Siem Reap is a popular location in Cambodia main because of due to the Angkor ruins. As a result Siem Reap is packed with boutique hotels, hotels, restaurants, bars and day tours.
- Fun Things To Do Siem Reap
- Food Tour is a Must
- Explore The Old Market
- Visit Lotus Farm
- Explore The Floating Village
- Meet Some Bees
- Visit The Landmines Museum
- A Massage will be Great
- See Angkor Centre For Conservation of Biodiversity
- Wander Pub Street
- Where to Stay in Siem Reap Cambodia
- Wrapping Up
But if you ask for something beyond the Angkor temple ruins, there are actually other activities that the town has to offer.
Fun Things To Do Siem Reap
Let’s have a look at some of the fun things to do in Siem Reap Cambodia. Here here is our list!
Food Tour is a Must
Visiting Siem Reap is incomplete without trying a food tour. Even though Cambodia dishes are not as famous as the Thai dishes but there are lots of traditional culinary options to try.
If you have the gut to taste the extreme food, you may want to try 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 exotic 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 an authentic local food at a very good price.
Outside the market there is a of 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. With the aims for visit to the farm to present in detail the process of fabrication, from the extraction of the fibres in the stem of the lotus, to the weaving of the fabric.
It’s interesting to see how all those lotus stems been thoroughly washed and the fibres 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 may Cham communities and many Vietnamese ethnic groups.
It is fascinating is see at 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.
Meet Some Bees
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 and turns the harvesting into 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, bees tour can be a great activity to see the surrounding area as well as learning something new.
Visit The Landmines Museum
The Landmines 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 of unexploded objects which are left behind after decades of war and conflict.
A Massage will be Great
If you just have 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 incomplete without trying a nice massage.
You can found plenty of cheap massage 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 centre for rare and endangered Cambodian wildlife.
The animals are rescued from animal traffickers and poachers for eastern medicine trade.
The centre does their 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 its open til 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 you 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 provides a dining area and a seating area with a satellite flat-screen TV. And is fully equipped private bathroom with shower.
Finally, there is plenty of interesting things to do in Siem Reap with loads of resorts, restaurants, bars, temples and other activities to keep you busy. Siem Reap is the place to go if you want to explore and relax.
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.