We came here for the temples.
We really enjoyed our stay in Siem Reap. We stayed at Angkor Village, a lovely resort built in a sort of traditional style. The very helpful staff arranged our guide and driver. It would have been nice to stay longer and have a chance to visit one or two temples a day, then we could find out about them ourselves (there's a very good (though rather old) guide here), but we only had three days. I think for a short visit a guide is essential to get the most out of the temples. As well as the ruins we learnt a lot about recent history in Cambodia from our guide Thim. We bought most of our souvenirs from Artisans d'Angkor, an organisation set up to train people in traditional craft skills - many of which were almost lost during the Khmer Rouge regime.
Siem Reap is a strange place - there are enormous new hotels being built everywhere and lots of budget guesthouses, but in the town centre only a handful of bars and restaurants. Most of the time we ate in the hotel, but we did visit the Bayon restaurant (where I had "Snake Fish") and the Dead Fish Tower.
We also learned two Cambodian phrases:-
- Oken - Thank-you
- Dura - Very Much