Siem Reap is a unique blend of splendor and culture, a city that receives millions of visitors every year and the gateway to one of the wonders of the world – Angkor Wat. The temples of Angkor, being on the most popular attraction in Asia makes Siem Reap a popular destination. However, you’ll be surprised to see how many other things you can do in Siem Reap!

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Angkor Wat during Sunrise

1 – Visit Angkor Wat – the symbol of Cambodia

This goes without saying and we don’t think a single person would visit Siem Reap without venturing out to see the wonderful temples of Angkor. 

The largest religious monument in the world offers stunning sights during the sunrise, however, it is also the busiest moment to visit. 

If you are serious about seeing the Angkor temple without all the tourists then see it from above with a Helicopter ride, or join a full-day Angkor Wat guided Tour during the off-peak time that your guide will advise you.

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Angkor Wat from Above!

2 – Take a Hot Air Balloon Ride

Possibly one of the most magical experiences you can find in Southeast Asia, taking flight over the Angkor complex at sunrise or sunset is magnificent. As compared to the helicopter, the hot air balloon is slower, more peaceful and quieter. Up above is also the perfect place to take photos so don’t forget to take your camera! 

Book here your Hot air Balloon Ride in Siem Reap.

Hot Air Balloon Ride in Siem Reap
Hot Air Balloon Ride in Siem Reap

3 – Hop on a Tuk-Tuk

Wherever you go in the small city of Siem Reap, tuk tuks will be waiting for you. Open air, noisy, exciting and a little scary, if you need to take a trip anywhere you must take a tuk tuk! Don’t worry about where they are, the tuk tuk drivers will find you and offer you trips to all the local attractions.

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Local Tuk-Tuk in Siem Reap

4 – Angkor National Park

As mentioned before Angkor Wat is a must visit place in Siem Reap, but the Angkor National Park is so much more than just Angkor Wat. There you will find famous temples, from Tomb Raider Ta Prohm (the temple slowly being overcome by majestic trees) and over 400 other temple ruins. A UNESCO heritage site, you can buy tickets for 1,3 or 7 days. It’s a good idea to join a guided tour for at least one of the days to see the main sites

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Angkor National Park and its Wonders

5 – Visit Les Artisans d’Angkor

Les Artisans d’ Angkor is a social enterprise company helping bring jobs to rural villages, keeping ancient Khmer arts alive and promote fair development of Khmer arts and crafts. They have a showroom in the city  and you can also shop online. Les Artisans d’ Angkor also offer workshops and have an interesting silk museum open to visitors.

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Workshop at Les Artisans d’Angkor open to the Public!

6 – Take a pottery class

As well as Les Artisans d’ Angkor another great place to visit is the Khmer ceramic fine arts center. Find some beautiful ceramic pieces inspired by Cambodian culture, visit their training center or even try your hand at making your own!

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Making my own Ceramic!

7 – Visit the Old Market

Also known as Psah Chas (pronounced “psa cha”), the old market is right in the heart of town and was the original market before the countless others cropped up. This market has everything and is a must visit as it will give you a glimpse of the real Cambodia, the country that lies outside of the well visited Siem Reap. 

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Trader woman at the Old Market in Siem Reap

8 – Shop in the Angkor night market

Opening every evening at sunset the night market is a popular place to pick up a bargain. An area filled to the brim with stalls, handicrafts, fake watches and Cambodian souvenirs, this is the place to get some tacky keyrings. More info about the Angkor night market, here.

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Siem Reap Night Market – Photo Credit to everyday-im-travelling’s blog

9 – Try a Fish Spa

Veteran travellers to Southeast Asia will have experienced these spas before but they are mostly new to many. For around $5-10 you can soak your feet in a tank of dead skin eating fish resulting in beautiful (or rather clean) feet. As part of the deal most places also throw in a can of beer while the fish are working.

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Fish Spa – Photo Credit to Rob Sheridan

10 – Shop at the ‘Made in Cambodia’ Market

You have to time your visit to the ‘Made in Cambodia’ market carefully, but it is more than worth it. Held on the first and third saturday of the month, this market showcases some of the best handmade items Cambodia has to offer. From jewellery to food, live music and performances, this is the creative future of Cambodia.

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Made in Cambodia market – Photo Credit to newhopecambodia

10 bis – Catch a drink on Pub street

The Pub street is where every visitor heads in the evening. A street lined with various bars and nightclubs, Pub street is an experience in itself and one of the fun things to do in Siem Reap.

Pub street - Photo Credit to Photocory
Pub street – Photo Credit to Photocory

11 – Sip a drink in “Angkor What”

After all that shopping and temple hopping it is time for a drink to wind down, and where better than one of the oldest and well known bars in Siem Reap – “Angkor What?” – our favourite and located in the heart of Pub Street. Cheap beer, fellow travellers and music loud enough to forget where you are… 

Have a drink at "Angkor What?" - Photo Credit to blackgirlnewcontinent
Have a drink at “Angkor What?” – Photo Credit to blackgirlnewcontinent

12 – Drink a cocktail Miss Wong’s

If loud music isn’t your thing and you want a more upscale place head to Miss Wong’s. A taste of China in the past, this place attracts wonderful people and offers great cocktails. 

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Check out Miss Wong’s Cocktail Bar!

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13 – Foodie Tour by night riding a Vespa

Food lovers will enjoy Khmer cuisine on a vespa tour! What could make this experience better – experiencing it at night of course. One of the best attractions on offer in Siem Reap, this tour also comes with a free flow of alcohol and a driver (thankfully). Not to be missed!

Book here your “Vespa Ride After Dark” in Siem Reap.

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Discovering Siem Reap and its delicious food riding a Vespa

14 – Try sticky Rice on the side of the road

If you spot bamboo sellers on the road, come close and you’ll notice these bamboos are actually local snacks. Try those local delicacies – sticky rice cooked inside a stick of bamboo. Simple, glutinous and delicious, once you try this it will become your go-to snack!

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Tasting the Sticky Rice. Absolutely delicious!

15 – Eat a Scorpion salad at Bugs Cafe

Yuck! but actually they can be delicious. Try out Bugs Cafe which offers insect tapas, scorpion salad and a host of other crunchy critter delights. 

Scorpion Salad - Photo Credit to Bugs Cafe
Scorpion Salad – Photo Credit to Bugs Cafe

16 – Must-See:  Phare, The Cambodian Circus Show

A great show for both kids and adults, the Phare circus show is a blend of arts, music, juggling, gymnastics, traditional and modern theatre. Not only will it make you laugh and smile but the project grew out of a Cambodian non-profit organisation founded by ex-refugee artists. 

Book here your ticket for this incredible Circus Show.

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The artists playing one of their shows.

17 – Visit a floating village

If you want to get out of the touristy Siem Reap then head to one of the nearby floating villages and glimpse into traditional fishermen’s lives. The two closest ones are Kompong Phlouk and Kompong Khleang, the second being the less touristy of the two.

Book here a guided tour combining temples & floating villages.

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Trader women in Kompong Khleang Floatting Village

18 – Visit the Landmine Museum

A sobering, but important initiative, the Landmine museum was opened by an extraordinary Cambodian trying to help those affected by landmines.

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Photo Credit to Landmine Museum

19 – Visit Senteurs d’Angkor

On a lighter topic, Senteurs d’Angkor is a great hidden gem in Siem Reap. It has some great handmade products with ingredients sourced from Cambodia.

Insider tip: visit their workshop and get a 10% discount on products

Photo Credit to Senteurs d'Angkor
Photo Credit to Senteurs d’Angkor

20 – Join a cooking class

After all the adventuring and sights in Siem Reap (not to mention exploring the Angkor ruins) you must be getting hungry. So why not delve into Khmer cuisine with a cooking class!

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What’s cooking?

21 – Take a Photography tour

The scenery of Siem Reap is unique, and your trip to Angkor Wat is once in a lifetime so it makes sense to get good photos for your memories. Taking a photography tour is a great idea as the professionals know the best temples, the best angles and the best spots to avoid the crowds.

Browse here different photography tour options.

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Clicking the moment!

22 – Fun thing to do for everyone: Zipline!

If you are visiting Asia you need to zip line at least once! Flight of the gibbon is the most renowned company for Ziplining with the highest possible safety and the most creative ziplines, suitable for the whole family. While there are many zip line locations, who could pass up ziplining past Angkor Wat?

Book your Zipline / Treetop Experience here.

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Zipline in Siem Reap

23 – Horse riding in Siem Reap Countryside

Another unusual thing to do in Siem Reap but lots of fun – Horse riding! And where better than the Happy Ranch! If you can ride a horse there are also carts available.  

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Exploring Siem Reap’s countryside – Photo credit to Happy Ranch

24 – Have a conversation with a Cambodian

Take the time to talk to your waiter, driver or the Cambodians you encounter and hear about the country from their perspective. They have genuine insights and truths that you will never read about online. But most important, they are so friendly!

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Locals Playing Chess in the streets of Siem Reap

25 – Take a dip in a pool

Saving the best for last, Siem Reap’s swimming pools. Most of the year Siem Reap is hot, dry and dusty and when you are not exploring the temples or markets you will want to cool down. Almost all the 4 and 5 star hotels have swimming pools, and most are open for the public if you buy something off the menu or pay a small fee. The prettiest pool has to be at the River Garden – you can take a tuk tuk there and the pool is free if you order from their wonderful menu 🙂

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Photo Credit to The River Garden

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By Laura

 

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3 thoughts on “25 Incredible Things to Do in Siem Reap

  1. superb post, a lovely place Siem Reap, thanks for share, this information is very helpful to make a trip successful, Thanks.

  2. Hey!
    Currently I´m also traveling through Cambodia and was at Angkor Wat last week. It is a really increadible place just as the entire country! If you want to learn more about the Cambodian spirituality or do some great spiritual activities and workshops, I can recommend you to visit the Wayist Center in Siem Reap. There are daily free workshops on Cambodian spirituality and many other spiritual activities and workshops in which I learned a lot. It´s really worth a visit ( wayist.com) .
    Enjoy your journey! 🙂

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