Explore one of Southeast’s Asia’s most venerable sights, the stunning Angkor Wat temple complex, when you go for your short break in Siem Reap. Arrive at dawn to experience an unforgettable sunrise before venturing to some of the lesser known temples where you’ll need to clamber over roots and ancient stones to bring out your inner Indiana Jones.

Angkor Wat Putt

For an initial, lighthearted overview of Angkor’s highlights, head just outside town to a mini golf tribute to Cambodia’s national treasure. Opened by a former temple guide, Tee, Angkor Wat Putt is a 14-hole miniature golf course anchored by nine strikingly accurate scale models of Angkor’s major temples. Shaded by banana trees and serenaded with American rock classics, putt your way under Preah Vihear and the Bayon temple’s iconic stone faces to finish at Angkor Wat itself. Ring the bell at the start of each hole for fairway drinks delivery.

Cuisine Wat Damnak

The dishes from the longtime Siem Reap resident French chef Joannès Rivière’s kitchen are firmly rooted in Cambodian flavours. Making use of seasonal ingredients that he gets from vendors at Siem Reap’s Old Market, Chef Rivière devises two tasting menus each week.

 

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Siem Reap Food Tours

Expect treats like grilled fish paste pancakes wrapped around spicy cucumber pickles, steamed rice flour dumplings oozing coconut cream, jujube fruit (red Chinese dates) stewed in smoky palm sugar and pumpkin-soy milk shakes. Pace yourself, or you’ll end up too stuffed to partake of the tour’s pièce de résistance: num banh chok, cool, slippery rice vermicelli doused with coconut-fish or chile-chicken gravy and tossed with farmed and foraged greens and herbs, all the more delicious eaten after a visit to the village where many families still make the noodles by hand.

Sunrise at Angkor Wat

If you head straight in and line up to explore the upper terraces first, you’ll beat the busloads of people. It’s in the upper tiers you’ll find the souvenir of a visit to Angkor Wat: Buddhist monks seated around the complex will say a blessing over you and a tie a thin, red bracelet around your wrist for a small donation.

Beng Melea

Head out to the beautiful Cambodian countryside and the quiet temple, Beng Mealea. Undiscovered for centuries, Beng Mealea remains unrestored and is one of the few temples you can climb through.

 

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Tonle Sap Lake

Go on a boat trip on the Tonlé Sap Lake, the largest lake in south-east Asia. You’ll visit the village of Kampong Kleang and join a boat ride through the village, seeing where the fisherman live in stilted houses among the mangrove forests and waterways.

 

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Siem Reap is famous worldwide for being the home of one of the most beautiful and incredible places on earth, the Angkor Wat archaeological park. However, the temples of Angkor are not the only destination that the town has to offer. A few kilometers away from Siem Reap it is in fact possible to visit the immense Tonle Sap lake (the biggest lake in South East Asia!), which in addition to excursions in the uncontaminated nature, hosts many floating villages, a destinations which is a must for every fan of local and traditional architecture. In the picture: the floating village of Kompong Khleang during the dry season ☉ . . A new series of travel articles about Cambodian architecture is ready! ➡direct link in bio! Follow the architectural journey! Stay tuned on Architecture on the Road! 👉 www.architectureontheroad.com 👈

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