Siem Reap and Tonle Sap Lake...
After all that hard temple trekking, it's a welcome break to return to low-rise, laid-back Siem Reap where all the Angkor hotels are located. Colonial architecture, wide streets and a pretty river make the centre a lovely place to potter, browse the market stalls and upmarket boutiques or eat Cambodia's best cuisine including amok coconut curry and Khmer barbecue. This is a great place to pick up souvenirs, people-watch at street-side cafes and restaurants or simply relax by the pool.
Tonle Sap Lake
Cambodia's life blood is Tonle Sap, the largest lake in South-East Asia, which provides fish and irrigation for half the country's population. During the rainy season (May to October) the lake swells from 2,500 sq km to more than 4 times its size, until the dry season when the water level drops and the lake empties back into the Mekong. This annual flooding makes Tonle Sap a unique breeding ground for many birds and fish. It's also the reason why central Cambodian houses are built on stilts. On the lake itself are many floating communities which make for an interesting and scenic day trip by boat from Siem Reap.