Siem Reap: Living Within Our Means

By , July 6, 2010 4:30 pm

Without hesitation, Boris says, “I wish for a tartiflette.” In return, I say, “I wish for foie gras.” We would go back and forth until we cannot take it anymore and our mouths are covered with drool. The game makes no sense but it helps us remember home.

So the day after bicycling around Angkor Park, we wanted to rewards ourselves. While we could not have a tartiflette, we heard about the rooftop pool at the Terrasse des Elephants Hotel. If you spend $10 each at the restaurant, you have free pool and wifi access. This was a much cheaper option than actually being guests of the hotel.

For lunch, we had chicken curry with white rice. To our surprise, the curry was quite excellent. Afterwards, we walked up many flights of stairs. When we arrived at the rooftop, we were very happy with what we saw.

There was a large pool, garden, city view, and everything looked new. I even peaked into a few of the rooms and they were all carefully designed and each came with its own altar, fountain, or pond. As there were no other guests, we had the entire rooftop to ourselves. At noon, we took a tea break and emailed some friends to join us. It was the best $20 we spent.

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4 Responses to “Siem Reap: Living Within Our Means”

  1. Puru says:

    I am going to Siem Reap with two other buddies in Jan. Hope its
    good for us too :)

  2. Boris says:

    Hey Puru! Enoy Siem Reap, it is an extraordinary place.

  3. Emma Becker says:

    I am going to Cambodia on September this year. Besides Cambodia,
    Thailand and Vietnam are also listed to be visited. But still I
    have a question about a hotel you might have seen during your visit
    in Siem Reap. I booked the following hotel: Tara Angkor Hotel. You
    know if it is a good hotel? I heard good stories about it. What are
    the best attractions to visit in Siem Reap and in the surrounding?

  4. Molly says:

    Hello Emma, I read your message and wanted to help you, because I
    have been in Siem Reap a lot of times. The Tara Angkor hotel is a
    beautiful hotel and is ideally and conveniently located, Tara
    Angkor Hotel is situated only 6 km from the Angkor Wat Temples, 15
    min drive from the Siem Reap International Airport, a few minutes
    stroll to the Angkor National Museum and a short ride to the city
    town center with an array of Cambodian souvenirs, shopping and
    culture. They have a few promotions that you can make use of if you
    haven’t booked already: Last minute bookings, summer sales, early
    bird promotion or Angkor temptations. Of course there are a lot
    more, but have a look at their website. It is not that far to the
    Angkor temples that I would advise you to see for sure. I would
    say, grab yourself a 3 day pass and find yourself a decent tuk tuk
    driver to take you to the farther ruins and for a drive in some of
    the outlying villages. If you’re up for it consider renting a bike
    and checking out Angkor Wat on your own. There’s a lot to see and
    do so a lot depends on your time and budget. A few temples I would
    strongly suggest you check out besides Angkor Wat itself are Bayon
    Temple, Angkor Thom and of course Ta Prohm just to see the amazing
    tree. The Banteay Srei temple is farther out of Siem Reap but has a
    very different feel than a lot of the others. If you want to do
    something else as well, you can visit the day and night market. I
    can really recommend these attractions. If you need to know more,
    let me know. Regards, Molly

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