Siem Reap is famous almost exclusively for Angkor Wat (for more on Angkor Wat click here).
Rightfully so – spending one, two, or even three days at the ancient temples are an absolute must.
But Siem Reap itself is a worthy destination in itself, especially for vegetarians and anyone looking for relaxation at an bargain basement price.
The vast choices of restaurant (ALL with vegetarian options), massage spas, and shopping options are a nice break after an epic day of exploring Khmer ruins.
In addition to Angkor Wat, you should be sure to:
1. Get some R+R
Thailand is famous for massage, but Cambodia offers a similar technique that is just as relaxing and conveniently priced (under $10).
The streets surrounding the Siem Reap night market are especially packed with spas and options for further pampering, like pedicures and manicures.
2. Take in some food and culture
Although it gets mixed reviews on TripAdvisor, I loved the Apsara Show at the Koulen II restaurant, and the buffet was okay.
The buffet price includes the show ($12 not including drink) and had a lot of choices. The ingredients were listed for the majority of items (aside from the desserts, which were totally foreign to me and didn’t have any sort of name card), which is awesome for vegetarians.
The food quality wasn’t great, but there were a lot of options.
I’d suggest getting there around 630pm as it got packed and the majority of food had run out by 8pm – it is super popular with package tours.
Reserve online via their website as far in advance as possible, to ensure a good seat by the dancers.
3. Grab a drink at Pub Street
While it reminds me of Khao San Road of Bangkok, Pub Street offers great drink specials and an unbeatable opportunity to mingle with other travelers and maybe make some friends for an upcoming trip.
You can pop over to the night market after, and grab some cheap clothes and any missing electronics for just as cheap as Bangkok – if you’re willing to negotiate.