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Viroths, Siem Reap, Cambodia

Viroths, Siem Reap, Cambodia

Sightseeing in Siem Reap can be an endless day of spectacular sights. Angkor Vat is stunning in it’s majestic expanse and beauty as are other nearby temples.

 

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At the end of a long, tiring day – the perfect way to unwind is to dine on a meal that is comforting and delicious. A perfect place for this is at Viroths.

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Srey Koulen Restaurant, Siem Reap, Cambodia

Srey Koulen Restaurant, Siem Reap, Cambodia

Our first full day in Cambodia was spent hiking through the jungle, up a hill to Kbal Spean or the ‘River of a Thousand Lingas’.

 

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This magnificent spot is home to a sacred river that gushes over a river bed into which thousands of Lord Shiva’s Lingas have been carved and other deities have been carved.

 

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On our way back we stopped of for a much need break at a restaurant called a Srey Koulen, a typical tourist trap type spot which served decent enough Khmer cuisine.

 

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Kitchen Angkor Chey, Siem Reap, Cambodia

Kitchen Angkor Chey, Siem Reap, Cambodia

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Kitchen Angkor Chey is tucked away down a long narrow driveway, away from the hubbub of the main town.

 The place was tacky at best – everything about it from its service to the food to the facilities was subpar.

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Nest Angkor Cafe Bar, Siem Reap, Cambodia

Nest Angkor Cafe Bar, Siem Reap, Cambodia

 

My favorite temple in Siem Reap was the Bayon Temple which is within the Ankor Thom set of temples. To look at those gigantic, majestic faces that were carved atop the stone temples is quite breathtaking.

 

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Just as spectacular was where we ate dinner that night in Siem Reap which just bettered our already perfect day.

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Sofitel Angkor Phokeethra Resort, Siem Reap, Cambodia

Sofitel Angkor Phokeethra Resort, Siem Reap, Cambodia

The Sofitel Angkor Phokeethra Golf & Spa Resort is a gorgeous property in Siem Reap, which is a well located between the monuments and the center of town.

 

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Khmer Kitchen, Siem Reap, Cambodia

Khmer Kitchen, Siem Reap, Cambodia

Ta Prohm in Siem Reap is probably the most well known of all the temples because of Angelina Jolie swinging through its ruins as Lara Croft in Tomb Raider.

 

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This temple is truly spectacular with magnificent tree roots growing and twisting within and through the walls of the ancient stone temple.

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Pub Street, Siem Reap, Cambodia

Pub Street, Siem Reap, Cambodia

Pub Street in Siem Reap is where the party is happening every night until the wee hours of the morning.

 

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Floating Villages of Tonle Sap Lake, Cambodia

Floating Villages of Tonle Sap Lake, Cambodia

Our first evening in Siem Reap was spent on a boat tour of the amazing floating villages of Tonle Sap Lake.

 

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Lake Tonle Sap is the largest freshwater lake in South East Asia. What is unique about this lake is that this body of water is constantly affected in size throughout the year by the rains and as it gets flooded with water from the Mekong River.

 The floating villages basically follow the water for sustainability as they are all primarily fisherman who depend on their catch for their livelihood.

 

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Khmer Food in Siem Reap, Cambodia

Khmer Food in Siem Reap, Cambodia

 

Cambodia is a country with such rich heritage, amazing beauty and the most delicious food.

 

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One can get lost amongst the grandeur of the vast temple complexes of Angkor Wat and of Angkor Thom and so much more that dots this landscape.

 

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