Top 10 Things to Do in Siem Reap in 2018

As a welcoming resort town in Southeast Asia that attracts millions of tourists, Siem Reap surely promises mind-boggling, stunning and stupefying moments during your stay. It will be a wonderful amusement to see for yourself the dazzling things to do in Siem Reap. If you haven't got any ideas about them, It's time to go through this short article about what to see and do in this charming city.

1. Visit the Angkor Complex

I will have you to know that temples in Siem Reap allures millions of worldwide travelers each year, especially those set within the expansive Angkor Archaeological Park including Angkor Wat and Angkor Thom. Likewise, I will do not want you to be ignorant that it is listed as a UNESCO World Heritage site in 1992

These temples are well worth the extra effort as you'll get to enjoy breathtaking sights and the tranquil countryside along the way. Angkor's enigmatic temples have become a must-see on south-east Asia itineraries. It is a must to visit these historocal marvels.  

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2. Take a Boat to Floating Villages

If you are looking for special things to do in Siem Reap besides temples, there will be floating markets. It would be fantastic to see how the villages are made of small houses and are clustered together giving it a unique charm. These villages are extraordinary sight to behold as everythig in the villages float on the surface of the water including households, markets, clinics and the even the school.

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3. Book a Cruise on the Mekong River

Renowned as the world's 12th longest river and the 7th longest in Asia, Mekong river is a trans-boundary river in Southest Asia that runs through six countries. Hence, take a cruise on this mighty river will be one of the special things to do in Siem Reap, which guarantees sensational and remarkable experiences. 

It's will be awe-inspiring to catch a glimpse of local life and gain a deeper understanding of village existence. What a magnificent experience would it be to stop at communal temple, farmer's home and rural villages as you cruise along the Mekong's canals and creeks?

» What is more interesting than taking a scenic cruise from Siem Reap to explore Lao's neighbor country - Vietnam. To get the best offers for your Mekong expeditions, check out our Siem Reap to Saigon Cruises

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4. Watch the Apsara Dance Show

It would be fabulous to see how Cambodian orchestra plays traditional instruments and Apsara dancers dance in the traditional Khmer style and serenade the dinners as you enjoy their meal and their surroundings. It would also be an incredible to behold how these dancers use a series of stylized movements and gesticulations to mime a story, usually a historical saga.

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5. Experience Angkor Zipline

It will be a once in a lifetime opportunity to experience a world-class zipline inside the UNESCO World Heritage designated Angkor Archaeological Park. Experience what few others get to: see stunning jungle-covered templates, trek through a pristine stretch of forest and a travel by zipline for a bird-eye's view of the canopy. Can you imagine what fun and wonderful experience it will be?

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6. Join a Khmer Cooking Class

For cuisine enthusiasts, joining a Khmer-styled cooking class in Siem Reap City must be the best way to learn about authentic delicacies and culinary method in Cambodia.

During the class, you will have a chance to go to local markets with the chefs to buy necessary ingredients and spices for the course. You might be amased at how fresh the vegetable and food at local market are. Because they are all collected from the seller's garden and sold out in the same day, fresh animals are even still alive, fish are still swimming in the basins. 

Once started the class, the chefs will show you the usage of the ingredients and the way to make authentic Cambodian foods step by step. You can feel free to taste your dish once it's done or compare to your friend's ones.

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7. Sightsee on Hot Air Balloon

Flying on Hot Air Balloon Siem Reap is surely one of the most fascinating experiences as you will have a chance to witness the breathtaking scenery of this beautiful land at an elevation of 150-200m. As the balloon floats slowly, you will also have plenty of time to enjoy fresh air and take a lot of stunning photos.

The price for 45-minute flying on the Hot Air Balloon is around $125 per person. You can easily book one at the area of Angkor Night Market or at any travel agents in the town. According to many Siem Reap travel tips, It is recommended to book the balloon ride in the early morning or late afternoon to enjoy stunning spectacles of sunrise and sunset over Siem Reap. That's would be ravishing!

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8. Pay a Visit to Artisans D’Angkor

Widely well-known for impressive Khmer arts and crafts, Artisan D’Angkor also offers jobs for the poor people in the area. Paying a visit to this center, you will have a chance to witness the process of creating beautiful Buddhist statues at the workshops, visit silk museum as well as buy a lot of gifts for your friends and family members.

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9. Test Your Haggling Skills at Angkor Night Market

One of the best things to do in Siem Reap at night is to wander around the Angkor Night Market. The market boasts a wide range of local products, souvenirs, specialties that you can buy for your beloved friends and family members. However, as it literally happens everywhere in the world, local sellers at Angkor Night Market always charge tourists more, sometimes double or triple to the original prices. Hence, you always have to learn how to bargain skillfully and carefully. Though it’s getting difficult sometimes, especially for first comers, It’s fun to go shopping in Siem Reap in local styles.

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Angkor Night Market - Best Way to explore Siem Reap Nightlife

10. Wander around Landmine Museum

Established in the late 1990s by soldier Aki-Ra, Landmine Museum raises money for both clearing landmine and funding school for handicapped and amputee children. Paying a visit to the museum, you will understand more about the intense battles in Cambodia during the war time.

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I hope after reading this post, you will have some great ideas for things to do in Siem Reap to charmingly explore this beautiful city.

Read more: Top 10 Things to Do in Phnom Penh 

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