SIEM REAP

Epicure (Indonesia) - - GLOBETROTTING EPICURE YOUR FOODIE NEWS AROUND THE - Mag­nus Olov­son, gen­eral man­ager of The San­chaya

» 7AM Wake up to the lush green­ery of the Her­itage Suites Ho­tel with a cup of kh­mer (Cam­bo­dian cof­fee). The ro­bust, bit­ter notes are bal­anced by a thick layer of con­densed milk for an all-in-one caf­feine and en­ergy hit. Her­itage road, Wat Polanka - Phum Slok Kram, Krong Siem Reap 93101, Cam­bo­dia. Tel: +855 11 969 100

» 10AM En­joy an one-hour scenic ride up to Beng Mealea (mean­ing lo­tus pond), one of the Kh­mer empire’s larger tem­ples. Made pri­mar­ily of sand­stone with trees and bushes grow­ing into its struc­ture, it makes for a mag­nif­i­cent sight. There are also scat­ter­ings of Bud­dhist mo­tifs, de­spite its orig­i­nal pur­pose as a Hindu tem­ple. 40 km east of Angkor Wat, Cam­bo­dia.

» 12PM Sup­port lo­cal ini­tia­tives to fight poverty and hu­man traf­fick­ing by opt­ing for a lunch at Sala Baï Ho­tel & Restau­rant School. The hos­pi­tal­ity vo­ca­tional school of­fers fu­sion cui­sine pre­pared and served by its stu­dents. Pro­ceeds go to the stu­dents’ train­ing fund. Wat Svay – Tonle Sap Road, Cam­bo­dia. Tel: +855 63 963 329

» 2PM A quick tuk tuk ride away is Café In­do­chine. Taste Royal Kh­mer cui­sine favourites like amok trey, where a fish fil­let is steamed with an aro­matic blend of kroe­ung (shal­lots, lemon­grass, gar­lic and kaf­fir lime), co­conut milk and wrapped in ba­nana leaves, and the lok lak of stir-fried beef cubes with tek merec (black Kam­pot pep­per). 44 Si­vatha Street, Siem Reap, Cam­bo­dia. Tel: +855 92 630 958

» 4PM Ly Pisith show­cases the an­cient art of Cam­bo­dia’s sil­ver­smithing (the coun­try’s most pre­cious me­tal) at Gar­den of De­sire. The metic­u­lously hand­crafted pieces come with modern, sculp­tural de­signs that are of­ten adorned with semi-pre­cious stones. The rest of the street is also teem­ing with shops for those want­ing to bring home a slice of Siem Reap. Al­ley W, Krong Siem Reap, Cam­bo­dia. Tel: +855 63 760 517

» 5PM Hailed as the pre­cious gem of Kh­mer art, Ban­tãy Srei is a 10th cen­tury tem­ple ded­i­cated to the Hindu god, Shiva. It is known for its in­tri­cate carv­ings in an al­lur­ing pink-toned stone, de­pict­ing in­cred­i­bly an­i­mated bat­tles be­tween asura broth­ers, Sun­day and Upa­sunda, as well as In­dra (god of sky) cre­at­ing rain to put out for­est fires started by Agni (god of fire). Siem Reap, Cam­bo­dia.

» 6PM Le Bel Air of­fers Bel­gian clas­sics in the heart of Siem Reap. Go for the Grati­nated Mus­sels with Gar­lic But­ter or Sweet­breads Dumplings with Pan-fried Foie Gras while nurs­ing a pint of dark beer. The hip and ca­sual am­bi­ence is ideal for re­lax­ing af­ter a day of sight­see­ing. Street 26, Krong Siem Reap, Cam­bo­dia. Tel: +855 85 560 100

» 9PM While the night away with Dean’s Boys’ Mo­jito at Miss Wong Cock­tail Bar. Opened by New Zealand ra­dio jour­nal­ist Dean Wil­liams, the in­ti­mate space is ideal for catch­ing up with friends or to sim­ply es­cape the hus­tle and bus­tle. The Lane, Krong Siem Reap, Cam­bo­dia. Tel: +855 92 428 332

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