Until recently, Siem Reap was a quick stop destination for tourists requiring
no more than a day or two to visit the magnificent temples before moving on to more
popular spots in Southeast Asia. But times have changed. With over 150 restaurants,
bars and cafes to choose from, picking a place to drink or dine can be a difficult
task. These are a few of the current popular spots that are drawing in clientele:
*The tranquil ambiance of Viroth's, located on Wat Bo road, makes this the place
to go to for outstanding Khmer cuisine. Prices are quite reasonable, at around $4
a dish, and the elegant and spacious setting is an added plus for a relaxing meal.
*Highly popular among some ex-pat circles is Pizza Italiana, the best spot in town
for fresh imported cheeses. Be sure to leave room for the freshly prepared Tiramisu.
*Eat in style while supporting training for Cambodians at Sala Bai Hotel School.
The school trains youths free of charge and you get to enjoy a three course meal
for around $6 depending on the fare offered.
*Moloppor, a Japanese restaurant, is the number one spot for budget travelers. Most
dishes are $1to $1.50 and nothing beats their Kahlua or rum 'n raisin sundaes. If
you're in need of pampering after a long day at the temples, it also offers a herbal
sauna and hot bath in the evenings.
*Some of the best cocktails in town can be found at the Linga Bar. It was kicked
off as a "gay bar" (Linga comes from the ancient Hindu concept for phallic
symbol), however for the expat community living in Siem Reap the bar has quickly
* In the mood for a good film? Le Tigre de Papier has the only wide screen in town
with a broad selection of movies to choose from. Sink into a large sofa, order a
drink and enjoy a film of your choice.
* Head to Wafarer's for a night's dancing. The funky in-house DJ broadcasts live
on 98.00 FM and Happy Hours are from 3pm-6pm as well as 8pm-12pm daily. Friday nights
are for ladies who receive a free cocktail on arrival.
Slices of Siem Reap is a regular column that aims to provide information on events
and happenings in the Siem Reap area. If you have something to add, email Bronwyn
Burns at: [email protected] or call her at 012-192-4429.