If you go to Cambodia...

If you go . . .

What to do

If you are traveling without a tour, it is worth hiring a driver by the day and/or a guide. The

Angkor temple complex is close to Siem Reap; the stilt and floating villages are some distance out of town. Drivers and guides can be arranged through hotels or simply by meeting them on the street; ours was the enthusiastic Raman Sous, reachable at


Angkor’s temples can take

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a day, or a week. Consider at least two days to see the

temples, with additional time

for any other sightseeing.

Where to stay

FCC Angkor

Pokambor Avenue


Siem Reap


Former police barracks converted into breezy, upscale hotel with a popular bar and spa. Doubles from $140.

Viroth’s Hotel

0658 Wat Bo Village


Siem Reap


Sleek 7-room hotel with pool, just outside the city center.

Doubles from $100.

Where to eat

Sugar Palm

Ta Phul Road


Fabulously flavored, spicy Khmer food in a colonial second-floor setting, $5-$9.

Blue Pumpkin

Hospital Street


Sleek all-purpose hangout

serves ice cream, light meals, drinks in the middle of the old town; head upstairs for relaxing daybeds, $2-$6.

Viroth’s Restaurant

246 Wat Bo St.


Stylish modern Cambodian food and cocktails on a deck

surrounded by a bubbling pond, $4-$8.