Siem Reap is affectionately known as temple town. It's the closest (7km) town from the magnificent temples in the Angkor Park. The town has become something of a tourist hub with nearly the whole town contributing to the tourism industry in one way or another. If you're looking for things to do in Siem Reap, you're in the right place as the town has exploded with hotels, restaurants, markets, and attractions.
The ancient Angkor kings and queens built hundreds of temples, but it's Angkor Wat, the largest and most famous temple, which most people come to see. However, most tourists are happy to see the most popular temples in the park and then have a little spare time to explore Siem Reap town. This article will give you some ideas for things to do in Siem Reap when you're not exploring the temples.
Quad Bike Riding
Quad bikes are fast and a lot of fun. They are a unique way to explore the local area in and around Siem Reap town. Quad Adventure Cambodia is one of the most popular quad bike companies in town and offer a range of tours from an hour to a few days. It's a really unique way to get off the road and into the countryside to see the real Cambodia.
Siem Reap is home to a number of museums which may interest you. The Angkor National museum houses many ancient artefacts from the Angkor period. There are also some very old finds from archaeological digs across the country. Many sculptures were stolen from Cambodia during the Pol Pot regime and the following civil war. Many of the recovered items can be seen in the Angkor National Museum.
The landmine museum plays an important role in helping to fully de-mine Cambodia and raising awareness of the issue. There are still many landmines and unexploded ordnance littering the country. The landmine museum and the work they do to clear landmines is very important. Similarly, you can also visit the War Museum where you can see displays of military equipment which was used in Cambodia during the tragic recent history.
There are many things to buy when you come to Siem Reap. The markets are full of cheap clothes and you can pick up t-shirts for just a few dollars. There are also many night markets where you can buy souvenirs for your friends and family back home. There are also large shopping centres where you can relax and browse the many things on offer.
Cambodian Cultural Village
When you visit the Cambodian Cultural Village, you can get a real insight into the lives of local Cambodian people. There are mini-villages to see with traditional dances and ceremonies. You will learn about the every day lives' of local Cambodian people.
Tonle Sap Lake
The Tonle Sap Lake is the largest freshwater lake in Southeast Asia and it provides the surrounding area with fertile land in which to farm. It also produces a lot of fish to feed the local communities. The Tonle Sap is vital to life in Cambodia. Some people have taken to living on top of the water. They live in houses which sit on top of large stilts. In the dry season, the houses sit high up into the sky. In the wet season, the houses sit just on top of the water. You'll see whole communities living on the Tonle Sap Lake with homes, schools, clinics and more. There is also a lot of wildlife to see on the lake as many species call it home.
Ziplining in the Jungle
You can also zipline through the jungle inside the Angkor Archaeological Park. There are many rope bridges and ziplines which zig-zag through the jungles near Angkor Wat. It can offer you can exciting and alternative way to see the jungles in Cambodia. Ask our reception team to book your tickets to Angkor Zipline.
Siem Reap isn't just home to Angkor Wat. There are many popular temples to see including Bayon and Ta Prohm. However, when you've seen enough of the temples, there are many other things to see and do in Siem Reap town. The whole town caters for the millions of tourists which visit each year and you'll have a great time during your stay. Our team here at Naga Angkor Hostel can give advice and help you to arrange tickets for many different attractions in town.