Before & After: Siem Reap

November 4, 2018

“So, what did you think of the place”?

“Did it live up to the hype”?

“What’s so special about it”?

“Was it worth it”?


These are all the common questions you get asked if you have just returned from a destination that someone else is interested in going to, or when you want to share and compare your experiences with people who have already been. You turn into a human version of Google and are tasked with helping people to make their minds up about visiting as well.


If you haven’t read the first post of this new series, I will be sharing with you my initial thoughts on the countries, cities and islands I visit for the first time, both before I arrive, and then once I’ve been and seen it all I’ll let you know how that matches up – or doesn’t with real life.


This time around I’ve just gotten back from Siem Reap and was happy to see that there is more to it than just Angkor Wat…



Before Thoughts: Siem Reap

  • It seems pretty tiny on the map (compared to Phnom Penh).

  • Is the only thing to see here Angkor Wat? (again, stupid logic).


Any Misconceptions?

  • Angkor Wat is just the one big temple you see in the photos, that’s all there is to see.

  • The only other sight to see is the Tonle Sap Lake.


And this was literally it. I knew virtually nothing about Cambodia beforehand, and I only did some basic research into the Genocide and things to do in Phnom Penh, so when it came to changing cities, I just winged it and didn’t want to research anything, preferring to see what I could discover when I arrived.


I’ll be back in a few days to let you know what I learned!

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