What to do

Angkor Archaelogical Park Angkor Wat and its surrounding temples are the reason why people came to Siem Reap. Road to Angkor is a great discovery: the dawn, the Angkor Wat temple, the ruins, the ancient trees and sprawling roots at Ta Prohm, the Buddhist monks, and the lovely Cambodian people. At the Angkor National Museum you can view artifacts and learn more about the ancient Khmer civilization, so it’s a good idea to check out this museum before heading to the ruins of Angkor. Learning a little bit of the history behind a place helps you appreciate it better. May we also add that this is one of the finest buildings in Siem Reap.
Siem Reap has colonial and Chinese-style architecture in the Old French Quarter, and around the Old Market. A traditional Apsara dance show is an absolute must for the visitor to Cambodia. In town, there are Apsara dance performances, craft shops, silk farms, rice-paddy countryside, fishing villages and a bird sanctuary near the Tonle Sap Lake. Often missed are the many opportunities to experience traditional Cambodia: ‘Apsara’ dance performances, craft shops and silk farms, road tours through rice-paddy countryside, boat trips on the great Tonle Sap Lake to fishing villages and bird sanctuary, and much more. Plenty of shopping opportunities exist around the Psar Chas area while the nightlife is often vibrant with a number of western-styled pubs and bars. There are plenty of good restaurants and bars to have a meal, a drink, or just to soak up the atmosphare. The Old Market in Siem Reap is bustling with energy and activities with sourvenir stores, wet market, pubs, bars, and westernized-looking restaurants catering to backpackers and tourists alike. Go there early in the morning and check out the wet produce market to get a true sense of local lives. There are fresh vegetables, meats, and various foods on display. If you are gutsy enough, try out one of those black dried roaches. Other than that, you can find precious stones, Buddha heads, and local Cambodian arts and crafts for sale at the souvenir stores. Expect to haggle for the best price. Also take a stroll along the river near the French Quarter and soak in the lush green surroundings and tree-lined boulevards. Sit on one of the benches along the river and observe the hustle and bustle on the bridge crossing the river. If you are lucky, you might even catch a glimpse of happy locals fishing in the river. There are number of crocodile farms in Siem Reap, you can ride e3lephants, or visit the local Killing Fields Memorial. Many of them are small, backyard affairs, but there is a big one about 3 kms south of Siem Reap, on the road to the Tonle Sap. Last but not least, travel to Siem Reap is incomplete without getting pampered at one of the many spas, including a range of different treatments from traditional Thai massage to fish spa. See also our tours section for more information and options.

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Earthwalkers’ · Sala Kanseng Village · Sangkat No. 2 · Siem Reap ·
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