Siem Reap is associated with the world heritage site of Angkor Wat. Angkor Wat is definitely a must-visit but if you happen to have some more time in this town, here are 6 things you can do to utilize (and enjoy) your spare time:
  1. Explore Food
  2. Cycle Around
  3. Go for a Walk
  4. Visit Pub Street
  5. Shop at the Colourful Markets
  6. Get a Foot/Fish/Body Massage


1. Explore Food
Traditional | Exotic | Street

Cambodia has a culinary tradition and history all its own.

Street Food:
The streets are full of carts and restaurants mainly serving barbecued fish, crab, chicken, duck, pork, frog and a lot more. In the evenings you will find carts selling roasted insects, snakes etc.

Vegetarians can lay their hands on salads and sandwiches. The street carts don't have many options for veggies.

We also came across a cart that was selling healthy sweets made with fruits, coconut milk and similar ingredients. Locate this cart among many other on the way to Crocodile Park; it serves some unique desserts.

Breakfast on the Street

Lunch Time

Lunch on the Streets

Dinner Time Street

Dinner Time Street


Dinner Time Street
The Dessert Cart


Traditional:
Khmer cuisine is the traditional cuisine of Cambodia. It mainly consists of curries made with coconut milk, lemon grass and some local spices. Usually there are a lot of greens added to their food and it tastes great!

There are many international cuisines available in restaurants around. Commonly found ones are Malaysian, Thai and Khmer.

A Local Restaurant

Exotic Food:
Cambodia is the place to go if you are ready to challenge your taste buds! A few street side eat outs sell crocodile meat. You will see carts selling insects, snakes, tarantulas, frogs and many more.

Careful with the way they pronounce the food. We mistook frog for prawn, realizing only after eating it! ;)
Must try - a local beer called 'Ángkor'.

Tea and bread is not commonly available, but a few restaurants do serve it. Black coffee is all you can get from among beverages, we didn't find any restaurant serving milk tea/coffee.


2. Cycle around

You can get a bicycle for $1 or $2 per day. It is a good option to ride around the city. Ride a little outside the town and you're sure to get lost in the natural beauty of the country side.
You can ride to the Angkor Wat temple too, but exploring the temple on a bicycle might not be a great idea as the premises are massive and it gets hot during the day.

Other options are electric bikes which cost about $8 per day (you can always negotiate for better prices). You can also hire a motorbike, however you will need international licence to get one.

Also, Cambodia follows right side drive.

Rent a Bicycle




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3. Go for a walk

If you like to explore local life or want to explore street photography, a long walk can be a wonderful experience! The mornings are usually laid back for the locals and you will see many lanes silent, with people still making it out of bed at 9am or so.

Life starts after 12 noon for many.

Make sure you carry your camera as you surely will get a few classic frames.

Random People 
Wooden houses on the streets
Wooden houses 

Laid back Locals

Women are more Active than Men 
Siem Reap is one city where you will find more women working in restaurants, stores and shops than men. Men are usually found riding the Tuk Tuk and doing other stuff.

Tuk Tuk
A war memorial at cycling distance from the town. 
A memorial built for the war heroes
A memorial built for the war heroes
A memorial built for the war heroes
A memorial built for the war heroes

A memorial built for the war heroes
 4. Visit Pub Street
If you like partying, Pub street is the place to be. This place is buzzing with energy till late hours of the night.
Pub Street

Pub Street at Night

Pub Street at Night


5. Shop at the colourful markets

Shopping on the streets can be fun. You can buy clothes, artifacts, and many more things. The vendors are friendly and have a unique tone of talking. :)


Shop for Artifacts 


6. Get a foot/fish/body massage
Massage centers are all over the place and can be good after a tiring day at Angkor Wat. We went in for a foot massage which was nothing too great though.

There are many fish spas around the town on the streets. Its nice and safe and the vendor won't charge you money if you are not satisfied! You can sit for as long as you wish.

Fish Spa, and a shopping area behind



Is there anything we missed? Let us know in the comments below!

Belum Caves

After driving for about 30 minutes from Gandikota guesthouse, we reached a small village where we found fuel station and (not so fancy) restaurants for lunch. We ate a Biryani and Non-Veg thali and the bill was about INR 400/-Looking at the restaurant it wasn't what we expected.


Gandikota Gorge
Open landscapes with amazing stone mountains, nice roads and scorching heat- thats how you get to Gandikota, or the Grand Canyon of India.


Tungnath Temple
When we reached Chopta, there were slight showers and we were not prepared for it.


Mana (The last village of India) wonder what to call it?
A village, a lane, a locality or wonderland. The entire village is located at 13000 ft, has a population of 600 people, and can be covered by foot in a span of 2 hours.

Day 1 : 
Rishikesh - Sari - Deoriatal
Started at 9:00am, reached Deoriatal lake by 7:00pm.



Our initial plan to trek from Deoriatal to Chopta (14km) couldn’t materialize due to untimely rains. We therefore decided to take a cab to Chopta for the the Tungnath - Chandrashila trek


After a rather successful Chandrashila trek we came down to Tunganath and had lunch at the Dhaba. We decided to descend down further and camp at Chopta. We hired a horse to carry our luggage down and bid adieu to Tungnath at 3 pm.

Our day-long travel from Delhi to Sari ended and the jeep dropped us to the starting point of the trek. We hired a porter for INR 1000 one way.



Route from Chopta to Mana:
Chopta – Gopeshwar – Chamoli – Joshimath – Badrinath -Mana
The Chandrashila temple on the peak

We climbed from Chopta and camped at Tungnath the previous night to trek to Chandrashila to catch the first rays of the sun.



Delhi to Deoriatal route:

Delhi - Rishikesh - Rudraprayag - Ukhimath - Sari





At 6:30 am we started walking towards the gate of Mana village to find a transport to Badrinath. There is no regular transport, however chances of finding a shared jeep is high, and we found one at that hour.