French Quarter Siem Reap


Siem Reap Stupa

Walking around Siem Reap is a lovely experience. It’s smaller and more relaxed than Phnom Penh, and the merchants are more friendly. It’s also full of tourists – many French. The weather is hot and humid but not unbearable, although noon to mid-afternoon isn’t the ideal time for walking. December – February are dry months and the best time to visit.

Wat Damnak Pagoda

Have seen some absolutely amazing architecture – Chinese / Cambodian and French Colonial – and the tropical gardens are lush and fragrant. It was difficult finding a good vantage point to take photos as some of the old buildings are huge and the streets are flat. Building restoration is in process all around the small town.

Hotel Taphul Village

Hotel Taphul Village

Vishnu

Vishnu

Was able to chat with a  few of the locals – one of the hotel waiters was keen to practice his English and told me about his life in the countryside near the Vietnam border. Stopped into a pharmacy for allergy medicine and the pharmacist was outgoing and we talked chit-chat for a long time. He gave me great pointers for places to visit.

French Colonial Building

French Colonial Building

Looking for a cool shirt I met a merchant and his wife and three young children in the market. When you buy clothing in the market and want to try something on you have to do it right there on the spot often with someone holding a cloth up around you while you change – at first I didn’t like that but now think it’s funny – no one looks anyway.

Wat Damnak

There are five major areas in Siem Reap:

Siem Reap Night Market

Night Market Siem Reap

If you follow the river you can’t get lost, although I managed to a few times.

Apsara Dancers Siem Reap

Tonight I go via tuk-tuk for a sunset trip to some of the major temples. Later my hotel, Soria Moria, is having a live Apsara dance performance.

Wat Damnak

Pagodas