10 Things to do in Siem Reap
The beauty of Angkor draws tourists from all walks of life to explore the ancient ruins of the former Khmer Empire. The intriguing landscape of Angkor most often makes tourists forget about exploring other areas in Siem Reap. Tourists visit for a short period to see the historical and notable sites of the Tomb Raider and others. There is more to the beauty of Angkor in Temple Town.
Siem Reap is so rich with other historical sites and things to do. Here are 10 things that you can do in Siem Reap.
1. Get a Cheap Massage
Getting a massage is one of the best ways to relax after biking to the Angkor Wat. Cambodia aside Thailand is one of the places in Asia that offers cheap massage. Between 5 to 10 dollars, you will be able to receive professional massages around the shops in the city. Wind up by getting your body kneaded by masseurs.
2. Visit the Old Market and Shop
Visiting the Old Market is one of the things you can do at Siem Reap. Just as the name suggests, it is the oldest market in Siem Reap. There are various consumer products sold at this market including local foods, shoes, clothes, pieces of jewelry and many more.
3. Be Greatly Entertained at Phare, the Cambodian Circus
A circus in Cambodia is one of the best places to visit in Siem Reap. One of the best places in Siem Reap that you can spend your night, as you will be greatly entertained. You can watch acrobats perform breathtaking stunts and enjoy live music. The show can be enjoyed by onsite dinners.
4. See the Water Village
The Tonle Sap Lake has a huge expanse of a water body that rises and falls. Cham and Vietnamese ethnic groups mainly inhabit the floating village that is built around the water. The water body plays host and offers a natural habitat to many endangered species. The notable infrastructures of this floating village such as the church, school and more can be seen when sailed through using boat trips.
5. Visit the Landmines
Cambodia boasts of landmine museums. They were opened to serve as a medium for revenue generation that will aid in the eradication of landmines built during the Vietnam War. The landmines museum houses historical and war artifacts such as tanks, weapons, and landmines left behind after years of conflict. You can visit to gain more insight into the wars that took place in this region.
6. Explore the Beng Mealea
The 12th century Beng Mealea temple is a remarkable sight. Located about 68km northeast deep inside the jungle of Siem Reap, it offers a mysterious view for the tourists. Tourists can strike a pose against the Indiana Jones sort of ambiance serving as the backdrop. There are piles of rubbles sprawled across that you can scramble as if you are an explorer. The four bridges leading to the temple offers spectacular views to feed your eyes.
7. Bike around Town
There are many bike rental services in Siem Reap that you can hire bikes to tour the geographical location. For as low as $2 per day, you can bike around town following the river that cut the town. You do not need to use a map or worry about getting lost for the town is not complex and complicated. Explore the streets off the road and know more about this part of Cambodia.
8. Enjoy the fresh fruit shakes
During the sunny periods in Cambodia, tourists can bring their body temperature down by drinking the fresh fruit shakes. In Siem Reap, the locals are very adept at making fruit shakes using the delightful Cambodia fruits. You can be sure of getting a cup of this drink that will be worth every penny that you are going to spend.
9. Fly on the Flight of the Gibbon
Embark on the spectacular zip line adventure of exploring the Cambodia jungle flying through the jungle on the tree canopies using the flight of the Gibbon. The zip-line adventure is safe, thrilling and offers fun and education about the Cambodia jungle. The adventure zip-line is also a way to spend your time off the temple run while exploring Siem Reap.
10. Wind Up at Kulen Mountain
The Phnom Kulen is regarded as a sacred mountain in Siem Reap. It serves as a place for pilgrimage for tourists and locals during festivals. It is also home to several waterfalls where tourists can visit to find relief against the simmering temperature of Siem Reap.
There you have it! The Angkor Wat is not just the only place that you can visit in Siem Reap. There are other locations such as those listed above that you could visit, have fun and learn more about Cambodia. Visit them and have a wonderful time in Siem Reap.