Siem Reap, Cambodia – where everything is $1 USD! …. but no really, it seemed like everywhere we went (other than the temples) everything was $1 USD. And they actually preferred that you paid them in USD instead of in Cambodian Riel.
Siem Reap is most famously known for being the gateway to the Angkor temple ruins – a UNESCO World Heritage Site and the largest religious monument in the world, previously belonging to the Khmer Empire from the 9th to the 15th century. Walking through the temple ruins transports you in time and inspires you to use your imagination to piece together what it must have been like when the temples were still in-use, hundreds of years ago. This world wonder is one to not miss! We only spent one day exploring Angkor, but we still felt that was sufficient for us, even though we did not cover all the temples (you need multiple days to accomplish that, which we didn’t have this trip).
Pub Street in Siem Reap & the Angkor Night Market are great! The nightlife in this area is very lively and energetic. Because it is such a tourist location, it’s easy to meet new people from all over the globe and hear about their recent adventures in Southeast Asia. We also took some time to visit the War Museum, which was very educational. The museum is all outdoors and is located on a former landmine field. They offer free tours, with each guide having a direct connection to the war – making the tour experience very authentic.
Siem Reap was a great adventure destination and one that I’m happy to have experienced. It blends culture, history, and chic city life together so effortlessly – it’s a beautiful city that truly welcomes you with open arms, and is home to some of the most kind people I have interacted with throughout my travels.