Siem Reap, the wild west of Cambodia [video]

A bridge across the river running through Siem Reap A bridge across the river running through Siem Reap

I don’t know about you, but Siem Reap seemed to me to be the kind of place where a couple of cowboys on horseback were going to ride down the dusty streets into town at any moment. It just kind of had that wild west feel about it.

Of course Siem Reap is so much more than that. It’s a clean, tidy, cosmopolitan town on the doorsteps of the great Temples of Angkor. There’s plenty of great shopping from the markets to boutique stores, all manner of eating options from street food to fine dining, little nooks and crannies to get lost in that run between the main streets, and a nightlife to rival anywhere with the establishments down Pub Street the main attractions.

Without doubt a day or three wandering around the Temples of Angkor is worth the trip to Siem Reap alone. We hired bikes and cruised from temple to temple and had arguably the best day of our nomadic adventure. It’s so beautiful and peaceful, and you never know who you might run into while exploring. It was a little surreal watching Jack wandering around the ruins in his western shorts, t-shirt and hat, while a group of monks in their orange robes were coming his way.

You could easily spend a week or two here and thoroughly enjoy every moment, or you could stay for a while and settle in. It’s a lovely, charming little town centre and is a must see if travelling though this neck of the woods.

Click the video below to see what Siem Reap is really like…

MUSIC: “Waterbound” by Shake That Little Foot

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