Whilst I may not have enjoyed Angkor Wat as much as I would have hoped (please see previous post) I was much more pleased with Siem Reap. Unlike the grand temple complex of Angkor, we found Siem Reap to be a sort of treasure trove of little pleasures – a more relaxed vibe then the streets of Chengdu that we’ve become accustomed to.
We spent our time wandering the streets and alleys of the centre, searching through all the ethical and fair trade shops.
We were lucky enough to be staying when the Children’s Puppet Street Parade was on, and stood side by side with the locals watching the beautifully made puppets dance past.
After a severe bout of stomach upset we decided to take it easy and go pottery making at the Khmer Fine Arts Centre. Our ever-patient and kind teacher helped us create some lovely pots, two of which we got to take home.
We visited the beautiful Wat Preah Prom Rath right in the heart of the city, and took in the temple and grounds.
And I managed to scoff my face with all the gluten free and tasty food the city had to offer (more on that soon). These rice balls, made from coconut milk and rice flour, were an interesting sweet and savoury snack.
In short, I did love my time in Siem Reap. This tiny city, which most people only travel to so that they can visit Angkor, has a lot to offer. More than we could do in fact what with time and money constraints.
For more of Siem Reap, have a look at our vlog: