f you already know everything about Angkor Wat and/or you are thinking about doing something different while in Siem Reap, Cambodia – I got you covered.
Although the temples throughout Siem Reap are a must-see and extremely spectacular, there’s so much more to the culturally-rich Cambodian city that is often forgotten about! When I visited Cambodia, I was a bit “temple-fed-up” and I wanted to experience other things besides Angkor Wat.
Tour the Lotus Farm
Take a tour explaining the production process that results in the rare, luxurious fabric made from the lotus flower. Aside from the incredibly unique views of the green and pink flowers, learn about the fabric that plays a large role in the national eco-friendly clothing movement.
Party on Pub Street
Just as the name suggests, this street is lined with pubs, bars, and clubs that are alive and thriving until the sun rises, every-single-night! The neon lights hanging above you mixed with the diversity of people selling a diversity of exotic street foods, including fried scorpion, makes for an unforgettable experience that is sure to leave you with amazing memories (or a lack thereof).
Shop the Old Market, “Psah Chas”
This market, directly in the centre of town, was the original market for any and all goods, there long before other markets started popping up. In the centre of this historic market is the food area – stop by for a vast array of Cambodian delights!
Spend the Evening at a Night Market
If you’re an adventurous spirit looking for unusual fried creatures and bugs to try, the Angkor Night Market is the place to go. If you’re looking for an intriguing variety of handcrafted goods, different kinds of artwork, and souvenirs to bring home, head to the Art Night Market, a newer market located opposite the Old Market.
Take a Day Trip to a Floating Village
Floating villages are known as the best way to get a look into the authentic, local life of Cambodians. If this intrigues you, take a day trip to one of the few floating markets near Siem Reap. Of the two closest villages, Kompong Phlouk is known to be very authentic but you get a shorter boat ride for the same price ($20), while Kompong Khleang is less touristy and is known as the most authentic and beautiful floating village.
Go on a Food(ie) Tour
An awesome way to gain an understanding of the local culture, cuisine, and way of life, all from a local tour guide. Some food tours are offered on Vespas, and some include the opportunity to cook a meal at your local tour guide’s home – both experiences you cannot refuse!
Visit a Museum or Two
Get your fix of history and a deeper understanding of the culturally and historically rich country of Cambodia at the War Museum and Landmine Museum.
- Price: $5 entry fee for each museum
Explore The National Museum of Cambodia
Whether you stop by for the beautiful architecture, ancient artifacts, or the peaceful courtyard in the centre of the museum, a trip here won’t disappoint.