Who plans to stay 22 days in Siem Reap, Cambodia? We envisioned seeing as many archaeological sites as we could take in and thought more leisure time would be a bonus – but would that fill up 22 days? We decided to find out.
Our last visit to Siem Reap was 4 years ago. The 15 days we stayed on that visit turned out not to be long enough.
Our friend, Anita, joined us for a week. She’s new to bird watching so we three banded together for a one-day trip with Cambodia Bird Guide Association out to Ang Trapaing Thmor, a large reservoir in a remote rural area a few hours drive away. It was built by forced labor during the 1970’s when the Khmer Rouge were in power and is now a reserve for the threatened eastern sarus crane.
Any mention of Siem Reap has to include shopping. We planned our excursions to see specific shops. We were happy to find a number of fair trade shops and others that encouraged the development of Khmer arts and crafts. We bought a piece of silk at IKTT, a bag at SuSu, lacquer ware at Cambolac in the Made in Cambodia Market. Kandal Village was our favorite shopping area.
Take it from us – there was more than enough to do in Siem Reap for the 22 days. On our last day, we discovered we had missed seeing some of the reliefs at Angkor Wat. So maybe our visit should have been longer?