Things to do in Siem Reap
Paris has the Eifel Tower. London, the Big Ben. Cairo, the Pyramids. And Siem Reap, Angkor Wat. What’s that you say? Only a UNESCO World Heritage Site and the eighth wonder of the world – a temple complex built in the 12th century by a succession of Khmer Kings. But that’s not where the fun starts and ends in Siem Reap. There are sights all over that you need to wrap your eyeballs around - and we’re not just talking about traditional landmarks and tourist destinations.
Look out for around 200 Cambodians exercising to Footloose at the Cambodian People’s party building. Keep an eye out for a shack just one kilometer from the airport, where a local family man is using around 100 car batteries to create an energy supply for passers-by to charge their appliances. Or listen to the incredible stories of a man who survived the Khmer Rouge reign. While you may come to see the sights, it’s the wonderful people of Siem Reap that will make you want to stay.
There’s plenty of history, culture and outdoorsy activities to experience too. Explore the Angkor National Museum, catch an Apsara dance performance, take a boat trip to Prek Toal or hike up Kbal Spean. There’s many great things that’ll make your Siem Reap holiday, but here’s some of our favourites.
It’s the largest religious monument in the world and one of the most mind-blowing. So proud are the people of Cambodia of this incredible structure that is appears on the country’s flag.
Are 50-cent beers your cup of tea? Well rock on down to Pub Street for good times, seriously cheap Khmer fare and even cheaper beers.
Before Angelina was half of Brangelina, she was roaming around Ta Prohm collecting ancient artifacts in death-defying situations. Yep, you guessed it Ta Prohm is the site of the cinematic adventure, Tomb Raider.
In Siem Reap, there’s old markets, night markets, floating markets – and they’re all really cheap markets! If shopping is your bag, this city is the place to indulge in some retail therapy.
It’s ballet but not as you know it. Apsara is a sensory overload with incredible beauties in colourful, intricately designed costumes telling moving stories through dance.