d’Angkor or at the Senteurs d’Angkor or drop by the city’s old French quarter for authentic silk scarves, stylish home decor, and locally-designed clothing.