Cambodia

How to enjoy the full Angkor Wat experience in 2 days – Part 1

I am going to share with you how you can enjoy the full Angkor Wat touring experience in 2 days through what’s called the “small circuit”. This is something I’ve done myself during my backpacking trip in Cambodia and I would love to hear your thoughts in the comment box. If you have 3 days to spare, I will strongly encourage visiting the rest of the temples on the wider Angkor Archeological Park circuit. Before you visit the Angkor Archeological Park, spend a few hours the day before to visit the Angkor National Museum to understand the history of the park. Admission fees are steep at 12 USD and 3 USD for the audio guide. Pretty steep but I promise you that it’s worth it! Learn about the kings who ruled during the reign, the different gods worshipped by the king and the people, how the country’s state religion moved.
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Fish Amok

Amok is one of the most popular Khmer dish among tourists visiting Cambodia. Amok refers to the process of steam cooking a curry in banana leaves and topped with thick coconut cream on top. This dish is available in fish, chicken and pork variants. In the fish Amok that I will be writing about, a kind of catfish is used. Here is the Fish Amok that I ordered for dinner in a Cambodian restaurant in Pub Street, Siem Reap with a group of backpackers who were staying in the same hostel room with me. Like Khmer curry, the fish Amok is not spicy. Instead, the dish tastes rich and complex, and a little sweet. Served with a plate of white rice, the fish Amok becomes a well-balanced meal. A very suitable dining choice for tourists who want to try something different, but not go too far out of their comfort zone. Because I ordered my.
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Charcoal-grilled Bananas

I’m at a pit stop station on the way to Battambang when I saw this stall selling baby bananas on a stick grilled over charcoal. I’ve seen similar street peddlers selling them in Phnom Penh but never had the chance to try one. I thought they would make a nice snack during the bus ride so I bought a stick. Each stick of charcoal-grilled bananas costs 1000 Riels. They tasted hard and were rather dry. Sort of like dried bananas but with more texture. I can also taste a bit of salt on the surface of the banana. Imagine eating a hard banana loaf, just that it’s all banana. You probably get what I mean. I don’t think I would buy it again as it’s not to my liking..
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Visiting Phnom Sampeau and watching bats fly out of their cave in Battambang

After our adventure on the bamboo train, M and I returned to our tuk tuk and set out for Phnom Sampeau. There are two main attractions: Climbing up the hill to Phnom Sampeau to visit the killing caves where Khmer Rouge threw their victims to their death Catching an impressive stream of bats leaving the cave in the early evening in search for food (insects) We arrived in the afternoon to the foot of the hill where we paid 2 USD entrance fee to visit the killing caves and continued our climb to the top of the hill by foot. Along the way, we saw some tourists being ferried up the hill by locals on scooters. We learnt that it costs around 2 USD for the ride. When we reached the top of the hill, we saw the small pagoda that was said to be used to torture the prisoners after.
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Nom Pang (Khmer Baguette Sandwich)

If you wander around the streets of Cambodia, there’s a high chance that you will find street vendors with food carts transported by their motorcycles around every street corner, most of them selling Nom Pang (Khmer baguette sandwich). Nom Pang is a classic French influenced Khmer cuisine infused into Cambodia when the country was a protectorate under the French Empire until 1954. Today, the baguette is still a common street fare in Cambodia. Because Nom Pang is a simple dish, let me show you how to make your own Nom Pang in few easy steps. Step 1: Split the baguette into half (not all the way through), place a few slices of cucumbers and then layer a bed of Kampot ham or your favorite grilled meat on top. Step 2: Add your favorite sauce. Every street vendor has their own secret recipe. Step 3: Top with lots of salad vegetables And we.
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