Happy Thanksgiving! And all about lodging and food in Siem Reap
Happy Thanksgiving!!!! One thing I’m thankful for is to be able to get to see all the cool places that I do.
(pretty Angkor Wat picture)
Tomorrow I’m heading back to Thailand so I’ll give you the Siem Reap rundown of what it is like in the city. The Cambodia portion of my trip is totally independent, unlike Thailand where I’ve been traveling in groups. From everything I read before coming, Cambodia is super-cheap and easy to do on your own so I thought why not be adventurous and do some independent travel.
I found my own hotel the Golden Temple Villa Siem Reap online. Basically I chose based on reviews. In total my hotel was $15 per night for a single room. The room is basic but has its own bathroom, air-conditioning, and a good location to food and shopping (Pub street pictured above) which is really all I need. The hotel itself is very cute.
The walkway to the very good restaurant:
(notice the signs below the statues) All shops, hotels, homes, everything makes you take your shoes off at the door. I’m kind of used to it now but I was forever walking into stalls at the market, forgetting about my shoes, and getting in trouble. Bad Andrea.
The owner’s cute little ones playing in the hammocks with mom.
Another nice thing about the hotel is that they arrange everything for you- tuk tuk drivers to Angkor Wat and the other temples, bus transfers to Bangkok, massages, and they pick you up at the airport for free.
My regular tuk tuk driver and I hung out for 2 days. Still can’t figure out his name but oh well. We pretty much try talking to each other and end up smiling and nodding. But he knows right where to take me when I give him a place.
My 2nd tuk tuk driver wasn’t as cool but he had a Batmobile tuk tuk. It was black and had Batman stickers on all sides.
So far Cambodia has been beating Thailand in the yummy food category. Thai food is a little greasier or at least what I have been ordering was greasier in Thailand.
My favorite meal thus far was actually at the Golden Villas restaurant. The reviews said the restaurant was good but I was very surprised especially because it was hotel food.
Started off with fresh spring rolls since they were on special at $1.50. I like a good deal. Well these were really summer rolls and they best ones I have ever had. I wanted to bathe in the accompanying peanut sauce and I did in fact lick the bowl clean.
They offer cooking classes from the hotel restaurant and I was tempted just to get the recipe for this, give it to my friend Mariah’s husband Ben, just so he can recreate it (we all know I can’t).
The main course doesn’t look as appetizing as it was. It was Khmer soup- a sweet and sour soup with shrimp, lemongrass, pineapple, tomato, onion, winter melon, and egg served with Jasmine rice. You dip the rice into the soup and eat. Best thing I’ve even on the trip by far. And there were a lot of delicious shrimps in there that I was too full to eat. So I gave them to my new friend Shrimp.
Shrimp the kitty is about 4 or 5 months old and hangs out in the restaurant. He likes shrimp so that’s his name. It may seem weird that there are cats in decent restaurants but it is not weird here. They are everywhere because it is part of their culture to take care of all animals even strays and feed them, also partly because cats are special in the Muslim religion and there are some Muslims in the area (more so in Thailand though).
But the most important thing to take away from that is that the people revere cats more than dogs here! I have found my people! 🙂