Siem Reap, Cambodia: Things to do besides temples

Siem Reap, Cambodia: Things to do besides temples

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Siem Reap, Cambodia is a city known for its grand temples like the Angkor Wat, Angkor Thom, and Bayon. While undeniably beautiful, this city has a lot more to offer other than the temples. Here are some of the things that visitors can do while visiting the ancient city.

Visit a floating village.

The Chong Khneas in Tonle Sap Lake, a floating village, is one of the more popular ones, so you should expect more tourists here. Located in the southern part of Siem Reap, about 15km, this is where you can see stilt houses and floating markets. Because this has become a popular destination, you should be ready for some scams along the way.

Another option is the Kompong Khleang floating village, which is less touristy compared to the Tonle Sap. Check out tour operator Beyond Unique Escapes offers a full-day guided tour.

Do some yoga.

After spending time exploring the temples, this is a great activity to indulge in. There are many yoga studio/cafes offering services that would make sure that in the midst of the heat, the walking, and possibly the heavy vacation drinking, there’s will always be yoga and relaxation to be had. Check out Peace Café—aside from the yoga classes, this place also serves vegetarian food and great vibes. Located at River Road, next to Ann Kau Saa pagoda.

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Watch a cultural show.

If you want to learn and see more of Cambodian culture, Siem Reap’s Phare Circus is a must-see. This is actually more than a “circus:” it’s a wonderful cultural show that makes use of theater, dance, and music that teaches the audience about the country’s culture.

Take cooking classes and food tours.

Love Cambodian food? You can learn how to make your own if you take cooking classes. Here are some of the places that will make you try some of the most important food (streets, restaurants, cafés) and teach you how to make them. Check out Angkor Street Eats, which will walk you to some of Siem Reap’s must-try street foods and markets; and Alliance Café, where you will be taken to a local market to select your ingredients before a Khmer chef teaches you how to make them in the kitchen.

Visit the Cambodia Landmine Museum.

A bit of trivia: Cambodia was one of the most landmined countries in the world, resulting to an estimated 60,000 civilian deaths since the 1970. This museum will tell you about the country’s struggle with the dangerous and crippling devices. This one’s located 25km north of Siem Reap, south of Banteay Srei temple.

/// Written by Lia Tizon

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