No visit to Cambodia is complete without laying eyes on Angkor’s ancient splendour, making Siem Reap the country’s most-visited destination. Also home to some of the Kingdom’s finest hotels, brightest culinary minds and most exhilarating countryside excursions, a trip to Siem Reap is always so much more than temple gazing




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Translated as ‘mountain of lychees’, the holy site of Phnom Kulen contains a treasure trove of historical and natural wonders. Housing numerous temples, a gigantic reclining Buddha and a towering waterfall, steady streams of pilgrims are drawn to these jungled slopes. The plateau also has huge national significance, with ‘God- King’ Jayavarman II believed to have birthed the Khmer Empire here. Indeed, the vestiges of Angkor are still evident, with intricate carvings etched into the stone bed of the ‘river of a thousand lingas’.

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For a fun yet ecofriendly way to explore Siem Reap’s famed temples, check out Green e-bike, which rents electric bicycles to tourists, with charging points strategically located around Angkor. The company also offers eco-tours, which include lunch and take in the beautiful countryside just a short hop from town.



Dragon fruit is a popular ingredient in fruit salads across Cambodia. For a flavour boost, seek out the variety with dark pink flesh, which is a touch sweeter and more flavoursome than the white alternative. Ask at your hotel for dragon fruit choum po, which means pink.


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Critter cuisine is the order of the day at Siem Reap’s Bugs Café, where diners can feast on tempura tarantula doughnuts, scorpion and green papaya salad and a homemade
insect burger known, rather excellently, as the ‘bug mac’.



Down Siem Reap’s Alley West lies Gelato Lab, a tiny spot that turns out comfortably the best ice cream in the country – although the owners, true aficionados, wouldlikely bristle at the term ‘ice cream’. Whatever you want to call it, their produce is wonderful and an ideal way to cool down in the heat of the day – or well worth saving a bit of space to enjoy after dinner.



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Siem Reap is rightly famed for the wonders of Angkor, but temple lovers should try to check out the complex at Koh Ker and/or the majestic Preah Vihear. Each can be explored via day trips from Siem Reap.