Reading the description of Norman Lewis from the 1950s about Siem Reap, there has been enormous changes. Siem Reap is becoming the top destination in Cambodia and more and more airlines are flying directly into Siem Reap: from Bangkok, Phuket, Singapore, Viengchen, Ho Chi Minh etc.
Fondest memory: Siem Reap is an agreeable town. the river now seems to have lost its charm by the crowding of buildings on either shores . very friendly people and welcoming.
Siem Reap is a small pleasant town which is easy to explore on foot or with a moto. Although it has few street names, you soon get to know your way around. Increasing numbers of hotels, guesthouses, restaurants & bars in & around the town which still retains it's charm. Siem Reap is perfectly safe at night as in the day.
There is a small Market Psah Chas: The name means OLD but it is a new market near the river S of the town. Best visited early in the day. Fresh meat, fish, fruit, vegetables sections all quiet later in the day. General goods, souvenir stalls (carved wood, brass, silver. T-shirts, clothing, Kramar scarves etc). Some good cheap noodle & sandwich stalls (mornings only)
Fondest memory: Something you can do during your stay in S.R. is to go to a massage place where the people that do the massage are blind people. They are very good and one hour massage cost 3 $. Any moto driver will take you there.
Favorite thing: Just take note that the cover shot that you see on the cover of Dawn Rooney's book is shot in Preah Khan. Of course, being the cruel ol' me, I made my friends pose as apsaras yet again...
Favorite thing: Siem Reap is the town next to Angkor Wat. Its main purpose is to provide accommodation and food and a convenient transport hub to the travellers to Angkor Wat and other temples in the vicinity.