In the trip to Cambodia, especially Siem Reap, visiting unique Angkor temples is a must-do thing. In addition, there are a host of interesting things for you to explore. Following are top 5 things to do in Siem Reap. Hope that with this knowledge, tourists will have a good holiday in Siem Reap. Besides, you can take more information from the article of Things to Do in Phnom Penh if you are interested in the capital of Cambodia.
Explore impressive Angkor temples
Visiting Angkor temples is the familiar experience that almost no tourists skip when traveling to Siem Reap. You just catch a tuk-tuk at the city center to start the journey to Angkor, one of the largest archaeological and the most important parks in Southeast Asia.
Angkor Wat is an ideal place to watch the dawn and sunset. Besides, you can go to visit Ta Phrom temple. If you desire for the quiet space and beautiful landscape, you are advised to move a bit further to come to Banteay Srei temple.
Walk along “River of 1000 Linga”
Located in Phnom Kulen National Park and only about 49 kilometers from Siem Reap to the north, Kbal Spean – River of 1000 Linga is an archaeological site and a popular tourist attraction in Cambodia. This place is known as a holy river. The riverbed is carved and sculpted into Linga symbol – the symbol of Shiva; stone slabs are engraved with reclining statues of Buddha or lotus flowers of the god Brahma and many other sculptures are inscribed with Aspara dancers.
A special point is that the river water in the summer is only ankle-high. Therefore, visitors can cross the river to look at the sculptures hidden beneath the riverbed.
Enjoy impressive circus performances
After visiting ancient temples of Angkor in the daytime, in the evening, you can choose to participate in the performance at Phare – a circus and theater in Siem Reap. The performances here often have the combination of traditional and modern cultures and focus on the topics such as love, family life, discrimination, gender role and even consequences of war. These shows are considered innovative and exciting.
Learn about the life in “New Hope Cambodia”
“New Hope Cambodia” is the name of a volunteer center established in the Mondul 3 village, which is one of the poorest regions in Siem Reap by the benefactor named Soth Kemsour. After buying the land in Mondul 3, Kemsour decided to build a school here. At first, there were a few simple classes with inadequate facilities. But “New Hope Cambodia” is now turned into an educational and medical center with the free charge to support the community of Mondul 3 village. When having a visit to Siem Reap, you can take a tour to the centers of “New Hope Cambodia” and learn about their activities so that you will gain the inspiration for the community help.
Take part in a party at the Pub Street, Siem Reap
Located in Siem Reap city center, Pub Street with full of houses close together becomes bustling at night. This is called the street for foreigners because every night, Pub Street is crowded with a great number of foreign tourists who come to see the sights, purchase products and enjoy the specialties in this street. If you make an excursion to temples in Siem Reap during the daytime, the night should be the time for relaxation, making friends and entertainment in Pub Street.