Some travellers dismiss Siem Reap, Cambodia as touristy. Others say that temples (think Angkor Wat) are its only attraction. But I recommend Siem Reap as the perfect getaway for those with four or five stays to spare and are looking to see something of Cambodia. You will notice that some parts look like Langkawi in Malaysia.
If you only concentrate on the places designed to attract a lot of tourists you are likely to be disappointed. Siem Reap will forever be in my heart because of its people.
The Muslim F&B manager at Royal Angkor Resort, where I stayed, is very helpful; the young woman who helps out at a scarf stall at the Angkor Night Market is sweet ; and the tuk-tuk drivers are polite and chatty.
I have not been to Phnom Penh so I cannot compare the people there with those in Siem Reap but many in Siem Reap smile easily. What a welcome!
They awaken memories of people in Malaysia some 50 years ago when we too smiled a lot. The photos below remind me why Siem Reap is special.
The preferred mode of transport: tuk-tuk. It is quick and fun!
A friendly tuk-tuk driver. He is very polite.
The famous Pub Street in Siem Reap city.
|Pubs and cafes on Pub Street.|
|This was a first for me and I did not dare try it!|
|Good bargains at the Angkor Night Market. Be prepared to haggle.|
|Cambodian dancers entertain guests at a private party. Love their costumes.|
|Young workers take a break from work at a beauty and massage salon.|