Siem Reap, Cambodia is know to be the temple town. Your jump off point to exploring the Angkor temples. A lot of people miss the hidden charms of this small city, since they focus on getting to know more about Angkor temples. However, a whole lot of people doing temple hopping suffer from temple fatigue after visiting several temples.
Bear in mind that the Angkor Archaeological Park encompasses dozens, if not hundreds of temples. Electing to visit just the temples that interests you would be a wise choice. But even if you opt to visit just a few, sooner or later, you’ll find yourself muttering, ‘well, these are just a bunch of old rocks’, and once this fatigue sets in you lose the appreciation for what you are seeing.
This has happened to me several times and the easiest solution would be to head over to Siem Reap town and do a bit of sightseeing to break the temple monotony. And it works! A particular favorite would just be wandering around the city center and checking out the alleys and side streets around the Old Market.
Siem Reap has a very old world, by gone era appeal. I just adore those restored colonial shop houses and I find myself obsessively photographing archways, windows and cute little shops. Pub Street, the Passage, Alley Street and Thnou Street are lined with restaurants and boutique shops that is just gorgeous to photograph. I could actually spend a whole day just sitting in a corner cafe sipping a not too hot cappuccino and just people watching and breathing in everything.
small passageways like this are worth checking out. You’ll find more restaurants, shops and even small boutique hotels..
love these menu boards..
beautifully detailed buildings..
**Note: images from my original blog Pinaywifespeaks.com hence the photo watermarks.**