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!

Things to do in Siem Reap, Cambodia
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.

Red helicopter above siem reao
Helicopter Tour above Siem Reap –

Book your helicopter ride here

2 – Take a Hot Air Balloon Flight

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! 

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Hot Air Balloon Siem Reap –

Book your hot air ballon experience here

3 – Hop on a Jeep or a dirt bike for an offroad experience

If you want to discover some of the ‘forgotten’ temples and explore the Cambodian countryside then hiring a jeep to discover Beng Melea temple and to visit Kampong Kleang, the largest floating village of Cambodia, or to visit the ruins of the Bantey Srey temple complex, is a must try.

Jeep Ride to the Bantey Srey temple complex, Kbal Spean and Bantey Sammre
Jeep Ride to the Bantey Srey temple complex, Kbal Spean and Bantey Sammre


Jeep on the road
Jeep tour from Siem Reap to Beng Melea –

For the most adventurous ones, opt for a ride on a 125cc Honda Dreams and explore Siem Reap surroundings via backroads, you’ll be thrilled by the beauty of the rice fields, villages and local farms you will be passing by.

3D2N of Moto Adventure from Siem Reap to Preah Vihear
3D2N of Moto Adventure from Siem Reap to Preah Vihear

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.

Monks walking Angkor National Park
Angkor National Park –


To visit this 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 or to hire a vespa , seat back and relax while your driver is taking care of the road. All you need to do is enjoy the ride to explore the World famous Angkor.

Vespa Tour aroung Angkor Wat -
Vespa Tour aroung Angkor Wat –

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

8a – Shop in the Siem Reap Art Night Market

Siem Reap Art Market is located on the east bank of the Siem Reap River, opposite the Old Market (Phsar Chas) and is connected to it via a traditional wooden bridge. One of the newer night markets in town, Siem Reap Art Market has a wide range of handicrafts and souvenirs to chose from.

Siem Reap Art Market, paintings and handicrafts

8b – 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’ Markets

You have to time your visit to the ‘Made in Cambodia’ markets 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

11 – Sip a drink in “Soul kitchen”

After all that shopping and temple hopping it is time for a drink to wind down in a great venue without the chaos. For anyone looking for more Cambodian flavors, great cocktail and live music, where better than Soul Kitchen’s creative bar   A great escape from the loud and overpriced Pub Street.


Soul Kitchen, Junction of sok san street

12 – Drink a cocktail Miss Wong’s

If live music isn’t your thing and you want a more upscale place head to Miss Wong’s located down a small lane. A taste of China in the past, this place attracts wonderful people and offers great cocktails – A quiet and refined place to drink.

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Check out Miss Wong’s Cocktail Bar!

Discover here more things to do in Siem Reap.

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

14a – Enjoy a romantic sunset cocktail aboard a Gondola with your partner

If you want to spice up your couple journey, share a Romantic evening with your loved one  at the beautiful Tonle oum under a glorious sunset and refresh yourselves with mixed cocktails.

Couple on a boat
Romantic sunset cocktail –

14b – Discover Khmer celebratory cuisine with this extraordinary dinner at Villa Chandara

Experience a journey through beautiful and authentic rural Cambodia, far from the tourist crowds. Start with sunset cocktails as the sun sets over the rice paddies at the charming villa  Chandara and then discover Khmer celebratory cuisine, 9 dishes served over 4 course, prepared onsite by a chef using local ingredients and methods. Book this exclusive romantic dinner here.

Extraordinary Dining Experience over the rice paddies at the charming and exclusive Villa Chandara
Extraordinary Dining Experience over the rice paddies at the charming and exclusive Villa Chandara

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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Phare the Cambodian circus show –

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.

Photography Tour Angkor Siem Reap
Angkor photography tour –

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


Do let a comment if you are looking for anything specific in Siem Reap, we might be able to help 🙂

By Laura

Chiang Mai eoasia

11 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 ( .
    Enjoy your journey! 🙂

  3. Thanks for the useful information! I travelled to Cambodia at the beginning of this year, but I haven’t been to Siem Riep. Next time, I certainly do these activities based on your list. Love it!

  4. Excellent list. I especially like the point about having a chat with locals. I’ve lived in Siem Reap for more than 9 years. Cambodians are very friendly and relish any opportunity to practice their English. You can also try to learn a few Khmer words, being able to speak a few local words will go down very well! Sua s’dey (hello) and Sok sa bai (how are you) are good places to start!

  5. Hi!
    I’m planning to visit Siem Reap this November, but i just plan to get a day trip in Siem Reap. Do you have any suggestion on what I should do and visit in one day trip?

    1. Hi Nadim, many thanks for your enquiry! Siem Reap is absolutely an extraordinary place to visit. Some of our recommendations for one day trip:

      For the day:

      If it’s your first time in Siem Reap, Angkor Wat is a must. There are different ways of discovering Angkor Wat:

      with a Jeep:

      On the back of a Vespa:

      Guided Tour with a Boat Ride on Tonle Sap Lake

      Stree Food Tours in the evening:

      with a tuk-tuk: (which is currently discounted until December 31st (a very funny way to discover Khmer food and be immersed in the local culture)

      On the back of a Vespa:


      any further questions, please contact our support team support[@]

  6. Hi we are going to visit siem reap next week. For 3 days 2 night. We r from Malaysia. We would like to contact tourist guide who can speak Malay or English. Thank you

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