12 Things To Do in Siem Reap

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:

12 Things To Do in Siem Reap

Sunrise and Sunset at Angkor:Β 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. πŸ˜‰ Some restaurants host nightly Apsara Shows.


Biking: Explore Siem Reap on your own by bike. πŸ™‚ 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.

Tonle Sap

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.

Night Market

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.

mix bbq

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???

Siem Reap River

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).

wat thmei buddhawat thmei

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.

Feel free to add some more tips!



  1. Hi Flip, I listened to your podcast a few days ago. I was just too lazy to comment on Ed’s blog that day. I left a comment on Ed’s post na, and I thought maybe I should drop by and say “hi” and “thank you for everything”. πŸ™‚ You inspire me, you inspire us. πŸ™‚ Funny how time flies so fast, we we’re just barely starting a year or 2 ago, tayong tatlo nila Gay and now you guys are following your dream and uhhhmm..me? still taking it slow, I’ve got 50 days to go. πŸ™‚ I miss you Flip! Be safe always! Regards to Bino.

    • thank you for your kind words Gael… cant wait to hear what’s gonna happen next to you… especially after “50 days” πŸ™‚ goodluck and keep the passion alive..

  2. These are the 12 things I missed doing in Siem Reap after cancelling my trip to Cambodia πŸ™ I already watched the Killing Fields, watched again Tomb Raider, got a guide book, studied the map, made a “to do list” except something unexpected came up. (There’s always a “next time” I guess and hopefully by that time I’ll be buying souvenirs from your very own shop πŸ™‚ )

    • there’s always a next time… and the shop… well… i do hope that i would be able to setup something in the future… πŸ™‚

  3. I think I pretty much fell into the Angkor trap, and didn’t do much anything else when in Siem Reap. But I do love the amok from Cambodia, one of my favorite foods in Asia πŸ™‚

  4. Oh man I so can’t wait to get out here. I know I will be visiting it when I get out there some time next year!

  5. What do u know—-there’s other amok dishes and I only tried the fish amok! Thanks for this, flip, I have a sound excuse to go back πŸ™‚

    Also tried Dr. fish massage, visited orphanage, shopped for gems (8 sets for $50!) and other temples. Saved Angkor Wat and Ta Phrom for last.

    And yes, I love their bread too!

  6. thanks for this helpful guide flip!
    as always, you inspire!

  7. I love Siem Reap – great list for making the most out of your visit.

    I actually just wrote today about one of the random experiences of Siem Reap – the Dr. Fish Spa. Touristy but still very cool.


  8. I just spent 2 days in there but could not do much cos of the floods, such a shame!

  9. My ex-girlfriend really loved Siem Riep. I’m very keen to visit someday.

  10. This is a great list about things to do in Siem Reap. I think a lot of people go there just to see Angkor Wat without realizing all the other things you can do there. For me, I didn’t have enough time to see everything since it was constantly raining, but I think your list is very complete.

  11. I’m going there solo traveling in the next three days! Thanks for the info… It helped me a lot! Can’t wait to get there πŸ™‚

  12. Yaye thanks for this! I’m looking for alternative things to do in Cambodia kse ayaw ko namang mag Temple for the entire duration of our stay πŸ˜› Helps a lot thank you <3


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