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Siem Reap, Cambodia

A December 2006 trip to Siem Reap by dackelynn

Silk Farm Photo, Siem Reap, Cambodia More Photos
Quote: Siem Reap, land of Angkor Wat. Although Angkor Wat is fantastic and often the only selling point for travelers, there's a lot more for those who look for it, including great food, Buddhist temples and shopping (with a conscience).

Bou Savy Guesthouse

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Hotel

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 Bou Savy Guesthouse has a lot to offer weary travelers. It has a great location - just down the street from National Road 6, but in a garden setting. It has a restaurant with good servers and food. It also has great, cheap, clean rooms, with satellite TV and freshly changed linens. The staff speak passable English, with a few who are very skilled.   When I first arrived at Bou Savy, they greeted me kindly and then told me they had overbooked and sent me off to another guesthouse down the road. Although I didn't appreciate the oversight after hours of traveling, at least they had made arrangements for my stay. I returned to Bou Savy a few nights later and was very h...Read More

Member Rating 4 out of 5 on January 10, 2007

Bou Savy Guesthouse
#261 Group 17 Khum Svay
Siem Reap
+855 63 964 967

Viva Restaurant

Restaurant

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Maybe there aren't that many people who would fly to Cambodia only to dine on Mexican food. I'm one of them. Why? Because I live in Japan, where Mexican food is practically unheard of and my cravings all go unanswered. I was so happy to find this place and even happier to find that the food was excellent and reasonably priced!Viva has a friendly interior with an extensive patio portion looking towards the bazaar. The waiters and waitresses are very competent and friendly. There are many vegetarian selections including quesadillas, enchiladas and others. Viva has all the Mexican staples, from chips and salsa to tacos, soups, Mexican rice, and enchiladas. The only thing that seemed to be ...Read More

Member Rating 4 out of 5 on January 10, 2007

Viva Restaurant
#697, Group 10, Mondol 1 Svay Dangkom
Siem Reap
+855 17 83 88 54

Singing Tree Cafe

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Restaurant | "The Singing Tree Cafe and Community Center "

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The Singing Tree Cafe and Community Center is located in a leafy garden area across the river from the main market area of Siem Reap. The Community Center was founded by an Australian who wished to help the local street kids of Siem Reap. Now it's possible to grab a bite to eat at their garden cafe or watch a movie in the second floor of the house. At the cafe, there are mostly vegetarian offers, including sandwiches, bakery items and smoothies. The food is decent; the portions are somewhat small but at least the center assures you that the waitstaff are making a good wage. The garden atmosphere is very relaxing and is in its own, enclosed space - unlike most restaurants whose patios spill onto...Read More

Member Rating 3 out of 5 on January 21, 2007

Singing Tree Cafe
Alley West Just 20 meters from Pub street
Siem Reap

Silk Farm Photo, Siem Reap, Cambodia
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Cambodia is quite famous for its silk and you can have a chance to see the whole process at the silk farm located about 30 minutes west of Siem Reap. It is a farm and vocational school for Cambodians. Artisans D'Angkor is a state-run organization that promotes fair trade and sustainable development for the Cambodian people. By training workers for skilled professions, these people are able to provide for their families and promote their own culture through art. The ride there is bumpy and dusty so bring a scarf to cover your face. Most tuk-tuk drivers know the way to the farm; there are also signs along the way. On arrival, you have the option of taking a free tour around the farm...Read More

Member Rating 3 out of 5 on January 24, 2007

Artisans D'Angkor Silk Farm
P.O. Box 47
Siem Reap, Cambodia
+855 63 963 330

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Cheap souvenirs are readily available throughout Cambodia, but where is your money going? Are you inadvertently supporting a sweatshop or just making the very rich even richer? If you want to know where your money is going and who it is benefiting then there are non-profit shops that have great things available at a decent price. I highly recommend going to Made In Cambodia, which is a branch of Rehab Craft. Rehab Craft is non-profit, non-religious, and non-governmental. It is a project of the New Zealand's Overseas Development Assistance Program. They pay their employees a fair wage and give medical and other benefits. They also have training and literacy. The items are made by disab...Read More

Member Rating 5 out of 5 on January 24, 2007

Tuol Sleng Genocide Museum (Security Prison 21/S21)

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Attraction | "The Tuol Sleng Genocide Museum"

Tuol Sleng Photo, Siem Reap, Cambodia
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The Tuol Sleng Genocide Museum is a sobering reminder from the not-so-distant past of what can go incredibly wrong. Tuol Sleng used to be a high school but was transformed into a place of torture and death during the terrifying reign of the Khmer Rouge. Thousands of people were brought here to be interrogated (tortured) by Khmer Rouge. Most were later taken to the nearby killing fields to put be put to death. You will probably cry here. You'll probably get very upset and angry. To think that a high school is the setting for such evil is almost mind-destroying. You can still see some of the torture devices and traces of blood. There are photographs of the people taken here by the Khmer Roug...Read More

Member Rating 5 out of 5 on March 16, 2007

Tuol Sleng Genocide Museum (Security Prison 21/S21)
Street 113 And Street 350
Phnom Penh, Cambodia

Eating Like the Locals in Cambodia

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So, you want to try out authentic Khmer food without paying a $15 price tag? It's easy - just venture off the normal tourist path and have a seat with the locals. It's easy to find a place to eat with the locals when you walk around town a bit. The best restaurants will be crowded with people. There are many kinds of food on offer near the bazaar. First, pick the dishes you want (since you don't speak Khmer then just point, they'll understand). There is always rice, some fish soups and meat dishes. I recommend picking the fullest pot because it won't have been sitting out long. Then, take your food and take a seat at a large table, elbow to elbow with Cambodians. There are spoons, for...Read More