Why Siem Reap, Cambodia Should Be on Your Bucket List

The Temples


The Wonder


The History and People


The Markets


The Food


Experiencing the Local Transportation


The Weather and the Very Affordable Food/Accommodations


The Challenge…and the Relaxation Afterwards


The Endless Photographic Opportunities


The Chance to Catch Up With Friends and Family (There or Along the Way)


Of course, no trip to Siem Reap would be complete without visiting the city of Phnom Penh (which we did on both this and a previous trip) as well as the beaches at Sinoukouville (done previously).

If you are looking for a travel destination that is all of these things…and more, check it out. Shortly, I’ll publish my post on Singapore!

47 thoughts on “Why Siem Reap, Cambodia Should Be on Your Bucket List”

    1. Hi, Joanne – This was our five-night side trip from Singapore. Richard and I went with our youngest son and his gf (who both live in Singapore). As I previously was part of an international school in Beijing, we have friends spread across the world, especially Asia. You are right, being with family and catching up with friends, who we have not seen for a while, was the icing on the cake!


  1. We have this on our never ending bucket list, Donna and it really isn’t far from Australia. This year we have a cruise around Japan and hopefully Alaska/Canada next year with a catchup with you! I loved your photos and the culture and food is wonderful because it is so different from our Western way of life. Thank you so much for sharing and it looks like you had a fabulous time!


      1. Oh I can’t wait Donna it would be so wonderful to meet you in person! We will definitely have to work on that. Thank you for linking up and supporting #MLSTL and I was looking at the photo of you and thinking you could do modelling! You look very happy and relaxed. x


  2. I enjoyed your photo essay, Donna. Clever to put it in the grid format – little mini-collages that really communicate that you had a great time. There’s an extra sharpness/intensity to the photo colours. I’m assuming that’s due to local light as well as to skills of the photographers!


  3. Beautiful photos. So colorful, says the woman trapped in winter gloom. I have no bucket list, but should I ever get one I’ll add Siem Reap, Cambodia, to it. You do get around, don’t you?


    1. Thanks, Ally – Richard and I have our bucket list on our fridge….so it is frequently right in front of us! One goal of our retirement is to experience as much of that list as possible. We are doing our best! 🙂


    1. Hi, Fran – Thanks so much for stopping by and commenting. The purpose of our trip was to visit our youngest son in Singapore and do a side-trip with him. We had lots of quality ‘son-time’…and many extra perks as well!


    1. Hi, Janis – Thanks for your kind words. About travel clothing — I brought with me a light weight, mid-length skirt…that I never wore. Ditto for an extra pair of shorts. In intense sun, I like to have my arms and legs lightly covered. The white shirt and light-weight black pants and easily to slip on shoes in the opening photo worked best. The shoes were by Skechers (love them!). The shirt is a light-weight cotton that I have had forever…and the no-name light weight, drawstring pants I picked up for $3 USD for the Siem Reap Market!


  4. Beautiful photos, Donna. I have another blogging friend (who I also have met in real life) who just visited Angkor Wat as well on a cycling trip. Apparently, over the years (I was there in 2001), the crowds have grown substantially. Did you find that bothersome at all? Glad you had an amazing time. The photos prove it!


    1. Thanks, Liesbet – I had not been to Siem Reap before, but four years ago, Richard and I were in Phnom Penh and Sihanoukville. We found that the crowds and general busyness in Phnom Penh had increased substantially. Siem Reap and Angor Wat were busy in places and deserted and peaceful in others. For us, it was a good balance.


  5. This post is tantalising Donna! You’ve summed it all up beautifully and although I’ve never been there, or thought about going, you make me want to go. Thanks for sharing your lovely thoughts and photos. It looks a very special place.


  6. Beautiful photos, Donna! I am glad that you had a great visit there. Although I haven’t not travelled there, my brother went on an extended trip through the area a couple of years ago, and loved it.



  7. You said it all in pictures, Donna. Looks as if you are having a great time. I hope you’re getting plenty of relaxation in. Enjoy the rest of the trip. Keep posting those photos.


  8. Cambodia always has such good reviews from people who have travelled there Donna – I think the friendly people and the interesting history and culture always appeals to tourists. It’s not on my bucket list – but who knows what will happen down the track in retirement? Thanks for linking up with us at #MLSTL and I’ve shared this on my SM xx


  9. Cambodia and Vietnam are definitely on our “to do” list for the next year or so Donna. We had hoped this year, but other things got in the way so it will have to wait a little while longer but hopefully not too long. Thanks for this post, which has inspired me to do a bit more research on this beautiful place!


    1. Hi, Sue – Thank you so much for stopping by. I am glad to hear that Cambodia and Vietnam are on your list. I have been to both places a couple of times each and absolutely love them. If there are any questions that I can help to answer for you, please do not hesitate to give me a shout!


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