We have spent 4 nights in Siem Reap and it has become one of my favourite cities. Despite being here 6 years ago, it has seriously changed and for the better. Siem Reap has reinvented itself as the epicentre of chic Cambodia for sure. I couldn’t believe how clean it was, filled with amazing restaurants, bars, shops and cute cafes scattered all over this city of temples!
Immersing ourselves in all of these, we would say the best thing we did over the few days here was experiencing Angkor wat for sunrise! Sunrise at Angkor wat is on many peoples bucket lists and we can see why. No words can describe the tranquillity and peacefulness of watching the day begin over the most famous temple in all of Cambodia, if not South East Asia! It was magical and getting up at 4am was worth it!
It costs $37USD pp for a 1 day ticket and there is only 1 ticket office in Siem Reap which opens at 5am. You are given a ‘passport’ with your picture on it and the tickets are checked multiple times through the day. Arriving, we quickly made our way to the best spot we could in the crowds of people and nestled ourselves in with a cup of hot coffee and waited patiently for the rise!
The temples have been described as ‘one of the world’s foremost ancient sites, with the epic proportions of the Great Wall of China, the detail and intricacy of the Taj Mahal, and the symbolism and symmetry of the pyramids, all rolled into one’ and I couldn’t agree more. The sunrise over these was nothing sort of wonderful and from there we explorer for the next 5 hours on foot a few of the other temples before the sun and other tourists got a little too much for us!
This is a 10/10 must do experience in Siem Reap and each and every temple here is just spectacular in it’s own right. Make sure you visit both Angkor Thom and Ta Prohm, the so-called 'Tomb Raider Temple', Ta Prohm is by far the most atmospheric ruin at Angkor, and should be high on the bucket list when visiting as unlike the other monuments of Angkor, it has been swallowed by the jungle and many movies have been filmed there because if it.
Other things to do in Siem Reap are EATING, shocker I love food! Try the street markets and sit yourself on a tiny plastic child’s seat along the river chowing down on a $1 meal – we did this a few times and loved it. Another we would 100% recommend is 'Tevy's place' - amazing food, excellent service and the best fresh spring rolls I have ever had!
The sunsets here are also to die for so we made ‘the place by T’ our nightly stop for 50c beer, great cocktails and spectacular views. Apart from that we wandered the café’s, markets and just enjoyed how awesome this city is. Full of charm and friendly people I would add this to one of my top 5 fav cities so far in the world.