10 Things To Do In Siem Reap

Siem Reap is the city adjacent to the ancient city of Angkor that hosts travelers from around the world who’s main objective is explore the temple of the ancient city of Angkor. However, there are other things to do in siem reap beyond the temple hopping experience in Angkor Wat Complex. Here’s a quick list of Other Things To Do In Siem Reap

    1. Pub Street

      It may not be as wild as Soi Cowboy in Bangkok but Pub Street does offer a good number of bars. Beers prices start for as low as $.50 and food can be priced at your usual bar prices. Just make sure you don’t bring valuables cause the night can be a bit too crazy and intoxicating, you wouldn’t want to wake up losing your wallet.
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    2. War Museum

      Cambodia as recent as the 1970’s has seen the horrors of war. Visiting the war museum is one of the other things to do in Siem Reap. It showcases the arms and equipment used during the time of struggle to gain independence from the vicious dictatorship of Polpot. Siem Reap was one of the places where people were sent to farm for the country, which unfortunately was a bad decision snce they were city people who do not know how to farm.

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    3. Tonle Sap Tour

      South east Asia’s biggest lake, the Tonle Sap hosts to communities who have adapted living on water. You will find restaurants, houses and even schools floating on the lake. Be careful though with scams about the orphanage. Tours usually include the Kampong Phluk Floating Village (pictured below) which is by a flood plain by the river. When the water level rises the whole village seem to look like it is floating as the plains become part of the river as well.

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    4. Cambodian Circus

      Catch the performance of the Pharem Circus near downtown Siem Reap can be one other things to do in siem reap that you can put on your list. The circus features acts by specially trained performers from the same province
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    5. Apsara Dancers

      You can find different Apsara Dance shows in hotels but they might be a bit expensive. You can however check out Koulen restaurant’s buffet dinner with Apsara Dancer Show at about $12 a person. You can call them to reserve a seat but I don’t think that will actually reserve a specific table for you even if you ask so be there early. Try to locate you selves near the stage since the back side of the room can make it hard for you to see the show because of the pillars. The food they serve are mainly Cambodian food so expect that there’ll be lesser meat and more on the vegetable side. You may want to ask if they still offer pick-up service from the hotel you are staying with for your convenience.

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    6. Cambodian Cultural Village

      Never actually been here but a friend did visit the park once. They say that the park was okay, there were shows that show cultural dances and other things about Cambodia. There are also places for photo-ops that shows some kind of sized down Cambodia (think of Nayong Pilipino)

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    7. Lotus Farms

      Lotus are a main accessory in Buddhist worship and plays a big role in its history. You can find various lotus farms to supply the demands of the faithful several kilometers from downtown. It is best to visit the farms during harvest season where you can find Lotus flowers blooming. A visit to these farms can be really special during bloom season and is a perfect activity if you are thinking of other things to do in Siem Reap

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    8. Watch Shadow Puppetry

      One of the Cambodia’s cultural heritage is shadow puppetry. Traditional shadow puppetry is shown using a big bonfire at the back of a white linen where the shadows are projected. Paper cu-outs mounted on sticks are used to be able to create these beautiful shadows.

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    9. Bike Around Siem Reap

      Bikes are available almost at all hotels in Siem Reap. If you are looking for a guided tour though you can check out organizations like ButterflyTours to help you find off the beaten path routes around the city or even the entire province.

    10. Mt. Kulen

      About an hour away from down town Siem Reap, Mount Kulen is not the first thing tourist think about Siem Reap. But after all the temple hopping and partying a trip to Mt. Kulen and its waterfall can be literally refreshing!

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These are just some of the other things to you can do in Siem Reap after seeing all the temples of the Angkor Wat complex. More than these activities, Siem Reap is also a good place to just slow down and take a breather on your travels. If you want to share another activity that travelers can do in Siem Reap, make sure to leave them on the comment section. Also, if you are a company who wish to collaborate with us you can send us an email at contact[At]thebackpackerguide<dot>com

Travel Guide: Best 1 Day Angkor Wat Tour Itinerary Tips

One of the most amazing complex of structures made man, The Angkor Wat is truly a must see when in Angkor Wat. However, if you are on a budget and only have a day to do the tour, this is the best way to see the temples.

  1. Hire a Remorque

    Yep those vehicles that everyone calls Tuktuk isn’t really one, lol! Anyways get your self one and make sure to haggle. Most will offer about $15-$18 for the small circuit. Do not try to outsmart the drivers and not tell your entire route/itinerary or you’ll end up paying more. Your day will start at around 4:00 AM to buy the tickets, be sure to be early as the line gets long quickly as early as 4AM. The tour ends with the Sunset view from Phnom Bakheng, returning back to the hostel 7:00 PM. It costs me about $23 to hire him for more than 12 hours. I like hiring this guy because he speaks enough English and always makes sure that my friends are comfortable just like how he was the first time I hired him.You can contact Som through +855-9365-9332

  2. Take the Small Circuit tour.

    Many would chose to take the Big Circuit tour thinking that there are more to see and experience with it. But the thing is, most of the temples in the big circuit are still in ruins. If you want to touch, see and experience more the small circuit is ideal. You can also request your hired driver to go counter clockwise on the circuit to avoid crowds. source

  3. Bring food.

    Although most drivers would provide you water during the trip, finding reasonably priced food inside the complex can be a challenge. If you can, bring a packed lunch and some snacks; Picnic under the shade of trees overlooking the temples isn’t a bad idea after all.

  4. Clothes to wear.

    Most if not all structures in the Angkor Complex are temples, hence respect is expected from everyone. Make sure that your shoulders (especially for girls) and knees are covered to avoid any inconvenience. You may also want to wear something bright and light colored clothes so that you stand out against the dark colored stones of the temple in your photos.

  5. Respect.

    The structures that you will be visiting are not just mere tourist spots, they are all working temples that people go to pray. Not just because they opened it to tourists means that you are given the license to do whatever you want. It is expected of you to know what are the things that you should and shouldn’t do while inside these sacred structures.

  6. Be Alert

    Make sure that you are always attentive of your surroundings. Be cautious of people trying to sell you something or trying to take your attention to your belongings. Be careful of your belongings don’t just leave them lying around or just sitting unsecured in your bike’s basket. Coming from locals, I’ve been warned that there are people who will try to snatch you things while driving round with your bike or walking around.

To be honest spending just one day to see the temples can be really tiring. I would actually recommend getting a multi-day pass then renting a bike or moped to go around at your own leisure. Then again, there’s this guide if you only have a day to burn. Hope this helps some of you. If there you have any question or something that I forget to cover on this guide, please do let me know. I’ll do my best to update this guide.