Siem Reap is home to the ruins of Angkor. The town today is a resort town in northwestern Cambodia that is packed with hostels, hotels, restaurants, bars, and resorts. In the evening you can relax on pub street with a few drinks.
Siem Reap is blessed to be the gateway town to Angkor and a great opportunity to see the sunset over the Angkor temples. Besides the Angkor temple ruins, there are other things to do in town such as going on a food tour or visiting the floating village.
In this post, we will go through things to do in Siem Reap Cambodia. So let’s get started!
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Is Siem Reap Worth Visiting?
Yes, Siem Reap is worth visiting if only to see the world-famous ruins of Angkor. As well the locals are friendly and prices in Siem Reap are is reasonably cheap.
Is Siem Reap Expensive?
No, it is not expensive if you are comparing Siem Reap with other places in Cambodia. You can expect to pay around $10 on meals each day and around $7 on local transportation. With average hotel prices in Siem Reap around $25.
Why is Angkor Wat So Expensive?
Visiting Angkor is expensive for a number of reasons. These are as follows.
- Entry fee into Angkor – The entrance fee to Angkor is a one-day pass is $37, a three-day pass is $62, and a seven-day pass is $74.
- Transportation – It can costing between $20 and $30 per day to use a taxi or tuk-tuk to bring you to Angkor and bring you around the temples.
- Water and Food – Buying water and food in the Angkor complex is expensive. It’s better to bring your own food and plenty of water.
Things To Do Siem Reap Cambodia
Siem Reap is home to the famous Angkor but there are other things to do that will keep you busy for a few days spent in Siem Reap other than Angkor.
Here is our list of things to do in Siem Reap Cambodia.
Go On A Food Tour
Visiting Siem Reap is incomplete without trying a food tour. Even though Cambodia dishes are not as famous as Thai dishes but there is still a lot of local food options to try.
If you are more adventurous you can try more unusual food, such as a deep-fried tarantula. Yes, you read it right.
Tarantula is like a normal food Cambodian people eat across the country.
But if eating tarantula is not your thing, you can try tasting fruits such as mango, dragon fruits, mangosteens, jackfruit, tamarind, star-fruits, and more.
Try to visit the Old Market Psas Char in the town for a food tour.
Explore The Old Market
The old market is also known as Psar Chaa by the locals. The market is great if you are looking for authentic local food at a very good price.
Outside the market, there are a lot of stalls with clothes, souvenirs, and more. In the middle is a food market with all kinds of fruit, noodles, vegetables, fish, and poultry.
The stalls are willing to haggle but you will have to haggle hard to get the best price as some of their starting prices are very expensive. And be ready to walk away.
Visit Lotus Farm
The Lotus Farm is a fair-trade eco textile workshop. When you visit the farm they will show you in detail the process of fabrication, from the extraction of the fibers in the stem of the lotus to the weaving of the fabric.
It’s interesting to see how all those stems been thoroughly washed and the fibers extracted from it manually by the local workers.
The farm is on the way to the floating village. And takes around 20 mins from the town by tuk-tuk, with the added bonus of the drive along the river is really very scenic.
Explore The Floating Village
Located on Tonle Sap Lake, the Floating village is another place to visit in which is the home for many Cham communities and many Vietnamese ethnic groups.
It is fascinating is see these houses on really high stilts, especially when the tide is low. It is good to see that the villagers were enjoying life on the river.
The floating village are also the home to endangered marine life and birds.
You can get a boat trip that sails through the villages where you can see the local people go about their day to day activities.
See Bees in Siem Reap
Ever wondering about the process of traditional beekeeping? Make sure to visit the beekeeping practice in Siem Reap. The place highlights the rare tradition of keeping a giant honeybee that has turned the harvesting into a business.
You can have beekeeping tours which are an hour away from the city as well as bees tour within the city.
Even though it is different from other tours, a bees tour can be a great opportunity to see the surrounding area as well as learning something new.
Visit The Landmines Museum
The Landmine Museum in Cambodia was established by de-miner Aki Ra in the late 1990s. The museum is opened to help fund the landmine clearing because there are still landmines litter in the country, even to this day.
You can find a collection of landmines, tanks, and weapons from the Vietnamese occupation and Khmer Rouge.
It is truly an eye-opening insight into unexploded objects which are left behind after decades of war and conflict.
Go For A Massage
If you just had a long day hanging out with honey bees or visiting landmines collection or even eat tarantula, surely you deserve a nice massage.
Okay, massage is not a crazy thing to do in the city but won’t it will be great after you discovered the above unusual things to do? A visit to Asia is not complete without going for a nice massage.
You can found plenty of cheap massages in Siem Reap. After the massage, perhaps you can have a nice treat of some good pizza or a couple of drinks.
See Angkor Centre For Conservation of Biodiversity
The Angkor Centre for Conservation of Biodiversity (ACCB) is a rehabilitation and protection center for rare and endangered Cambodian wildlife.
The animals are rescued from animal traffickers and poachers for the eastern medicine trade.
The center does its best with the limited resources they have to create a safe environment for them to live close to the natural setting they belong in.
Wander Pub Street
Pub street is as the name suggests, is a street full of pubs aka bars and places to eat. The bars on Pub street offer cheap drinks and it’s open till the early morning.
While across from Pub Street there is the night market that sells stuff like Kampot peppers to counterfeit branded clothing.
Where To Stay in Siem Reap Cambodia
Siem Reap has loads of guest houses, hostels, and hotels. Here are a few places to check out if you are planning to visit Siem Reap Cambodia.
Remember to check the reviews and book a place that suits your interests while traveling.
The Tito Suite Residence
Rating 9.5, Double rooms starts from $37
The Tito Suite Residence is located in Siem Reap and 500 m from Pub Street. The hotel has a year-round outdoor pool and views of the pool.
Every room at this hotel is air-conditioned and is fitted with a flat-screen TV. Every room is fitted with a private bathroom fitted with a bath or shower.
Memoire Siem Reap Hotel
Rating 9.0, Double rooms starts from $42
Memoire Siem Reap Hotel features an outdoor swimming pool and a fitness centre. Free WiFi is available throughout the hotel. Every room is equipped with a satellite TV and a minibar.
Rating 9.5, Double rooms starts from $21
Chamraoen’s Home is located in Siem Reap and 700 m from Pub Street. And provides free WiFi.
Rooms are air-conditioned and provide a dining area and a seating area with a satellite flat-screen TV. And is a fully equipped private bathroom with a shower.
Finally, Siem Reap is a gateway town to Angkor and a great opportunity to see the sunset over the Angkor temples. Besides the Angkor ruins, there are other things to do in the town such as going on a food tour or party.
And that’s it for now! I’d love to know if this guide on the things to do in Siem Reap Cambodia has helped you. Let me know if you have any questions and let me know if you go.