If you missed the first post about the temples and ruins in Cambodia, you can check it out here. When we weren’t exploring the temples and ruins we were in Siem Reap at the markets and down along Pub Street eating amazing Cambodian BBQ.
The first thing that struck me when we arrived was all of the motorcycles and tuk-tuks zipping around the dusty streets. Men, woman, old and young were all riding around on motorcycles of some kind. I saw very few cars and mostly they were related to hotels and tour groups. The city chorused with constant buzzing of the small engines. The people were very friendly and it was really easy to hitch a ride in a tuk-tuk, my favorite form of transportation down there. If you’re visiting I would recommend finding a tuk-tuk driver you like and hiring him for the afternoon. Negotiate up front and pay when the day is over, it was incredibly cheap and nothing beats riding around the jungle with the air blowing in your face keeping you cool in the sticky humidity.
Some of the highlights of our time in the city of Siem Reap was the Night Market and Pub Street. On our first night we explored the night market, scouring for gifts to bring home. There were all sorts of things on display: fabrics, shirts, postcards, trinkets, electronics, paintings, and crafts. Right off to the side of the market is Pub Street. We visited Pub Street on our second day and stopped at a little restaurant for Cambodian BBQ. Cambodian BBQ is one of my favorite memories from our time in Siem Reap. It is very similar to Korean BBQ except they cook the meet on a portable grill they bring to the table and around the edge of the grill is a ring where the oils and grease run into a broth soup-like mixture full of vegetables and noodles. It was absolutely delicious.
I really enjoyed our time in Cambodia and I definitely would love to go back to sample the BBQ again! Below is a series of images that depict our experience with the people and culture.