Siem Reap Journals

Gateway to the Temples of Angkor

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A May 2005 trip to Siem Reap by Kez

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Quote: Siem Reap is the perfect base to visit the absolutely amazing temples of Angkor Wat. It is a really fabulous little town that has a great atmosphere and everything a traveller needs including great accommodation, fabulous restaurants, and many Internet cafes.

Gateway to the Temples of Angkor

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Overview

Angkor Wat Photo, Siem Reap, Cambodia
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The various temples known as Angkor Wat are the main sights without a doubt. The sheer grandeur, scale, and number of temples in the area are mind-blowing. I thought that I would cover the temples more in-depth in my story on Angkor Wat and concentrate on the town on Siem Reap in this journal. Siem Reap is a fabulous place to meet other travelers, and you can eat and drink really well for reasonable prices. There are Internet cafes to keep in touch with home at about a an hour, CD burning available for your photos to disc for to , and enough shops and markets to keep you amused but not overwhelmed. When it comes to eating, you are spoilt for choice in this little town. Most of the r...Read More

Bopha Angkor

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Hotel

Pool Photo, Siem Reap, Cambodia
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Because we visited in the start of May, which is the hot season - and I mean hot, at 40 degrees celsius every day - my main prerequisite was a pool, so we chose to stay at the Bopha Angkor Hotel. This was a mid range hotel decorated in traditional Khmer style with terracotta tiled floors and beautifully carved timber doors and furniture with Cambodian silk touches in bright purples and gold thread. It is located across the river in the quieter part of town but is close enough to walk into town for dinner or shopping. It offered the luxuries that we needed such as hot water, refrigerator and air-conditioning and a fabulous cooked to order breakfast in their open air restaurant. ...Read More

Member Rating 5 out of 5 on October 27, 2005

Bopha Angkor
0512 Street Acharsvar
Siem Reap, Cambodia
855-63 964 928

View of a room Photo, Siem Reap, Cambodia
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This was my second choice. The Golden Temple Villa is located at the far side of the old town centre and sits at the other end of the price scale of the Bopha Angkor. Rooms were from $8 to $30. If we visited out side the hot season I would have stayed here and would definitely recommend this hotel. The only reason we opted not to stay was due to the fact they don't have a pool. The rooms were not large but clean and comfortable, with hot water and air-conditioning. The room that we were shown was smallish but at least the air-conditioning unit was large enough to keep it cool. They still had the Cambodian touches with the traditional woven bed covers and prints on the wall. Geared to the...Read More

Member Rating 4 out of 5 on October 27, 2005

Golden Temple Villa

Siem Reap, Cambodia
(012) 999 918

Various other restaurants of Siem Reap

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Restaurant

Slick Photo, Siem Reap, Cambodia
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We were here for five nights, and rather than listing every restaurant we ate in separately, following is an overview of some of the other spots that we picked to dine in. In Touch – Thai Restaurant and bar is located upstairs and opposite the Red Piano. This was a really tastefully decorated restaurant. It featured a feature wall of a greenish stone along the back wall and as you entered up the stairs. The large square bar was in the middle of the restaurant again with a stone feature front but in a creamy colour.The ceiling was all in timber and the seating was mainly comfortable cane chairs although there was also a lounge area on one side. Modern and airy the restaurant was a pleasure to be in....Read More

Member Rating 4 out of 5 on October 28, 2005

The Red Piano Bar

Restaurant

Red Piano Photo, Siem Reap, Cambodia
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Famous for being "the" place where the Tomb Raider crew hung out I am sure everyone comes here at least once because of this reputation. Saying that, you come here for the atmosphere & it's fame rather than the food. For a drink at the end of the day it is a great place to relax with many other travellers enjoying a cold beer at happy hour. The upstairs balcony offers a great place to people-watch. The downstairs outside area has comfortable cane chairs grouped in twos and fours so are conducive to chatting and drinking. If you are comfortable and too foot sore to move you can stay put and dine here also. Upstairs are mainly standard tables and chairs for dining. All the staff speaks ...Read More

Member Rating 3 out of 5 on October 28, 2005

The Red Piano Bar
50m Northwest of the Old Market
Siem Reap, Cambodia
063 963 240

The Soup Dragon

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Restaurant

Soup Dragon Photo, Siem Reap, Cambodia
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The Soup Dragon was our favourite restaurant in town. We came here every day for lunch and dinner one night, and the food was just so good. Plus because of it's central location, it was a great spot to pop back for a spot of lunch after doing a ruin in the morning and then meet up with our driver after eating, re-fueled and ready to go again. Three airy levels, the service is good and the local kids waiting tables were really eager to please. Like all the restaurants here but especially the Soup Dragon because of it's central location don't choose a street side table if you don't wish to be pestered by the passing parade of beggars and salespeople. The menu is large and...Read More

Member Rating 5 out of 5 on October 27, 2005

The Soup Dragon
369 Group 6 Mondol 1 Svay Dangkum
Siem Reap, Cambodia
063964933

Dy Proeung

Attraction | "Miniature Replicas of Angkor"

Angkor Wat Photo, Siem Reap, Cambodia
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Dy Proeung has sculpted complete scaled replicas of Angkor Wat, the Bayon, and Banteay Srei amongst others. They were finished many years ago and are starting to look a bit worse for wear but are still really quite amazing. He still receives many commissions and is happy to show you his latest creation. When we were there, it was an incredibly large Buddha for a local temple. He also loves to show off his album from his younger days, when he was received by the King of Cambodia and received many awards for his services. He is such a lovely old man, really sweet and so happy to receive visitors, so if you have the time, pay him a visit. Entry is about $1.50, and you will probably have to buy one of ...Read More

Member Rating 3 out of 5 on October 31, 2005

Dy Proeung
16 Quartier Slokran, Sud Pagoda, Polinka
Siem Reap, Cambodia
012686642

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It is a sobering reminder of just how much Cambodia and its people have suffered in the past 35 years. With graphic photos and stories of individuals, I am sure that you will not leave here somewhat moved. There are many hand-drawn pictures that are really quite poignant. Aki was a former conscripted child soldier for the Khmer Rouge and now does all he can to assist victims and has also adopted several kids that have survived landmines. He is considered one of Cambodia’s foremost de-miner's. A donation made here is very well spent, as it assists those who need it most. Quite a number of the kids who have survived landmines perform a concert most evenings, but as we only discovered th...Read More

Member Rating 3 out of 5 on October 31, 2005

AKIRA Mine Action Gallery
10-696 Old Market St.
Siem Reap, Cambodia

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I really feel I have to mention the fact that due to Cambodia’s recent brutal history, the number of landmine victims, amputees, and orphaned children is so omnipresent that you will be constantly confronted with them when moving around. Yes, there are many beggars, but consider that you are in a country where the numbers of these victims is so great and the majority have no form of income in a country where no welfare system exists as a safety net. I normally wouldn't condone giving to beggars, as most other countries I have been in have a large number of professionals that do beg for a living, but I dare even the most cold-hearted person not to be moved by some of the victims. One person t...Read More