No recs. I went there in 2004, just ate where we saw Cambodians ate. Didn’t really do any research. The food was OK, I prefer Vietnamese. Ask the moto drivers to take you to local places where they also eat. Yes, you pay for them.
It was also the first trip I started making photos of food. The photos were crap! I’ve learnt a lot since.
Angkor is insanely touristy, as is Siem Reap the city. Not fun anymore with this amount of people around. Was in Battambang for only a day. Do not take the boat there from Siem Reap. We didn’t listen and did it anyway. It took a long time and was a horrible journey, and without a toilet. I got [sun stroke] (https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Heat_stroke) on the way to Battambang and nearly died! (I’m highly susceptible to sun stroke)
Also went to Kep for a couple of days. Eerie small town. No electricity after sun down. Hardly any tourists. Bullet riddled buildings everywhere. I ate Kep crabs. Remember to buy the peppercorns to take home. There are many pepper farms there. Do also visit Kampot (where the name of the peppercorns come from).
I do have some nice memories of Cambodia but have no photos of them. I think these are the kind of memories that are more soul-fulfilling for those who love to travel, like many of us on here.
Look forward to hearing about your trip!