Greetings from gorgeous Cambodia guys!
For once I thought it would be fun to post a travel guide while I’m still in the destination, or as close to being there as possible!. Turns out you have a decent amount of down time when you are travelling with a baby, which has made it possible for me to type this up while sitting by the pool. You’ll know from my other guide to Cambodia that I fell in love with this country the first time I visited, the people are so friendly, the food is delicious and here and there you can find very chic (and affordable) hotels. So when the chance to check out Siem Reap for a friend’s wedding came up (the same friend I visited with a few years ago) we were excited. I had wanted to visit this ancient temple town ever since I first moved to Hong Kong, and we were finally getting the chance! Read on for my guide to the gorgeous, intriguing and mysterious town of Siem Reap.
Before I jump into the guide, I wanted to let you know you can snap up the simple sandal (worn throughout this guide) for 20% off, using the code ‘simplesandal20’. Enjoy!
Before I get into the guide, I wanted to mention the fact that we visited Siem Reap for my friend Emma’s wedding, and she had put together an incredible guide for Siem Reap for all her guests. Talk about a destination wedding done right! I asked Emma if I could list her recommendations as part of this guide and she said go for it. Rest assured she is one of the most well travelled people I know, and she does it in style! So I know you’ll love all her tips.
Siem Reap, Cambodia Travel Guide
The hotel we stayed in for our friend’s wedding was so so lovely, it’s called Templation and it has the most incredible pool villas. And if you’re looking for a place to hold a wedding this is a lovely spot, a small intimate venue where you can book out the whole hotel and turn it into your own personal sanctuary.
Cruise the Tonlé Sap lake and visit the charming floating villages. It’s best to go in the morning before the crowd rolls in or late afternoon to catch the sunset!
Get up early in the morning to reach the ancient temple complex of Angkor Wat before the crowds (and heat) descend
Rent a bike and cycle through the back roads and into the Angkor forest to experience the countryside of Siem Reap.
Check out Smateria’s bags and accessories all made out of recycled materials.
Visit the Made in Cambodia Market in the evening and get a glimpse of the local community with performances by musicians, dancers and artists.
Looking for a relaxing afternoon? Go for a massage at Frangipani in the Kandal Villages.
The Spa at Templation is also lovely, I really enjoyed my massage there.
Head out bright and early for a walk through Ta Prohm, where stunning giant trees bury their roots amongst an ancient temple. Spoiler alert: it’s where they filmed Tomb Raider!
Hike up Prasat Phnom Krom and experience a magical sunset from above.
The Little Red Fox Espresso makes delicious coffee.
Head to Sister Srey for some comfort (vegan and vegetarian friendly) eats!
Make your way to Gelato Lab and try their unique and delicious ice cream flavours.
In the mood for a sweat treat? Bloom Café’s got you!
Embassy is a new dining spot offering beautifully curated 7 course meals.
Make a stop at Miss Wong’s for drinks, good vibes and fab cocktails!
Asana Khmer Cocktail Bar, a wooden stilt house hidden in the heart of town. Perfect for a relaxed afternoon drink.
Good to know
Everything in Siem Reap is done in USD, so don’t worry about changing your money.
Remember to bring some temple appropriate clothing for your visit, that cover your legs and shoulders. I preferred a shawl to put over my shoulders so I could take it off when we were going between locations, as it got very hot!
Strolling the pavilions of Angkor Wat in a Paddo to Palmy dress.
The ancient temple of Ta Prohm.
My little cutie!
Frankie’s first Asian adventure! Wearing shorts that I made and a swimsuit from Zulu & Zephyr.
All the details at Templation.
Simple holiday outfit from Paddo to Palmy, and of course wearing my simple sandals! Grab 20% off now using the code ‘simplesandal20’.