Take Me Back to Siem Reap, Cambodia

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!

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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.

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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:

Bayon:
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Ta Prohm (where Tomb Raider was filmed!):
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Banteay Srey:
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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).

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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!

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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!

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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!

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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?

 

 

 

 

 

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25 thoughts on “Take Me Back to Siem Reap, Cambodia”

  1. Beautiful pictures! I haven’t been to that part of the world but it’s definitely on my list.

    My favorite place so far was Tik’al Natianal Park in Guatemala. I got to see the sunrise from Temple IV (of Star Wars fame).

    Though Teotihuacan in Mexico has a very big space in my heart. For reasons.

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  2. So cool!
    I haven’t been to that area either, but was just saying that I think it’s time for a trip to Thailand.
    I’ve never met a travel destination I didn’t like, but right now my favorite is probably Italy or Spain.
    My dream trips are Antarctica (which is ironic because I hate the cold) and Africa.
    This was not a good running weekend for me :(

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    1. Italy and Spain are amazing! Regarding running, don’t give up! Winter running is so tough. Try varying up your workouts to keep things interesting and bring some distractions (like music/podcasts/iPhone to stream Netflix) to the treadmill. Good luck!!

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  3. Oh wow, these are awesome pics! My parents actually did a bike tour in Cambodia, Vietnam, and Thailand recently and really enjoyed it. I recognize some of these pics. My two favorite trips so far have been Glacier National Park and Paris. And I’d love to go to Yellowstone, Italy, and back to Greece.

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      1. Definitely visit Glacier ASAP! We went in July and the weather was perfect. So exciting you’re going to Paris! Obviously check out the Louvre (the building itself is gorgeous), and I loved the Musee de Cluny, and the Musee d’Orsay. We went to Versailles, but it was beyond crowded and I think a bit overhyped, so I wouldn’t go back. We also did a walking tour of the city and that was fun too!

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  4. Love this post!! My husband and I went to Cambodia almost exactly 2 years ago and saw 13 temples in 2 days-so your refresher on which one’s which is helpful. We loved our 5 days there!

    However, as of Saturday, I have a new fave vacation spot: Troncones, Mexico. What a great week I just had, there!

    Cheers!

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      1. Banteay Srey, the pink one, was my favorite due to the very fine detail, but we loved them all. Did you visit Tonle Sap lake, the floating village? We loved that (a day trip after the temples).

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  5. Those are gorgeous photos. I love that one of the tree growing above the building. Isn’t that something!
    I’d love to visit Thailand. I love the cuisine and would love to see the architecture myself.

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  6. Your pictures are incredible! I really, really want to go to Cambodia. I have been to Vietnam but didn’t have time to go to Cambodia as well. I have just spent a few days in Guatemala and it wasn’t nearly long enough and i just kept thinking how much my boyfriend would love it so my next dream trip is to go back to Guatemala with him!

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  7. Did you know there’s an annual half-marathon around Angkor national park each December? The money raised from registration goes to help victims of landmines, I think. I almost made it last year but my training didn’t hold up. Next time!!!

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