There is no question that the Angkor Complex is the main reason why people flock to Siem Reap, Cambodia. But this popular destination in Southeast Asia is home to many other wonders aside from the ancient ruins. Surely, there are many other things to do in Siem Reap waiting to be explored and hopefully, can be featured.
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Here’s a list of other things to do in Siem Reap Cambodia besides the famous temples in Angkor.
Relax and party at the Pub Street
On top of other things to do in this sleepy city of Siem Reap is to experience its night life. The area is home to clubs, bars, and restaurants, offering treats from Khmer cuisines to Western specialties. The place is unique as if you are in a street in a big city because of the glowing neon signs of the establishments.
Visit the floating villages in Siem Reap
Get to see up close how the local fishermen live by visiting the floating fishing villages constructed on stilts in the swamps around the largest lake in Cambodia.
Tours/ activities to choose from:
Kompong Phluk Floating Village Half-Day Tour
Kampong Phluk Floating Village Tour
Floating Village Cruise Tour in Siem Reap by Tara Boats
Siem Reap Angkor Silk Farm & Mechrey Floating Village Day Tour
Floating Village and Sunset Boat Half-Day Tour
Take a trip to the Kulen National Park
Outside of the city of Siem Reap, this natural park is worth visiting. Hike up the mountain to explore the temple at the top. Be amazed with the natural beauty and swim in the waterfall.
Bird watching at the Prek Toal Bird Sanctuary
Another other things to do in Siem Reap is a not so popular activity, but if you are into birds and would love to see natural habitat and breeding grounds for endangered water birds in Southeast Asia, it is a must visit. Located in the Tonle Sap Lake, watch different bird species such as storks, ibis, pelicans and many more.
Visit the Landmine Museum
The past of Cambodia is quite complicated and it includes a Civil War. Visit this museum in Siem Reap where you can even see an exhibit of land mines that a former soldier had laid as a child and removed by hand when he returned as an adult.
Buy souvenirs at the Local Markets in Siem Reap
Bring home products made by local artists such as silverworks, T-shirts, brass sculptures, jewelry, handbags, paintings and many more.
Watch a show at the Phare Circus
The performance interprets the Cambodian culture through a raucous blend of comedy, dance, and acrobatics. Though with a modern look, the circus taps deep into a historic Khmer tradition and each show tells a different story, which is usually a Cambodian folk tale
Learn the past of the Angkor Empire at the Angkor National Museum
Yes, you can explore the Angkor Complex to learn the past, but it is just the tip of the iceberg. Explore the deep history by visiting the museum where thousands of artifacts and relics recovered from Angkor Wat and the surrounding areas are housed.
Get a taste of Cambodian Cuisine
Never miss to get a taste of the Khmer cuisine and learn about the local delicacies.
Tours/ activities to choose from:
Siem Reap Street Food by Night
Siem Reap Night Markets Foodie Tour
Siem Reap Evening Food Tour
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