Greetings! and newbie questions...

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Greetings! and newbie questions...

Post by jackyen » Fri Sep 22, 2017 4:31 pm

Hi,

I'm a US expat living in Thailand for the past 10 years. I enjoy living in the countryside, checking out temples and motorbike touring in Thailand. I'm gonna be making my 3rd visit to Siem Reap in a few weeks and I thought I would ask some questions of you folks to help me plan my trip.

During my previous visits to SR I toured the Angkor temple complex, went to french bakeries for the pastries (I think they were better than what I've had in ChiangMai), ate happy pizza, took daily walks along the canal/river to the Royal garden and spent time at the pool at my hotel. The locals, hotel staff and other people I encountered were all nice or very nice during each visit. I don't drink alcohol so in the evenings I'd have dinner and take a walk along Pub Street but didn't venture into any of the bars. The one thing I have no interest in visiting is the War Atrocities Museum, (just not my cup of tea).

During my upcoming visit my plan is pretty much to repeat what I've done before; Angkor temple complex, french bakeries, happy pizza, walks along the canal/river to the Royal garden and spend time at the pool. So here goes my questions: (FYI I'm gonna be in SR Nov 19 - 30)

#1. Are there any sites, temples or events in the city that you'd recommend?

#2. I had the happy pizza at a couple places across the street or nearby? a large hospital. Anyway, while the pizza was killer, the restaurants were a little dreary. Are there any restaurants serving 'happy' with a little more atmosphere?

#3. I'm gonna be staying very near Pub Street and I don't drink alcohol but I do enjoy going out at night and listening to music, people watching, etc. Are there any venues, I could go to in the evening and order some 'happy anything' while listening to music? Like a happy pizza roof top bar/restaurant? Or a place I can light up some happy, order a coke and listen to music?

#4.Are there any sites/villages associated with Tonie Sap that you'd recommend? I realize I can book a tour at my hotel, but is there some place you went to or some thing you saw or did that you'd recommend?

#5.Are there any casinos in SR? Is live poker played somewhere in SR?

#6. The French Bakery I went to was Tous les Jours. I enjoyed the selection and quality of their products. Is there a bakery you'd recommend?

#7. Is there a hotel or club pool you'd recommend? The hotel I've booked doesn't have a pool on the property but they've told me I can go to a close-by hotel and use their pool. I was wondering if there is a place you'd recommend (quiet, clean, nice view or setting?)

#8.>not SR related< I was looking into going to Sihanoukville but I got a little overwhelmed at the options I found for getting there from Phnom Penh (taxi, small bus, big bus, very expensive flight) and figured I need more information before I make this trip. What have you found to be the best way to get to Sihanoukville? FYI- I'd be coming from Thailand, BKK or even ChiangMai.

I'm pretty sure these questions have all been asked before so I apologize for being repetitive and thank you in advance for your time and any recommendations. Cheers! Jack
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Re: Greetings! and newbie questions...

Post by John Bingham » Fri Sep 22, 2017 4:42 pm

The French Bakery I went to was Tous les Jours.
Tous les Jours is a South Korean franchise.
Are there any sites, temples or events in the city that you'd recommend?
There's the Angkor National Museum, the Angkor Panorama Museum, the War Museum and Aki Ra's Landmine Museum.
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Re: Greetings! and newbie questions...

Post by siliconlife » Fri Sep 22, 2017 5:00 pm

Phnom Kulen (lychee mountain). It's about an hour or so's drive outside of town on a shitty road, so you need to hire or share a car, which is usually about $20 if I recall, been a couple of years. But it's worth it, beautiful pre-Angkorian temple at the top of a waterfall and you can swim in the river right next to the temples, nice clear water. Mainly only local tourists there. Series of linga structures underwater in the nearby forest. Great day out.
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Post by CEOCambodiaNews » Fri Sep 22, 2017 5:16 pm

Something for all tastes.
As above, the North Korean Angkor Panorama Museum:
post151743.html?hilit=panorama%20museum#p151743

Phare Circus:
https://pharecircus.org/schedule-rates/ ... ticketing/

If you want to get out of town, Kulen Mountain or Kulen National Park is about 2 hours drive away.
Waterfalls, hammocks, picnics, pagodas and not least of all the Thousand Lingas at Kbal Spean. They say it's a good hike from the bottom to the top of Kulen mountain if you are the sporty type. The view is stunning, and it's very popular with the locals, so a good place to get out and meet and mingle.
https://www.siemreap.net/visit/attracti ... nom-kulen/
https://www.siemreap.net/visit/angkor/r ... bal-spean/
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Re: Greetings! and newbie questions...

Post by Micmac » Sat Sep 23, 2017 6:00 am

Ride a motobike out to the Kompong Khleang Floating Village appropriately 50km from SR.

Stop at Damdek market for a look,can pick up some very cheap items..

The RiverGarden in SR has a nice pool which they will allow you to use if you buy a few drinks or some food,
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Re: Greetings! and newbie questions...

Post by Micmac » Sat Sep 23, 2017 6:03 am

Kulen mountain has a $20 entry fee for foreigners if I can remember correctly.
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Re: Greetings! and newbie questions...

Post by number 9 » Sat Sep 23, 2017 9:42 am

SR has many sites to visit Mr Jack yen why not try pub street for 0.25$ beers and cheap 8 dollar amok it's the local dish.
You could also try volunteering in the local orphanages , a great way to give back to society many also take bags of rice and milk powder.
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Re: Greetings! and newbie questions...

Post by phuketrichard » Sat Sep 23, 2017 9:51 am

number 9 wrote:
Sat Sep 23, 2017 9:42 am
SR has many sites to visit Mr Jack yen why not try pub street for 0.25$ beers and cheap 8 dollar amok it's the local dish.
You could also try volunteering in the local orphanages , a great way to give back to society many also take bags of rice and milk powder.

a Keg is apx $22 and gives you 55 glasses at $.40/glass
how can anyone sell it for $.25?? :beer1:

$8 amok!!! ur joking>>>>>>> :facepalm:
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Re: Greetings! and newbie questions...

Post by taabarang » Sat Sep 23, 2017 10:03 am

number 9 wrote:
Sat Sep 23, 2017 9:42 am
SR has many sites to visit Mr Jack yen why not try pub street for 0.25$ beers and cheap 8 dollar amok it's the local dish.
You could also try volunteering in the local orphanages , a great way to give back to society many also take bags of rice and milk powder.
Was this written in jest? And "a great way to give back..."? What did they give you? You hit all the cliches kid!
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Re: Greetings! and newbie questions...

Post by Kuroneko » Sat Sep 23, 2017 10:14 am

number 9 wrote:
Sat Sep 23, 2017 9:42 am
SR has many sites to visit Mr Jack yen why not try pub street for 0.25$ beers and cheap 8 dollar amok it's the local dish.
You could also try volunteering in the local orphanages , a great way to give back to society many also take bags of rice and milk powder.
Backtrapper is that you? :lol:
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