What To Do In Siem Reap
Looking for that ultimate guide on what to do in Siem Reap? Well we have you covered. After trialing and testing some of the very best this unique little city has to offer we have come up with a list for everyone.
For Kids & Families…
Bambu Stage & Puppet workshop
This is a great day out for the whole family. Sit down and work with local puppeteers who will teach you and guide you to making your very own traditional Cambodian shadow puppet. And what better way to celebrate your new skills by seeing your creations in action? Enjoy the tri-weekly show under the stars at the Bambu Stage theater, where you can see how these amazing puppets come to life in beautiful and hilarious traditional stories.
Perfect for a rainy day. Make sure your cameras and phones are charged because you are not going to want to miss out on these photo opportunities. Perfect for children, teenagers and anyone who loves a good selfie or wow pictures for their Instagram account. Artbox trick museum brings some enchanting moments to life with over 130 amazing 3D paintings and artworks.
Enjoy this thrilling evening at the Phare Circus. Expect to see acrobatics, theater,music and dance in the modern Cambodian circus that plays on traditional stories and exudes vibrant energy, emotion and enthusiasm. Phare is a social enterprise that recruits young Cambodians who come from difficult backgrounds and allow them the chance to develop their skills.
Be blown away by the Explosive Dogs
Visit the NPA Explosive Dog Centre. This is a fantastic opportunity to see explosive detection dogs in action, in a series of tests designed to show the synchronicity, agility and obedience of these highly trained life savers. The profits from the show admission go towards training the dogs at the NPA’s training centre.
Taste of Siem Reap
Looking for a taste of something different? Be part of some of the most delicious and interesting curated evenings around the city. From private gallery visits with canapes, eating at restaurants built to help the local community and exploring your taste buds with unique fine dining menus based on local cuisine. In one evening you will stop at 3 or 4 different places by tuk tuk and enjoy a new side of Siem Reap nightlife.
Learn how to Cook Khmer
Take a completely hands on cooking class to learn the delights of Khmer cuisine so that you can take home your skills and bring some Cambodian flavours to your own kitchen.
Evening Food Tour by Vespa
This night street food tour will take you away from the tourist areas so you can discover classic Khmer cuisine and taste exotic foods and brews. You can choose to do the tour by tuk tuk or on the back of a Vespa.
For the young at heart and the shopaholics…
We know how tiresome souvenir shopping can be on your travels, but don’t fret, Siem Reap is home to many markets packed with bits and bobs to fill your heart’s desires. Day or night there is a market for you to explore, shop and eat at.
Craving a night out? Siem Reap is one of the best places to get out and about after sundown. Take a walk down the infamous Pub Street and enjoy your choice from the many bars, restaurants and clubs that come alive at night. Adventure down the more peaceful side alleys filled with hidden gems like boutique shops, cocktail bars and quaint restaurants.
This quirky little middle village is home to some of Siem Reap’s trendiest shops and restaurants. The perfect place to spend a couple of hours shopping, window shopping your way through homeware stores, cool fashion shops and galleries and eating some delicious food or grabbing a coffee from one of the many cafes and baristas.
For the culture seekers…
Angkor Wat at Sunrise
The temples of Angkor should be at the top of every traveller’s bucket list. Part of a complex of over a thousand archaeological sites, spread across 400 square kilometers of jungle, the Temples of Angkor are all that remain of the vast and powerful Khmer Empire. At the heart of them all is the awe-inspiring Angkor Wat, the largest holy building in the world.
The curious lake of Tonle Sap swells to a massive 12,000 km2 in the wet season and shrinks to 2,500 km2 during the dry half of the year. It is home to thousands of stateless ethnic Vietnamese and local Khmer who live in extremely basic conditions in floating and stilted villages.
Siem Reap has a choice of educational and interesting museums to check out. The Angkor National Museum, Siem Reap War Museum and Cambodia Landmine Museum being the main three visited my intrigued travellers.
Helicopter Ride Around Angkor Wat
See the beauties of Angkor Wat from a different angle with a once in a bucket list helicopter tour around the ancient temple itself.
For the go getters…
Flight of The Gibbon
Fly across the Angkor Park jungle on a series of zip lines, explore the jungle whilst crossing hanging bridges, learn about the flora and fauna of the jungle and have a chance to see gibbons in a natural jungle ecosystem.
Village Cycle Tour
A beautiful day outdoors. Take in the fresh air as you cycle off the beaten track through picturesque landscapes and local villages of Siem Reap; away from the hustle and bustle and busy tourist areas. Get to know friendly villagers making rice wine and baskets and getting about their day to day lives, while you enjoy the uniqueness of Siem Reap’s countryside.
Go Quad Biking in the Countryside
This tour takes you to the countryside for an adrenaline charged experience through villages, rice paddies and temples surrounding Siem Reap.
Jeep Tour to Kulen Mountain
Visit Phnom Kulen National Park and discover the birthplace of the ancient Khmer Empire. See the River of 1000 Lingas with its myriad of symbols carved along a riverbed and pay respect to the reclining Buddha on the top of the mountain.