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 firstname.lastname@example.org.
Angkor’s temples can take
a day, or a week. Consider at least two days to see the
temples, with additional time
for any other sightseeing.
Where to stay
Former police barracks converted into breezy, upscale hotel with a popular bar and spa. Doubles from $140.
0658 Wat Bo Village
Sleek 7-room hotel with pool, just outside the city center.
Doubles from $100.
Where to eat
Ta Phul Road
Fabulously flavored, spicy Khmer food in a colonial second-floor setting, $5-$9.
Sleek all-purpose hangout
serves ice cream, light meals, drinks in the middle of the old town; head upstairs for relaxing daybeds, $2-$6.
246 Wat Bo St.
Stylish modern Cambodian food and cocktails on a deck
surrounded by a bubbling pond, $4-$8.