One of Siem Reap's most atmospheric boutique resorts, lovely Sala Lodges is comprised of authentic traditional Khmer timber houses that the owners collected from around the country and had reconstructed and restored on this tranquil property in a village on the edge of town. The property is very private, so if you're not staying, you can't exactly wander in and take a stroll around. Unless, of course, you dine at their extremely pleasant restaurant, called The Monolith. Yes, it's a strange name.
In stark contrast to the accommodation, the restaurant is contemporary, with polished concrete floors and Scandi-style furniture. However, it works, thanks to the contemporary touches in the the otherwise traditional-looking rooms. The menu features dishes from the East and West, based on fresh seasonal produce the chef buys from the market each day. I love the Asian gazpacho, fragrant with local herbs, while the passionfruit crème brûlée is also delicious. Book an early table so you can enjoy sunset looking over the peaceful grounds, then after you order your food, politely ask if you can take a poke around. One of the staff will escort you, but trust me, it's worth it. This is a little piece of Cambodian paradise in Siem Reap. Don't be surprised if you find yourself enquiring about availability.