Hope you all had a great weekend, and for some of you, a day off today! I am finally feeling better (although Mark is now under the weather!), but it will be nice to get out of the house a bit today!
This cold Boston weather has me thinking about steamy Southeast Asia, and the incredible time Mark and I spent there last year. Today’s post will have a different focus from running, but will take you to Siem Reap, Cambodia!
Our trip centered around a visit with my friend Kim who was working in Bangkok. After spending a week in Bangkok and the coastal town of Krabi, we chose Cambodia as the location for the second half of the trip. We were only able to spend time in the Cambodian city of Siem Reap, but given the number of incredible temples and history, we were happy with this choice.
As soon as we arrived in Cambodia from Thailand, we took a tuk tuk (a motorcycle with covered passenger seats attached) to the temple complex, which is about 20 minutes from downtown Siem Reap. Each day, tuk tuks were our transportation of choice around the various sites and temples, and a full day was roughly $10. One day we “splurged” on an actual car ride around to more remote temples. It only cost about $30 and gave us the opportunity to see more of the Cambodian countryside!
Some of our favorite temples included:
Ta Prohm (where Tomb Raider was filmed!):
And of course Angkor Wat. We were able to experience Angkor at sunrise! I would recommend doing that if you can, although it was a bit cloudy or smoggy for us (5am wakeup call is tough too).
Something to keep in mind when visiting temples: women are required to wear long skirts and cover up their shoulders, similar with Thailand. There is at least one temple in Angkor Wat in which shawls won’t suffice and you will need to wear a long sleeve shirt. This is difficult to do in 100 degrees, but worth it to see the temples!
We enjoyed a few dinners in Siem Reap downtown/pub street area as well. There are a couple of really interesting food and craft markets, and a vibrant nightlife with some fabulous restaurants- both Cambodian and foreign cuisines. I stuck to Khmer curry most nights!
We stayed a quick tuk tuk ride away from pub street (which we appreciated given the noise factor of the downtown area), at a hotel called Lotus Blanc. I can’t say enough positive things about this palace of a hotel which amounted to roughly $34-40 a night. The staff was incredibly kind and hospitable; the amenities were nothing like we’d ever had at a hotel. We’d highly recommend staying at Lotus Blanc!
I would highly recommend Cambodia to everyone — it was an unforgettable experience and I hope to visit again someday!
What is your favorite travel destination?
If you could take a trip anywhere in the world, where would it be?
How was your weekend? Any races/long runs/highs & lows?