Siem Reap is more than just Angkor Wat! A Guide on Where to Stay, What to Eat, and What to See & Buy

 
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Contrary to popular belief, Siem Reap has more to offer than just Angkor Wat. I have talked about temple-hopping in my previous post, so now I want to focus on the other amazing experiences at Siem Reap, Cambodia. This historical city is modernized to house incredible hotels, restaurants, cafés, and boutiques.

 

Where to Stay?


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Belmond la Residence d’Angkor caught my eye as I was researching hotels to stay in Siem Reap. The lush, tropical feel of the pool is a great setting for a late afternoon swim or just lots of photos.

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Bag: Sensi Studio
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The hotel is located in a lush garden next to the Siem Reap River. 700 meters away from the popular Bar Street (which I'll talk more about later). 

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Heelsonthego Cambodia travel Siem Reap Belmond la Residence d’Angkor hotel

Love doing some yoga by the pool before sunset!

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Heelsonthego Cambodia travel Siem Reap Belmond la Residence d’Angkor hotel Titika

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Sneakers: Adidas

The hotel prepared a cute message on the bed for us.

Heelsonthego Cambodia travel Siem Reap Belmond la Residence d’Angkor hotel
Heelsonthego Cambodia travel Siem Reap Belmond la Residence d’Angkor hotel
 
Heelsonthego Cambodia travel Siem Reap Belmond la Residence d’Angkor hotel
 
 

What else is there to do in Siem Reap other than temple hopping? 

Siem Reap is a relatively small city, so there isn’t a whole lot to do other than going to the temples, but I have discovered a few places that might be interesting for you. 

 

Kandal Village


 
Heelsonthego Cambodia travel Siem Reap Kandal village
 
Heelsonthego Cambodia travel Siem Reap Kandal village

This is a small expat village where you can find cafés, boutiques, and restaurants along the Hap Guan Street. I love to get local, hand-made jewelries when I travel, but most of the time what you can find at night markets are quite low quality and most likely made in china. So I thoroughly enjoyed looking through products at boutiques at the Kandal village. They’re a bit pricier than you would find elsewhere, but the designs and quality are so much better.

 
Heelsonthego Cambodia travel Siem Reap Kandal village
 
Heelsonthego Cambodia travel Siem Reap Kandal village

Make sure you check out The Little Red Fox Espresso! Their coffee is amazing, and the second-floor patio is cute.

Heelsonthego Cambodia travel Siem Reap Kandal village
 
Heelsonthego Cambodia travel Siem Reap
 

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Romper: J.O.A. x Chriselle Lim
Sandals: House of Avenues
Bag: Sensi Studio
Necklaces: WynHu

 

Pub Street & Night Market


 
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Temples close around 5 pm so you would likely return to your hotel to rejuvenate and head out again for night time activities. Pub street is Siem Reap’s party hub, where you can find a crowd of tourists here every night.

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I’m not a huge party animal so I opted to take a stroll at the night markets. There are two main night markets at Siem Reap: Angkor Night Market and Siem Reap Art Night Market. The former is a typical night market where you can find souvenirs, and the latter focuses more on arts and crafts, so you can take home oil paintings and wood carvings. You can find reasonably priced souvenirs at both night markets, but I’m assuming most are made-in-China……so I would advise getting your locally handcrafted souvenirs at the Kendall Village instead.

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Spa


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After all the long walks in the temples, you would be desperate for a foot and body massage every night. There are a few reputable places in town (that are cheaper than what’s offered at hotels): Bodia Spa, Sokkhak Spa, Frangipani Spa, and Kaya Spa.

 

Hire a Tuk-Tuk


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It was scorching hot and humid when we visited in July. A 10 minute walk in the sun feels like eternity. So when touring in the downtown area, it’s a great idea to hire a tuk-tuk (open-air, local taxis) for either just a single ride or for a whole day. You can get them off the streets or at your hotel. We got ours for $7 USD for one whole day, which was a pretty good deal since we made several stops. 

 

Restaurants


I was pleasantly surprised by some of the restaurants we discovered at Siem Reap. Cambodian food is definitely not as well-known as, say, Thai or Viet food. But there are some great dishes and flavors that you could discover here that would be tough to find anywhere else in the world.

Embassy

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The best Cambodian fusion I’ve had! $28 for a 7 course menu is a steal, as this place has 1 Michelin star standard. Great service and food (in terms of flavor & presentation). The chefs have been trained internationally and came to every table to ask for comments after dinner. Reservation recommended.

 
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Picture with the adorable chef👇

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Mié Café

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Gourmet Cambodian food with Western influence. The risotto with buttery Tonle Sap fish is so good. The traditional wooden house setting is quaint and romantic at night.

 

Chanrey Tree

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It’s nice to try the very traditional way of cooking sometimes, and Chanrey tree was great for that. The décor reminds me of Coconut Paradise in Shanghai.

 

Footprint Café

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Heelsonthego Cambodia travel Siem Reap footprint cafe

If breakfast is not included for your hotel stay, or if you are craving some Western lunch after days of Cambodian food, Footprint Café is a great place that has eggy dishes and great coffee. 

 
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Souvenirs


After visiting close to 40 countries, I’ve realized that I eventually misplace all the candles and postcards that I collect along the way, and these all seem like such basic souvenirs. Nowadays, I get either jewelries or aromatic, handmade products. Some that I got in Cambodia include:

 

Body Butter

Two brands that I discovered in Cambodia that sell natural, locally-made products are Senteurs d’Angkor and Bodia. The mango body cream I got from the former is made from natural ingredients with coconut oil. The scent is rich and really fruity.

 

Candles

Saarti is a boutique at Kandal Village that I fell in love with. The scents are tropical, and all the products are eco-chic. And the packaging is so nice!

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Insect Repellant & Miraculous Balm

I recommend getting these products in Southeast Asia, because I tend to think they are more effective than ones bought in China or Japan. I got mine from Bodia and Saarti.

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