Siem Reap, like Phnom Penh, is an interesting mix of old and new, finished and unfinished, and tourists and locals. It felt more touristy than Phnom Penh, and overall, I liked it a little less. The streets seemed a little more chaotic, there were more tourists, and it’s the only place we saw any child beggars. But despite all this, it’s still a vibrant and interesting place. There’s a gorgeous market in the center of the city in a modern and clean building next to a picturesque river, there’s a loud and busy street filled with restaurants and bars (called “Pub Street”), and there are a lot of cute shops devoted to selling goods made by Cambodian women, fair trade items, or that just generally support an NGO. That was one of my favorite parts about the city, and I did a lot of my Christmas shopping in these shops!
We spent several days in Siem Reap, but we really only spent a couple of evenings exploring the city, as our days were spent exploring Angkor Wat and Angkor Thom. I’m sure we missed a lot, but we also managed to captured a lot of what life is like in this busy Cambodian city. Here are some of the best photos that sum up Siem Reap!
Which photo is your favorite?