Day 1 in Siem Reap. My first time in Cambodia.
I was absolutely excited to be here. It’s been more than a year and a half since our last Indochina trip to Vietnam.
We got into our hotel at the Sokha Angkor Resort. At USD 135 per night, the Sokha was one of the best hotels in the city. And although it’s not brand new, it’s well-maintained and the staff was friendly and spoke good English. I’d recommend the hotel, especially if you decide to stay in the city for at least a few nights. The breakfast was decent with an international selection. We even got to enjoy the pool for a little bit.
SOKHA ANGKOR RESORT
National Road No 6 & Sivatha Street Junction
+855 63 969 999
Since we arrived in the late afternoon, we thought we’d save the Angkor Wat tour for tomorrow and the next day. So we decided to spend the rest of the day driving around the city, but finally making a stop at the complex of Angkor Wat hoping to catch the sunset.
But before that, we made a quick stop at The Hive Cafe & Bar for a late lunch.
We didn’t get a perfect view of the sunset. We did, however, get to take advantage of its soft rays as a background for our monkey act that, not surprisingly, won strange gawks from passersby.
Before it got completely dark, we headed for Pub Street, a busy touristy strip full of restaurants, cafes, bars, shops, massage parlors, and night markets.
We’d heard about The Blue Pumpkin Ice Cream shop before, and wanted to have a taste.
THE BLUE PUMPKIN
Mango sorbet – loved that it tasted refreshing, a little tangy, and not too sweet. The durian and dark chocolate were yummy too. I’d recommend The Blue Pumpkin!
THE BLUE PUMPKIN
Night market street
Mon – Sun: 2 PM – 11 PM
More locations here.
Tonight, dessert came before dinner. When it came to pick a place for dinner, there was a lot to choose from since we were surrounded by hundreds. It was tricky because we were trying to avoid places that were too touristy, but it proved impossible since we were in the middle of a tourist area! Finally we decided on what seemed to be a genuine local restaurant (although also filled with tourists) – the Khmer Family Restaurant. Had a variety of local Khmer dishes including Pineapple Fried Rice, Samlar Machu (a sour soup with pickled lime, tomatoes, tamarind, and pineapples), a beef stir fry, and Fish Amok (fish mousse with coconut milk and curry paste).
Dinner: KHMER FAMILY RESTAURANT
We were stuffed, so we continued our walk to the Night Market.
I was tempted to buy some local spices, but didn’t know what I would do with them.
This is seriously everywhere…
See you tomorrow! xx