In 2009, Wife, Daughter and I visited Phnom Penh, Cambodia. This April, almost nine years later, Wife and I made a return trip to Cambodia to visit the city of Siem Reap and the adjoining Archeological complex of Angkor Wat.
We had been thinking about this since a conversation with two travelers in Yogyakarta. They recommended visiting the Prambanan temples and then those of Angkor Wat to compare.
In Siem Reap, I loved the small little restaurants in the tourist area that had tasty vegetarian options. In an effort to keep my purines low (wish it were just pralines that had to be controlled), I have eliminated most meat from my diet. When we moved north to a more commercial area, we enjoyed the fresh market produce of fruit and vegetables found in two huge open markets.
I put my narrative in the comments of these photos. Each captures an interesting experience.
In the Angkor Wat complex it was difficult to analyze all the different styles and imagery. We made four different trips to the archaeological site finding different perspectives and experiences each time. Although it is interesting to stand among the temples exemplified by iconic photos, I found the temples in ruins surrounded by blocks fascinated me more.
Hotel in Siem Reap: Rose Royal Boutique Hotel
Favorite Restaurants: Madame Moch and My Little Cafe
Direct flight on Air Asia from Kuala Lumpur (KLIA2) to Siem Reap
Direct flight on Air Asia from Siem Reap to Bangkok (Don Mueang DMK Budget Terminal).
Walking and Tuk Tuks (officially called Remorques). They can be called using the GrabCar App. Another time, I might rent a bicycle as there are bike lanes around the temples.