Prae Rup and the southern gate at Angkor Wat (and the bridge crossing the moat) are perhaps not as interesting as some of Siem Reap’sother temples, but still well worth stopping at if you’re going past.
Angkor Wat Southern Gate
Beyond Unique Escapes Cooking Classes in Siem Reap are excellent and highly recommended for a hands on, delicious experience in a gorgeous rural setting.
The teachers are patient, knowledgeable and helpful. The equipment and resources are excellent.
But the real highlights are the sunset and dining together, with wine!!! on what you have prepared yourself.
Good wine for $5 a glass US Khmer mango salad
Some classes operate in town, but try to book into the classes with a rural setting in Kamphem Village.
Fish Amok Sticky Rice Flour Balls with Palm Sugar topped with Grated Young Coconut Flesh
The Claremont Hotel in Siem Reap has good sized rooms, a nice pool, a good breakfast buffet with plenty of hot and cold options in the roof top restaurant and a convenient central location in Wat Bo.
Balcony area at the end of corridor and view towards river.
It also has some very quirky art !!!
However, it’s also worth also worth investigating the Frangipani Villa nearby.
Pub street in Siem Reap is near the Old Market is a great spot to head to find lots of great restaurant options in the one place like Cambodian BBQ, Red Piano, Amok, Khmer Kitchen Restaurant, Chamkar, and Blue Pumpkin for icecream.
Khmer Kitchen Restaurant
Fireworks for the Water Festival Blue pumpkin coconut, durian and black sesame and ginger (yum) ice-cream
Sister Srey Cafe is a bit further away, but also worth checking out.
The Cambodian Circus/ Phare in Siem Reap is well presented with an upmarket theatre/creative arts feel. It’s a mix of impressive acrobatics, clowning and traditional story telling and supports training for disadvantaged youth in these creative arts.
There’s Blue Pumpkin icecream, alcoholic drinks and some good meal choices available at the entrance.
It’s fun and well worth a visit ($18 US per ticket).