A Vegan's Guide To 48 Hours In Siem Reap, Cambodia

Make the most of your trip to Cambodia, one of the best places for vegetarian and vegan food in Southeast Asia, from temple trekking, to cheap massages to the local circus, you can pack it all into 48 hours with our guide.

Day One

Arrive at 3 P.M.
Drink a coconut, they sell them everywhere from fine restaurants to street stalls near the temples, it helps set the tone for your trip.
5 P.M. Temple Tickets
Buy your temple ticket no earlier than 5 P.M. so you get two days for the price of one (this same ticket can be used the whole next day).  Visit a temple or two before heading to your guide’s recommendation to watch the sunset.
 Relax and enjoy the sunset, remember you’re on vacation and this may be the only time you will ever see this particular sunset.  Lots of people have already taken better time lapse videos than you can get holding your phone, so just watch.
6 P.M. Vegetarian Dinner 
After sunset enjoy vegetarian Khmer cuisine at Chamkar, a long standing vegetarian restaurant that is also vegan friendly and organic.  They have two locations, but we recommend going to Chamkar House for it’s tranquil garden setting.
8 P.M. The Circus 
Be entertained by the local youth in a fabulous Circus performance, Phare Circus.  It’s a social project for at risk youth which gives a new life to many who did not have other opportunities and it’s truly remarkable. Fun for all ages.
Time for bed, it’s going to be an early morning…
Day 2 Sunrise
Sunrise at Angkor Watt and then a quick detour for an unbelievable cup of coffee and breakfast at The Little Red Fox Espresso Shop in Kandal Village. (note they are closed on Wednsdays)
7 A.M. Coffee
They are not a vegetarian cafe, but they they are an ethical company and promote the local community.  Most importantly all their coffee is great and they have all sorts of vegan options including house made vegan milk alternatives.  Best to try a specialty drink like this turmeric latte.
Breakfast and Lunch  To Go
Also in Kandal village you will find Vibe Cafe.  Eat a nice large breakfast and take lunch to go so you can maximize your temple tours later.  They have juices and a nice variety of vegan foods starting at 7:30.
8:30 A.M. Temple Touring 
Go back to Angkor Wat now that you have caffeine and food in your system.  If you don’t have a guide for the whole day, you should find a guide for the temple to help you get the most out of what you are seeing and take you through the rest of the temples that day.
5 P.M. Vegetarian Cooking Class and Dinner 
 There are several options for cooking classes and all with accommodate vegetarian and vegan needs.  Find one that takes you to the market to learn about the local produce and then enjoy learning about the local cuisine and making your own food.
9 PM Drinks
After dinner go to Pub Street, the main party street you can’t miss in the city.  Mrs. Wong is the most popular destination for delicious cocktails and for cocktails and homemade infused gins.
Enjoy the night life as much as you like, check out the Happy Pizza places, they also have vegan smoothies and end your night with a $1 foot massage.
Day 3 
Sleep in go back to Kandal Cafe for shopping and more vegan food before heading to the airport.
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