Some great places I would totally recommend to anyone visiting Siem Reap.
Sister Srey Cafe
Overlooking the river, this is a great place to chill, have some good coffee and enjoy the atmosphere. As their fb page says: “Sister Srey Cafe is Siem Reap’s premiere coffee house. Owned and operated by a dynamic sister duo, the café has the edge with older sis being an acclaimed coffee barista from Melbourne and younger sis bringing into it, all things groovy”
The Blue Pumpkin
The Blue Pumpkin is another great place to go in Siem Reap and chill while it’s too hot outside. Beautiful lounge area upstairs, nice interior, good food and ice cream. What I liked about Cambodia is that they have plenty of cheese, coffee and chocolate that is so overpriced here in KL.
Viva Mexican Cafe
I don’t have any picture from there, but trust me, it was one of the best margaritas I had! Located on the bar street, it’s really hard to miss.
Art market across the river
Compared to the big market on Street 9, the Art market (across the river from it) is much more quiet.
And here’s the Art Market:
I bought a bracelet and a wallet to support the local community – all money raised will go to good cause and help send children to school.
The market is great, in the afternoon there were close to no people (too hot outside). It’s a great place to shop for souvenirs. Of course they will jump on you with the famous “Come, lady, see my dresses/wood carving/jewelry/.., give me your price, 5 dollaaah” but much less than at the big market.
I got a tiny Buddha head, some tea for the colleagues, woven garland, flip-flops and the things from Friends ‘N’ Stuff. All for roughly $50.
Retreat Villa Boutique and Spa
This is where we stayed for the last night (the first 2 were booked with Groupon and I would not recommend it), we hired a tuk-tuk and he took us around places “with pools” – that was the only requirement. Plus I got si tired of looking on Agoda and Trip Advisor – too much to choose from. So we just went on a scouting trip.
Retreat Villa is great. It’s small, gad a pool and beautiful little pool and spa, food is good and the staff is beyond friendly. See for yourself:
So happy we went with the heart and chose this hotel!
Well, that’s all for now, stay tuned for the pictures and some tips for Angkor!