Wednesday, December 7, 2011

Siem Reap

This weekend we went to Siem Reap (The town where Angkor Wat is) for the annual half marathon. There were a lot of PCVs either running the half, the 10k, or biking 30k. While I was too lazy to go and run, I was not too lazy to go into town to eat tons of western food, support the racers.

Siem Reap is like going to Disneyland. It's a town purely built around tourism. Sorry if it's a newsflash for those planning trips to Angkor Wat, but going there is not seeing the real Cambodia. It's like a dream being there. I'm not saying I look down on it or anything, because let's be real, after being at site with ramen noodles being the closest thing to western food that you eat for two months, I worship Siem Reap. The best western food I've had in all of Cambodia? Hands down in Siem Reap. It was rough calculating how much we spent just on food this weekend. All the money we've been saving by eating cheap Khmer food is suddenly gone, and has most likely appeared on my waistline.

Now his leads us to the thing that all PCVs spend most of their time talking about: FOOD. I'm creating a guide to Cambodia, where I'll list cities, places to stay, and where to eat, but until then let me list some of the best places I ate this weekend.

-Il Forno - Best Italian food I've ever had in my life, everyone at the table agreed.
-F For Felafel - Yummy, and giant portions for only $5. We shared and were both full
-Ivy - $1 Tapas? Pumpkin Creme Brulee...need I say more?

I hope that gives you a view of how much we stuffed our faces this weekend, and I hope that if you ever get the chance to go to Siem Reap, that you will enjoy the city too. Oh, and look forward to my post about going to Angkor Wat!


Krysten @ Why Girls Are Weird said...

Yum, sounds like a good time to me!

Recently Roached said...

Sounds like a fun place to go! That's awesome that you're making a guide. I bet you'll have lots of things to put in it by the time ya'll leave!

Crazy Shenanigans-JMO said...

Yay! I'm glad you had a great time and got some yummy food! I've always wanted to try those fish feet massages.

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