When you make great friends, the farewells need to be something special too. A dear friend is leaving KL and a few of us decided to escape the city and our families (that we love dearly, obviously) for a few nights. Siem Reap is one of her favourite destinations in the region and the rest of us had not been before – in a spur of the moment we had our tickets booked and our husbands’ calendars cleared for those school pick ups.
There is a gazillion travelogues for Angkor Wat out there and with a tourism industry working as a well oiled machine there is no need to bore you with the details, but will share a few photos and our favourite restaurants.
As much as I enjoy traveling with preschoolers (hmm) I just love traveling with people who regularly say things like “I’d really feel like a foot massage after this coffee” or “Should we go back to that shop that sells those brass birds?”. As we had the luxury of traveling without the constant whine about someone being hot and tired and hungry, I have no tips for those situations. However, if your kids are a bit older and love the Indiana Jones/Tomb raider stuff, read this post and you are all set to go.
Tuk-tuks organised by the hotels seem to be a common practise in Siem Reap. I was a bit pensive on the system of calling for a tuk-tuk pick-up with the mobile phone provided by our hotel, but to my surprise the friendly receptionist cum tuktuk driver showed up punctually and whisked us back to our hotel or for more shops.
Since we planned our days around meals (everyone does, right?), we managed to try quite a few lovely restaurants. Many of the restaurants were closed for holidays and we had to skip Haven, Wat Danmak and Marum, which we had looked up before traveling. We were not disappointed though, and I would happily recommend the following Siem Reap restaurants:
A bit out of town but an easy tuk-tuk ride away. Both Cambodian and Italian dishes were lovely, and the lava cake for dessert was delicious.
The restaurant was busy even when everywhere else was pretty much dead. Fantastic Cambodian food in a stylish setting, prefect for a romantic dinner. Fat frogs jumping around a definite plus. Can also be found on the menu.
A cute cafe with fresh juices and nice selection of breakfast and lunch.
Tasty vegetarian food in a very cool garden setting. One member of our party took a cooking course that for USD20 was a good value – especially when she was the only participant.