Siem Reap

October 6, 2012 § Leave a comment

Over the Mid-Autumn Moon Festival and National Day we took the opportunity to visit Siem Reap, Cambodia.   In all honesty, I wasn’t overly thrilled to see Angkor Wat.   I can’t say why but I felt that similar to the Thailand trip we had taken a few years back and felt that it was probably a lot of the same sort of temples and food.  During our Thailand trip we had used the Victoria Hotels http://www.victoriahotels.asia/ which made it that much more the same as our Thailand trip.  The hotel is a good family hotel with both good Asian and Western mixes for those who are a bit more careful with their Asian foods.

What we decided this year because our kids are 10 and 9 years was to try ATVs and I have to say this really picked up the excitement for all of us.  There seems to be a million quad companies out there but we used Siem Reap Quad Bike Adventures : http://www.srquadbikeadventure.com/ and were very happy with our 2 hour quad ride through the countryside.   They were friendly, reliable and felt quite safe.  We were able to visit a local temple and rice paddies and stopped for a nice cold drink along the way.

After the quad ride we returned to a nice cooling pool and booked the Aha restaurant for dinner – http://www.hoteldelapaixangkor.com/en/dining/aha/.  As we headed off towards the old market in search of Aha we stumbled on The Blue Pumpkin: http://www.tbpumpkin.com/html/new.php.  We asked directions there to find Aha and discovered that it was more fusion than we wanted.  Along the way we passed The Amok http://www.angkorw.com/html/amok.php which in the end we decided would be the better local choice.   Dinner there was authentic, simple, delicious and quite reasonable.  After dinner, we opted for the Art Village instead of the Night Market where we had fish pedicures and bought a few trinkets.

On our second day we hired a van and tour guide to visit Angkor Wat, Angkor Thom/Bayon Temples, Banteay Srei and Ta Prohm – “Tomb Raider” temples.  Biking would have been hard and fun but with two young kids and a mother in law as well as going during rainy season and the van proved to be cooling and dry for our tours.  The extra price for the tour guide also proved to be fun for the kids and interesting as we knew so little about the culture.   Each temple was very different for each other and well worth the trip.

Dinner was at Viroth’s http://www.viroth-hotel.com/.  Entering I was wondering if we had made a bad mistake in that it is quite a modern boutique hotel but the restaurant was wonderfully delicious that my kids couldn’t stop eating.   Friends of ours had also suggested the FCC http://www.fcccambodia.com/angkor/boutique-hotel.php which also looked like it would have been a great choice as well.

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