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Siem Reap

Pilgrimage to Angkor Wat, to watch the sun rise over the temple. Elephant ride up to Phnom Bakheng, and then navigating the steep steps down the temple side. Trying to not get dust in eyes on the backs of motorcycles and tuk-tuks. And marveling that without any traffic direction, people are able to drive without any roadrage. Eating mostly at roadside stalls, but one evening at Meric for exceptional food at reasonable prices.


Hôtel de la Paix
Hotel Hôtel de la Paix, Angkor

What's old is new again. La Paix, as it's locally known, originally opened in 1957. In 2005, the landmark hotel reopened after a complete renovation—as in,... more


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Eating Meric, Angkor

A foodie favorite since its 2005 opening, the Hotel de la Paix's fine-dining establishment marries Continental classics and Khmer creations developed by... more

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Angkor Wat
See + Do Angkor Wat, Angkor

The apotheosis of Khmer civilization, 12th-century Angkor Wat remains the national symbol of Cambodia. It's well worth spending at least half a day here. Make... more

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See + Do Bayon, Angkor

The most exquisite carvings cover the Bayon. Like Angkor Wat, this masterpiece was constructed in the 12th century; it's topped by 54 stone towers, each bearing... more

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Ta Prohm
See + Do Ta Prohm, Angkor

With its stonework strangled by vaulting silk-cotton trees, jungle-choked Ta Prohm will make any visitor feel like Indiana Jones. Even though it has been looted... more

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See + Do Beng Melea, Angkor

As Cambodia's infrastructure slowly improves, formerly off-limits sites such as Beng Melea, a one-square-kilometer temple 40 miles northeast of Siem Reap, have... more

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See + Do Phnom Bakheng, Srah Srang, and Preah Rup, Angkor

Hilltop Phnom Bakheng lures thousands for sunset but is much more pleasant for sunrise. Experienced hikers can make a frontal assault on the incline in less... more

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See + Do Tonle Sap, Angkor

Just south of Siem Reap lies the Tonle Sap ("Great Lake" in Khmer), the largest freshwater lake in Southeast Asia. One of the hydrological wonders of the world,... more

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Nightlife Linga Bar, Angkor

The town's only gay/straight spot is Linga Bar. Its execution is more contemporary and less Zen-like than owner Martin Dishman's other hot property, the One... more

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Nightlife Laundry Bar, Angkor

For nightlife, try the self-consciously "funky" but perfectly decent Laundry Bar, 50 yards north of the Old Market. It attracts a friendly mix of hip locals,... more

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Nightlife Dead Fish Tower Inn, Angkor

The Thai-owned Dead Fish Tower Inn has a great airy bar with a nice loft seating area that serves dollar beers and delicious Thai food. It's one of the livelier... more

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Nightlife Red Piano, Angkor

Angelina Jolie's home away from home—or so the staff would like you to believe. The cast and crew of Tomb Raider were here so much during filming, the... more

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Shop Shopping in and around Siem Reap, Angkor

Cambodia is a poor country, so prices for most things are cheap. If you stick to the tourist-oriented stalls along the east side of Psar Chas, however, there... more

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Temples of Cambodia, Angkor

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