What To Do Next Time You’re In Siem Reap
If you’ve been to Siem Reap before, you would know that there is way more to this city than meets the eye. Apart from being the closest to the world heritage site, Angkor Wat, visitors are able to explore all sorts of cultural activities and visit museums, if they have the luxury of time. There certainly is more than enough to do to leave something to come back for!
In this post, we will take you through a must-do list of activities and noteworthy sites that you absolutely have to include on your next trip to Siem Reap. Whether you want to explore the majestic temples, indulge in culture, or just visit artisans at work, we’ve compiled this list to make your itinerary setup process a bit easier.
We have to mention that there are also plenty of properties in this city that are available to rent or buy, keep an eye on our featured properties page for all the latest properties that are available in this region.
Let’s take a look at all the things you can do while visiting Siem Reap.
Established by an ex-soldier, Aki Ra, the Landmine Museum is a must when in Siem Reap. the museum displays all the landmines that Aki Ra had dug up and defused in villages where he used to be stationed as a soldier. He displayed these defused landmines and charged tourists a minimal fee to look at them. Money made in the beginnings (and still today) is used to support orphans and those directly affected by landmines in the area.
Also known as the Citadel of the Women, Banteay Srei is a must-see when in the area. It takes no less than 30 minutes to reach the site, and visitors are able to look upon the sandstone temples and carefully detailed sculptures. The temple is located in the heart of Banteay Srei forest and is dedicated to Shiva, the Hindu god.
3. Rent a bicycle
There is no better way to get into the culture and experience the city than renting a bicycle and cycling through the streets of Siem Reap. Bike rentals are common amongst hotels and bed and breakfasts, be sure to ask them what the fare is. The going rate is around $2 a day, and for those who don’t mind the distance and who would like to save some money, you are able to cycle all the way to the Angkor temple complex by bike!
4. Visit a Night market
Whether you are shopping for gifts or would just like to marvel at the local artisan work, Siem Reap’s night market is not to be missed for sure! Wander around and view all the different stalls, while you decide on what to get to eat from one of the vendors. You are also able to enjoy an alcoholic beverage at some of the vendors who provide seating and tables at the market.
If you decide to rent a bike for the day, you’ll have more than enough time to wander around and explore these ancient ruins. Did you know that Angkor Wat is the largest religious site on Earth? And of course a recognized world heritage site. Make sure you get there early if you want to make the most of your time here, as there are plenty of temples to marvel at, and too little hours in a day to get to them all!
Some people might prefer going to the museum before exploring the temples, you can do it whichever way suits you best, however. The museum boasts tons of background information on the history of the temples and gives information on the Hindu and Buddhist influences and findings at the temple sites.
Yes, you are able to take a food tour when visiting Siem Reap. If you need to take a day off from more intense activities or need a break from information overload, you can indulge in all the food the city has to offer. You can choose whether you want to take a morning or an evening tour, and your guide will keep you informed on all the Cambodian dishes and traditions as you go along. Definitely, something to get your teeth into!
We hope that this post was informative and that you have plenty of new activities on your itinerary now. Have fun exploring this beautiful city!