Things to do in Siem reap
When you’re travelling through Siem Reap, you might be wondering if there is anything else to see apart from just the usual temples that every guide mentions. The truth is, there are so many more options for you to explore and choose from. Some are landmarks where you can discover more about Cambodia’s storied past. Some are shows or events that showcase the rich heritage of the nation. You also have tours on a quad bike or a hot air balloon that offer you a unique perspective of this lovely nation. Here are a few choices for you to consider.
Cambodian Cultural Village
Go on an adventure at the Cambodian Cultural Village.
The Cambodian Cultural Village is a combination of museum and theme park that is located about six kilometers outside of Siem Reap. There is great importance given to the customs seen in Cambodia. There are 11 villages inside the place, each a representation of 19 unique ethnic groups. You can also view traditional Cambodian performances such as peacock and Apsara dancing, as well a circus, or even shows featuring elephants.
The Landmine Museum
A simple tribute to the dangers of landmines in Cambodia.
Situated near the Banteay Srey temple, the Landmine Museum’s primary motivation is to tell its visitors about the horrific casualties caused by landmines. A man called Aki Ra who disarmed mines started charging a dollar to every tourist who wanted to see them. He then used these proceeds to continue his work. The money is also used to take care of more than twenty-five children who live at the museum.
Siem Reap War Museum
A monument to remember the Cambodian civil war.
The museum was built in 2001, and its exhibits showcase the last thirty years of the twentieth century. Numerous vehicles, tanks, fighters, and even a helicopter are displayed here. Various weapons used in the war can also be seen, along with a collection of landmines. Tourists are allowed to handle these weapons, which have been disarmed. There are also numerous pictures from this time that tell the stories of this historical period in Cambodia.
Angkor National Museum
Learn about Cambodia’s famous Khmer era.
Created in 2007, the Angkor National Museum is focused on preserving Angkor’s art and history. They have a collection of artifacts dated between the ninth and fourteenth centuries, the era of the notable Khmer Empire. They aim to educate visitors about the culture and artwork of the Khmer Empire by using audios and visuals. There are multiple galleries, with exhibits framing costumes, carvings, jewelry, as well as the temples built by the Khmer civilization.
Traditional Dance Show
Marvel at the graceful, mysterious performers.
Organized by Cambodian Living Arts, the show is a testament to the beauty and mystique of Cambodia’s talented artists. The performances themselves come as three different shows. One is a version of the Cambodian take on the Indian Ramayana, titled Shadow and Light. Another is called Heaven and Earth, and the third is called Grace and Grandeur and involves an elegant mix of Cambodia’s traditional Apsara dances.
Horse Riding in Siem Reap
A fun activity for the whole family to get out in the countryside.
The Happy Ranch Horse Farm offers its clients an opportunity to get onto horse back and explore the gorgeous Cambodian country. One of the loveliest sights a visitor can witness is the amazingly gorgeous Cambodian sunset as your horse slowly canters across the emerald land. It’s an activity people of all ages can enjoy, and the horses are quite gentle and well trained.
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With tours of Angkor and other places of interest in and around Siem Reap.
Quad Bike (ATV) Riding
Explore the Siem Reap countryside as never before.
Traversing through the Cambodian terrain on a quad bike offers you what usual tours fail to- a freedom of travel, at your own pace. Be stunned by the greenery of the rice fields, talk to the friendly villagers, and explore the entire land. Be it houses built on stilts, ancient monasteries, or less known temples, the land is yours to discover. Travel the roads untaken, and learn about the way Cambodians truly live.
Hot Air Balloon Ride
Go on an adventure at the Cambodian Cultural Village.
While only operational from December to March, this experience is one of a kind. Gaze at the beautiful Angkor temples during sunrise or sunset, depending on the time you take the trip. The ride time itself is around thirty-five minutes, and is a serene experience. The trip is best during clear, cloudless skies, and the operators are highly safety-conscious. The best part of this is the amazing aerial view- a new, gorgeous perspective of Cambodia!
Angkor Zipline (Angkor Park)
Get your adrenaline pumping in the jungles of Angkor!
For those who want their trip to be more of an adventure than simply viewing temples and museums, they can enjoy a day at Angkor Park and try ziplining. This tour, the only one of its kind in the region, is quite popular for thrill seekers, and is a unique experience. Pass through the verdant canopy while hanging from the air. You may even catch sight of the wildlife, ranging from birds to gibbons.
There is far more to do in Siem Reap and the surrounding regions than simply visiting the usual tourist haunts of Angkor Wat and the other temples. Whether it is being astounded by the lovely aerial view of Siem Reap and the surrounding regions from the sky, or galloping across the green countryside on a horse, enjoy the sights Cambodia has to offer you. This country is indeed the perfect mix of traditional heritage and monuments to mankind, as well quite a few beautiful natural sights. Let the adventurer in you free, and take the roads less traveled- you definitely won’t have any regrets!
Our Other Tours
We have a full range of tours of Angkor Wat and the other popular temples in the Angkor Archaeological Park. Siem Reap is full of fun and exciting things to do, and we can show you everything you want to see. Take a look at some of our more popular tour options below.