Home' A Plus Magazine : March 2013 Contents Where to eat
• Cuisine Wat Damnak Classy Khmer
with French twist. Behind Wat
Damnak, between Psa Dey Hoy and
Angkor High School. 77 -347-762.
• Jungle Junction Popular family res-
taurant. Makara Street. 10-527-568.
Le Grand Café Institution with quirky
service. In front of Psa Chas. 12-664-567.
• Marum Creative training restaurant.
Between Wat Po Lanka and Catholic
Church. 17 -363 -284.
• Viroth Upscale Cambodian cuisine.
Wat Bo Road. 63 -761-720.
Where to stay
• Angkor Miracle Resort Spacious
new facility close to town. National
Road 6, Khum Sra Nge. 63 -969 -900 .
La Résidence d’Angkor Five-star
digs downtown. River Road.
63-963 -390 .
• Pavillon d’Orient Chic colonial
mansion. Road 60, near Psa Leu.
• Pippeli Pensione Australian-run
boutique. 7 Wat Damnak.63 -969 -011.
• Raffles Grand Hotel d’Angkor Styl-
ishly lavish edifice. 1 Vithei Charles de
Gaulle, Khum Svay Dang.
63-963 -888 .
What to see
• Angkor National Museum Home
to thousands of artifacts. 968 Vithei
Charles de Gaulle, Khum Svay Dang.
• Cambodia Land Mine Museum Eye-
opening displays. Highway 67, 7 km
from Banteay Srey. 15-674-163.
• Jayavarman VII Children’s Hospital
Donate and listen to a Saturday even-
ing cello concert. Oknha Hing Penn
(Street 61), corner of Psa Dek (Street
88). 23-428-009 .
• Kampong Phluk Authentic fishing
village 13 km from Siem Reap. Kam-
Siem Reap Shooting Gallery
Fire an AK-47 or throw a grenade.
Highway 67, Kbal Spean, on way to
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which to visit them. There is no public transport
around the complex so they are best seen by hir-
ing a car or tuk tuk, either directly or through a
hotel or travel agency.
The temples lie in Cambodia’s northwestern
province of Siem Reap, of which the city of the
same name is the capital. With about 175,000
people, Siem Reap is a tourist boom tow n with
an abundance of boutique hotels, high-quality
restaurants and shopping opportunities for
clothing, silk and other fabrics, ceramics, lac-
querware, car ved stone and wood handicrafts
and silver and bronze goods.
Despite its decades of hardship and violence,
the area around Siem Reap has a surprisingly vi-
brant natural landscape. Not far from the city is
Prek Toal Bird Sanctuary, an avian haven that at-
tracts bird enthusiasts from all over the world for
its colonies of pelicans, storks and the rare Orien-
tal darter. The sanctuary is on Tonlé Sap, the vast
lake that forms part of the Mekong river system.
However, the environment around the city
has to compete with rising economic activity
brought by tourism. Some traditional businesses
continue: Artisans d’Angkor, an elegant bou-
tique in the city’s Stung Thmey Street, has a silk-
worm farm in Puok, about 20 minutes from Siem
Reap. Beng Mealea, a temple town 40 kilometres
away, is home to several small incense-making
Cambodian cuisine is often described as a
cross between Chinese and Thai food and is com-
posed of noodles, soups, salads and vegetables.
Meat, mainly chicken or pork, is often grilled or
stir-fried. Ginger, lime, Thai basil, galangal and
chillies are used extensively, though Cambodian
cuisine is not usually as spicy as that of its neigh-
Cambodian cooking can involve the use of
ingredients not known outside the country, such
as slok ngor, a bitter herb used in fish amok, one
of the national dishes. There are also some exotic
delicacies, such as a ping (fried tarantula), red
ants with beef and basil, and grilled frogs with
sticky rice (a particular Siem Reap speciality).
For those seeking relief from the tourist
trails, temples and general chaos, Siem Reap has
established a notable café, bar and club culture.
On the unimaginatively nicknamed Pub Street,
formally Street 8 in the old city, there is a boîte
to suit every desire, from boisterous beer barns
such as Angkor What? and the Temple Club to
quiet upscale cocktail lounges.
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