For this #truetraveler edition Claudia Kayleigh introduces us to her trip around Cambodia. Claudia is a 23 year old dutch girl living that flight attendant life that many of us dream about! She has the opportunity to travel to many places around the world thanks to her job, and this time she shares with us her experience about her latest trip exploring this amazing country!
“One of my latest trips was to Cambodia; Angkor Wat had been on my bucket list forever, so I was super excited to travel there. Angkor is one of the most important archaeological sites in South-East Asia, it extends over approximately 400 square kilometres and consists of many temples, hydraulic structures as well as communication routes. Angkor is a major site exemplifying cultural, religious and symbolic values, as well as containing high architectural, archaeological and artistic significance. This symbolic site and its surroundings are protected by the UNESCO.
The park is inhabited, and many villages, some of whom the ancestors are dating back to the Angkor period are scattered throughout the park. The population practices agriculture and rice cultivation.”
It was absolutely breathtaking and I was pleasantly surprised when we got to the nearby town of Siem Reap; the atmosphere was amazing and the houses, in old-French architectural style, looked almost as welcoming as the people living there.”
"The town of Siem Reap is divided by a river, conveniently named the Siem Reap River. Along the waterside is an old market (and several night markets), where locals sell food, herbs, souvenirs and clothing. Even though the town is small, there are lots of tourists and the nightlife is vibrant. One of my favorite places was the pubstreet, where you can enjoy a drink or some amazing local, or international food.”
“We stayed in the Frangipani Villa Hotel, just outside the buzzing center. (You can get there by walking only ten minutes). It is a small, clean hotel, with kind staff and good food, its style reflects the best contemporary Cambodian design which I loved Plus, it has a swimming pool so you can enjoy a swim during the hot days! You can also use one of the hotel’s guest bikes for an early morning ride around the town and then return for a delicious breakfast.”
Frangipani Villa Hotel in Siem Reap: https://www.frangipanivillahotel.com
Pubstreet Siem Reap: http://www.cambodia-hotels.com/siem-reap/nightlife/siem-reap-pub-street.htm