Siem Reap is the closest city to the Angkor remains of the Khmer Empire. If you have only two days in Cambodia, I would recommend you to stay in Siem Reap and visit the beautiful Angkor Archaeological Park as well as the bustling Night Market. Immerse yourself in the history of Hinduism and Buddhism at the ruins, try delicious Khmer dishes, and take a stroll in the Night Market to get a taste of this beautiful country and its culture, in just two days.
Visit the Angkor Archaeological Park
The Angkor Archaeological Park is a UNESCO World Heritage Site known to have the remains of the Khmer empire from the 9th to 15th centuries. The famous Angkor Wat is just one of the many temples inside the park. Visiting this park requires at least one whole day because there are several temples spanned across 400 sq. kms of land. If you are more adventurous and have more time, you can extend your trip to the park for two more days by buying a 3-day pass. For more details on the passes available and how best to explore the Angkor Archaeological Park with insider travel tips, read my complete guide here.
Try Vegan Khmer Dishes at Mahob Buos Restaurant
I am pretty sure your previous day of exploring the Angkor Archaeological Park will leave you sore in the legs on the second day (Yes, I almost walked 23,000 steps!). So take some rest and start your second day at around 11:00 AM and head to this cute little vegan restaurant called Mahob Buos. Try their famous Khmer dish called ‘Amok’ which is the signature dish of Cambodia and usually made from fish. However, the vegan version is made from tofu, mushrooms and coconut cream garnished with Khmer spices and wrapped in banana leaf and served with a bowl of red rice. Yum! And I must tell you, the taste is epic!
They have an extensive menu with several options to choose from. However, I would recommend you to try their set 3-course meal where you can choose an appetizer, a main course dish and a dessert for a lower price. They have several options for mock-meat as well so do give them a try. I tried their vegan chicken but didn’t like it. Maybe because I have never eaten chicken and the mock-meat part of it, just messed up with my head!
Another thing to note about this restaurant is that it supports an NGO called Azahar Foundation, which promotes cross-cultural communication and non-violent conflict and post-conflict through Yoga and the Arts. So every meal that you eat here has a positive impact on someone!
There are other vegetarian/vegan restaurants surrounding this restaurant with an open menu at the entrance. Most of them are cheaper than Mahob Buos and serve similar food. Choose a restaurant of your liking but just don’t forget to try Amok!
Take a Stroll in the Night Market
The Siem Reap Night Market is one of the most happening places in the city. This market throws zestful vibes as soon as you enter and not to forget the lanterns hanging from the top, enough to daze you into the Cambodian culture. The night market has an old market where you can try some delicious Cambodian delicacies, a glamorous Pub Street which has a line of pubs facing the street and several shops where you can buy souvenirs. To know more about what to expect from the Night Market, visit my post here.