After a full day of traveling I met up with Aggie (@travel_inhershoes) in Bangkok and together we boarded 1 more flight to Siem Reap, Cambodia.
I was exhausted but so excited for the adventure ahead! I had visited Siem Reap once before 3 years ago and I was excited to revisit the Ancient Temples of Ankor Wat. Being back was a total déjà vu and a totally new experience all at once. There is so much ancient history to see it was unlikely I’d experience the same thing twice.
We purchased a 3-day pass for $62 USD which I personally think is the best choice (you can also purchase a 1-day and 7-day pass). Cambodia is very hot and there is too much to see to fit it all into just a 1 day pass. The 3 day pass offered just enough flexibility for us to go for a few hours at sunrise then return later in the day after some downtime back at the hotel.
My favourite temples remained the same as they were 3 years ago; Bayun, Tomb Raider and Ankor Wat for sunrise, with the new addition of this incredible archway in Ta Som Temple. After getting quite the run around we finally figured out where the archway was, a 15 min tuk tuk ride from where we were! We raced over and arrived just as they were closing but with a little sweet talking (on Aggie’s behalf) the guard let us in really quickly and we had the place all to ourselves!
While we didn’t get the best weather during our trip (we were there at the beginning of rain season) we found ways to make up for it. Hanging out at Vibe cafe and relaxing in our private pool at Templation Hotel quickly became our favourite pass time! If you’re like me & always searching for healthy eats when travelling than this place is for you! When I’m home I try to eat a very healthy diet and with travelling so often I really do my best to eat as close to my regular diet as possible. Now I may not be vegan but I love eating at vegan cafes plus I can’t say no to açai bowls and avo toast! This is not to say that I don’t indulge in the local foods, eating local is actually one of my favourite ways to experience a country. Whether it be a cooking class or just enjoying the local dishes I love taking myself on a culinary journey! In Cambodia I would recommend trying the Amok!
The nightlife is Cambodia is also something not to miss. While Pub Street is very touristy we had a great time walking the streets filled with local souvenirs, restaurants, bars and all kinds of stalls selling strange things for foreigners to eat like scorpions, snakes, tarantulas, magets.. (you catch my drift). Rather than trying the bugs I opted for a healthy passion fruit & pineapple shake while walking the night market.
And when you get tired of walking stop to get a $4 massage in the middle of the street! For that price I would get a 1 hour foot massage + head, neck and shoulders! We loved picking places along the side of the road because we were able to watch the sunset and people watch all at once – a perfect way to see Siem Reap!
Next time I revisit I would love to go back to the islands off Cambodia, I visited once before – it was the most beautiful beach I had ever seen!