There are many things to see and do in Siem Reap but obviously the Angkor Temples are the main Siem Reap Attraction. However, when it comes to planning your Cambodia Holiday then you should consider adding some of the other Siem Reap Attractions to Angkor Tour itinerary. We have put together a list below of some of the main attractions in Siem Reap, if you would like to add any of these Siem Reap Attractions to your Angkor Tour then just let us know and we will customize your itinerary to suit you. For more information please email us at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Chong Khneas Floating Village
Chong Khneas is the best known floating village in Siem Reap and it attracts many visitors every day. Chong Khneas is the nearest floating village to Siem Reap town and is accessible all year around unlike some of the other floating villages. During your tour of Chong Khneas you will see what life is like on a busy floating village. As Chong Khneas floating village attracts many visitors daily, tourism is now a big source of income for many people living out on the village. The boat trip takes about 2 hours but plan about 3-4 hours for the whole trip. If you would like to add Chong Khneas to one of our Angkor Wat Tours then please let us know.
Kompong Phluk Floating Village and Flooded Forest
Kompong Phluk village is a nicer floating village than Chong Khneas in my opinion as it gets a lot less tourists than Chong Khneas. Kompong Phluk is a bit further away then Chong Khneas but it is well worth the trip. The trip takes around 2.5 hours but plan around 4 hours for the total trip. Kompong Phluk also has a flooded forest nearby which is very interesting to see especially during the rainy season. Due to low water in the dry season it is sometimes not possible to take the day trip to Kompong Phluk. If you would like to add Kompong Phluk to one of our Angkor Wat Tours then please let us know.
Kompong Khleang Floating Village
Kompong Khleang village is around 35km from Siem Reap, but it is probably the nicest of the 4 floating villages and as expected it has the least visitors. We recommend Kompong Khleang as the best floating village to visit as it is less touristy and more interesting. While visiting Kompong Khleang you will see the locals fishing, everyday items sold by sellers from small boats, children rowing small boats on the way to school plus lots more. If you would like to add Kompong Khleang to one of our Angkor Wat Tours then please let us know.
Me Chrey Floating Village
Me Chrey is a floating village which is around an hour’s travel from Siem Reap town centre. Me Chrey is less touristy then the other floating villages but it will soon change as the local businessmen promote the place more. Definitely worth visiting if you prefer a quieter floating village. If you would like to add Me Chrey to one of our Angkor Wat Tours then please let us know.
Apsara Dancing with Buffet Meal
Apsara Dancing is one of the biggest attractions for visitors to Siem Reap after the Angkor Temples and it is on most visitors list of things to do. There are a number of places in Siem Reap to see Apsara Dancing now and most of these places are restaurants which provide a buffet style meal and a dance show. Apsara Dancing is definitely worth seeing and it is a nice evening out in Siem Reap. An Apsara Dance show is well worth adding to your Angkor Tours.
Cambodian Cultural Village (Siem Reap Cultural Village)
There are 11 unique villages, which represent different cultural heritages and characteristics of 19 multi-races. At each village, you can enjoy the excellent wood houses, carving, soft skill in stone, traditional performances in the different style such as: Apsara dancing, traditional wedding ceremony, traditional ethnic dances, circus, peacock dancing, elephant shows, boxing and more. You can also see Apsara Dancing at the Cambodia Cultural Village with a buffet meal. If you would like to add the Cambodian Cultural Village to one of our Angkor Wat Tours then please let us know.
Prek Toal Bird Sanctuary
If you are a keen bird watcher, then Prek Toal bird sanctuary is well worth a visit which has birds such as cormorants, pelicans, kingfishers, storks and many others. Serious watchers will know that best time to see the birds is early mornings or late afternoons, so you may like to know that it is possible to stay at the environment office. When visiting Prek Toal, sun lotion and a hat are essential. During December to May many birds gather here as the water starts to dry up during this time of year, but unfortunately it also makes it harder to get right into the reserve and small paddle boats maybe needed. You can also visit Prek toal bird sanctuary in a half day, but you will not have time to see much. If you would like to add the Prek Toal to one of our Angkor Wat Tours then please let us know.
Traditional Khmer Massage
Siem Reap has some great Khmer massage parlours now where you can go to relax and have a soothing body, face or foot massage. A relaxing massage is well recommended after a day the Angkor Temples. If you would like to add Khmer massage to one of our Angkor Wat Tours then please let us know. We recommend you visit Lemon Grass Garden Massage in the town centre on Sivatha Boulevard. Good service and standards.
Siem Reap has a few places now to do Quad biking, explore the beautiful countryside of Cambodia and meet Khmer families in a spirit of discovery, respect and safety. If you would like to add Quad biking to your itinerary then please let us know so we can schedule it in to your Angkor Tour. One of the best times to take the quad bike is in the late afternoons when it is cooler plus you will get to see a beautiful sunset during the high season months.
The Old Market is in the centre of Siem Reap town opposite the Siem Reap River. Most visitors have heard of the Old Market and they have it on their list of Siem Reap Attractions. You will see many visitors looking for souvenirs around the Old Market but other things to buy in the Old Market are gold jewelry, silver jewelry and gems. There is also a food section where you can buy fruit, vegetables, meats, fish and groceries. If you would like to add the Old Market to one of our Angkor Wat Tours then please let us know.
The Central Market is located on Sivatha Road and here you will see mostly souvenirs for sale. It is not as busy as the Old Market and you can walk around the Central Market with more ease without getting pestered so much from the sellers. The Central Market is geared more towards tourists and it is on a lot of visitor’s lists of things to do in Siem Reap. If you would like to add Central Market to one of our Angkor Wat Toursthen please let us know.
The New Market is located about 3km from Siem Reap town centre on the way to Phnom Penh on National Road No.6. It sells everything from food items, house wares, gold jewelry, fruit and vegetables, clothes etc. If you would like some clothes made by a tailor, then this is also the market to go too. The New Market is mostly visited by the locals and you will see fewer tourists here, so you will not get as pestered and you will also find items cheaper than any of the other markets. If you would like to add the New Market to one of our Angkor Wat Toursthen please let us know.
There are a number of night markets in Siem Reap now but the original one is still the best one to visit which called the Angkor Night Market. Many of the night markets have very similar names so make sure you get the right one, most night markts open from around 5:00pm to midnight. The Angkor Night Market just at the back of Sivatha Street not too far from Pub Street. This market sells many items such as handicrafts, souvenirs, clothes, jewelry and it also has an Asian food court, foot & head massage, live painting and a entertainment area. If you would like to add the Angkor Night Market to one of our Angkor Wat Tours then please let us know.
The Landmine Museum is one of the most popular Siem Reap Attractions and is located about 6km south of Banteay Srei. Most visitors visit the museum on the way back from the Banteay Srei Temple. There is an admission fee of US$3 per person. It is very popular with tourists and is run by a guy called Aki Ra, who was formerly a member of the Khmer Rouge, Red Army and Vietnamese Army. You can visit the museum on the way back from Banteay Srei or Kbal Spean. The Landmine Museum is probably on most visitors lists of things to see in Siem Reap. If you would like to add the Landmine Museum to one of our Angkor Wat Toursthen please let us know.
The War museum has tanks and other war artifacts from previous wars and it is located just off National Road No.6 to Siem Reap Airporton the right hand side, where you will see a big sign when to turn off. The war museum is US$3 to enter and opens from 8:00am to 5:30pm daily. The war museum is not as popular as the Land Mine Museum, but may be more interesting to some people. If you would like to add the War Museum to one of our Angkor Wat Tours then please let us know.
Angkor National Museum
The new Angkor National Museum is expecting to open in November and will be exhibiting Khmers Art and Architecture. It is located on the road to the Angkor Admission entrance.
The Silk Farm definitely needs to be on your list of things to see in Siem Reap, because you are sure to find it very interesting to see how silk is made. It is located 16km from Siem Reap. At the silk farm you can take a guided tour around the farm, where you will be shown how silk is made. Admission to the Silk farm is free. If you would like to add the Silk Farm to one of our Angkor Wat Toursthen please let us know.
Artisans D’Angkor was created to help young people find work in their home villages by teaching them different types of crafts. If you would like to visit Artisans D’Angkor, then you can visit their workshop near the Old Market. The workshop has many types of carved handicrafts made from different materials such as stone and wood. You can also take a guided tour to discover the traditional Khmer techniques used for stone and wood carving, lacquering and gilding, as explained by experienced guides. A complete tour of the workshops will take you from raw materials to splendid craft-wares. If you would like to add the Artisan's D'Angkor Workshop to one of our Angkor Wat Toursthen please let us know.
The Cambodian Killing Fields – Wat Thmei
If you want to go visit a small killing field in Siem Reap, as they are generally known as, then you can do so at Wat Thmei which is located on the left fork road on the road to Angkor. Wat Thmei has a small memorial Stupa containing skulls and bones of some of the Khmer Rouge’s victims.
On April 17th, 1975 the Khmer Rouge, a communist guerrilla group led by Pol Pot, took power in Phnom Penh, the capital of Cambodia. They forced all the people living in the city to the countryside to work in labour camps. During Khmer Rouge rule under Pol Pot, it is estimated that around 2 million Cambodians died by starvation, torture or execution and this was around 30% of Cambodia’s population at the time.
The Khmer Rouge banned all businesses and services in Cambodia, including shops, banks, clinics, hospitals, schools and religious or family gatherings. Everyone was forced to work 12-14 hours a day, every day in the labour camps. The people were fed once a day normally a bowl of watery soup with very little rice inside. People were killed everywhere whether they were children, elderly or fit adults who could work in the labour camps. The Khmer Rouge killed people if they didn’t like them, if they didn’t work hard enough, if they were educated, if they came from different ethnic groups, or if they showed a little disobedience but most were killed without reason.
There are over 18000 killing fields within Cambodia and not just the killing field of Choeung Ek near Phnom Penh that most people know of. You can visit a killing field in Siem Reap at Wat Thmei, on the left fork of the road to Angkor Wat, it has a small memorial Stupa containing the skulls and bones of victims of the Khmer Rouge. If you would like to add Kompong Khleang to one of our Angkor Wat Toursthen please let us know.
Cooking Classes in Siem Reap
Siem Reap has many restaurants where you can learn how to cook Khmer food. You will normally visit the market to buy your produce then go back to the restaurant to prepare and cook the food before sitting down to enjoy your meal. Cooking classes cost an average of around US$15 per person. If you would like to add a Cooking Class to one of our Angkor Wat Toursthen please let us know.
You can take an elephant ride while you are at Bakheng Mountain from around 4pm to 6pm. The cost for a ride up the Bakheng Mountain on an elephant is US$20 and to come back down the cost is US$10. You can also take an elephant ride from the South gate of Bayon to the Bayon Templein the early mornings and the cost is US$15 per person.
Siem Reap now has three 18 hole international championship golf courses. If you fancy a round of golf whilst in Siem Reap, then why not ask us to arrange an Angkor Package Tourfor you including a round of golf.
Horse riding is now available in Siem Reap. You can also take a ride in a horse drawn cart around the Angkor Temples. Beginners and experienced riders are welcome. The maximum weight limit is 90kg.
Hot Air Balloon
If you want to see more of the Angkor Temples, then why not try a hot air balloon over Siem Reap where you can take some photos from up above. The cost is US$15 for about 15 minutes. The balloon is anchored at all times.
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