Our time in the "Kingdom of Cambodia” was all too short.
The first and main reason we were in Siem Reap, Cambodia was to see Angkor Wat & Angkor Thom. The largest religious site in the world, Angkor Wat, was built by the Khmer Empire in the 12th Century but it wasn’t discovered until early 1900s. Now that they have cleared the jungle from the ruins, it has become a very popular tourist destination. We were shocked at how crowded the temples were, but did not let it stop us from admiring it all. Our ND friends Kelsey & Devin gave us a great recommendation to do a Vespa Tour; it was the perfect way to navigate through all of the ruins in a day. To start, out of respect for the temples and Buddha, we had to buy some pants/skirt from the local vendors to cover our knees. Seeing the city by Vespa was exhilarating and added to the excitement of visiting the ancient ruins. We had lunch at a local spot, in a hut complete with hammocks for relaxing after your meal. By 3pm, it was 100 degrees and we were exhausted.
In the evening, we went to the Cambodian “Circus” and finished with a traditional Khmer dinner. The circus performers (more similar to Jesse White Tumblers) were amazing! The show is student run and helps to put the local performers through school. We loved it the show (and it wasn’t even in English!)
Our next day we jumped on bikes with a group and went into the Cambodian countryside. A few different things we experienced:
We finished our time in Cambodia exploring Siem Reap before flying to Hanoi. We found a really cool hipster street, Kandal Village, with curated shops and vegan cafes run by a group of younger generation Cambodians. The juxtaposition of these new shops, ancient temples in Angkor Wat and the Cambodian countryside made our experience unforgettable!
The Vasconcellos Family - we did our Vespa Tour with this family of four and had a blast. They are from Singapore and made the day really enjoyable. Also, their 4-year-old daughter Anna could not have been more adorable!