For breakfast choose to dine at one of the many NGO (non-governmental organisations) eateries in Siem Reap. They are designed to support social enterprises and teach people new skills in hospitality. Don’t worry, you won’t sacrifice flavour and taste if you choose to dine at an NGO; these cafes have some of the highest ratings in the region, like New Leaf Eatery and Sister Srey Cafe.
Time is of the essence, so grab a coffee to-go and take a stroll around this amazing city. Admire the ancient architecture, rice fields and busy farmers in their conical hats.
With only 48 hours in Siem Reap, you absolutely must visit a local market as they are integral parts of Cambodian livelihood. Old Market, also known as Psar Chas, is in the centre of town and is Siem Reap’s largest market. It’s packed with fresh fruit and vegetables, souvenirs and an assortment of other knickknacks. Along the way, stop at any one of the numerous street food vendors offering selections of rice, seafood and other gastronomic delights.
Afterwards, sign up for a Khmer Cooking Class and take home new recipes along with a lifetime of memories. As part of the experience you will join a chef to prepare the meal step-by-step, from buying the ingredients to cooking them in a traditional village kitchen.
For evening entertainment, visit the Phare Cambodian Circus, a unique circus unlike any other involving theatre, story, dance, music and circus arts seamlessly infused with Cambodian history and culture. First opened in 2013, Phare was founded by a group of Cambodian refugees to offer meaningful employment opportunities for Cambodian artists.
Then, head over to Khmer Pub Street for a more local experience of Siem Reap’s nightlife. Pub Street is the nightlife hub, and you can easily find plenty of bars, pubs and restaurants to cater to your budget and preference.