Eat, Sleep & Shop in Siem Reap

If you are short on time like I was when I went to Siem Reap, here is a your easy planning guide that covers all the basics for a few days (for temples, click here).



I’m not sure about you but when I’m hungry and with a group of people, I find it really difficult to make a decision about what to eat. On top of this agonising decision making process, usually we end up making a terrible decision out of desperation.

However in this case we made the best decision! We stumbled across Chamkar Vegetarian Restaurant down a back lane near Pub Street ( 22A The Passage, Old Market, Siem Reap ). It is a little restaurant with a homey feel, featuring vegetarian and vegan Khmer dishes. The food is made with mostly organic ingredients – it was great to have such a variety to choose from! We loved it so much that we went back twice. Below are a couple of the meals that we enjoyed.

For Western food that you crave after a week of curries and rice, head to The Blue Pumpkin for your hot chip, cake and ice cream fix! Fitted out with couches and free Wifi, it is a popular place for tourists. I mentioned a few times in previous posts how much we craved air conditioning – this was where we got it!



In mega tourist hubs, it can be overwhelming to choose a hotel with so many different options. It can potentially make or break your trip! I think I did well during this trip and choose the beautiful Apsara Centrepole Hotel. This beautiful colonial-boutique style hotel only has 19 rooms limiting the number of guests that you will have to interact with. It is located a few hundred metres from Pub Street and only another 10-15 minutes from Angkor Wat. The location was fantastic for us! We were upgraded to a Terrace Suite Room which was on the top floor and had it’s own terrace.

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Key shopping areas are in Pub Street, and the not so far away Siem Reap Art Centre and Public Market. If you have been to Thailand, you will be familiar with the nick-nacks ranging from back packs, souvenirs to dresses and jewellery. As usual, my weakness is bright things particularly in the shape of purses 🙂


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