23 Reasons Why Siem Reap Should Be The Top Of Your Bucket List

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What do you think of when Cambodia is mentioned? If your answer is the Angkor Wat and more temples in the picture, you are not entirely wrong. Let’s just say, there’s so much more to Cambodia than meets the eye. Siem Reap is Cambodia’s burgeoning capital, destined for great establishments and things.

With its own unique traditions, modern establishments, bar-filled streets, workshops and tours sprouting from every corner of the city. Siem Reap is one fine Southeast Asian gem to visit if you haven’t already.

Here are 23 Reasons Why Siem Reap should be the top of your bucket list.


#1 ANGKOR NATIONAL MUSEUM


Located a stone’s throw away from Angkor Wat is Angkor National Museum. For those who are keen on learning about the Khmer empire, the museum has a collection of images, relics and artifacts from the Khmer Kings, Angkor Wat and Angkor Thom.


#2 ANGKOR ARCHAEOLOGICAL PARK


Behold, one of the most important archaeological sites in Asia. Possessing the most riveting remains of the Khmer empire, this UNESCO-declared site holds the most symbolic structures and religious stories of Cambodia.

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#3 ANGKOR NIGHT MARKET


Situated near Sivatha Street, Angkor Night Market offers a wonderful assortment of handicrafts, souvenirs, apparels and accessories.


#4 ANGKOR WAT


A colossal Cambodian beauty and identified as one of the wonders of the world, Angkor Wat is a sight to behold. This attraction may be packed with tourists during the day, but that does not mean it wouldn’t be an enjoyable experience. The beguiling sight itself will be sure to leave you weak in the knees.

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#5 BANTEAY SREI


Made almost entirely out of red sandstone, the details on the walls of Banteay Srei are intricately and meticulously carved. One of Angkor’s outstanding constructions and masterpieces, it is also a well-preserved Hindu temple dedicated to Shiva.


#6 BAYON


This mesmerising 12th-century temple is dedicated to Cambodia’s most renowned king, Jayavarman VII. Find out more about Cambodia’s rich history in the 12th century with carvings of everyday life all the way from the Khmer Empire on Bayon’s walls.


#7 COOKING CLASS


There is a plenty of countryside cooking classes at Siem Reap. Bring yourself to a Cambodian market for some local picks and learn how to prepare local Cambodian dishes and treats!

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#8 FLOATING VILLAGES


The Tonle Lake floating village is definitely on every tourists’ itinerary. Expect gaudy sarongs, silk scarves, bamboo cutlery, wood carvings and souvenirs. Similar authentic floating villages are Kompong Khleang and Kompong Phluk, and they are located farther down Tonle’s shores.


#9 FOODIE TOUR ON A VESPA


Grab your helmets and zoom around on a Vespa. Join Cambodia Vespa at night to discover authentic Cambodian food at hidden locations. Sit back, relax and let your driver lead the way!

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#10 HAVE A DRINK AT ‘ANGKOR WHAT’


Angkor What is one of the best bars in Cambodia for a refreshing experience of Cambodian nightlife. If you are seeking a good night to party and find new friends, this bar at Pub Street should be where you should head to.


#11 HONEYBEES


A unique and fun experience, watch how rafter beekeeping has been practised since many hundreds of years ago. Take a once-in-a-lifetime chance to watch a Cambodian honey-hunter at work. A rare sight nowadays, tourists are flocking over to watch this diminishing practice.

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#12 HORSE-RIDING


Horse farms in Siem Reap are normally located in rural areas of the city. Relax and unwind with trail rides around bucolic villages of Siem Reap on a horse and explore the countryside the traditional way!

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#13 HOT AIR BALLOON


Explore Siem Reap with style! Angkor Hot Air Balloon is the first and only hot air balloon flight company to offer trips around Siem Reap. You will get to marvel at picturesque cityscapes of Siem Reap and attain an unforgettable experience around the city.


#14 LANDMINE MUSEUM


How much do you know about landmines? Do you know there are approximately 5 million of them still in Cambodian grounds? Clearing landmines are vital to Cambodians, hence it is imperative that education on landmines are covered.

The landmine museum touches on the dangers of landmines and their origins. There are various types of landmines and it becomes pretty interesting once you’ve learned how to identify them!


#15 LES ARTISANS D’ ANGKOR


Are you fascinated by the Khmer Arts? 2 minutes away from Old Market and Pub Street is a charming site filled with meticulously designed Khmer handicraft. A guide will be of service to share stories of Khmer handicraft and bring you around if you require assistance.

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#16 ZIPLINE


Get on the extreme side and strap yourself on a zipline. Angkorzipline offers a brilliant way to traverse across the Cambodian rainforests. The journey along famous zipline courses is sure to be thrilling.


#17 PHARE, THE CAMBODIAN CIRCUS SHOW


If you are a fan of Cirque du Soleil, you won’t want to give Phare a miss! Animal lovers will also be relieved to note that no animals are used for the performance.


#18 PHOTOGRAPHY TOUR


For aspiring photographers who want to add on to their photo collections with photos of Siem Reap’s landscapes, opt for a photography tour! Professional photographers are also there to give you tips.

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#19 PSAH CHAS OLD MARKET


Psah Chas Old Market might have everything on your shopping list—paintings, notes, silverware, carvings and apparels. Bargaining is allowed.


#20 SENTEURS D’ANGKOR


With a wide collection of silk and carvings, the Senteurs d’Angkor carries a vast range of beauty products and spices made by Cambodians themselves.

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#21 SRAH SRANG


Dubbed the ‘Royal Bathing Pool’, Srah Srang is surrounded by lush greenery and a serene and aesthetic spot for meditation and relaxation. Srah Srang is situated across the road from the east entrance of Banteay Kdei.

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#22 STREET FOOD


Emerge from the bar-filled streets of Pub Street and locate the street food vendors for authentic Cambodian delicacies. The popular street food you will find at Siem Reap are pancakes, bananas, and noodles.

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#23 TUK-TUK RIDE


A Tuk-Tuk ride in Cambodia sure feels the same as taking a Tuk-Tuk ride down Bangkok’s bustling streets. It is a local transportation mode to experience while commuting from one place to another!


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