Siem Reap’s ‘East Bank’ evolution
“Tourism is a huge part of the economy and life here, but people are looking for authenticity, simplicity, and new things, new encounters, something different, which they can’t find across the river.”
Madeline Green, jeweller and co-owner of Ammo Design, recently opened Wat Bo Studios with her photographer husband George Nickels on the heart of Wat Bo Road.
“I love the Wat Bo area. It’s where we first settled when we moved here three and half years ago,” Green said, explaining how the couple quickly felt part of a community and how she loved creative spaces like Pages.
“Now, there are so many new businesses in the area, I don’t feel I need to go to the centre to socialise.”
While Martial agreed, he believes development is coming at a price.