A week in Cambodia in the city of Siem Reap. I had not yet experienced Cambodia, so that was one of my goals. I wanted to go out of the capital so as not to suffer too much traffic on the streets.
Siem Reap is a tourist town where one can find many tourists. In particular thanks to the temple of Angkor. It is also a spot for some expatriates. Honestly difficult to give a general opinion because the fact that the city is very touristy changes the reality of things.
The cost of living surprised me. If you want to go to Siem Reap thinking about spending little money you are wrong. The cost of hosting is actually low. For the rest everything is at a tourist price. You do not have public transport and the only way to get around is often the tuk tuk. It takes about 2 to 3 € for a simple trip in Tuk Tuk, to give you an idea. To go further it will take a taxi.
The bike rental is however cheap because you can rent a bike for 3 to 4 € a day, sometimes it is possible to find free bikes in guesthouses, but the traffic is not always obvious. In summary you pay more to Cambodia to move than in a country rich in public transport.
For food, it’s a bit the same, you have everything at a tourist price, and it is not uncommon to find a lot of product twice as expensive as in Thailand. The food in the restaurants therefore has a price. There is no more than 7 eleven, so go to the few supermarkets that offer products at the Western price.
For the rest, the Cambodians are kind and very helpful. There is no problem over it. Life is incomparable with the West and we must understand what this implies. There is a lot of misery and people who live with nothing, even if it was Siem Reap, but outside there is a lot of misery. It is also difficult to walk the streets because nothing is done.
You will find many beautiful temples in Cambodia. You will also find colonial buildings. The places along the river are nice. As in many places in Asia, I could discover many nice cafes to work and land.