Siem Reap is almost synonymous to Angkor Wat and most tourists go here just to marvel at its beauty. But other than Angkor Wat, there’s also a plethora of other things to do and try here in Siem Reap.
Here’s my suggested list of 12 Things To Do in Siem Reap:
Sunrise and Sunset at Angkor: A list about Siem Reap always starts with visiting Angkor Wat I supposed.
Watch an Apsara Show: You don’t need to be a culture junkie to enjoy the show. 😉 Some restaurants host nightly Apsara Shows.
Biking: Explore Siem Reap on your own by bike. 🙂 This is one of my favorite things to do wherever I go.
Visit Artisan D’Angkor: Visit this place to observe Cambodian craftsmen at work.
Visit Galleries: There’s a lot of galleries around Siem Reap. Amongst my favorite is 1961. Check out the artworks of Cambodian artists.
Visit Tonle Sap: Cruise around the humongous Tonle Sap and observe life living on water. People built and live on floating houses around Tonle Sap. This is a great eye opener about the different living situations of people.
Visit the Markets in Siem Reap: There’s quite a number to choose from but most of them are offering almost the same thing. Check out some cool bags made of recycled materials.
Watch Beatocello: Dr. Beat Richner, a Swiss National doctor performs cello to help raise funds and awareness.
Try Amok: Khmer curry with your choice of chicken, beef, seafood, fish or vegetables. My favorite dish in Cambodia.
Try some Exotic Foods: Snakes, frogs, crocodiles, tarantulas, silk works, crickets, huge mekong river fishes, wild birds and lotus seeds are just a few of the things that I’ve observed being eaten here by locals. Wanna try it???
Stroll Along the River Side Walk along the beautiful river side and go to Raffles Park in the afternoon to see a huge colony of flying foxes (bats).
Visit Wat Thmei: Visit this monument and learn about the genocide that happened in Cambodia (which is an important part of Cambodia’s history).
Aside from the above mentioned activities, you may also try volunteering to various schools around Siem Reap. There’s a lot of opportunities, ask your hostels about it. This is also a great way to learn more about local living.